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Accession Number ADA562433
Title Shift Focus on the Al Qaeda Network: A More Comprehensive Approach to Defeating Al Qaeda.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 111p
Personal Author D. Wetherbee
Abstract The Al Qaeda Network is a global insurgency. However, the United States and much of the western world continue to identify it as a 'global terrorist organization.' This improper label misleads planners at both the strategy development level and the operational level. As a result, the national strategy and operational approach are not properly focused. The nation must recognize Al Qaeda as a global insurgency and adjust both the national strategy and the accompanying operational approach accordingly. The country has failed to adhere to one of Clausewitz's first maxims; it has not properly defined the war in which it is involved. To accomplish the goal of defeating Al Qaeda and its associated movements, the U.S. strategy towards them must change from a counterterrorism-centric to a counterinsurgency-centric approach. Terrorism is a tactic, not a strategy. So who or what is the nation fighting. And how should we be doing it. By ignoring the fact that the Al Qaeda Network is a global insurgency using terrorist tactics, the United States limits its ability to develop a holistic solution to defeat and destroy, rather than simply disrupt, the network. The new approach must be centered on indirect methods, focus on Al Qaeda's ideology, employ more aggressive diplomacy, increase diplomatic and developmental capacity, and establish a clear comprehensive strategy. This paper defines the nature of Al Qaeda, assesses the drawbacks of the current strategy against it, and proposes methods to improve the United States' approach to defeating this network.
Keywords Aggressive diplomacy
Al qaeda network
Building partner capacity
Case studies
Civil affairs
Cjtf-hoa(Combined joint task force-horn of africa)
Clausewitz carl von
Cold war
Cuban missile crisis
Department of defense
Department of state
Engagement with muslims
Extremist ideologies
Foreign aid
Foreign policy
Global insurgency
Information operations
International relations
Islamic extremists
Lessons learned
Osama bin laden death
Public diplomacy
Strategy change
Terrorist tactics
Usaid(Us agency for international development)
Violent extremist organizations

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author National Defense Univ., Norfolk, VA. Joint Advanced Warfighting School.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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