Accession Number:

ADA499393

Title:

Reviving America's National Will for the Global War on Terror

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-03-12

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

It is the intent of this paper to explore the importance of national will when America is a nation at war. The paper will examine the role that Strategic Communications played to develop national will during World War II and contrast that situation with todays efforts to develop a national will regarding the Global War on Terrorism GWOT. One of the nations National Defense Strategy objectives is to Win the Long War. Winning the long war will take more than military might, it will also take national will. The enemy believes this war can be won in the media. But for America, winning is more about building up a national resolve that has waned over time. The author contends that to win the long war it is essential to regain national will. Americans today do not adequately understand or support the long war because it is not adequately presented with clarity or consistency. Strategic Communication is critical to regaining Americas resolve, and it is the responsibility of national and military leaders to present this case to the American people.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE