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Overview of America’s National Strategy for Combating Terrorism
America is at war with a transnational terrorist movement fueled by a radical ideology of hatred,
oppression, and murder. Our National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, first published in
February 2003, recognizes that we are at war and that protecting and defending the Homeland, the
American people, and their livelihoods remains our first and most solemn obligation.
Our strategy also recognizes that the War on Terror is a different kind of war. From the beginning,
it has been both a battle of arms and a battle of ideas. Not only do we fight our terrorist enemies on
the battlefield, we promote freedom and human dignity as alternatives to the terrorists’ perverse
vision of oppression and totalitarian rule. The paradigm for combating terrorism now involves the
application of all elements of our national power and influence. Not only do we employ military
power, we use diplomatic, financial, intelligence, and law enforcement activities to protect the
Homeland and extend our defenses, disrupt terrorist operations, and deprive our enemies of what
they need to operate and survive. We have broken old orthodoxies that once confined our
counterterrorism efforts primarily to the criminal justice domain.
This updated strategy sets the course for winning the War on Terror. It builds directly from the
National Security Strategy issued in March 2006 as well as the February 2003 National Strategy for
Combating Terrorism, and incorporates our increased understanding of the enemy. From the
beginning, we understood that the War on Terror involved more than simply finding and bringing to
justice those who had planned and executed the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Our
strategy involved destroying the larger al-Qaida network and also confronting the radical ideology
that inspired others to join or support the terrorist movement. Since 9/11, we have made substantial
progress in degrading the al-Qaida network, killing or capturing key lieutenants, eliminating
safehavens, and disrupting existing lines of support. Through the freedom agenda, we also have
promoted the best long-term answer to al-Qaida’s agenda: the freedom and dignity that comes when
human liberty is protected by effective democratic institutions.
In response to our efforts, the terrorists have adjusted, and so we must continue to refine our
strategy to meet the evolving threat. Today, we face a global terrorist movement and must confront
the radical ideology that justifies the use of violence against innocents in the name of religion. As
laid out in this strategy, to win the War on Terror, we will:
• Advance effective democracies as the long-term antidote to the ideology of terrorism;
• Prevent attacks by terrorist networks;
• Deny weapons of mass destruction to rogue states and terrorist allies who seek to use them;
• Deny terrorists the support and sanctuary of rogue states;
• Deny terrorists control of any nation they would use as a base and launching pad for terror; and
• Lay the foundations and build the institutions and structures we need to carry the fight forward
against terror and help ensure our ultimate success.
Today’s Realities in the War on Terror
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were acts of war against the United States, peaceful
people throughout the world, and the very principles of liberty and human dignity. The United
States, together with our Coalition partners, has fought back and will win this war. We will hold the
perpetrators accountable and work to prevent the recurrence of similar atrocities on any scale –
whether at home or abroad. The War on Terror extends beyond the current armed conflict that
arose out of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and embraces all facets of continuing U.S. efforts to
bring an end to the scourge of terrorism. Ultimately, we will win the long war to defeat the
terrorists and their murderous ideology.
• We have deprived al-Qaida of safehaven in Afghanistan and helped a democratic government to
rise in its place. Once a terrorist sanctuary ruled by the repressive Taliban regime, Afghanistan
is now a full partner in the War on Terror.
• A multinational coalition joined by the Iraqis is aggressively prosecuting the war against the
terrorists in Iraq. Together, we are working to secure a united, stable, and democratic Iraq, now
a new War on Terror ally in the heart of the Middle East.
• We have significantly degraded the al-Qaida network. Most of those in the al-Qaida network
responsible for the September 11 attacks, including the plot’s mastermind Khalid Shaykh
Muhammad, have been captured or killed. We also have killed other key al-Qaida members,
such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the group’s operational commander in Iraq who led a campaign
of terror that took the lives of countless American forces and innocent Iraqis.
• We have led an unprecedented international campaign to combat terrorist financing that has
made it harder, costlier, and riskier for al-Qaida and related terrorist groups to raise and move
• There is a broad and growing global consensus that the deliberate targeting of innocents is never
justified by any calling or cause.
• Many nations have rallied to fight terrorism, with unprecedented cooperation on law
enforcement, intelligence, military, and diplomatic activity.
• We have strengthened our ability to disrupt and help prevent future attacks in the Homeland by
enhancing our counterterrorism architecture through the creation of the Department of
Homeland Security, the Office of Director of National Intelligence, and the National
Counterterrorism Center. Overall, the United States and our partners have disrupted several
serious plots since September 11, including al-Qaida plots to attack inside the United States.
• Numerous countries that were part of the problem before September 11 are now increasingly
becoming part of the solution – and this transformation has occurred without destabilizing
friendly regimes in key regions.
The Administration has worked with Congress to adopt, implement, and renew key reforms like
the USA PATRIOT Act that promote our security while also protecting our fundamental
Yet while America is safer, we are not yet safe. The enemy remains determined, and we face
serious challenges at home and abroad.
• Terrorist networks today are more dispersed and less centralized. They are more reliant on
smaller cells inspired by a common ideology and less directed by a central command structure.
• While the United States Government and its partners have thwarted many attacks, we have not
been able to prevent them all. Terrorists have struck in many places throughout the world, from
Bali to Beslan to Baghdad.
