Counterterrorism Tactics: A Model of Cell Dynamics
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Terrorist organizations continue to receive significant attention in academic, policy and operational circles. Modus operandi of various terrorist organizations have been studied extensively, and extensive databases, such as ITERATE, collate details about terrorist attacks, to include the types of technology used by the terrorist organization and the number of resultant casualties. Surprisingly, however, a generalized model of how terrorist organizations plan their attacks is unavailable in the extant literature. Drawing from organizational theory, particularly the command and control literature and the case study methods, this paper posits a generalized model of terrorist attack planning. By extending this model into the counterterrorism domain, I then consider how to more optimally detect terrorist attacks.
12th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (ICCRTS), June 19-21, 2007 at the Naval War College, Newport, RI.
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