Counterterrorism & Intelligence Policy Reports Archive

The Hybrid Threat: Crime, Terrorism and Insurgency in Mexico (PDF)

December 01, 2011

The hybrid threat of crime, terrorism and insurgency is presently understudied as a matter of policy, strategy, and doctrine. As a small step towards remedying this conceptual deficit, and exploring those ideas in the particular context of Mexico, the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) together with the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership co-convened a symposium in Washington D.C. on October 20, 2011.

Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories & Conflict Zones (PDF)

September 22, 2010

The United States and the European Union face serious challenges in dealing with the flow of radicalized Westerners travelling into jihadi conflict zones. This report of the Homeland Security Policy Institute and Swedish National Defence College on this subject will be an important contribution to understanding the dimensions of this flow and how the US and EU must further collaborate to confront this increasing threat.

Al-Qaeda Central and the Internet (PDF)

March 16, 2010

Al-Qaeda Central now faces a triple communications challenge: staying prominent in an ever more competitive online environment, explaining how its current entanglement in the Afghanistan-Pakistan nexus makes sense in the global jihadist narrative, and trying to change increasingly negative views of suicide bombing and al-Qaeda itself in the Arab-Muslim world.

Stopping Surprise Attacks: Thinking Smarter About Homeland Security

April 23, 2007

For decades, top Pentagon management has not had the time to think deeply about long-term trends or threats that have not even begun to emerge. Instead, it has relied on a small office to do the job -- the Office of Net Assessment (ONA). The ONA offers senior lead­ers insights and new perspectives on an uncertain future by conducting studies and engaging top intellec­tuals and cutting-edge thinkers in many fields."

Report of the Future of Terrorism Task Force (PDF)

January 25, 2007

Our adversary is proactive, innovative, well networked, flexible, patient, young, technologically savvy, and learns and adapts continuously based upon both successful and failed operations around the globe. We must be and do likewise. Our institutions must be recalibrated to reflect the changing threat environment.

Out of the Shadows: Getting Ahead of Prisoner Radicalization (PDF)

September 19, 2006

Prisons have long been places where extremist ideology and calls to violence could find a willing ear, and conditions are often conducive to radicalization. With the world’s largest prison population and highest incarceration rate, America faces what could be an enormous challenge – every radicalized prisoner becomes a potential terrorist recruit.

Terrorism Risk Insurance: Assessing TRIA and the Way Forward (PDF)

December 05, 2005

Issue: The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) of 2002 is set to expire on December 31, 2005. It is vital that government leaders now reassess the Act and the future of terrorism risk financing, including the role of the federal government, if any, in this field.

Enhancing Preparedness for Cyanide Terrorism (PDF)

September 20, 2005

Although US governmental agencies consider a cyanide terrorist attack probable, the United States is ill prepared for mass-casualty incidents involving cyanide...To make the most of a window of time for effective intervention, preparedness efforts should entail education of emergency responders and health care professionals about cyanide as a primary or secondary toxicant risk and about the recognition and treatment of cyanide poisoning.

Combating Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism: A Comprehensive Strategy (Purchase Book)

May 21, 2001

The time has come for a cold-eyed assessment and evaluation based on program reviews and other measures of effectiveness. This report offers such an assessment, providing a road map of near- and long-term priorities for senior federal officials to marshal federal, state, local, private sector, and nongovernmental resources for defending the U.S. homeland against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism.

Cyber Threats and Information Security: Meeting the 21st Century Challenge

May 21, 2001

Security measures against cyber threats are insufficient throughout both government and the private sector. To counter the cyber threats of the future, the United States must develop a comprehensive response policy for thwarting all attacks on national infrastructures and assets -- be they within or outside of U.S. borders.