• While we have substantially improved our air, land, sea, and border security, our Homeland is
not immune from attack.
• Terrorists have declared their intention to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
to inflict even more catastrophic attacks against the United States, our allies, partners, and other
interests around the world.
• Some states, such as Syria and Iran, continue to harbor terrorists at home and sponsor terrorist
• The ongoing fight for freedom in Iraq has been twisted by terrorist propaganda as a rallying cry.
• Increasingly sophisticated use of the Internet and media has enabled our terrorist enemies to
communicate, recruit, train, rally support, proselytize, and spread their propaganda without
risking personal contact.
Today’s Terrorist Enemy
The United States and our partners continue to pursue a significantly degraded but still dangerous
al-Qaida network. Yet the enemy we face today in the War on Terror is not the same enemy we
faced on September 11. Our effective counterterrorist efforts, in part, have forced the terrorists to
evolve and modify their ways of doing business. Our understanding of the enemy has evolved as
well. Today, the principal terrorist enemy confronting the United States is a transnational
movement of extremist organizations, networks, and individuals – and their state and non-state
supporters – which have in common that they exploit Islam and use terrorism for ideological ends.
This transnational movement is not monolithic. Although al-Qaida functions as the movement’s
vanguard and remains, along with its affiliate groups and those inspired by them, the most
dangerous present manifestation of the enemy, the movement is not controlled by any single
individual, group, or state. What unites the movement is a common vision, a common set of ideas
about the nature and destiny of the world, and a common goal of ushering in totalitarian rule. What
unites the movement is the ideology of oppression, violence, and hate.
Our terrorist enemies exploit Islam to serve a violent political vision. Fueled by a radical ideology
and a false belief that the United States is the cause of most problems affecting Muslims today, our
enemies seek to expel Western power and influence from the Muslim world and establish regimes
that rule according to a violent and intolerant distortion of Islam. As illustrated by Taliban-ruled
Afghanistan, such regimes would deny all political and religious freedoms and serve as sanctuaries
for extremists to launch additional attacks against not only the United States, its allies and partners,
but the Muslim world itself. Some among the enemy, particularly al-Qaida, harbor even greater
territorial and geopolitical ambitions and aim to establish a single, pan-Islamic, totalitarian regime
that stretches from Spain to Southeast Asia.
This enemy movement seeks to create and exploit a division between the Muslim and non-Muslim
world and within the Muslim world itself. The terrorists distort the idea of jihad into a call for
violence and murder against those they regard as apostates or unbelievers, including all those who
disagree with them. Most of the terrorist attacks since September 11 have occurred in Muslim
countries – and most of the victims have been Muslims.
In addition to this principal enemy, a host of other groups and individuals also use terror and
violence against innocent civilians to pursue their political objectives. Though their motives and
goals may be different, and often include secular and more narrow territorial aims, they threaten our
interests and those of our partners as they attempt to overthrow civil order and replace freedom with
conflict and intolerance. Their terrorist tactics ensure that they are enemies of humanity regardless
of their goals and no matter where they operate.
For our terrorist enemies, violence is not only justified, it is necessary and even glorified – judged
the only means to achieve a world vision darkened by hate, fear, and oppression. They use suicide
bombings, beheadings, and other atrocities against innocent people as a means to promote their
creed. Our enemy’s demonstrated indifference to human life and desire to inflict catastrophic
damage on the United States and its friends and allies around the world have fueled their desire for weapons of mass destruction. We cannot permit the world’s most dangerous terrorists and their
regime sponsors to threaten us with the world’s most destructive weapons.
For the enemy, there is no peaceful coexistence with those who do not subscribe to their distorted
and violent view of the world. They accept no dissent and tolerate no alternative points of view.
Ultimately, the terrorist enemy we face threatens global peace, international security and prosperity,
the rising tide of democracy, and the right of all people to live without fear of indiscriminate
Strategic Vision for the War on Terror
From the beginning, the War on Terror has been both a battle of arms and a battle of ideas – a fight
against the terrorists and their murderous ideology. In the short run, the fight involves the
application of all instruments of national power and influence to kill or capture the terrorists; deny
them safehaven and control of any nation; prevent them from gaining access to WMD; render
potential terrorist targets less attractive by strengthening security; and cut off their sources of
funding and other resources they need to operate and survive. In the long run, winning the War on
Terror means winning the battle of ideas. Ideas can transform the embittered and disillusioned
either into murderers willing to kill innocents, or into free peoples living harmoniously in a diverse
The battle of ideas helps to define the strategic intent of our National Strategy for Combating
Terrorism. The United States will continue to lead an expansive international effort in pursuit of a
• The defeat of violent extremism as a threat to our way of life as a free and open society; and
• The creation of a global environment inhospitable to violent extremists and all who support
Strategy for Winning the War on Terror
Long-term approach: Advancing effective democracy
The long-term solution for winning the War on Terror is the advancement of freedom and human
dignity through effective democracy. Elections are the most visible sign of a free society and can
play a critical role in advancing effective democracy. But elections alone are not enough. Effective
democracies honor and uphold basic human rights, including freedom of religion, conscience,
speech, assembly, association, and press. They are responsive to their citizens, submitting to the
will of the people. Effective democracies exercise effective sovereignty and maintain order within
their own borders, address causes of conflict peacefully, protect independent and impartial systems
of justice, punish crime, embrace the rule of law, and resist corruption. Effective democracies also
limit the reach of government, protecting the institutions of civil society. In effective democracies,
freedom is indivisible. They are the long-term antidote to the ideology of terrorism today. This is
the battle of ideas.
