Asia, and will assess the linkages between different functional areas of international cooperation against terrorism. Although these reports address a wide variety of subjects, they build on a common principle: counterterror cooperation occurs across numerous issue areas, including military, financial, law enforcement, and intelligence. An effective counterterror strategy will need to address each of these dimensions and account for some of the synergies and frictions among them. Publications to date from the other three project tasks include...
Shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Air Force Chief of Staff General John Jumper asked RAND Project AIR FORCE to conduct a study entitled “Thinking Strategically About Combating Terrorism.” This year-long project was divided into four research tasks, each tackling different but complementary aspects of the counterterrorism problem: • Threat assessment: identifying the character and boundaries of the threat • The international dimension: assessing the impact of coalition and other international actors on U.S. options • Strategy: designing...
The authors report on an aggressively interdisciplinary project to survey and integrate the scholarly social-science literature relevant to counterterrorism. They draw on literature from numerous disciplines, both qualitative and quantitative, and then use high-level conceptual models to pull the pieces together. In their
This occasional paper deﬁnes an approach to strategic planning and then illustrates how one might implement the approach to deﬁne alternative counterterrorism strategies, using RAND researchers and research as a resource. It should be of interest to those in the incoming administration as well as throughout the U.S. government interested in doing strategic planning. The paper is also a resource for those involved in deﬁning U.S. counterterrorism strategies inside and outside the U.S. government.
Historical experience has shown that successful strategies to combat terrorism that is spawned by serious, deep-rooted problems have involved first crushing the current threat and then bringing about changes to make terrorism’s reemergence less likely. While deterrence of terrorism may at first glance seem to be an unrealistic goal
Whether U.S. terrorism-prevention efforts match the threat continues to be central in policy debate. Part of this debate is whether the United States needs a dedicated domestic counterterrorism intelligence agency. To inform future policy decisionmaking, this book examines, from a variety of perspectives, the policy proposal that
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Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering
Terrorism, a report released by the National Academies in June 2002,1
articulated the role of science and technology in countering terrorism.
That report included material on the specific role of information technology
(IT). Building on that report as a point of departure, the panel of
experts responsible for the IT material in Making the Nation Safer was
reconvened as the Committee on the Role of Information Technology in
Responding to Terrorism in order to develop the present report....
today. But terrorist threats change over time, so the authors have attempted to present a framework of use to decisionmakers and academics involved in terrorism analyses and counterterrorism responsibilities in the future as well. RAND publications stemming from the other three task elements listed above are the following: David Ochmanek, Military Operations Against Terrorist Groups Abroad: Implications for the U.S. Air Force, MR-1738-AF. Nora Bensahel, T
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Terrorist activities on the global scene are on the increase, and it is generally
believed that such activities can be contained or eliminated by controlling the proliferation
of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons, by building a
strong defense system, by treaties of different types, and by punishing countries
that fail to follow such agreements.
... Complex Environment America’s Interests and the Roles of Military Power U.S. Defense Objectives REBALANCING THE FORCE Defend the United States and Support Civil Authorities at Home Succeed in Counterinsurgency, Stability, and Counterterrorism Operations Build the Security Capacity of Partner States Deter and Defeat Aggression in...
How much data regarding U.S. anti- and counterterrorism systems, countermeasures, and defenses is publicly available and how easily could it be found by individuals seeking to harm U.S. domestic interests? The authors developed a framework to guide assessments of the availability of such information for planning attacks on the
The federal government’s use of new data technologies, specifically
knowledge discovery in databases (KDD) applications, for
counterterrorism purposes presents a serious challenge to existing
constitutional privacy protections. The book explores whether this
practice infringes upon constitutional privacy rights in general and the
right to information privacy in particular. It includes a review of
privacy scholarship as well as a broad discussion of how constitutional
privacy has been conceptualized by the U.S. Supreme Court and the