1. Prevent conditions under which international terrorists can operate. When necessary, this could include helping "less capable states" to develop counter-terrorist capabilities.
2. Deter any potential attacker.
3. Coerce regimes that harbor or support terrorists to change their policy.
4. Disrupt terrorist networks by hampering or stopping their ability to move people, money, and weapons between countries.
5. Destroy terrorist groups by direct military action.--Stephen V Cole
Britain has begun a study of "a new chapter" in its military policy, covering five key areas: