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Exploring terrorist targeting preferences

Author: Martin C Libicki; Peter Chalk; Melanie Sisson; United States. Department of Homeland Security.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2007.
Series: Rand Corporation monograph series.
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Governments spend billions to protect against terrorism. Might it help to understand what al Qaeda would achieve with each specific attack? This book examines various hypotheses of terrorist targeting: is it (1) to coerce, (2) to damage economies, (3) to rally the faithful, or (4) a decision left to affiliates? This book analyzes past attacks, post hoc justifications, and expert opinion to weigh each hypothesis.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Libicki, Martin C.
Exploring terrorist targeting preferences.
Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2007
(OCoLC)654679930
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin C Libicki; Peter Chalk; Melanie Sisson; United States. Department of Homeland Security.
ISBN: 083303913X 9780833039132
OCLC Number: 67345952
Notes: "Prepared for the Department of Homeland Security."
"MG-483-DHS"--P. [4] of cover.
Description: xxii, 107 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: What drives al Qaeda's choice of targets? --
Hypothesis testing: quantitative and qualitative measures --
Hypothesis testing: al Qaeda statements and expert observations --
Ramifications for al Qaeda attack planning in the United States.
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series.
Responsibility: Martin C. Libicki, Peter Chalk, Melanie Sisson.
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Governments spend billions to protect against terrorism. Might it help to understand what al Qaeda would achieve with each specific attack? This book examines various hypotheses of terrorist targeting: is it (1) to coerce, (2) to damage economies, (3) to rally the faithful, or (4) a decision left to affiliates? This book analyzes past attacks, post hoc justifications, and expert opinion to weigh each hypothesis.

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