Accession Number:

ADA539294

Title:

Reweaving the Gordian Knot: Developing a Comprehensive Strategy for the United States in Afghanistan

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

INST FOR NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES US AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

Cutting the Gordian Knot has become synonymous with a daring, previously unimaginable action that slices through an intractable problem and reframes it entirely. It symbolizes not only success achieved unconventionally, but also success achieved boldly and decisively. In the aftermath of the 911 attacks, the United States retaliated with astounding swiftness using a stunningly light footprint heavily reliant on Special Operations forces that were well supported by airpower. The initial results exceeded all expectations and propelled the US military to a position of unquestionable global pre-eminence.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE