The Terrorist Planning Cycle

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    Indicators and Clues for Law Enforcement

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    By Morgan Wright
    The recent events in Mumbai have again demonstrated the importance of the uniformed law enforcement officer as the front line of defense against terrorism. Based on initial reports from the interrogation of the surviving terrorist (one of ten), there are several pieces of information that clearly show how the terrorists engaged in classic actions consistent with the terrorist planning cycle.
    While there is no universal method for terrorists to plan, to achieve their objectives certain activities and actions have to take place. Over time, many models have been developed. They generally have these steps in common:

    1. Broad Target Selection
    2. Intelligence and Surveillance
    3. Specific Target Selection
    4. Pre-attack Surveillance and Planning
    5. Attack Rehearsal
    6. Actions on Objective
    7. Escape and Evasion

    Uniformed LEO’s – the tip of the spear – can have an impact in at least six of the seven stages. In the video blog that accompanies this post, I go into more detail about where you - the LEO - can make a difference and help prevent the next attack. Be sure to click and watch the video below for much more on how patrol officers can watch for and respond to elements of the terrorist planning cycle.

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