Counter Ideology: An Information Based Strategy to Defeat Ideological Threats

  • September 15, 2015
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey R. Sgarlata

Throughout its history the United States has faced numerous ideological conflicts. Despite extensive experience in this type of struggle America has failed to develop an effective strategy by which to counter such challenges. This paper examines the nature of ideological movements, the process by which they grow, and critical vulnerabilities in that process which may present strategic opportunity. The author then recommends a framework for counter ideological strategy development in context of the challenge presented by the transnational militant Islamic movement.