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Christopher McKeating GBR Civilian Transformation Through Training Issue No 7 July 2015 21 This essay is an abridged version of the research to date and has been designed not to argue each position or provide references but to elicit feedback and guide the reader through the authors hypothesis. Although based on a literary review the hypothesis is being tested for its qualitative value through the commentary of 143 senior professionals and practitioners from across NATO including British and American Generals Admirals and Ministers of State. Through triangulation with literary sources and an analysis of any consensus as to the extent of the threat and the measures needed to confront the threat their comments will be studied to 1 contextualise the contemporary nature of the threat and the implications of failing to engage it and 2 conceptualise the viability of suppressing the phenomenon through the proposed process of defragmenting. The results of this analysis will appear in the Autumn issue of the JFTC journal. If you would like to contribute to this analysis please send your feedback to The research was initiated as a consequence of the British Prime Ministers declaration that the country faces a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before and that we are in the midst of a generational struggle. That the countrys social heritage and cultural capital could be at risk of a long-term clash with radicalisation extremism and terrorism hence lies at the heart of this paper and provides the framework to 1 further an understanding of the phenomenon of British citizens adopting loyalties beyond the Crown 2 assessing the threat that they pose and 3 providing an insight as to how this threat might best be countered. Whilst the research accepts the governments assessment of the threat it does not accept British extremism as the root cause of it. That the response to the phenomenon entails a generational struggle i.e. open-ended conflict with a vaguely defined enemy is also rejected learning to live with terrorism and having to endure a deep-rooted protracted conflict with no guarantees is but one school of thought and does not have to be the answer there are alternatives. The hypothesis is that the phenomenon is a consequence of a global insurgency against the West and that any delay in confronting it as such risks the militarization of nationals loyal to forces beyond the Crown. It is further argued that the ideological counter-terrorist approach to confronting extremism in the United Kingdom not only underestimates but exacerbates the potential for internecine conflict. The alternative proposed for Britain is to optimize the response to The Treason Files Countering the Threat from British Nationals Loyal to Forces beyond the Crown