Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World

Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World

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In the world of terrorism, knowledge is a critical asset. Recent studies have revealed that, among international terrorists, there is a global sharing of ideas, tactics, strategies, and lessons learned. Teaching Terror examines this sharing of information in the terrorist world, shaping our understanding of, and response to, the global threat of terrorism. Chapters cover various aspects of individual and organizational learning, some using a general level of analysis and others presenting case studies of individual terrorist groups. These groups teach each other through a variety of means, including training camps and the Internet. Terrorist networks are also learning organizations, drawing on situational awareness, adapting their behavior, and, to give one example, improving not just their use of improvised explosive devices, but also rendering technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite phones ineffective. This book provides a wealth of insights on the transfer of knowledge in the world of terrorism, and offers policy implications for counterterrorism professionals, scholars, and policymakers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461643968
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/11/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
File size: 799 KB

About the Author

James JF Forest is director of terrorism studies at the U.S. Military Academy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Acronyms
Chapter 2 Preface
Chapter 3 Ackonwledgments
Chapter 4 Introduction
Part 5 Part I Understanding Knowledge Transfer in the Terrorist World
Chapter 6 How Terrorists Learn
Chapter 7 Organizational Learning and Terrorist Groups
Chapter 8 Training Camps and Other Centers of Learning
Chapter 9 Virtual Training Camps: Terrorists' Use of the Internet
Chapter 10 The Media as a Showcase for Terrorism
Chapter 11 The Techincal Challenges of Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism
Part 12 Part II Case Studies
Chapter 12 Renew to Last: Innovation and Strategy of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
Chapter 13 Al Qaeda's Lose and Learn Doctrine: The Trajectory from Oplan Bojinka to 9/11
Chapter 14 Learning to Survive: The Case of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas)
Chapter 16 The Making of the Jemaah Islamiyah Terrorist
Chapter 17 Conclusion
Chapter 18 Bibliography
Chapter 19 Index
Chapter 20 About the Contributors

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