GWOTGlobal War on Terrorism
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Following the 9/11 incident, the US foreign policy underwent a significant transformation in the course of its Global War on Terror (GWOT).
Pakistan being a responsible major actor of GWOT has provided air bases, shortest logistic routes to maintain US led NATO forces, intelligence sharing and hitting renowned Al-Qaida's' culprits.
The phenomenon of entrapment is an outcome of (a) security discourses that prioritize pre-emptive community strategies; (b) the ongoing military initiative of GWOT, operating both domestically and internationally; and (c) and the increased budgetary convergence of state agencies of the NSA, FBI, and the military, with a resultant impact on the legal and court processes that indict homegrown terrorists.
Until we entered GWOT, it was as high as 1:12 i.e., to every 12 soldiers we lost an officer.
Several pharmacologic, nonpharmacologic, technologic, and strategic advances which significantly reduced acute pain on the battlefield emerged and were successfully fielded during GWOT. (2,3) Immediate and sustained air superiority enabled continued adherence to previously learned lessons from Vietnam and Desert Storm such as rapid evacuation of the combat wounded.
During GWOT, the 75th Ranger Regiment developed remarkable skills in close quarters battle (CQB) raids (typical mission in Iraq and Afghanistan).
Then we can finally begin developing the weapons we need to win the GWOT.
Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of the GWOT was the failure by America in Iraq and NATO in Afghanistan (and now Libya) to comprehend the cultures, languages, and histories of the places where they were fighting.
In fact, the language of GWOT looms larger than ever before, with your average 5th grader talking about iPods and IEDs in the same breath.
The more GWOT continues, the greater seems to be the expansion and impact of the very terror groups it seeks to defeat, with ISIS and the Nusra Front being the most recent examples.
Surveillance is a key element of the GWOT, both domestically and abroad, but its visual culture hinges on images of terrorists and terrorist attacks, which reveal the limits of surveillance as a preventative practice.
Pakistan has offered huge sacrifices to fight the menace of global war on terrorism (GWOT).