By Blake W. Mobley
Holding info, picking undercover brokers, and working clandestinely -- efforts often called counterintelligence -- are the first pursuits of terrorist teams evading detection by means of intelligence and police officers. a few thoughts paintings good, a few fail, and people tasked with monitoring those teams are deeply invested within the difference.
Discussing the demanding situations terrorist teams face as they multiply and plot overseas assaults, whereas whilst offering a framework for deciphering the strengths and weaknesses in their counterintelligence, Blake W. Mobley presents an imperative textual content for the intelligence, army, native land protection, and legislations enforcement fields. He outlines concrete steps for making improvements to the tracking, disruption, and removing of terrorist cells, essentially by way of exploiting their blunders in counterintelligence.
A key element of Mobley's technique is to spot and retain shut watch on parts that regularly show weak point. whereas a few counterintelligence pathologies ensue extra usually between yes terrorist teams, harmful bureaucratic developments, resembling distrust and paranoia, pervade all corporations. via specified case stories, Mobley exhibits tips on how to realize and capitalize on those shortcomings inside a group's organizational constitution, renowned help, and regulated territory, and he describes the tradeoffs terrorist leaders make to keep up harmony and gear. He eventually exhibits that no crew can in achieving excellent secrecy whereas functioning successfully and that each edition or new virtue supposedly attained by means of those teams additionally produces new vulnerabilities.
Blake W. Mobley has written a groundbreaking examine on how terrorist teams gather intelligence. He vividly portrays terrorist workforce dilemmas and weaknesses, in addition to their skill to foil the safety providers in their adversaries.
(Daniel Byman, Georgetown college, and learn director of the Saban heart on the Brookings Institution)
With the strategic defeat of al Qaeda in sight, Terrorism and Counterintelligence deals a well timed research of the vulnerabilities of terrorist firms, with the intention to velocity their demise.
(Graham T. Allison, director of Harvard University's Belfer heart for technological know-how and overseas Affairs)
Counterintelligence is still a stepchild within the research of intelligence, although each association, together with NGOs, does it in a few shape whether they use the language. Blake W. Mobley's booklet is a great addition to the literature in this topic, the entire extra so since it appears on the counterintelligence of terrorist teams. He combines good scholarship with an insider's experience for a way the realm really works. His framework -- organizational constitution, well known aid, and regulated territory -- applies good to terrorist teams. just a little adjusted, it will possibly additionally follow to different teams to boot, together with NGOs.
(Gregory F. Treverton, director, RAND Corporation's heart for worldwide hazard and defense and vice chair of the nationwide Intelligence Council)
A well-researched and compellingly argued e-book that sheds unique mild on a complicated and heretofore frequently misunderstood subject.... hugely recommended.
Terrorism and Counterintelligence is an highbrow rollercoaster that exhibits the ups and downs of the largest and such a lot well-known terrorist teams the realm has dissected to date and leaves the reader with a renewed feel of the facility and regulate those teams have on conventional society.
(Ross W. Clark, Penn country collage Parameters 1900-01-00)
A colossal literature on terrorist teams exists, even though no longer a lot scholarship at once addresses the counterintelligence factor. This publication fills that hole. The assurance is thorough and actual, quite in tracing the evolution of assorted terrorist hobbies. a person studying this ebook will come away with a greater knowing of the terrorist phenomenon.
(John McLaughlin, uncommon Practitioner in place of abode on the Johns Hopkins institution of complex foreign reports and previous deputy director and performing director of the valuable Intelligence business enterprise)