Accession Number:

ADA495775

Title:

Disrupting Threat Finances: Using Financial Information to Disrupt Terrorist Organizations

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIV HURLBURT FIELD FL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

143.0

Abstract:

Terrorist financing is a critical issue in the current fight against transnational terrorist networks or groups. Conceptually, this issue is considered one of numerous types of terrorist support activities however, as the author argues quite persuasively, it may be the most important of these activities. Major Anderson provides an excellent overview of terrorist financing and expands upon how it fits into the broader construct of threat financing. He articulates the significant challenges any government faces in trying to interrupt the terrorist networks use of the global financial system. The sheer immensity of this system provides ample opportunity for terrorists to operate undetected or unhindered. He also highlights that the very international nature of the global economic system presents enormous challenges to coordinating amongst the almost 200 sovereign states that constitute the current world order. In addition, each of these nations face an internal challenge similar to that facing the United States how do the individual countrys internal security, legal, and financial governmental organizations work together to meet the significant threat that terrorist networks pose to national sovereignty. In the United States, we describe this situation as the interagency process, but it is a challenge facing any bureaucracy, and all governments are a bureaucracy in some fashion. Many of Major Andersons recommended solutions hinge upon the requirement for significant overhaul in the U.S. national security system and, by implication, systems in many of the worlds countries. The appendices contain an exhaustive survey of terrorist financing mechanisms, U.S. authorities, and legal statutes, and a listing of both U.S. and international organizations involved in combating terrorist financing.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE