Bringing out the small guns : Title 50 covert operations as a response to unconventional threats in the modern era
Anthony J. Fontanella
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Connecticut journal of international law, Vol. 31, issue 1, 2015, p. 115-140
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The international interests of the United States currently face an onslaught of unconventional tactics from parties looking to expand their spheres of influence. The international laws of armed conflict, written in the aftermath of World War II, sought to set the parameters of future armed conflicts, but many parties in the modern era have found that not operating within those parameters confers a strategic advantage. Terrorism, warfare via proxies, and cyber attacks are the tools of force projection in this brave new world. The U.S. government has come to realize that a conventional military response is of limited effectiveness against these new threats. The threats of the modern era demand a more precise response, and this note contends that covert operations undertaken under the CIA’s authority in Title 50 of the U.S. Code can provide that response.