Military Operations Against Terrorist Groups Abroad

Military Operations Against Terrorist Groups Abroad: Implications for the United States Air Force

David Ochmanek
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition: 1
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 52
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/mr1738af
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    Military Operations Against Terrorist Groups Abroad
    Book Description:

    Although military power is only one component of the portfolio of instruments that can be brought to bear in the fight against terrorist groups, military capabilities play unique and crucial roles in the overall strategy. These capabilities will call for a mix of forces somewhat different from those fielded today as well as new concepts and technologies. Equally challenging will be the tasks of training/advising friendly forces and protecting forces and interests around the world.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-3609-4
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. PREFACE
    (pp. iii-vi)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. FIGURES AND TABLES
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. SUMMARY
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  6. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  7. Chapter One INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 1-4)

    If the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, did nothing else, they provided a stunning demonstration of America’s vulnerability to attacks by small numbers of determined fanatics. The root causes of such fanaticism can be debated endlessly, but one thing seems clear: Modern technology and its dispersion are placing increasingly destructive instruments at the disposal of growing numbers of people. As long as groups exist that see it as in their interest to use violence against Americans and American interests, the threat of terrorist attacks that are able to inflict hundreds or thousands of casualties will loom over our society....

  8. Chapter Two A “GENERIC” OPERATIONAL STRATEGY: A TEMPLATE FOR PLANNING
    (pp. 5-20)

    Military operations against terrorist groups abroad will be shaped by the circumstances peculiar to each country and situation. Host-country governments will place different sorts of constraints on the deployment and operations of U.S. forces on their territory, and the capabilities of their own forces will vary. Likewise, terrorist groups pose different types of threats, depending on their strength (both locally and beyond their home regions) and the level of external support they might enjoy. And, as with any military operation, the terrain, weather, transportation infrastructure, and other features of the environment must be taken into account when planning and conducting...

  9. Chapter Three TOWARD NEW CONCEPTS FOR LOCATING AND ATTACKING TERRORISTS AND RELATED TARGETS
    (pp. 21-30)

    Notwithstanding the successes that U.S. and allied forces have had in disrupting terrorist operations in and around Afghanistan, serious shortfalls remain. Specifically, improvements are called for in the capabilities of U.S. air forces to locate, identify, and attack very small groups of people with appropriate levels of confidence that the right target is being attacked and that innocent civilians will not be placed at undue risk. What opportunities might exist to define new and more effective concepts of execution (CONEXs) for engaging such targets?

    We must first recognize that terrorists will try to operate in areas and ways that make...

  10. Chapter Four THE NEW “STEADY STATE”: IMPLICATIONS FOR FORCE PLANNING
    (pp. 31-38)

    The imperative to monitor, suppress, attack, and ultimately eradicate international terrorist groups seeking to strike the United States, its citizens, its interests, and its allies is prompting significant changes in the demands placed on the armed forces of the United States, including the Air Force. Many of these changes will remain prominent features of the security environment for years to come.

    As of this writing in early 2003, U.S. and allied forces operating in and around Afghanistan have not succeeded in capturing or killing a number of al Qaeda’s leaders, many of its fighters, and any number of virulently anti-Western...