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Copyright (c) 2014 Air Force Judge Advocate General School
The Air Force Law Review

ARTICLE: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO CIVILIAN-MILITARY/INTERAGENCY COUNTERTERRORISM CAPACITY BUILDING

2014

Air Force Law Review

71 A.F. L. Rev. 1

Author

LIEUTENANT COLONEL STEPHEN KEANE * and MAJOR KENNETH A. ARTZ **

Excerpt

I. INTRODUCTION

Foreign Counter Terrorism (CT) capacity building is vitally important to the National Security of the United States. Currently, a vast array of U.S. Government (USG) organizations, military and civilian, are involved with USG CT capacity building efforts. It is crucial for the national security of the United States for the USG to vastly improve and synchronize its efforts in the area of CT capacity building. Currently, and for a variety of reasons, many of USG CT capacity building organizations operate in a compartmentalized or "stove piped" fashion. A clear vision from a central USG authority detailing how such operations should be planned for and carried out would enhance the overall effectiveness of CT capacity building operations. Correspondingly, establishing formalized processes for interagency coordination across USG CT capacity building entities will ensure the USG's overall policy objectives in this area are executed consistently and clearly.

There are many USG organizations working towards the same goal of helping other countries fight terrorism but unity of effort is lacking among these disparate and often competing organizations. Clear assignment of roles, missions, and a centralized funding source from a USG central authority would greatly reduce unnecessary redundancy and ensure that the USG resources are most efficiently employed. Establishing formalized processes for inter-agency coordination across USG CT capacity building entities will ensure that the USG's overall policy objectives in this area are executed consistently and clearly. Ultimately, the USG should establish a CT capacity building framework that utilizes more centralized planning ...
 
 
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