In 2002 the Defense Science Board conducted a "Summer Study on Special Operations and Joint Forces in Support of Countering Terrorism
". Multiple pages of that study were obtained by the Federation of American Scientists, which posted them on their website. The report was produced for the pentagon by a 10-member panel of military experts including Vice Admiral William O Studeman, former director of the NSA.
The study stated that the new global conflict was the war on terror, which the DSB saw as a
committed, resourceful and globally dispersed adversary with strategic reach (against whom the US will wage) a long, at times violent, and borderless war which requires new strategies, postures and organization.
When the Asia times received the leaked documents, their David Isenberg reported:
(The study) urges officials to launch secret missions and intelligence operations to penetrate and disrupt terrorist cells abroad. Some of those operations should be aimed at signaling to countries that harbor terrorists that "their sovereignty will be at risk".
This is the birth of the idea of a PROCACTIVE, PREEMPTIVE OPERATIONS GROUP
On October 27, 2002, Military affairs analyst William Arkin of the Los Angeles Times Reported:
The board recommends creation of a super-Intelligence Support Activity, an organization it dubs the Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group, (P2OG), to bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception.
How will P20G operate?
this body would launch secret operations aimed at "stimulating reactions" among terrorists and states -- that is, prodding terrorist cells into action and exposing themselves to "quick-response" attacks by U.S. forces. Such tactics would hold "states/sub-state actors accountable" and "signal to harboring states that their sovereignty will be at risk," the briefing paper declares.
The job of P20G, according to the study, is to stimulate a reaction in unfriendly states. How does the P20G stimulate reactions among terrorist states? Agents provocateurs, Killing civilians, Money, Drugs, jihadist propaganda?
When P20G has created a reaction (aka stimulated terrorism, revolutions, unrest) the next stage is to use the reaction as a justification to hold "states/sub-state actors accountable" for harboring such a threat/blaming the existing regime. The last step, according to the study is that "Their sovereignty will be at risk."
Nine years later and here we are. This is problem, reaction, solution and it is likely the program that is fomenting the regime changes in the middle east. Powerpoint by Defense Science board The Secret War: Los Angeles Times P20G Allows Pentagon to Fight Dirty: Asia Times Federation of American Scientists P2OG
Moscow Times P20G story "Friday, Nov. 1, 2002. -- Into the Dark By Chris Floyd