Using a fictitious scenario concerning the capture of Osama bin Laden, this article argues that it is imperative for the United States to implement a detention paradigm. Part I explores the development of detention operations under the law of armed conflict (LOAC) in the United States since September 11, 2001 (9/11) and advocates for establishing a world-wide strategic detention capability. Part II paper examines why the United States needs a formal detention and interrogation policy. Part III discusses the evolution of detention and interrogation operations since 9/11. Finally, part IV analyzes the legal framework that allows for a meaningful and effective detention and interrogation program and Part V provides a proposed LOAC detention and interrogation paradigm.