To wage the battle of ideas effectively, we must recognize what does and does not give rise to
• Terrorism is not the inevitable by-product of poverty. Many of the September 11 hijackers were
from middle-class backgrounds, and many terrorist leaders, like bin Laden, are from privileged
• Terrorism is not simply a result of hostility to U.S. policy in Iraq. The United States was
attacked on September 11 and many years earlier, well before we toppled the Saddam Hussein
regime. Moreover, countries that did not participate in Coalition efforts in Iraq have not been
spared from terror attacks.
• Terrorism is not simply a result of Israeli-Palestinian issues. Al-Qaida plotting for the
September 11 attacks began in the 1990s, during an active period in the peace process.
• Terrorism is not simply a response to our efforts to prevent terror attacks. The al-Qaida network
targeted the United States long before the United States targeted al-Qaida. Indeed, the terrorists
are emboldened more by perceptions of weakness than by demonstrations of resolve. Terrorists
lure recruits by telling them that we are decadent, easily intimidated, and will retreat if attacked.
The terrorism we confront today springs from:
• Political alienation. Transnational terrorists are recruited from populations with no voice in
their own government and see no legitimate way to promote change in their own country.
Without a stake in the existing order, they are vulnerable to manipulation by those who advocate
a perverse political vision based on violence and destruction.
• Grievances that can be blamed on others. The failures the terrorists feel and see are blamed
both on others and on perceived injustices from the recent or sometimes distant past. The terrorists’ rhetoric keeps wounds associated with this past fresh and raw, a potent motivation for
revenge and terror.
• Subcultures of conspiracy and misinformation. Terrorists recruit more effectively from
populations whose information about the world is contaminated by falsehoods and corrupted by
conspiracy theories. The distortions keep alive grievances and filter out facts that would
challenge popular prejudices and self-serving propaganda.
• An ideology that justifies murder. Terrorism ultimately depends upon the appeal of an
ideology that excuses or even glorifies the deliberate killing of innocents. Islam has been
twisted and made to serve an evil end, as in other times and places other religions have been
Defeating terrorism in the long run requires that each of these factors be addressed. Effective
democracy provides a counter to each, diminishing the underlying conditions terrorists seek to
• In place of alienation, democracy offers an ownership stake in society, a chance to shape one’s
• In place of festering grievances, democracy offers the rule of law, the peaceful resolution of
disputes, and the habits of advancing interests through compromise.
• In place of a culture of conspiracy and misinformation, democracy offers freedom of speech,
independent media, and the marketplace of ideas, which can expose and discredit falsehoods,
prejudices, and dishonest propaganda.
• In place of an ideology that justifies murder, democracy offers a respect for human dignity that
abhors the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians.
Democracy is the antithesis of terrorist tyranny, which is why the terrorists denounce it and are
willing to kill the innocent to stop it. Democracy is based on empowerment, while the terrorists’
ideology is based on enslavement. Democracies expand the freedom of their citizens, while the
terrorists seek to impose a single set of narrow beliefs. Democracy sees individuals as equal in
worth and dignity, having an inherent potential to create, govern themselves, and exercise basic
freedoms of speech and conscience. The terrorists see individuals as objects to be exploited, and
then to be ruled and oppressed.
Democracies are not immune to terrorism. In some democracies, some ethnic or religious groups
are unable or unwilling to grasp the benefits of freedom otherwise available in the society. Such
groups can evidence the same alienation and despair that the transnational terrorists exploit in
undemocratic states. This accounts for the emergence in democratic societies of homegrown
terrorists – even among second- and third-generation citizens. Even in these cases, the long-term
solution remains deepening the reach of democracy so that all citizens enjoy its benefits. We will
continue to guard against the emergence of homegrown terrorists within our own Homeland as well.
The strategy to counter the lies behind the terrorists’ ideology and deny them future recruits must
empower the very people the terrorists most want to exploit: the faithful followers of Islam. We
will continue to support political reforms that empower peaceful Muslims to practice and interpret
their faith. We will work to undermine the ideological underpinnings of violent Islamic extremism
and gain the support of non-violent Muslims around the world. The most vital work will be done
within the Islamic world itself, and Jordan, Morocco, and Indonesia, among others, have begun to
make important strides in this effort. Responsible Islamic leaders need to denounce an ideology
that distorts and exploits Islam to justify the murder of innocent people and defiles a proud religion.
Many of the Muslim faith are already making this commitment at great personal risk. They realize
they are a target of this ideology of terror. Everywhere we have joined in the fight against
terrorism, Muslim allies have stood beside us, becoming partners in this vital cause. They know the
stakes – the survival of their own liberty, the future of their own region, the justice and humanity of
their own traditions – and the United States is proud to stand beside them. Not only will we
continue to support the efforts of our Muslim partners overseas to reject violent extremism, we will
continue to engage with and strengthen the efforts of Muslims within the United States as well.
