Accession Number : ADA186664

Title :   Coping with Terrorism: A Concept Paper.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Killeen, John E ; Hoffmann, Robert A

PDF Url : ADA186664

Report Date : Apr 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 185

Abstract : An analysis is provided concerning the serious, adverse effects of international political terrorism on the United States and other democratic nations. A discussion is presented regarding what terrorism really is and how it has grown in importance and power. Evidence is presented to suggest that international terrorism will probably become an even greater problem in the future. The basic thesis argues that the United States is not coping effectively with terrorism. A large measure of this failure is attributed to the fact that many American leaders do not recognize terrorism for what it truly is--a form of indirect, low-intensity warfare being waged against western style democracy. The absence of a comprehensive, coherent national strategy is pointed out. The authors state that development of a systematic strategy which employs the full range of national instruments of power in an integrated fashion is the key to making progress in fighting terrorism. Thoughts on how this national strategy may be created are provided along with some specific recommendations for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force.

Descriptors :   *TERRORISM, ADVERSE CONDITIONS, LEADERSHIP, DEMOCRACY, WARFARE, INTERNATIONAL, STRATEGY, UNITED STATES, AIR FORCE, THESES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, POLITICAL SCIENCE, LOW INTENSITY

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE