Accession Number:

ADA592964

Title:

Traditional Military Operations: A Legitimate Policy Alternative to Covert Action

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

TRIANGLE INST FOR SECURITY STUDIES DURHAM NC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

Covert action and traditional military activities are two paths for the legitimate use of force by the United States. For the President to employ the full span of capabilities available to him, there must be a clear understanding of the unique nature of each option. The CIA has, for decades, employed covert activities internationally to further U.S. interests, with the goal of avoiding the stigma of U.S. sponsorship. Likewise, the DoD has been employed to further U.S. interests abroad, having refined its precision targeting capability to a level never before available to an American President, both inside and outside of the designated areas of armed conflict. It is, therefore, critical that national security decision-makers properly employ these tools under the appropriate conditions to align with national policy in the defense of the nation. Misapplication of these tools, however, carries with it consequences that may equally degrade U.S. standing in the international community. No change or addition to domestic or international law is necessary or recommended this is a policy issue. To refine the law would be to further constrain national security decision making in the face of future and unforeseen threats.

Subject Categories:

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

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE