Terrorist Attack Cycle Timeline

Apr 02 2015

Recent Arrests Confirm Jihadist Trends

A thwarted attack shows how the mindset of grassroots jihadists has changed.
Jan 22 2015

Jihadism in 2014: The Grassroots Threat

Recent events have thrust grassroots jihadism into the forefront of the discussion on countering terrorism.
Jan 15 2015

Learning from the Latest U.S. Counterterrorism Sting

The operation to arrest a man from Cincinnati, Ohio, planning a terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol shows how the jihadist threat in the United States is different from the one Europe faces.
Jan 14 2015

Al Qaeda Branch Claims Credit for Paris Shooting

Despite the group's claims, the Jan. 7 attack appears to be a textbook case of leaderless resistance.
Jan 07 2015

Tactics Suggest Overseas Jihadi Training in Paris Newspaper Shooting

Similar attacks will continue in the West as long as jihadism survives as an ideology.
Dec 28 2014

U.S. Navy Lasers Offer a Glimpse of the Future

The evolution of a floating laser weapon system presents tantalizing possibilities, but, for now, naval warfare will remain reliant on kinetic weapons such as cannons and missiles.
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.

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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