Transforming Military Overseas Presence to Deter and Prevent Asymmetric Warfare Against the United States [open pdf - 282KB]
The end of the cold war has brought many changes to the geopolitical landscape of the world. Combined with covert operations, these technological advances have contributed to the world witnessing a rise in terrorism on a scale never before imagined; as demonstrated on 11 September 2001. This paper argues that the military presence overseas must transform, and integrate better with the interagency, to deter and defeat terrorist networks. The United States cannot allow failed nation states to become safe harbors for terrorist organizations of global reach. Nation states that provide nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons or technology to terrorists are an even greater threat that must be deterred, or defeated if deterrence fails. A strong military presence overseas, along with an engaging foreign and economic policy, will enable the United States to effectively demonstrate its commitment to regional stability and defeating terrorist networks. Moreover, the U.S. will need a seamless intelligence network, stronger interagency collaboration, and greater international cooperation to prevent asymmetric attacks.