Through outreach programs and public diplomacy we will reveal the terrorists’ violent extremist
ideology for what it is – a form of totalitarianism following in the path of fascism and Nazism.
Over the short term: Four priorities of action
The advance of freedom, opportunity, and human dignity through democracy is the long-term
solution to the transnational terror movement of today. To create the space and time for this
long-term solution to take root, we are operating along four priorities of action in the short term.
Prevent attacks by terrorist networks. A government has no higher obligation than to protect the
lives and livelihoods of its citizens. The hard core among our terrorist enemies cannot be reformed
or deterred; they will be tracked down, captured, or killed. They will be cut off from the network of
individuals, institutions, and other resources they depend on for support and that facilitate their
activities. The network, in turn, will be deterred, disrupted, and disabled. Working with committed
partners across the globe, we continue to use a broad range of tools at home and abroad to take the
fight to the terrorists, deny them entry to the United States, hinder their movement across
international borders, and establish protective measures to further reduce our vulnerability to attack.
• Attack terrorists and their capacity to operate. The United States and our partners continue to
take active and effective measures against our primary terrorist enemies and certain other
violent extremist groups that also pose a serious and continuing threat. We are attacking these
terrorists and their capacity to operate effectively at home and abroad. Specifically, through the
use of all elements of national power, we are denying or neutralizing what our terrorist enemies
need to operate and survive:
• Leaders, who provide the vision that followers strive to realize. They also offer the
necessary direction, discipline, and motivation for accomplishing a given goal or task. Most
terrorist organizations have a central figure who embodies the cause, in addition to several
operational leaders and managers who provide guidance on a functional, regional, or local
basis. The loss of a leader can degrade a group’s cohesiveness and in some cases may trigger its collapse. Other terrorist groups adapt by promoting experienced cadre or
decentralizing their command structures, making our challenge in neutralizing terrorist
leaders even greater.
• Foot soldiers, which include the operatives, facilitators, and trainers in a terrorist network.
They are the lifeblood of a terrorist group – they make it run. Technology and globalization
have enhanced the ability of groups to recruit foot soldiers to their cause, including
well-educated recruits. We and our partners will not only continue to capture and kill foot
soldiers, but will work to halt the influx of recruits into terrorist organizations as well.
Without a continuing supply of personnel to facilitate and carry out attacks, these groups
ultimately will cease to operate.
• Weapons, or the tools of terrorists and the means by which they murder to advance their
cause. Terrorists exploit many avenues to develop and acquire weapons, including through
state sponsors, theft or capture, and black market purchases. Our enemies employ existing
technology – explosives, small arms, missiles and other devices – in both conventional and
unconventional ways to terrorize and achieve mass effects. They also use non-weapon
technologies as weapons, such as the airplanes on September 11. Our greatest and gravest
concern, however, is WMD in the hands of terrorists. Preventing their acquisition and the
dire consequences of their use is a key priority of this strategy.
• Funds, which provide the fungible, easily transportable means to secure all other forms of
material support necessary to the survival and operation of terrorist organizations. Our
enemies raise funds through a variety of means, including soliciting contributions from
supporters; operating businesses, NGOs, and charitable fronts; and engaging in criminal
activity such as fraud, extortion, and kidnapping for ransom. They transfer funds through
several mechanisms, including the formal banking system, wire transfers, debit or “smart”
cards, cash couriers, and hawalas, which are alternative remittance systems based on trust.
Effective disruption of funding sources and interdiction of transfer mechanisms can help our
partners and us to starve terrorist networks of the material support they require.
• Communications, which allow terrorists the ability to receive, store, manipulate, and
exchange information. The methods by which terrorists communicate are numerous and
varied. Our enemies rely on couriers and face-to-face contacts with associates and tend to
use what is accessible in their local areas as well as what they can afford. They also use
today’s technologies with increasing acumen and sophistication. This is especially true with
the Internet, which they exploit to create and disseminate propaganda, recruit new members,
raise funds and other material resources, provide instruction on weapons and tactics, and
plan operations. Without a communications ability, terrorist groups cannot effectively
organize operations, execute attacks, or spread their ideology. We and our partners will
continue to target the communication nodes of our enemy.
• Propaganda operations, which are used by terrorists to justify violent action as well as
inspire individuals to support or join the movement. The ability of terrorists to exploit the
Internet and 24/7 worldwide media coverage allows them to bolster their prominence as well
as feed a steady diet of radical ideology, twisted images, and conspiracy theories to potential recruits in all corners of the globe. Besides a global reach, these technologies allow
terrorists to propagate their message quickly, often before an effective counter to terrorist
messages can be coordinated and distributed. These are force multipliers for our enemy.
