Terrorist Attack Cycle Timeline

Dec 11 2014

The Islamic State Admits a Weakness

The Islamic State's renewed calls for grassroots attacks on the West is actually an admission that it cannot conduct the attacks itself.
Nov 06 2014

Cutting Through Hysteria

Hype from the media and governments can cause individuals to panic, but a measured, rational response is the best way to plan for real danger.
Oct 30 2014

The Recent Lone Wolf Attacks: Trend or Anomaly?

The recent spate of lone wolf terrorist attacks shows the danger grassroots jihadists can pose to the West, but it also highlights the limitations and difficulties of such attacks.
Oct 02 2014

Lessons from the U.S. Airstrikes on Aleppo

Because jihadists groups will always be able to find sanctuaries to operate from, the West must continue to target its operations to degrade terrorist tradecraft capabilities.
Sep 18 2014

Understanding Sleeper Cells

Although the media has given extensive coverage to possible jihadist sleeper cells, they are too complicated and expensive for groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State to operate.
Aug 14 2014

Examining the Elements of Terrorist Tradecraft

To successfully extend the reach of their attacks abroad, terrorist organizations must train transnational operatives in the art of terrorist tradecraft.
Jul 01 2014

The Sunni Ramadan Offensive and the Lessons of Tet

The region from Pakistan to the Mediterranean is seeing a general offensive that caught many off guard, not unlike how Tet did.
Jun 12 2014

Domestic Terrorism Is No Joke

The threat of domestic attacks is real, even if the perpetrators are untrained.
May 15 2014

Police Officers as Grassroots Defenders

Ordinary patrolmen serve a critical role in protecting the public from terrorism.
May 08 2014

A Narrowly Averted Tragedy in Minnesota

A thwarted Columbine-inspired assault reminds us that attacks do not materialize from thin air and that ordinary citizens can help prevent them.
Apr 10 2014

Recognizing Criminal Surveillance

Criminals' poor surveillance tradecraft gives potential victims the opportunity to detect and avoid them.

In most terrorist attacks violence seems spontaneous, but it is usually the result of meticulous planning and coordination. Preventing an attack must be accomplished early in the "attack cycle," long before the violence occurs.

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