How Now Shall We Fight? The Relevance of the Law of Armed Conflict to the United States and Its Coalition Members in Light of the Terrorist Attacks of 11 September 2001   [open pdf - 111KB]

This Naval War College Point Paper was prepared in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The Naval War College commissioned more than thirty papers addressing strategy and policy, operational concepts, and national security decision making related to the terror war. These papers were intended as contributions to U.S. national security policy deliberations, and to assist the U.S. Navy as it planned its response to future terrorist threats. "This paper addresses three issues regarding LOAC [Law of Armed Conflict] relevance and its impact on how we are to fight this new war. First, it analyzes what has changed on the battlefield since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Second, it discusses the issues such changes have created. And third, where appropriate it suggests changes to make the LOAC more relevant to U.S. war conduct in order to afford operational commanders an improved framework to use in armed conflicts."

Report Number:
Naval War College Newport Paper No. 71
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library: http://www.nps.edu/Library/index.aspx
Media Type:
Newport Papers [electronic resource]: National Security Strategy After 9/11/01, p.165-172
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