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Welcome to The Strategist

The purpose of The Strategist is to generate professional and academic discussion of The United States strategy in the War on Terror, and beyond. Strategy derives from political objectives. As a result of the new threat environment in which the United States finds itself it can no longer rely on a reactive posture as it has in the past, but must develop political objectives and strategy necessary to the post-9/11 era in which it finds itself. Given this purpose, below is the starting point for discussion.

The War on Terror, as the outcome of the Al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, promises to be the effort of a generation. If it is to win, the United States must approach it in a manner reminiscent of successes in past wars: with clearly defined and obtainable national objectives, and a unified national strategy to obtain those objectives. In addition, it must establish a clear long-term vision for transforming its efforts and its institutions from the industrial age to the information age as the new domain for waging war.

The War on Terror can be examined from several perspectives. First, is the strategic context in which the war is being conducted, particularly the issues involved in its prosecution. Second, the historical context to determine if the United States is repeating the strategic mistakes it made in Vietnam or other past wars. Third, transformation imperatives which suggest that the United States must adopt an information age approach to the War on Terror.

Comments

I agree with everything you say except there must be more perspectives from which to examine the war. From today's class, what about from the perspective of us being in the midst of a change of an era, a sea change in the social fabric as evidenced by the marked degree of "polariation in America and the world," and the "crisis of governance."

Martin

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