• Deny terrorists entry to the United States and disrupt their travel internationally. Denying our
enemies the tools to travel internationally and across and within our borders significantly
impedes their mobility and can inhibit their effectiveness. They rely on illicit networks to
facilitate travel and often obtain false identification documents through theft or in-house forgery
operations. We will continue to enhance the security of the American people through a layered
system of protections along our borders, at our ports, on our roadways and railways, in our
skies, and with our international partners. We will continue to develop and enhance security
practices and technologies to reduce vulnerabilities in the dynamic transportation network,
inhibit terrorists from crossing U.S. borders, and detect and prevent terrorist travel within the
United States. Our efforts will include improving all aspects of aviation security; promoting
secure travel and identity documents; disrupting travel facilitation networks; improving border
security and visa screening; and building international capacity and improving international
information exchange to secure travel and combat terrorist travel. Our National Strategy to
Combat Terrorist Travel and our National Strategy for Maritime Security will help guide our
• Defend potential targets of attack. Our enemies are opportunistic, exploiting vulnerabilities
and seeking alternatives to those targets with increased security measures. The targeting trend
since at least September 11 has been away from hardened sites, such as official government
facilities with formidable security, and toward softer targets – schools, restaurants, places of
worship, and nodes of public transportation – where innocent civilians gather and which are not
always well secured. Specific targets vary, but they tend to be symbolic and often selected
because they will produce mass casualties, economic damage, or both.
While it is impossible to protect completely all potential targets all the time, we can deter and
disrupt attacks, as well as mitigate the effects of those that do occur, through strategic security
improvements at sites both at home and overseas. Among our most important defensive efforts
is the protection of critical infrastructures and key resources – sectors such as energy, food and
agriculture, water, telecommunications, public health, transportation, the defense industrial base,
government facilities, postal and shipping, the chemical industry, emergency services,
monuments and icons, information technology, dams, commercial facilities, banking and
finance, and nuclear reactors, materials, and waste. These are systems and assets so vital that
their destruction or incapacitation would have a debilitating effect on the security of our Nation.
We will also continue to protect various assets such as historical attractions or certain highprofile
events whose destruction or attack would not necessarily debilitate our national security
but could damage the morale and confidence of the American people. Beyond the Homeland,
we will continue to protect and defend U.S. citizens, diplomatic missions, and military facilities
overseas, as well as work with our partners to strengthen their ability to protect their populations
and critical infrastructures.
Deny WMD to rogue states and terrorist allies who seek to use them. Weapons of mass
destruction in the hands of terrorists is one of the gravest threats we face. We have taken aggressive efforts to deny terrorists access to WMD-related materials, equipment, and expertise, but we will
enhance these activities through an integrated effort at all levels of government and with the private
sector and our foreign partners to stay ahead of this dynamic and evolving threat. In July 2006, the
United States and Russia launched the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism to establish
an international framework to enhance cooperation, build capacity, and act to combat the global
threat of nuclear terrorism. This initiative will help drive international focus and action to ensure
the international community is doing everything possible to prevent nuclear weapons, materials, and
knowledge from reaching the hands of terrorists.
With regard to our own efforts, our comprehensive approach for addressing WMD terrorism hinges
on six objectives, and we will work across all objectives simultaneously to maximize our ability to
eliminate the threat.
• Determine terrorists’ intentions, capabilities, and plans to develop or acquire WMD. We need
to understand and assess the credibility of threat reporting and provide technical assessments of
terrorists’ WMD capabilities.
• Deny terrorists access to the materials, expertise, and other enabling capabilities required to
develop WMD. We have an aggressive, global approach to deny our enemies access to WMDrelated
materials (with a particular focus on weapons-usable fissile materials), fabrication
expertise, methods of transport, sources of funds, and other capabilities that facilitate the
execution of a WMD attack. In addition to building upon existing initiatives to secure materials,
we are developing innovative approaches that blend classic counterproliferation,
nonproliferation, and counterterrorism efforts.
• Deter terrorists from employing WMD. A new deterrence calculus combines the need to deter
terrorists and supporters from contemplating a WMD attack and, failing that, to dissuade them
from actually conducting an attack. Traditional threats may not work because terrorists show a
wanton disregard for the lives of innocents and in some cases for their own lives. We require a
range of deterrence strategies that are tailored to the situation and the adversary. We will make
clear that terrorists and those who aid or sponsor a WMD attack would face the prospect of an
overwhelming response to any use of such weapons. We will seek to dissuade attacks by
improving our ability to mitigate the effects of a terrorist attack involving WMD – to limit or
prevent large-scale casualties, economic disruption, or panic. Finally, we will ensure that our
capacity to determine the source of any attack is well-known, and that our determination to
respond overwhelmingly to any attack is never in doubt.
• Detect and disrupt terrorists’ attempted movement of WMD-related materials, weapons, and
personnel. We will expand our global capability for detecting illicit materials, weapons, and
personnel transiting abroad or heading for the United States or U.S. interests overseas. We will
use our global partnerships, international agreements, and ongoing border security and
interdiction efforts. We also will continue to work with countries to enact and enforce strict
penalties for WMD trafficking and other suspect WMD-related activities.
• Prevent and respond to a WMD-related terrorist attack. Once the possibility of a WMD attack
against the United States has been detected, we will seek to contain, interdict, and eliminate the threat. We will continue to develop requisite capabilities to eliminate the possibility of a WMD
operation and to prevent a possible follow-on attack. We will prepare ourselves for possible
WMD incidents by developing capabilities to manage the range of consequences that may result
from such an attack against the United States or our interests around the world.
• Define the nature and source of a terrorist-employed WMD device. Should a WMD terrorist
attack occur, the rapid identification of the source and perpetrator of an attack will enable our
response efforts and may be critical in disrupting follow-on attacks. We will develop the
capability to assign responsibility for the intended or actual use of WMD via accurate attribution
– the rapid fusion of technical forensic data with intelligence and law enforcement information.
