Integration of Department of Defense and State Department Efforts to Continue the Global Pursuit of Violent Extremist Organizations [open pdf - 390KB]
From the thesis abstract: "The United States has been engaged in active conflict against Violent Extremist Organizations for over 11 years. This has given the U.S. the ability to effectively track and target hostile organizations before they could materialize enough manpower and resources to effectively target the U.S. homeland and significant interests abroad. As the U.S. draws down a majority of combat forces from the Middle East, the ability to effectively track organizations that are attempting to target American citizens must be maintained and expanded. The Department of Defense and State Department need to integrate their efforts and maximize their capabilities to maintain the pressure that has been maintained over the past eleven years. The Department of Defense should provide personnel and equipment to help track Violent Extremist Organizations, under the guidance and direction of the State Department, at embassies worldwide to ensure the U.S. maintains awareness of movements and actions of our adversaries. The State Department should conduct diplomatic negotiations, before the need for action arises, to ensure that the U.S. military can conduct rapid actions as needed once a threat is identified."
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