1st Edition

The War on Terrorism A Collision of Values, Strategies, and Societies

By Thomas A. Johnson Copyright 2008
    392 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    In order to eradicate terrorism, our nation must go beyond merely shoring up military strength. It must also effectively confront the fundamentalist ideology that fuels and supports the terrorists. The War on Terrorism: A Collision of Values, Strategies, and Societies operates on the premise that the violent rejection of globalization at the root of terrorism must be addressed not solely by Western society and its armies, but also by those moderate and progressive Muslims and their religious leaders who are capable of rebutting the medieval underpinnings of the jihadist interpretation of Islam. By promoting an understanding of both terrorism and the terrorist, this volume examines the complexities inherent in creating a national security policy that successfully combats terrorist attacks.

    Emphasizing the underpinnings of terrorist ideology throughout the text, the book examines the tools used by terrorist groups, the infrastructure targets most vulnerable to attack, and our vulnerabilities to the five major categories of WMDs. It describes the roles and responsibilities of each of our nation’s 16 intelligence agencies, while also reviewing the role conflict between the National Security Council and the U.S. State Department. The final chapter summarizes the challenge of globalization and presents a future forecast of the trends in global terrorism.

    An understanding of the forces behind terrorism and its impacts are crucial to all nations and to the policy makers who design and construct counterterrorism programs. It is only through a multi-faceted approach that we can ever hope to make our country safe. This comprehensive volume provides those charged with protecting our homeland with the information necessary to understand terrorists and terrorism and to create effective, sensible national security policies.

    Globalization, Ideology, and the Clash of Societies

    The Clash of Societies

    Religion, Moral Certainty, and Fundamentalism

    Our Fragile Environment: How Societies Collapse

    The Management and Mitigation of Risk

    The Role of the University and Research in the War on Terrorism

    Terrorism, Islamic Insurgency, and Religious War

    The Global War on Terrorism—Instruments of Statecraft

    Terrorism: Characteristics and Ideology

    Organizational Skills of the Terrorist Leader

    The World Wide Web and WorldWide Terrorism

    Targets of Terrorists

    The Challenge of Protecting Our Nation

    Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets

    Research and Development in Support of Critical Infrastructure

    Focus on Targets, Not Terrorists

    Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Broken Borders and Illicit Trafficking in Nuclear Materials

    Nuclear Terrorism

    Biological Terrorism

    Chemical Terrorism


    Our Intelligence Community

    Office of the Director of National Intelligence

    National Intelligence Program Agencies

    Military Intelligence Program Agencies

    Congressional Oversight Committees

    The Intelligence Process

    The Reform and Reorganization of Our Intelligence Community

    Historical Emergence of Intelligence Organizations

    The Cold War Years: 1947–1989

    Two Gulf Wars and Middle East Terrorist Activity

    September 11, 2001 Attack and Categories of Failure

    Transforming the Intelligence Community

    National Security and Counterterrorism Policy Formulation: Transformational Issues and Challenges

    Instruments of Statecraft

    Transformational Issues and Challenges

    Future Trends in Global Terrorism: Mapping the Strategy to Defeat an Ideology

    Globalization, Ideology, and Security

    Trends in Global Terrorism

    Global Trends—2015 and Mapping the Global Future—2020

    21st Century Nation-State Issues and Challenges





    Thomas A. Johnson