Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

DoD Policy Head Speaks on QDR, Sept 11 Lessons

DoD Policy Head Speaks on QDR, Sept 11 Lessons

By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service.

Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) November 14, 2001 -- DoD is just now starting to get a handle on how to define military responsibilities in homeland defense, said Douglas Feith, defense undersecretary for policy.

Feith, speaking at the Fletcher Conference here, said the Quadrennial Defense Review noted that homeland security is the primary mission of the U.S. military. "No one in the department anticipated how large, how complex and how difficult the territorial security responsibilities of the Defense Department were going to be as a result of the (Sept. 11) attack," he said.

The Fletcher Conference is jointly sponsored by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis and the Army. The theme this year is "National Security for a New Era."

Feith said this homeland security mission is not going to be temporary. DoD must be prepared to deal with this aspect of national security for the long run.

Feith said "the speculative world of defense planning changed instantly into the high-speed, here-and-now, no- time-for-theory world of military operations" when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Still, some of the issues raised in the QDR's "speculative world of defense planning" apply to those military operations.

The QDR stressed that even with the best intelligence "we cannot avoid surprises," he said. Another aspect the QDR stressed was that the U.S. military needs the ability to take military action quickly anywhere in the world. U.S. forces must be lighter, more mobile and more lethal even in relatively small-scale deployments.

"We won't have six months to 'flow' 500,000 troops into a theater as we did during Desert Shield," Feith said. "The QDR recognizes we may have to fight more quickly with fewer and lighter units in multiple locations simultaneously.

Another pillar of the QDR is the need for continued U.S. forward-basing. The United States needs forward bases to meet its worldwide responsibilities. But even these bases may not be close enough for U.S. forces to use them, he said.

"We may have to operate where we have no bases," Feith said. "That's why the review stressed long-range strike capabilities."

He said the QDR is important, but planners need to incorporate lessons learned since Sept. 11. One specific lesson of the war on terrorism is that terrorist organizations can't do large-scale harm over an extended period unless they have a territorial base of operations. He said this is why the Bush administration stresses the importance of ending state support of terrorism.

"If we are going to succeed, we have to fight (terrorism) at the wholesale level," Feith said. "There are simply too many terrorist organizations and cells to chase after them individually.

"We need a territorial approach. We need to recognize the importance that state support contributes to the operations of terrorist operations. We have to see to it that other governments deny terrorists the territory from which to operate. Some may have to be compelled; some may have to be persuaded."

He said eliminating the territorial base and state support for terrorism will also help the United States address the nexus of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. "It is remarkable that the list of countries that support terrorism and the list of countries that are pursuing nuclear, chemical, biological weapons and missiles are remarkably coincident," Feith said.

The undersecretary said there are limits to what military power can do alone. He said every instrument of national power must be applied to defeat terrorism. "Victory will be determined as much on the battlefield of ideas as on the military battlefield," Feith concluded.

 

Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin





Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

Contact