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Introduction

Over the past three decades, terrorists have committed acts of extreme violence to further a variety of goals.

Importance

Terrorists have reached new levels of organization, sophistication, and violence. Their tactics and techniques will continue to evolve. Regardless of your job or place of work, you must understand how the terrorist operates in order to minimize the threat to you and your Marines. This class is designed to help you understand the planning and execution of a terrorist operation so you can determine defensive measures you and your unit might employ to minimize the threat of terrorist attacks.

In This Lesson

This class will examine the principles and philosophies of terrorism to help you understand the motivations of terrorist groups.

This lesson covers the following topics:

Topic  Page
Definition/Origins of Terrorism 5
Perspectives and Ideologies 6
Support Mechanisms 7
Goals of Terrorism 8
Organization of Terrorist Groups 8
Understanding Terrorist Operations 9
Measures to Combat Terrorism 12
Summary 16
Significant Incidents 16
References 24
Glossary of Terms and Acronyms 24
Notes 25