Accession Number : ADA186545

Title :   The Use of Military Force to Counter International Terrorism - A Policy Dilemma.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, Aug 86-Jun 87,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Houle, Edward H

PDF Url : ADA186545

Report Date : 05 Jun 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 188

Abstract : This study examines the use of military force as part of a proactive campaign to counter international terrorism. The study includes an examination of the threat from international terrorism as it has grown from 1968 to the present day. Initiatives by the international community to confront terrorism are reviewed to provide a framework for investigating U.S. counter-terrorist policy. Primary emphasis is placed on actions by the United Nations in this review of international initiatives. The major portion of the thesis focuses on the development of U.S. counter-terrorist policy and the role of military force in that strategy. The study begins with the Nixon Administration. The review of national policy follows two tracks; the development of a government organization to deal with the problem and the evolution of the policy itself. With U.S. policy outlined, the study reviews possible options for overt military operations as part of a proactive campaign against international terrorism.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *TERRORISM, COMMUNITIES, COUNTERMEASURES, EVOLUTION(GENERAL), INTERNATIONAL, ORGANIZATIONS, POLICIES, UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, COUNTERMEASURES, THESES

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE