A Sun Tzu Approach to Counter Al-Qaeda's Global Insurgency
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... perations and Reports, 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. SPONSOR/MONITOR'S REPORT NUMBER(S) 12. DISTRIBUTION/AVAILABILITY STATEMENT Approved for public release; distribution unlimited. 13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT see attached 15. SUBJECT TERMS 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 32 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b. ABSTRACT unclassified c. THIS PAGE unclassified Standard Form 298 (Rev. 8-98) Despite the multiple coordinated attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda (AQ) in the United States and at strategic locations abroad, there remain some leaders in government who are incapable of accurately assessing the strategic nature of this terrorist organization. As a nation we have devoted a tremendous amount of our country's strategic resources to analyzing AQ tactical operations. We have not however, rigorously examined AQ using established theoretical frameworks on war. This paper will attempt to examine AQ's operations through the tenets of Sun Tzu's theory of war, known as The Art of War. The primary purpose is to give the reader a better understanding of the relevant strategic operational methods employed by AQ, by briefly analyzing its past methods and operations against Sun Tzu's conceptual framework. The essay concludes with some initial recommendations on how the United States can restructure our current civilian-military doctrine using an "Art of War" analytical framework to gradually curtail AQ operations.