Terrorist Propaganda and the Sophisticated Use of Social Media

by Laura-Lee Walker“The advance of an army used to be marked by war drums. Now it’s marked by volleys of tweets”.-J.M. BergerTerrorists are increasingly using social media networks, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, to further their message and goals because of its accessibility, global reach and affordability.CIA director, John Brennon, spoke about how...

Identifying Terrorists’ Vulnerabilities

by Laura-Lee WalkerAlthough terrorist attacks come in all shapes and sizes and are orchestrated by a wide variety of groups and lone attackers, there are commonalities that are helpful to identify to combat terrorism. Specifically, there are six stages of the terrorist attack cycle. The terrorist begins by identifying a target and surveillance on...

Understanding Terrorism as a Precursor To Fighting Terrorism

By Laura-Lee WalkerAlthough there is a lot of research about terrorism, there is a large gap between ideas popularly held about terrorism and what experts know to be true.There are numerous widespread myths about terrorism. It’s crucial for citizens and leaders to have accurate information to effectively combat terrorism. Decisions must be made based...