Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training

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Keeping ahead of terrorists requires innovative, up-to-date training. This follow-up to Stephen Sloan's pioneering 1981 book, Simulating Terrorism, takes stock of twenty-first-century terrorism—then equips readers to effectively counter it. Quickly canvassing the evolution of terrorism—and of counterterrorism efforts—over the past thirty years, co-authors Sloan and Robert J. Bunker draw on examples from the early 2000s, following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, to emphasize the need to prevent or ...
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Overview


Keeping ahead of terrorists requires innovative, up-to-date training. This follow-up to Stephen Sloan's pioneering 1981 book, Simulating Terrorism, takes stock of twenty-first-century terrorism—then equips readers to effectively counter it. Quickly canvassing the evolution of terrorism—and of counterterrorism efforts—over the past thirty years, co-authors Sloan and Robert J. Bunker draw on examples from the early 2000s, following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, to emphasize the need to prevent or respond quickly to "active aggressors"—terrorists who announce their presence and seek credibility through killing. Training for such situations requires realistic simulations—whose effectiveness, the authors show, depends on incorporating red teams; that is, the groups that play the part of active aggressors.

In Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training, Sloan and Bunker, developers of simulation-driven counterterrorist training, take readers through the prerequisites for and basic principles of conducting a successful simulation and preparing responders to face threats—whether from teenage shooters or from sophisticated terrorist organizations. The authors clearly explain how to create an effective red team whose members can operate from within the terrorists' mindset. An innovative chapter by theater professional Roberta Sloan demonstrates how to use dramatic techniques to teach red teams believable role-playing.

Rounding out this book, a case study of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood illustrates the cost of failures in intelligence and underscores the still-current need for serious attention to potential threats. First responders—whether civilian or military—will find Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training indispensible as they address and deter terrorism now and in the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806141831
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2011
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

A pioneer in terrorism research and education, Stephen Sloan is the author of fourteen books, including Simulating Terrorism and Terrorism: The Present Threat in Context.

Robert J. Bunker, an expert on unconventional security threats, is the editor of numerous books, including Networks, Terrorism, and Global Insurgency.

A Rhodes Scholar, David Boren is President of the University of Oklahoma. A former governor of Oklahoma, he served as U.S. Senator from Oklahoma from 1979 to 1994 and chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1987 to 1993.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword David L. Boren xi

Preface xiii

Organization of the Book xxiii

Abbreviations xxix

1 Terrorism and Simulations Today 3

2 Basic Principles of Conducting a Simulation 16

3 Guiding the Simulation 32

4 Murphy's Law Can Prove Fatal 56

5 The Red Team: Developing an Adversarial Perspective 72

6 Getting the Red Team Ready for Its Role, by Roberta Sloan 91

7 Terrorist Attack Cycle 102

8 Future Terrorism: Out-Innovating the Terrorists 124

Appendix 1 Intelligence-Driven Simulations 141

Appendix 2 Hostage-Taking and Active-Aggressor Simulations 149

Appendix 3 The Cost of Failures in Intelligence: The Tragedy of Fort Hood 159

Notes 165

Selected Bibliography 175

Index 179

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