By Bruce W. Don, David R. Frelinger, Scott Gerwehr, Eric Landree, Brian A. Jackson

Terrorist enterprises use many applied sciences as they plan and level assaults. This booklet explores the aim and demeanour of using conversation and desktop applied sciences, their web influence, and protection forces' attainable responses. The authors finish that, rather than constructing direct counters to those applied sciences, exploiting their use and the data they have the ability to let extra direct protection strength operations is a extra promising alternative.

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For example, a well-produced video can be used as an attack-planning tool, as an after-action assessment of an attack’s effectiveness, and as a tool for training less experienced team members. Video recording also makes it possible to present some technical skills, such as bomb placement, to trainees who do not read (or do not read the language used by the trainers). 23 Terrorists have also started to use a related form of network technology—computer simulations and their associated graphics—to train for missions.

6 Recruiting normally involves employing a wide variety of communication methods— videos, pamphlets, Web sites, sermons, friendly news media, personal friends, and other influential people—in a number of locations: private homes, schools, religious sites, paramilitary camps, prisons, and so on. These aspects can be used to define two basic dimensions of recruiting: • Public versus private channel. Is the interaction taking place in or out of the public eye? The prevailing laws of the region, rules of the local institutions, and attitudes toward the group all will greatly affect where recruitment efforts fall on this spectrum.

Face-to-face recruiting limits the number of individuals who can be contacted. Moreover, small-scale recruiting coupled with the need for secrecy generally has meant a longer recruitment process, as the process must take place unobserved by security (often at a single site or in a few locations). Finally, recruitment into terrorist groups has frequently involved a lengthy proving period. In such circumstances, the technology available and the nature of the recruiting activity both worked to keep the cause local and the pool of potential recruits limited.

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