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IS 0410: 21st Century Terrorism: Emerging Trends and Evolving Tactics
Lead Instructor: Charles P. Blair

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Who Should Attend

Course Description

Led by some of the world’s leading terrorism experts, this short course is designed to provide a fresh understanding of terrorism’s evolution, current dynamics, and potential trajectories. These new understandings and insights come from the advancement of modern information and computer technologies, which have allowed for the availability of large terrorism related data sets, as well as creation of cutting edge methods and tools for the study of terrorism. These new tools have created a far more informed understanding of the terrorism phenomenon, which facilitates the work of both analysts and policy-makers alike.

Beyond sharing data, however, this short course also provides resources, the most recent information and exploration of cutting-edge tools necessary to deal with modern, emerging, and more distant threats. Thus, a diverse team of experts in the field of terrorism studies offers participants:

  1. Empirical and analytic tools to succinctly characterize key details such as the dynamics driving group, cell, and “lone wolf” behaviors, potential attack modalities, and group organizational structures;
  2. Insight and information on the interaction of rapidly advancing technology with terrorist attack modalities; possible and likely potential terrorist trajectories, including future objectives, attack modalities, and target types;
  3. The ability to enhance tradecraft and tacit knowledge of terrorism through module exercises;
  4. Overviews and fresh insights into key case studies – including the ideologies and activities of Salafi-Jihadist groups and cells, Lone Wolves, Apocalyptic Millenarian groups; and U.S. Right-Wing Extremists;
  5. Exposure to the latest data, research, and salient finding on the process of radicalization;
  6. An understanding of funding streams for terrorist organizations, and the current and emerging methods used to detect and deter such activity; and
  7. Explanation of the latest seminal findings in counterterrorism studies and insights into which strategies have proven most effective over the last 40 years.

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      10900 University Blvd.
      Manassas, VA 20110
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  • Who Should Attend

    Those responsible for preventing, preparing for, responding to, and/or predicting terrorism including policy makers, security analysts from government, private sector and non-government organizations, law enforcement officers, homeland security practitioners, media professionals, and academics.





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