Balancing the Instruments of National Power at the Operational Level in the GWOT
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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There is a gap between the strategy and tactics of the United States in the Global War on Terrorism GWOT a lack of operational leadership with tasking authority and an imbalanced application of the instruments of national power. This balance is critical to the success of the United States in the GWOT. An early indicator of potential failure in the GWOT is the deteriorating situation in Iraq. A historical basis for reform is the creation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and more recently the United States Special Operations Commands USSOCOM effort to synchronize the GWOT for the Department of Defense DoD. Balance is best accomplished in an interagency organization representing all instruments of national power, with tasking authority over all agencies of the United States Government, a focused mission of the GWOT, and superb leadership. It must demonstrate the same attributes so successfully employed by USSOCOM within the DoD collaboration, flexibility, and innovation. With significant reorganization, the National Counterterrorism Center can become this organization.
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