Deny terrorists the support and sanctuary of rogue states. The United States and its allies and
partners in the War on Terror make no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and
those who support and harbor terrorists. Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has
chosen to be an enemy of freedom, justice, and peace. The world will hold those regimes to
account. To break the bonds between rogue states and our terrorist enemies, we will work to disrupt
the flow of resources from states to terrorists while simultaneously working to end state sponsorship
• End state sponsorship of terrorism. State sponsors are a critical resource for our terrorist
enemies, often providing funds, weapons, training, safe passage, and sanctuary. Some of these
countries have developed or have the capability to develop WMD and other destabilizing
technologies that could fall into the hands of terrorists. The United States currently designates
five state sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea, and Cuba. We will maintain
sanctions against them and promote their international isolation until they end their support for
terrorists, including the provision of sanctuary. To further isolate these regimes and persuade
other states not to sponsor terror, we will use a range of tools and efforts to delegitimate
terrorism as an instrument of statecraft. Any act of international terrorism, whether committed
by a state or individual, is reprehensible, a threat to international peace and security, and should
be unequivocally and uniformly rejected. Similarly, states that harbor and assist terrorists are as
guilty as the terrorists, and they will be held to account.
Iran remains the most active state sponsor of international terrorism. Through its Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps and Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the regime in Tehran
plans terrorist operations and supports groups such as Lebanese Hizballah, Hamas, and Palestine
Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Iran also remains unwilling to account for and bring to justice senior
al-Qaida members it detained in 2003. Most troubling is the potential WMD-terrorism nexus
that emanates from Tehran. Syria also is a significant state sponsor of terrorism and thus a
priority for concern. The regime in Damascus supports and provides haven to Hizballah,
Hamas, and PIJ. We will continue to stand with the people of Iran and Syria against the regimes
that oppress them at home and sponsor terror abroad.
While Iranian and Syrian terrorist activities are especially worrisome, we are pressing all state
sponsors to take the steps that are required to have state sponsorship designation rescinded.
Each case is unique, and our approach to each will be tailored accordingly. Moreover, we never
foreclose future membership in the coalition against tyranny and terror. The designation of Iraq as a state sponsor was rescinded in 2004 as it transitioned to democracy, ceased its terrorist
support, and became an ally in the War on Terror. Similarly, the United States in June 2006
rescinded the designation of Libya, which has renounced terrorism and since September 11 has
provided excellent cooperation to the United States and other members of the international
community in response to the new global threats we face. Libya can serve as a model for states
who wish to rejoin the community of nations by rejecting terror.
• Disrupt the flow of resources from rogue states to terrorists. Until we can eliminate state
sponsorship of terror, we will disrupt and deny the flow of support from states to terrorists. We
will continue to create and strengthen international will to interdict material support, akin to our
efforts in the Proliferation Security Initiative – a global effort to stop shipments of WMD, their
delivery systems, and related material. We will build international cooperation to financially
isolate rogue states and their terrorist proxies. We also will continue to expose the vehicles and
fronts that states use to support their terrorist surrogates.
Deny terrorists control of any nation they would use as a base and launching pad for terror.
Our terrorist enemies are striving to claim a strategic country as a haven for terror. From this base,
they could destabilize the Middle East and strike America and other free nations with everincreasing
violence. This we can never allow. Our enemies had established a sanctuary in
Afghanistan prior to Operation Enduring Freedom, and today terrorists see Iraq as the central front
of their fight against the United States. This is why success in helping the Afghan and Iraqi peoples
forge effective democracies is vital. We will continue to prevent terrorists from exploiting
ungoverned or under-governed areas as safehavens – secure spaces that allow our enemies to plan,
organize, train, and prepare for operations. Ultimately, we will eliminate these havens altogether.
• Eliminate physical safehavens. Physical sanctuaries can stretch across an entire sovereign
state, be limited to specific ungoverned or ill-governed areas in an otherwise functioning state,
or cross national borders. In some cases the government wants to exercise greater effective
sovereignty over its lands and maintain control within its borders but lacks the necessary
capacity. We will strengthen the capacity of such War on Terror partners to reclaim full control
of their territory through effective police, border, and other security forces as well as
functioning systems of justice. To further counter terrorist exploitation of under-governed
lands, we will promote effective economic development to help ensure long-term stability and
prosperity. In failing states or states emerging from conflict, the risks are significant. Spoilers
can take advantage of instability to create conditions terrorists can exploit. We will continue to
work with foreign partners and international organizations to help prevent conflict and respond
to state failure by building foreign capacity for peace operations, reconstruction, and
stabilization so that countries in transition can reach a sustainable path to peace, democracy, and
prosperity. Where physical havens cross national boundaries, we will continue to work with the
affected countries to help establish effective cross-border control. Yet some countries will be
reluctant to fulfill their sovereign responsibilities to combat terrorist-related activities within
their borders. In addition to cooperation and sustained diplomacy, we will continue to partner
with the international community to persuade states to meet their obligations to combat
terrorism and deny safehaven under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1373.
