National Strategy for Combating Terrorism
February 14, 2003
Today I am pleased to issue the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism. This
strategy outlines the effort our nation is making to win the war against global
The strategy complements important elements of the National Security Strategy,
as well as our National Strategies for: Homeland Security, to Combat Weapons
of Mass Destruction, to Secure Cyberspace, for the Physical Protection of Critical
Infrastructure and Key Assets, and the National Drug Control Strategy.
Together these efforts establish critical goals for strengthening America's
security against the threats of the 21st century.
The United States' strategy for combating terrorism focuses on taking the fight
to the terrorists themselves. We are using all elements of our national power
and international influence to attack terror networks; reduce their ability
to communicate and coordinate their plans; isolate them from potential allies
and from each other; and identify and disrupt their plots before they attack.
Our country works closely with every nation committed to this fight, and we
will continue to help our allies and friends improve their ability to fight
The war against global terror will be hard and long. Today, terror cells exist
on nearly every continent and in dozens of countries, including our own.
Victory will depend on the courage, strength, and fortitude of America's people
and our partners around the world. It will be measured through the steady, patient
work of dismantling terror networks and bringing terrorists to justice, oftentimes
one by one.
Our Nation is unalterably committed to protecting our citizens, routing terror
wherever it exists, and building a safer, better world of greater opportunity
and freedom for all peoples. We will not rest until we succeed.