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CACI Publishes Recommendations for Integrated National Strategy to Counter Asymmetric Threats to U.S. and Global Security
Aug 05, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)
ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CACI International Inc www.caci.com announced today that it has published the results of a symposium in which national security leaders from government, industry, and academia addressed the need for a unified national strategy to deal with asymmetric threats to U.S. and global security. Held May 8, 2008, the symposium was co-sponsored by both CACI and the (NDU). The publication, "Dealing With Today's Asymmetric Threat to U.S. and Global Security," is available free of charge from CACI's website, .
At the symposium, General Anthony Zinni (Ret), former Commander of the U.S. Central Command, provided a stimulating keynote address, challenging the experts to expand their vision and confront the tougher issues of very great importance to our national security. Rising to the challenge, experts from military, diplomatic, intelligence, industry, and other fields addressed problems and offered bold solutions in both what is called "soft power" and the more military-focused "kinetic power" models. From these discussions, CACI has developed this publication, which presents significant recommendations from symposium participants on the need for an integrated national asymmetric threat strategy and the considerations it must embrace. The symposium was the first of three planned events, with the second symposium scheduled for October at NDU. It will focus on "Rebuilding America's Soft Power."
Following the end of World War II and throughout the Cold War, the U.S. government was able to maintain a consistent national security strategy to counter the relatively uniform and understood threats of that era. With the September 11, 2001 attacks, however, a new, lethal, and asymmetrical threat to the West entered the world stage.
At its most basic level, asymmetric warfare refers to conflict between two or more actors -- nations, coalitions, or groups -- whose relative military power differs significantly. Terrorist organizations posing asymmetric threats know they cannot match the U.S. conventionally and instead seek new and constantly evolving ways to turn our strengths against us -- with lethal attacks marked by greater intensity, uncertainty, and psychological impact. This terrorist threat, grown on a foundation of instability and religious extremism, has leveraged technology, strategic communications, and divergent Western policies and priorities to enhance both its credibility and efficacy. As a result, the U.S. must rethink the policies, structures, and processes that have guided its national security and look to new, bolder concepts, strategies, methods, and tactics to combat and defeat these threats.
Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, CACI Chairman of the Board, introduced the symposium, and at its conclusion noted that, "We thank everyone who participated in the Asymmetric Threat Symposium, as well as our co-sponsors at the , and are very proud and privileged to have benefited from their insights. With this symposium publication, we make their views available to all. The U.S. and the West are in a long-term struggle over values, ideas, and culture, not terrain and military power in the traditional sense. I believe the development of an integrated national asymmetric threat strategy to address this struggle, which we have begun to explore in this publication, is both timely and urgent -- and of major national concern."
The is the premier center for Joint Professional Military Education and is under the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Through its research centers, NDU produces policy analyses, research, and other support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders from major military commands, and other U.S. government agencies.
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