ABSTRACT

Clinton Doctrine: An Unfinished Work of Strategic Art, 'A Call for a Strategy to Counter the Subnational WMD Warfare Threat Against the American Homeland'   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The Clinton Doctrine, in its current form, is not a finished piece of strategic art. First, its initial and preponderant focus rests explicitly on other nation states, it is not focused adequately on substantial entities. Second, as an emerging concept the Doctrine lacks an effective underlying strategy which successfully integrates this nation's resources and power into a cohesive and effective framework that deals not only with threats from other nation states, but with subnational threats as well. […]The author of this paper suggests that the post-Cold War organizing principle for our national security interests should be a 'strategy of homeland defense.' The challenge facing the United States national security community is to find a solution to the WMD threat facing our nation. Specifically, the paper focuses on the threat from subnational entities and proposes an initial and broad strategic framework on how the United States can integrate its available national power and resources into an effective strategy that will thwart the use of WMD against our homeland. The Clinton Doctrine is a start, but to keep America safe in the 21st Century, the Doctrine needs an underlying and supportive strategy for countering subnational WMD threats. The challenge of this paper is to prompt the reader to abandon the status quo, 'business as usual' approach to national security and consider a new perspective, a new paradigm, and a new strategic framework. In addition, this author hopes that the reader will become more aware of the nontraditional character of the 21st Century, and that this paper will stimulate further discussion and debate on how best to deal with the subnational WMD threat. Ultimately, the objective of this paper is to force people to consider the implications and consequences of inaction and to prompt others to take action - while time remains to do so."

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1998
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