Strengthening Counterterrorism from the Information of a Successful Terrorist Attack and Failed Missions in the United States

36 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2015

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Christopher Charles

University of the West Indies

Marie-Helen Maras

CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Date Written: April 22, 2015

Abstract

This article examines a successful terrorist attack and failed missions in the U.S. to inform counterterrorism. Six case studies were selected based on groups of terrorists (three or more) who conducted or planned an attack within the U.S. The variables measured were the organizational learning cycles of the terrorists, and the financial, community and security institutions they used. The learning cycles revealed that success was a function of experience and training so learning deficits made detection possible. The failed cells lacked funding which increased their vulnerability when they sought financing. Supportive community institutions and their effective use made plot detection difficult. Terrorists who ineffectively used and leveraged security institutions were more likely to fail. The U.S. should continue the preemptive use of undercover agents/informants to detect terrorist plots.

Keywords: terrorism, learning cycles, community institutions, financial institutions, security institutions, United States, Counterterrorism

Suggested Citation

Charles, Christopher and Maras, Marie-Helen, Strengthening Counterterrorism from the Information of a Successful Terrorist Attack and Failed Missions in the United States (April 22, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2597453 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2597453

Christopher Charles (Contact Author)

University of the West Indies ( email )

Kingston
Kingston 7
Mona, Mona Kingston 7
Jamaica

Marie-Helen Maras

CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice ( email )

695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States

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