Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
In our 2006 National Security Strategy NSS, then President George W. Bush stated the goal of America statecraft as to help create a world of democratic, well-governed states than can meet the needs of their citizens and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. This is the best way to provide enduring security for the American people.1 President Bush identified several threats and challenges to our national security including transnational terrorism and outlined our strategy for defeating this threat. He identified the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan as the front lines of this war and highlighted the need to build the security forces of these countries to partner with the United States to ensure their peaceful governments continue to control their countries.2 Our NSS encompasses a whole of government approach integrating our political, economic and military instruments of power to build international institutions to promote freedom, justice and human dignity in these nations and the world while defending peace and international stability. The Department of Defense DOD designated United States Special Operations Command USSOCOM as the lead combatant command for synchronizing DODs plans for the war on terror and developed CONPLAN 7500 to coordinate efforts. CONPLAN 7500 identifies six lines of operation under direct and indirect approaches to shape and stabilize the global environment and defeat the enemy a fundamental capability under the indirect approach is enabling partner nations to combat violent extremist organizations to increase friendly freedom of action while reducing the enemys.