Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Page from Counterterrorism History

The missing metrics. The need to retool the DoD for a long conflict, in terms of incentives, training, and more. New governmental/organizational approaches to deal with the long-term nature and comprehensive character of the problem:

Have we fashioned the right mix of rewards, amnesty, protection and confidence in the US?

Does DoD need to think through new ways to organize, train, equip and focus to deal with the global war on terror?

Are the changes we have and are making too modest and incremental? My impression is that we have not yet made truly bold moves, although we have have made many sensible, logical moves in the right direction, but are they enough?

Today, we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?

Does the US need to fashion a broad, integrated plan to stop the next generation of terrorists? The US is putting relatively little effort into a long-range plan, but we are putting a great deal of effort into trying to stop terrorists. The cost-benefit ratio is against us! Our cost is billions against the terrorists' costs of millions.

Do we need a new organization?

That was Donald Rumsfeld, in October of ... 2003.

The need for bold initiatives and long-term planning was on the CIC's desk back in 2003, not shifts in tactics under the rubric of stay-the-course.

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