Disposition Matrix – An Overview

 

“Targeting lists that were regarded as finite emergency measures after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are now fixtures of the national security apparatus.” – WaPo

The disposition matrix is the next generation kill/capture list for high value targets associated with Al-Qaeda. The list is created by the NCTC, and coordinates the resources of JSOC and the CIA to neutralize the threats, often by the means of drone strikes. Moreover, American citizens can be put on the list if they are “senior operational leaders” of Al-Qaeda or “an associated force.” The disposition matrix also incorporates contingencies, such as if the suspect is mobile or if the country the suspect is in is cooperative in CT efforts.

 

Disposition Matrix Flow Chart, courtesy of The Atlantic

Disposition Matrix Flow Chart, courtesy of The Atlantic

 

The Atlantic. How Obama Decides Your Fate If He Thinks You’re a Terrorist.” January 3, 2013. Accessed December 29, 2014.

CFR. “Targeted Killings.” May 23, 2013. Accessed December 29, 2014.

Department of Justice. “White Paper: Lawfulness of Lethal Operation Directed Against  a U.S. Citizen Who Is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qa’ida or An Associated Force.” 2013.  Accessed December 29, 2014.

The Guardian. “Obama’s secret kill list – the disposition matrix.” July 14, 2013. Accessed December 29, 2014.

NBC News. Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans.” February 4, 2013. Accessed December 29, 2014.

Oliver, John. “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Drones.” HBO. September 28, 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

WaPo. Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists.” October 23, 2012. Accessed December 29, 2014.

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