TERRORISM

2000s

General Books and Articles

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Shackley, Theodore, with Richard A. Finney. Still the Target: Coping with Terror and Crime. Baltimore, MD: Noble House, 2003.

Jonkers, AFIO WIN 2-03 (14 Jan. 2003), notes that this "was the late Ted Shackley's last effort. In it he identifies the nature and scope of the threat of terror and crime to senior executives, and secondly, provides a frame of reference for evaluating an executive protection program."

Shultz, Richard H., Jr., and Andrea J. Dew. Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Longino, Proceedings 133.5 (May 2007), says that the authors "have done a thorough, yet concise, job assisting readers in understanding why modern warfare is different.... The book is well researched and written and flows nicely toward a conclusion full of lessons learned.... Shultz and Dew present a precise and effective analysis" of the conflicts in Somalia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

For Crowther, Parameters 37.2 (Summer 2007), this is "an excellent primer on the nature of warfare and our likely enemies in the twenty-first century." The authors argue that "tribal societies will comprise the enemies of the future.... The nature of these societies have led to a preferred type of warfare -- decentralized, violent, and family-based." One theme that continues "throughout the book is the propensity for militaries and policymakers in developed countries to underestimate the warfighting capacity inherent in these tribal/clan based societies.... [T]his book is thoroughly researched and impressively referenced."

McIntosh, JFQ 48 (1st Quarter 2008), notes that the authors "propose that an awareness of how tribes and clans operate creates opportunities for the soldier.... They push the reader to consider that the 'primitive' enemy has a logic of his own that can be anticipated and used against him. They show that while the logic of clan violence is not the only factor to consider, it is one we ignore at our peril."

To Peake, Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), this work "leaves no doubt that knowing today's enemies is essential to national survival." Ladwig, Military Review (Mar.-Apr. 2007), finds that this work "is a useful introduction to the topic of traditional warriors and modern warfare. However, the lack of prescriptive guidance for responding to the challenges posed by tribal irregulars leaves the reader wanting more."

Shultz, Richard H., Jr., and Andreas Vogt. "The Real 9/11 Intelligence Failure and the Case for a Doctrine of Striking First." In Terrorism and Counterterrorism, eds. Russell Howard and Reid Sawyer, 405-428. Rev ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2003.

Sims, Jennifer E. "Intelligence to Counter Terror: The Importance of All-Source Fusion." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 38-56.

"A great American debate awaits. The debate will be over the extent to which the federal government can ally with state and local governments and private industry to manage the new, secure information infrastructure that is already emerging in order to enable domestic intelligence authorities to do their job within the law."

Sirseloudi, Matenia P. "How to Predict the Unpredictable: On the Early Detection of Terrorist Campaigns." Defense & Security Analysis 21 (Dec. 2005): 369-385.

Sorrells, Niels C. "Taps and Terrorism: A German Approach?" Intelligence and National Security 23, no. 2 (Apr. 2008):176-197.

"Germany's history with terrorism and domestic surveillance ... provide[s] some valuable clues about the value of widespread wiretaps. The fact that the authorities can only point to a handful of terror cases where taps have been useful, but not definitive, in breaking up terrorist schemes, makes it hard to argue that boosting the number of taps in the United States will help control terrorism."

Stern, Jessica Eve. Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Peake, Studies 48.1, notes that the author has interviewed terrorists in the United States, Pakistan, Israel, India, Indonesia, and Lebanon. While "this is a disturbing book" in many ways, "for those who want to understand the why [emphasis in original] of today's war on terror and the terrorists themselves, it is a valuable source of insights." To Singer, Parameters 34.2 (Summer 2004), the author's work is "[a]n incredibly fascinating read.... The book is filled with remarkable anecdotes that will grab the reader.... Stern's best analysis is in her look at the multiple structures and organizations of radical groups."

Stout, Chris E., ed. The Psychology of Terrorism. 4 vols. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.

From publisher: An "interdisciplinary group of academics, clinicians, and activists from around the world ... present an enormous range of terror-related factors.... [C]hapters address terror and violence perpetrated by children, compare terrorists to cultists, and separate the fact, fiction, and hysteria surrounding bioterrorism."

