Since 9/11, the military conventional forces—acting largely on their own—have been asked to defeat contemporary terrorist organizations and deter future terrorist threats. This conventional mindset hinders development of a truly effective strategy to counter what is—at heart—an unconventional threat. Lacking an appropriate counter-terrorism (CT) doctrine, the United States (US) has fallen back on the one asymmetric doctrine it does possess: counter-insurgency (COIN). While COIN principles do apply to countering terrorism, CT and COIN are not identical. Asymmetric...
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