Author Biography

Dr. Steven Metz, the director of research at the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, has served on the RAND Insurgency Board, participated in Joint and Army counterinsurgency doctrine development, and advised the intelligence community on counterinsurgency.



Subject Area Keywords

Complex operations, Counterinsurgency, Counterterrorism, International security, Irregular warfare, Terrorism / counterterrorism, Violent extremism


This article introduces the value of great power, such as that applied in Israel’s effective national defense strategy, to resolve the conundrum of eliminating global terrorism.


This article was originally published in Parameters, Vol. 47, No.3, a quarterly publication of the U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute (SSI). It is re-published in the Journal of Strategic Security with permission.