New Army Doctrine for a Nation at War

June 6, 2005

Today the United States is a nation at war. It is a war unlike any other in American history. It is a clash of cultures and ideologies between societies with deep roots in very different religious and ethnic traditions and with extremely different world views. This ideological and cultural divide is exacerbated by shrinking world resources, exploding populations coincident with rising popular expectations, and the challenges universally faced in providing growing populations economic opportunity. The enemy is intent on eroding American influence and power on the world stage as an actor proffering solutions to these problems from its own experience and example. This resolve is fueled in large part by a fundamentalist ideology that promotes intractable hatred of personal freedom, individual economic entrepreneurship, and the right of political or religious dissent within a liberal democratic system of government.