Book The military's role in counterterrorism : examples and implications for liberal democracies / Geraint Hughes.
Associated Name: Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute.
Publication year: 2011.
Call Number U413.A66 L48 no.48 ; U413.R33 H84 2011
Media class: Book
Publisher: Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
ISBN: 9781584874898 1584874899
Series title: The Letort papers
Extent: xix, 204 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
"This Letort paper ... argues that there are contingencies in which democratic states are obliged to employ military means in order to protect their citizens from the threat of terrorism, whether in a purely domestic context or when facing a transnational terrorist network such as al-Qaeda. While outlining the specific roles that armed forces can perform (including hostage rescue, military aid to the civil authority, interdiction, and intelligence-gathering), this paper also describes the strategic, political, diplomatic, and ethical challenges that arise from using military means to fight terrorism either on one's home soil or in the international arena. This paper's principal conclusion is that democratic governments can use their armed forces if the existing police/judicial framework cannot address the threat posed by terrorists, but that military means have to be integrated as part of an overarching strategy to contain terrorism and to limit the capacity of its practitioners to conduct attacks against citizens. The author also outlines a series of questions that civilian decisionmakers should ideally resolve prior to turning counterterrorism mission over their military counterparts"--Summary.
Is terrorism a military problem? -- The military's role in counterterrorism -- Problems arising from military involvement in counterterrorism : the international context -- Problems arising from military involvement in counterterrorism : the domestic context.