Suggestions for improving the recruitment of al-Qaeda sources : lessons derived from counter-ideological programs and the targeting of Type B terrorists
MetadataShow full item record
How can the FBI improve the recruitment of sources within terrorist groups, specifically al-Qaeda? First, counter-ideological programs have application in source recruitment. Second, a framework for recruiting terrorist sources is found in the work of Paul Davis and Brian Jenkins. They suggest terrorists can be usefully categorized as internalists or externalists, or Types A and B. Type A terrorists have insatiable appetites and display emotional aggression. Type B terrorists have instrumental aggression and "pragmatic world goals." Significantly, research suggests terrorists displaying instrumental aggression, the Type B should be more "sensitive" to "objective rewards and punishments." Two case studies demonstrate how to determine if a potential terrorist source is either a Type A or Type B individual. This is accomplished by examining a potential source's background to determine if they have instrumental or emotional aggression, their levels of risk and ideological commitment, their part-time or full-time commitment to jihad, and if they have high or low Social Intensity Syndrome. The conclusion of this thesis is that the FBI should concentrate recruitments on the more pragmatic Type B terrorists.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Varner, Michael G. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2015-03);The Special Forces warrant officer is vital to the health of the Special Forces Regiment. The warrant officer’s institutional knowledge—developed over years of operational experience—is essential to the success of Special ...
Winning the battle of ideas through individual resiliency : a multi-dimensional approach for countering radicalization in the homeland Sampson, Kirk J. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2009-09);To defeat the terrorist threat facing the U.S., the 9/11 Commission recommended a balanced strategy to attack the terrorists and prevent recruitment, while protecting against future attack. A review of the national ...
Deardorff, Robert B. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2010-12);It is crucial for the United States to confront the increasing incidence of Americans who turn to violence against their fellow citizens in support of Islamist terrorists. This thesis explores the application of "soft ...