Scoring the Long War

Authored by:
Andrew Boyden, Phillip Menard, Robert Ramirez
Published on 1/1/2009
Digital Only

The score for the Long War can look very different depending on which scorecard is used. Emphasis is currently placed on historically-based, quantifiable, state-versus-state measures which attempt to correlate what we are doing with how we are doing. But the current fight against al-Qaeda is not a state-versus-state war and requires a different metrics that more accurately depict who is winning and who is losing.