Accession Number:

ADA467242

Title:

Decapitation: A Case for a Better Guillotine

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-02-23

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

Decapitation is the application of kinetic operations designed to kill another actors leadership to produce regime change or halt the actions of a non-state actor. Although rarely considered, it is a viable strategic concept. Decapitation is different than assassination and this difference, along with the current dual threats of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, is what makes it a viable strategic concept. Decapitation is an ethical, moral, and legally sound way to achieve the desired end state. Therefore, the Executive Order prohibiting assassination should be amended to clarify the language, and decapitation should be embraced as one strategic concept that has utility in todays international arena.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE