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The Geography of Terror


November 11, 2018

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Laptop Bombs and Civil Aviation: Terrorism Potentials and Carry On Travel Bans

Laptop Bombs and Civil Aviation: Terrorism Potentials and Carry On Travel Bans

Terrorism Futures Series

This Insight in the TRENDS Terrorism Futures Series focuses on the heightened concerns expressed over the smuggling of explosives hidden in laptops by Al Qaeda, and now Islamic State/Daesh, operatives for civil aviation bombing purposes. It will provide an overview of ongoing radical Islamist airliner explosive device targeting approaches...

14 Jun 2017

Daesh/IS Armored Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (AVBIEDs): Insurgent Use and Terrorism Potentials

Daesh/IS Armored Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (AVBIEDs): Insurgent Use and Terrorism Potentials

Terrorism Futures Series

© January 2016 This essay in the TRENDS terrorism futures series focuses on advanced threats related to vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). It provides a threat typology of these devices with their evolution into the armored (AVBIED) variant that has now been fielded by Daesh/IS in both Iraq...

02 Feb 2016

Home Made, Printed, and Remote Controlled Firearms— Terrorism and Insurgency Implications

Home Made, Printed, and Remote Controlled Firearms— Terrorism and Insurgency Implications

Terrorism Futures Series

This essay in the TRENDS terrorism futures series focuses on trends in the manufacturing of homemade and printed firearms along with the emergence of remote (teleoperated) firearms. Each of these trends is discussed in turn in this short essay, as are the implications of their cumulative effects on terrorism...

21 Jun 2015

Use and Potentials of Counter-Optical Lasers in Riots and Terrorism

Use and Potentials of Counter-Optical Lasers in Riots and Terrorism

Terrorism Futures Series

This essay in the TRENDS counter-terrorism futures series focuses on LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) effects on human vision and activities in the context of riots and terrorism. Both the use and potentials of counter-optical lasers—that is, lasers utilized so as to disrupt and degrade human...

21 Apr 2015

Fifth Dimensional Battlespace: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Implications

Fifth Dimensional Battlespace: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Implications

Terrorism Futures Series

This essay in the terrorism futures series will highlight the emergence of fifth dimensional battlespace, its implications for both the conduct of terrorism and counterterrorism operations, and, to some extent, interactions with terrorist disruptive targeting capabilities. Additionally, the larger civilizational context in which a dynamic yet little recognized terrorism...

10 Feb 2015

Terrorism as Disruptive Targeting

Terrorism as Disruptive Targeting

Terrorism Futures Series

This short terrorism futures essay will focus upon differing forms of targeting and their effects, that is, destructive versus disruptive, and the interrelationship between these and the scale of effect of weaponry in engagements, highlighting the differences between legitimate state use of coercion and the illegitimate use of disruptive...

11 Jan 2015

Virtual Martyrs: Jihadists, Oculus Rift, and IED Drones

Virtual Martyrs: Jihadists, Oculus Rift, and IED Drones

Terrorism Futures Series

For some decades now, jihadists (radical Islamists) have relied upon suicide bombings—primarily via individually carried and vehicular borne (VBIED) explosives—as a distinct form of terrorist attack. Individual martyrdom, as a blood sacrifice to god, is an integral component to many suicide bombings and utilized collectively for terrorist group cohesion...

14 Dec 2014