Bounding the global war on terrorism

Record, Jeffrey
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  • Creator Jeffrey Record
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication [Carlisle Barracks, PA] : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2003.
  • Physical Details
    • vi, 56 pages ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781584871460, 1584871466
  • OCLC ocm53969451


  • The author examines three features of the war on terrorism as currently defined and conducted: (1) the administration's postulation of the terrorist threat, (2) the scope and feasibility of U.S. war aims, and (3) the war's political, fiscal, and military sustainability. He believes that the war on terrorism--as opposed to the campaign against al-Qaeda-- lacks strategic clarity, embraces unrealistic objectives, and may not be sustainable over the long haul. He calls for downsizing the scope of the war on terrorism to reflect concrete U.S. security interests and the limits of American military power.


  • "December 2003."
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 46-56).
  • Also available via Internet from the SSI web site. Address as of 1/15/04:; current access available via PURL.