Yet safehavens are not just limited to geographic territories. They also can be non-physical or
virtual, existing within legal, cyber, and financial systems.
• Legal safehavens. Some legal systems lack adequate procedural, substantive, and international
assistance laws that enable effective investigation, prosecution, and extradition of terrorists.
Such gaps offer a haven in which terrorists and their organizations can operate free from fear of
prosecution. In the United States we have developed a domestic legal system that supports
effective investigation and prosecution of terrorist activities while preserving individual privacy,
the First Amendment rights of association, religious freedom, free speech, and other civil rights.
We will continue to work with foreign partners to build their legal capacity to investigate,
prosecute, and assist in the foreign prosecution of the full range of terrorist activities – from
provision of material support to conspiracy to operational planning to a completed act of
• Cyber safehavens. The Internet provides an inexpensive, anonymous, geographically
unbounded, and largely unregulated virtual haven for terrorists. Our enemies use the Internet to
develop and disseminate propaganda, recruit new members, raise and transfer funds, train
members on weapons use and tactics, and plan operations. Terrorist organizations can use
virtual safehavens based anywhere in the world, regardless of where their members or
operatives are located. Use of the Internet, however, creates opportunities for us to exploit. To
counter terrorist use of the Internet as a virtual sanctuary, we will discredit terrorist propaganda
by promoting truthful and peaceful messages. We will seek ultimately to deny the Internet to
the terrorists as an effective safehaven for their propaganda, proselytizing, recruitment, fundraising,
training, and operational planning.
• Financial safehavens. Financial systems are used by terrorist organizations as a fiscal
sanctuary in which to store and transfer the funds that support their survival and operations.
Terrorist organizations use a variety of financial systems, including formal banking, wire
transfers, debit and other stored value cards, online value storage and value transfer systems, the
informal hawala system, and cash couriers. Terrorist organizations may be able to take
advantage of such financial systems either as the result of willful complicity by financial
institutions or as the result of poor oversight and monitoring practices. Domestically, we have
hardened our financial systems against terrorist abuse by promulgating effective regulations,
requiring financial institutions to report suspicious transactions, and building effective
public/private partnerships. We will continue to work with foreign partners to ensure they
develop and implement similar regulations, requirements, and partnerships with their financial
institutions. We also will continue to use the domestic and international designation and
targeted sanctions regimes provided by, among other mechanisms, Executive Order 13224,
USA PATRIOT Act Section 311, and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 and
subsequent resolutions. These tools identify and isolate those actors who form part of terrorist
networks or facilitate their activities.
Institutionalizing Our Strategy for Long-term Success
The War on Terror will be a long war. Yet we have mobilized to win other long wars, and we can
and will win this one. During the Cold War we created an array of domestic and international
institutions and enduring partnerships to defeat the threat of communism. Today, we require similar
transformational structures to carry forward the fight against terror and to help ensure our ultimate
• Establish and maintain international standards of accountability. States that have sovereign
rights also have sovereign responsibilities, including the responsibility to combat terrorism. The
international community has developed a compelling body of international obligations relating
to counterterrorism. Twelve universal conventions and protocols in force against terrorism have
been developed under the auspices of the United Nations as well as various U.N. Security
Council Resolutions related to combating terror. These include UNSCR 1373, which imposes
binding obligations on all states to suppress and prevent terrorist financing, improve their border
controls, enhance information sharing and law enforcement cooperation, suppress the
recruitment of terrorists, and deny them sanctuary.
The Group of Eight (G-8) along with other multilateral and regional bodies also have been
instrumental in developing landmark counterterrorism standards and best practices that have
been adopted by international standard-setting organizations. But our obligations are not static.
We will collaborate with our partners to update and tailor international obligations to meet the
evolving nature of the terrorist enemies and threats we face. We also will work to ensure that
each country is both willing and able to meet its counterterrorist responsibilities. Finally, we
will not just continually monitor whether we and the community of nations are meeting these
standards but will evaluate if we are achieving results both individually and collectively.
• Strengthen coalitions and partnerships. Since September 11, most of our important successes
against al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations have been made possible through effective
partnerships. Continued success depends on the actions of a powerful coalition of nations
maintaining a united front against terror. Multilateral groups such as the International Maritime
Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization, as well as regional
organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Organization of American
States, NATO, the European Union, the African Union, and the Association of South East Asia
Nations, among others, are essential elements of this front.
We will ensure that such international cooperation is an enduring feature of the long war we will
fight. We will continue to leverage the comparative advantage of these institutions and
organizations – drawing on what each does best in counterterrorism, from setting standards to
developing regional strategies to providing forums for training and education. Indeed, a
significant part of this effort includes expanding partnership capacity. We are building the
capacity of foreign partners in all areas of counterterrorism activities, including strengthening
their ability to conduct law enforcement, intelligence, and military counterterrorism operations.
Through the provision of training, equipment, and other assistance, the United States, along with
a coalition of willing and able states and organizations, will enhance the ability of partners
across the globe to attack and defeat terrorists, deny them funding and freedom of movement, secure their critical infrastructures, and deny terrorists access to WMD and safehavens.
Ultimately, it will be essential for our partners to come together to facilitate appropriate
international, regional, and local solutions to the challenges of terrorism.
