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This course explores analytical techniques for the purpose of countering and defeating terrorism. Attendees learn to analyze, interpret, and apply threat-profiling techniques to vast amounts of terrorism data, and produce multi-discipline intelligence products in accordance with current intelligence community needs. Subjects include the Origins of Terrorism, Full Spectrum Operations, Intelligence Preparation of the Operating Environment, and analytical techniques such as Preliminary Analysis, Outside-In Thinking, Threat Profiling, Brainstorming, Analysis of Competing Hypothesis, High Impact\Low Probability, Center of Gravity Analysis, and Predictive Analysis.

Course Objectives

After successful completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Be knowledgeable of terrorism, counterterrorism, methods, techniques and their intelligence related aspects
  • Be able to employ asymmetric threat analytical methods to produce timely intelligence

Major Topics

Introducing Terrorism: Attendees learn several different definitions and perspectives of terrorism, including how terrorists define themselves.

Origins of Terrorism: Attendees explore the evolution of terrorism from biblical times up through 1968 focusing on fundamental changes and shifts in methods of attacks.

The Intelligence Cycle and Preliminary Analysis:  Attendees examine the differences between the traditional intelligence cycle and asymmetric threat analysis, the challenges of asymmetric threat analysis, and the steps in conducting counterterrorism preliminary analysis. Attendees examine the differences between the traditional intelligence cycle and asymmetric threat analysis, the challenges of asymmetric threat analysis, and the steps in conducting counterterrorism preliminary analysis.

Terrorist Threat Profiling: Attendees learn about how to analyze a terror group through profiling components such as organization, social demographics, targets and terrorist motivations, goals and objectives.

Center of Gravity Analysis: Analytical methods and processes used to perform Center of Gravity Analysis on terror groups as a part of defining their capabilities and critical vulnerabilities.

Analysis of Competing Hypothesis: This module explores identification of alternative explanations and evaluation of all evidence that will disconfirm rather than confirm hypothesis.

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