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Terrorist Recognition Handbook: A Practitioner's Manual for Predicting and Identifying Terrorist Activities, Second Editionby Malcolm W. Nance
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? Effective counterterrorism requires a non-prejudicial understanding of terrorist motives and methods. Security professionals need to identify who terrorists might be, recognize pre-incident indicators of terrorist activity, and competently analyze intelligence information. Unfortunately, most terrorist education comes in short, sketchy briefings, and reliable sources for the foundational knowledge and tools necessary to prevent or mitigate an attack are rare and incomplete at best.
The Latest Geopolitical Factors
The second edition of Nance's bestselling Terrorist Recognition Handbook is fully updated with the latest information on geopolitical factors affecting global terrorism and regional insurgencies. An additional section includes analyses of transformations within Al Qaeda, coverage of the modern insurgency, and newly active global and regional terrorist groups. Thoroughly revised, the section on terrorist tactics reveals entirely new trends and attack methods that have been previously unseen.
Learn from the Expert
Written by a 20 year veteran of the US intelligence community, this book is an invaluable training tool on how to identify an attack; how to mitigate damage from attacks; and how to recognize the stages of developing terrorist plots. It answers critical questions about who represents a threat, what opportunities are available for them to succeed, and what behaviors can be observed as they prepare for an attack?
Quick Information in a Crisis
Designed for rapid assimilation, each chapter can be read in any order. The no-nonsense style and numerous illustrations make it useful for quick identification of conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction. ?
Malcolm W. Nance, a 20 year veteran of the US intelligence community, has been deployed on anti-terrorism and intelligence operations in the Balkans, Middle East?including Iraq and Afghanistan?and sub-Saharan Africa.
The book has an accompanying website with more information.
The author has been interviewed frequently on various news programs and testified in Congress on the subject of terrorism.
He also maintains a blog entitled Small Wars Journal.
Book News Annotation:
Nance (a 20-year veteran of the US intelligence community) presents the second edition of his guide to identifying and preventing terrorism threats. In the handbook's 21 chapters he covers intelligence profiling suspected terrorists; terrorist training; terrorist ideologies; terrorist group organization; terrorist strategies and target selection; safe houses, finances, and mobility; weapons identification; terrorist surveillance techniques; detecting infiltration and special mission techniques; the decision and attack sequence; the basics of analyzing intelligence and predicting terrorism events; law enforcement traffic stops and encountering terrorists; terrorist operations and tactics; recent changes in the structure of al-Qaeda; tactics, equipment, and management of suicide terrorism; and terrorism and insurgency in the Iraq war. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Written by a 20-year veteran of the U.S. intelligence community, this second edition reflects the latest geopolitical factors affecting global terrorist incidents and regional insurgencies. A new section includes an analysis of transformations within Al Qaeda, coverage of the modern insurgency, and information on new global and regional terrorist groups. Completely updated, the section on terrorist tactics reveals the latest trends and attack methods and includes a new chapter on previously unseen suicide bombings. This book is an invaluable training tool on how to identify an attack, how to mitigate damage from successful attacks, and how to recognize the various stages of developing terrorist plots.
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