This course deals with the strategies, tactics, and methods used by terrorists. Students will learn to distinguish between clandestine and semi-clandestine operations. They will learn to recognize and describe the securing of financing and weaponry, the criteria used for target selection (symbolic or representative nature, functional importance, and vulnerability), the roles played by the group’s operational nucleus and its logistical support base, the preliminary surveillance of targets, the transfer of weapons to the operational area, the insertion of the assault team, the extraction of the assault team (except in the case of “martyrdom operations”), the role played by the group’s active and passive supporters (front groups, etc.), the exploitation of the media and post-facto claiming of responsibility, the avoidance of security force dragnets, and how terrorists react to and prosper from the action’s fallout. Case studies of successful and unsuccessful terrorist operations are used to illustrate the types of techniques employed in different phases of terrorist operations.
Research, review, and examine past terrorist attacks and explain the operational capability of a terrorist group.
Comprehend the seminal works on revolutionary warfare, terrorist strategies, and tactics and demonstrate the ability to apply those works in the context of countering terrorist activity.
Critically examine the issues regarding counterterrorism from a variety of law enforcement and military perspectives.
Examine terrorist operational strategy and how this transforms into tactics, as well as recognize the mindset of a terrorist to engage in a campaign of unconventional warfare.
Effectively communicate acquired knowledge on the operational capability of a terrorist group and demonstrate the ability to summarize how they plan their attack and choose their targets.
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