The conventional wisdom on the asymmetric threat posed by terrorist groups such as al Qaeda portrays the United States as a lumbering giant and the terrorists as a nimble swarm of bees we can neither defend against nor target successfully. While this perspective frames our current national security predicament and justifies the need to transform the military, the rhetoric about technology-led transformation and asymmetric threats should be tempered by the recognition that, with the right enablers, asymmetry can be employed on U.S. terms. By exploiting our advantage in human capital we can marshal our strategic power and focus it against threats abroad. It will require rethinking our approach to national security, but once we can wield the overwhelming power of our diplomatic, informational, military, and economic capacities, asymmetric warfare will be our preferred modus operandi.
A Titan in Neutral