The process and anatomy of a terrorist attack

Highlow value operation target sector audience object

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Unformatted text preview: ck • Cyber attacks • Combination attacks (usually explosive and weapon) The anatomy of a terrorist attack o The trigger – now is the time to plan an attack • Can be single development or a series of developments • Two trigger dimensions: internal and external • Not all terrorist attacks are the result of a specific, single trigger • Major types of triggers: situational, event, campaign, temporary o Target parameters – what is the purpose of the attack? • High/low value operation? Target sector, audience? • Object, person, location? o Target research – what targets are legitimate and vulnerable? • Insider information or spies • Electronic surveillance • Open source collection (military and political) • Physical surveillance • Using i...
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