Academic journal article Military Review

FINISHING BUSINESS: Ten Steps to Defeat Global Terror

Academic journal article Military Review

FINISHING BUSINESS: Ten Steps to Defeat Global Terror

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FINISHING BUSINESS: Ten Steps to Defeat Global Terror, Harlan Ullman, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2004, 241 pages, $29.95.

Harlan Ullman, the former naval officer who popularized the phrase "shock and awe" in a book by the same name (Kesinger Publishing, Whitefish, MT, 2004), diagnoses the failures in America's role in the Global War on Terrorism in his current book, Finishing Business: Ten Steps to Defeat Global Terror, which is a starting point for anyone attempting to rethink the Global War on Terrorism.

Ullman suggests that America should recognize it cannot win the Global War on Terrorism as presently conceived. Radical Islam poses a political danger to America and threatens "massive disruption through real or threatened terrorist attacks." Ullman further asserts the U.S. Government (as currently organized) cannot protect its citizens. He calls for governmental reform, congressional discipline, safeguards for individual liberties, and a conceptual shift from national defense to national security. Finally, Ullman recommends a comprehensive rather than a specific solution to global problems, and suggests that America "expand regional security arrangements more broadly. …

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