Accession Number : ADA326896

Title :   Combatting Terrorism: A New National Strategy.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Hoover, Bruce A.

PDF Url : ADA326896

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : With the Cold War over, the instability of the new world 'disorder' has created a breeding ground for terrorist groups. The United States, as the lone remaining superpower, has increasingly become the target of international right-wing extremist groups seeking to strike a blow for their causes. Conducted by organized, highly trained, and technologically sophisticated paramilitary units, terrorism is in fact a form of warfare waged against the United States and its allies. But current U.S. policy toward terrorism, hampered by its reliance on diplomacy, sanctions, rules of law, and the cooperation of other nations, is ineffective in protecting U.S. interests and the lives of U.S. citizens. To respond effectively, the United States must add an unprecedented dimension to its counterterrorist policy and rise to the next level, a level above a mere criminal law enforcement approach to this threat. That dimension must be specified in a new national strategy that acknowledges terrorism as armed conflict. This strategy must assign the U.S. military a perpetual pro-active role as a deterrent and respondent to the terrorist threat.

Descriptors :   *UNITED STATES, *DEFENSE PLANNING, *COUNTERTERRORISM, WEAPONS, GROUND LEVEL, GLOBAL, STRATEGY, THREATS, COLD WAR, CONFLICT, LAW ENFORCEMENT, TERRORISM, CRIMINOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Defense Systems
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE