Terrorist Attack Cycle Timeline

Feb 22 2017

The Death of the Blind Sheikh

U.S. protective methods have gotten stronger because of the terrorist mastermind's plots.
Nov 17 2016

Stopping Vehicular Attacks in Their Tracks

Using a vehicle to conduct an attack is an age-old tactic that has as many weaknesses as strengths.
Sep 15 2016

Minding the Gaps: The Risks and Rewards of Information

By identifying and monitoring information found only through surveillance, security teams can detect plots soon enough to stop them.
Jul 28 2016

Stray Mutts Can Still Bite

It doesn't take considerable training or resources for amateur terrorists to inflict casualties.
Jul 16 2016

The Attack on the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel That Never Happened

Long the primary venue for visiting dignitaries, New York City's historic hotel has avoided tragedy thanks to an evolving security mindset.
Jul 07 2016

Another Link in Bangladesh's Chain of Attacks

Despite government efforts to quell attacks, militancy remains a constant threat.
Apr 21 2016

Does Heightened Security Really Matter After Terrorists Strike?

A study showing that attacks have not clustered in the West has led some observers to reach a dangerous conclusion.
Apr 05 2016

In Saudi Arabia, Sunni Militancy Claims Another Victim

Riyadh has fought to protect its internal security against Shiite militants, but are they the real problem now?
Mar 31 2016

Awareness Can Short-Circuit a Bomb Attack

Bombmakers often leave telltale signs of their activities that alert citizens can pick up on.
Mar 17 2016

Blunting the Impact of a Knife Attack

Facing an assault with an edged weapon may be terrifying, but it doesn't have to be deadly.
Mar 13 2016

Ivory Coast: The Latest Target for West African Terrorists

The armed assault on a beach resort in Grand-Bassam on March 13 is another example of the terrorist preference for attacking soft targets such as hotels.

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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