Sullivan, John P., and James J. Wirtz. "Terrorism Early Warning and Counterterrorism Intelligence." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 21, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 13-25.

"The Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) Group developed a networked approach to intelligence fusion. The TEW Group provides intelligence support to regional law enforcement, fire, and health agencies involved in the prevention of and response to terrorist acts." [Footnote omitted]

Suskind, Ron. The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11. New York Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Gellman, Washington Post, 20 Jun. 2006, calls this "an important book.... It enriches our understanding of even familiar episodes from the Bush administration's war on terror and tells some jaw-dropping stories we haven't heard before." The "book is full of amazing, persuasively detailed vignettes about the[] world" of intelligence and counterterrorism professionals. The author calls these "career terror-fighters 'the invisibles,' and he likes them.... Reviled for failure to develop human spies inside al-Qaeda, the CIA in fact has done so at least twice, Suskind reports."

For Peake, Studies 51.1 (Mar. 2007), the author "tells an interesting story about the war on terror," but his book "is little more than Washington gossip" when it deals with intelligence. Because there is no sourcing, it is impossible to tell whether Suskind's stories are accurate.

Shaun Waterman, "Subway Cyanide Gas Device 'probably wouldn't work.'" United Press International, 26 Jun. 2006, quotes experts as stating that the "Mubtakker," the device identified in Suskind's The One Percent Doctrine as having been "developed by al-Qaida to disperse deadly cyanide gas in subway cars and other confined spaces[,] has never been used in a terrorist attack and probably would not be very effective."

Taillon, J. Paul de B. The Evolution of Special Forces in Counter-Terrorism. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001.

Cronin, Joint Forces Quarterly 106 (Autumn-Winter 2001-2002), notes that the author "describes a specific tool of response to terrorism, military missions by British and American forces.... The chapter on U.S. capabilities is more fluently written than that on their British counterparts; however, the comparison of the historical development of their respective operational doctrine is insightful. The culture of each nation's forces is described in the context of low-intensity conflicts.... The Americans do not fare well by comparison.... The book's conclusions are sound but general."

Talbott, Strobe, and Nayan Chanda, eds. The Age of Terror: America and the World After September 11. New York: Basic, 2001.

Bergen, FA 81.2 (Mar.-Apr. 2002), suggests that for readers "seeking to understand how the [11 September 2001] attacks might play out in the wider historical story of the U.S. role as a great power, The Age of Terror offers several literate and illuminating contributions."

Taylor, Max, and John Horgan, eds. The Future of Terrorism. London and Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2000.

According to Friedman, Parameters 31 (Summer 2001), "[t]his work reports details from a three-day meeting at University College [Cork, Ireland] during March 1999 at which experts on terrorism, principally from academia and law enforcement, presented and discussed their views on future developments in terrorism.... Because so many of the participants in the colloquium which produced this book came from the field of law enforcement, it is not surprising that a considerable amount of the content deals with terrorism and its relationship to organized crime."

Tomes, Robert R.  "Relearning Counterinsurgency Warfare." Parameters 34 (Spring 2004): 16-28.

Treverton, Gregory F. "Terrorism, Intelligence and Law Enforcement: Learning the Right Lessons." Intelligence and National Security 18, no. 4 (Winter 2003): 121-140.

This is a balanced discussion of the differences between intelligence and law enforcement, and of the changes emerging in the way in which these two disciplines are viewed since 11 September 2001. Treverton does not offer up trite answers to the dilemma of finding the right balance between security and privacy, but seeks to clarify the questions we need to be asking.

Tucker, Jonathan B., ed. Toxic Terror: Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000.

From publisher: This compilation "provides in-depth case studies of twelve terrorist groups and individuals who, from 1946 to 1998, allegedly acquired or employed CBW agents.... By comparing the twelve cases, the book identifies characteristic motivations and patterns of behavior associated with CBW terrorism and provides an empirical basis for prudent, cost-effective strategies of prevention and response."

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