The USS Cole (DDG-67) was rolled onto Northrop Grumman’s floating drydock in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Structural replacements and repairs are complete, and the destroyer will be redelivered to the Navy next spring. The Navy relaunched the repaired destroyer on 14 September, at night and a day early, because of security concerns in the aftermath of the 11 September terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
What does the United States do about the brutal attacks executed against Americans on 11 September? There are three critical questions that need answers. Why were the attacks executed? Can they teach us anything about a new way of asymmetric warfare, with which we must now contend? What are we to do about the problem?