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From Conception to Policy:

Evolution of Thinking on the War against Terrorism 2002-2004

by D. Robert Worley

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This paper provides a synthesis of information drawn from several efforts conducted by a Washington-based think tank in the 2002 to 2005 time frame. Findings, conclusions, and recommendations should be of interest to senior policy makers across the agencies of the United States Government and members of Congress. Recommendations are developed specifically for the interagency process statutorily housed in the National Security Council. The focus is on three different conceptions of the conflict and how they evolved in the years immediately following the 9/11 attacks. The material presented remains relevant to those who study national security policy and how it is formulated. It may hold some interest for historians. It has been productively employed in a graduate program in government and security at Johns Hopkins University to evoke discussion on national security policy formation.

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D. Robert Worley is a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Institute of Government and an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He has served on the adjunct faculties of Johns Hopkins University's School of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs, and UCLA's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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