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The Role of Local Police in the War Against Terrorism

On November 12, a double suicide bombing tore through a busy shopping district in Beirut, Lebanon killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 200 others. The next day, six seemingly coordinated attacks devastated Paris, France killing at least 129 people and wounding 352. Both attacks have been claimed by the terror group ISIS, who issued a video warning of further attacks on countries taking part in bombing Syria, specifically threatening to ‘strike’ Washington, D.C.

As the Paris and Beirut terrorist attacks demonstrate, the lines between international and domestic threats are closer than many police officers may realize. However, most police training supports the assumption that international terrorism isn’t something of significant concern to them. To shift this mindset so police officers see a bigger picture of fighting terrorism requires one thing: enhanced training. Here's how training must be expanded.

How Intelligence Has Evolved Since Able Danger

Ten years ago today, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing to learn what a small group of military intelligence analysts had discovered about the world-wide reach of Al Qaeda and its affiliations prior to 9/11. This first hearing focused on what is known as the Able Danger program, which was the first significant data mining operation that successfully harvested and visualized massive amounts of data. Erik Kleinsmith, who was the senior military member of the Able Danger analytical team, shares lessons learned from this program as well as the ongoing challenges faced by intelligence analysts.

Commander During 2011 Oslo Attacks Discusses Response, Gives Lessons Learned

By Leischen Stelter, American Military University

One of the premier presentations at the 4th Annual Mid-Atlantic INLETS: Violent Crimes & Terrorism Trends seminar came from Anders Snortheimsmoen, commander of the Delta Norga, Oslo Police Distrik in Norway during two sequential lone-wolf attacks in 2011. Anders’ presentation focused on the importance of preparedness and lessons learned after these attacks.

Intelligence Solutions Involved in the Response to the Boston Marathon Bombing

By Richard Pera, Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University

Looking back on the 2013 Boston Marathon event is painful for many: Two pressure-cooker bombs were detonated near the finish line, killing three and injuring 264. Americans were shocked yet again as Muslim extremists—in this case the two foreign-born, Americanized Tsarnaev brothers from suburban Boston—committed an unspeakable act of terror against innocent civilians during an event which coincided with “Patriot’s Day,” commemoration of the start of the American Revolutionary War in nearby Lexington and Concord.

How Memories of Fear and Terror from Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks Contribute to our National Security Strategy

By Leischen Stelter

What do you remember from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001?

We all have memories from that day: Where we were, what we were doing, and our emotional reactions as we watched events unfold on television or in person. These memories are things we will never forget and each time we remember them, they evoke feelings of fear and horror and terror from that day.

From IACP 2012: Prepare for a Coordinated Attack by Changing the Response Paradigm

By Leischen Stelter What have we learned from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which consisted of 11 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across India’s largest city? How can law enforcement agencies, first responders and cities be better prepared to respond to an incident of this scale? Read more about how these questions were addressed by an esteemed panel during the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in San Diego.