• Enhance government architecture and interagency collaboration. In the aftermath of
September 11, we have enhanced our counterterrorism architecture and interagency
collaboration by setting clear national priorities and transforming the government to achieve
those priorities. We have established the Department of Homeland Security, bringing under one
authority 22 Federal entities with vital roles to play in preventing terrorist attacks within the
Homeland, reducing America’s vulnerability to terrorism, and minimizing the damage and
facilitating the recovery from attacks that do occur. We have reorganized the Intelligence
Community. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was created to better integrate the
efforts of the Community into a more unified, coordinated, and effective whole. The DNI also
launched a new Open Source Center to coordinate open source intelligence and ensure this
information is integrated into Intelligence Community products.
In addition, a National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was established to serve as a multiagency
center analyzing and integrating all intelligence pertaining to terrorism, including threats
to U.S. interests at home and abroad. NCTC also is responsible for developing, implementing,
and assessing the effectiveness of strategic operational planning efforts to achieve
counterterrorism objectives. We similarly established a National Counterproliferation Center to
manage and coordinate planning and activities in those areas.
The transformation extends to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which, with the help of
legislation such as the USA PATRIOT Act, is now more fully integrated with the Intelligence
Community, has refocused its efforts on preventing terrorism, and has been provided important
tools to pursue this mission. CIA also has transformed to fulfill its role to provide overall
direction for and coordination of overseas human intelligence operations of Intelligence
Community elements. In addition, the Department of the Treasury created the Office of
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence to arm ourselves for the long term with the intelligence and
tools to undercut the financial underpinnings of terrorism around the world.
The Department of Defense also is preparing to meet a wider range of asymmetric challenges by
restructuring its capabilities, rearranging its global posture, and adapting its forces to be better
positioned to fight the War on Terror. This includes significantly expanding Special Operations
Forces, increasing the capabilities of its general purpose forces to conduct irregular warfare
operations, and initiating the largest rearrangement of its global force posture since the end of
World War II.
The Department of State is implementing a new framework for foreign assistance to establish
more integrated and coherent strategic direction and tactical plans to meet our current and longterm
challenges, including terrorism. The State Department also is repositioning its domestic
and overseas staff to better promote America’s policies and interests and have more direct local
and regional impact. This transformational diplomacy positions State to work with partners
around the world to build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that will respond to the
needs of their people and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system.
We will sustain the transformation already under way in these and other departments and
agencies. Moreover, we will continue to build and strengthen a unified team across the
counterterrorism community, and a key component of this effort will be fostering “jointness.”
Where practicable, we will increase interagency and intergovernmental assignments for
personnel in counterterrorism-related positions. This will help to break down organizational
stovepipes and advance the exchange of ideas and practices for more effective counterterrorism
• Foster intellectual and human capital. To better prepare ourselves for a generational struggle
against terrorism and the extremist ideologies fueling it, we will create an expert community of
counterterrorism professionals. We will continue to establish more systematic programs for the
development and education of current professionals in counterterrorism-related fields. We will
substantively expand our existing programs with curricula that includes not only training in
counterterrorism policies, plans and planning, strategies, and legal authorities, but continuing
education in appropriate area studies, religious philosophies, and languages. We also will
ensure that personnel throughout all levels of government and in all fields related to combating
terror are invited to participate.
Yet such development and education programs must not be restricted to current
counterterrorism personnel. We will support multidisciplinary studies throughout our
educational system to build a knowledgeable pool of counterterrorism recruits for the future.
The recent National Security Language Initiative is an essential step forward. It will help to
expand U.S. foreign language education beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout
formal schooling and into the workforce. Our efforts to foster intellectual and human capital
also will extend beyond our borders – to academic and non-governmental forums with our
international partners to discuss and enhance our knowledge about the critical counterterrorism
challenges we confront.
In the War on Terror, there is also a need for all elements of our Nation – from Federal, State,
and local governments to the private sector to local communities and individual citizens – to
help create and share responsibilities in a Culture of Preparedness. This Culture of
Preparedness, which applies to all catastrophes and all hazards, natural or man-made, rests on
four principles: a shared acknowledgement of the certainty of future catastrophes and that
creating a prepared Nation will be a continuing challenge; the importance of initiative and
accountability at all levels of society; the role of citizen and community preparedness; and
finally, the roles of each level of government and the private sector in creating a prepared
Nation. Built upon a foundation of partnerships, common goals, and shared responsibility, the
creation of a Culture of Preparedness will be among our most profound and enduring
transformations in the broader effort to protect and defend the Homeland.
Since the September 11 attacks, America is safer, but we are not yet safe. We have done much to
degrade al-Qaida and its affiliates and to undercut the perceived legitimacy of terrorism. Our
Muslim partners are speaking out against those who seek to use their religion to justify violence and
a totalitarian vision of the world. We have significantly expanded our counterterrorism coalition,
transforming old adversaries into new and vital partners in the War on Terror. We have liberated
more than 50 million Afghans and Iraqis from despotism, terrorism, and oppression, permitting the
first free elections in recorded history for either nation. In addition, we have transformed our
governmental institutions and framework to wage a generational struggle. There will continue to be
challenges ahead, but along with our partners, we will attack terrorism and its ideology, and bring
hope and freedom to the people of the world. This is how we will win the War on Terror.