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

ISBN 9781420079876
Published November 13, 2008 by CRC Press
392 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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




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