My children Joe, Jennifer and Johnathan who have been the best a father could ever ask for. Their love, patience, and daily support--during my entire military career, extensive absences due to deployments, and stressful situations--have been the motivating force throughout this rewarding experience at the American Military University.
I also want to dedicate this work to all Soldiers who are fighting the war on terrorism. Finally, I want to dedicate this work to the parents, wives, husbands and children of Soldiers who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom.
I want to acknowledge my thesis professor Joseph Varner, for sharing ideas and steering me in the right direction throughout this project. I would also like to thank all the AMU Professors--Thomas Pfundenstein, Anna Simmons, Larry Forness, and Edwin A. Bundy--who assisted me along the way by providing outstanding educational guidance and support. These individuals are truly the top-notch scholars in today's homeland security environment. In addition, the AMU staff, those responsible for providing customer service to all students: you are the bread and water of the university, and I thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
Also, I am deeply indebted to all the military and government officials who offered their assistance and shared valuable information. ...