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Mr. Ronald H. Jones is a Senior Financial Management Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller). Previous assignments include 13 years with the Army Audit Agency, where he performed audits and consulting engagements at over 50 DOD installations in 25 states and 4 countries, in diverse subjects such as acquisition, program management, logistics, readiness, base closure, and financial management. In 1996-97 he managed the first security audit of a Major DOD Information System. The resulting recommendations to the Army CIO and the Secretary of the Army were instrumental in obtaining funding for firewalls and network control centers and strengthened information systems security Army-wide. A near miss on 9/11/2001 provoked his interest in terrorism. Mr. Jones was looking out the window in his Pentagon E-ring office when the plane hit 200 feet to his left, and a large chunk of it hurtled by at eye-level. Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in Art History from Saint Louis University, an M.P.A. from Troy State University and an M.S.S. from AWC. He is also a graduate of the Army Management Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
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Authored by Mr. Ronald H. Jones.
The author concludes that understanding the cultural and symbolic significance of terrorist beheadings is key to defeating them. He recommends political rituals such as elections, war crimes tribunals, and shura councils as countermeasures to affirm the legitimacy and authority of the new Iraqi government.