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Terrorist Recognition Handbook
A Practitioner's Manual for Predicting and Identifying Terrorist Activities, Second Edition

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ISBN 9781420071832
Published April 14, 2008 by CRC Press
474 Pages - 172 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

  Effective counterterrorism requires a non-prejudicial understanding of terrorist motives and methods. Security professionals need to identify who terrorists might be, recognize pre-incident indicators of terrorist activity, and competently analyze intelligence information. Unfortunately, most terrorist education comes in short, sketchy briefings, and reliable sources for the foundational knowledge and tools necessary to prevent or mitigate an attack are rare and incomplete at best.

The Latest Geopolitical Factors
The second edition of Nance’s bestselling Terrorist Recognition Handbook is fully updated with the latest information on geopolitical factors affecting global terrorism and regional insurgencies. An additional section includes analyses of transformations within Al Qaeda, coverage of the modern insurgency, and newly active global and regional terrorist groups. Thoroughly revised, the section on terrorist tactics reveals entirely new trends and attack methods that have been previously unseen.

Learn from the Expert
Written by a 20 year veteran of the US intelligence community, this book is an invaluable training tool on how to identify an attack; how to mitigate damage from attacks; and how to recognize the stages of developing terrorist plots. It answers critical questions about who represents a threat, what opportunities are available for them to succeed, and what behaviors can be observed as they prepare for an attack?

Quick Information in a Crisis
Designed for rapid assimilation, each chapter can be read in any order. The no-nonsense style and numerous illustrations make it useful for quick identification of conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction.  

Malcolm W. Nance, a 20 year veteran of the US intelligence community, has been deployed on anti-terrorism and intelligence operations in the Balkans, Middle East—including Iraq and Afghanistan—and sub-Saharan Africa.

The book has an accompanying website with more information.

The author has been interviewed frequently on various news programs and testified in Congress on the subject of terrorism.

He also maintains a blog entitled Small Wars Journal.

Table of Contents

Know the Terrorist
Your Mission: Critical Awareness
Who They Are: Identifying Terrorist Operatives
Intelligence Profiling a Suspected Terrorist
Terrorist Training
Why the Terrorist Chooses This Path: Terrorism 101
What Terrorists Believe
Identifying the Terrorist Group and Its Cell
Terrorist Group Organization
The Terrorist Cell
Terrorist Strategies and Target Selection
Detection of Key Terrorist Activities
Terrorist Preparations for Attack: Safe Houses, Finances, and Mobility
Terrorist Tools: Conventional Weapons Identification
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons: Effects and Associated Equipment Identification
Predicting an Attack
Terrorist Surveillance Techniques
Detecting Infiltration and Special Misson Techniques
The Decision and Attack Sequence
The Basics of Analyzing Intelligence and Predicting Terrorism Events
Point of Danger: Law Enforcement Traffic Stops and Encountering Terrorists
Terrorist Oparations and Tactics
The New Fields OF Terror
A Primer on Al-Qaeda and the Global Extremist Insurgency
Suicide Terrorism – Tactics, Equipment and Managment
Terrorism and Insurgency in the Iraq War, 2003-2008
Appendix A – Global Terrorist Groups
Appendix B – Explosives Components and Ingredients Checklist
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"... extraordinarily valuable and perhaps the definitive text on terrorist recognition.  ...  the book details every aspect of terrorism and identifies all of the various elements.  ... avoids all of the hype, politics and bias  ... simply focuses on its task at hand, to be a field guide for anti-terrorist and counter-terrorist professionals to use to prevent attacks. ... a must-read for anyone tasked with or interested in anti-terrorism activities. One would hope that every TSA and Homeland Security manager and employee get a copy of this monumental reference. It would change the face of TSA and the Department of Homeland Security ... ."
—Ben Rothke, CISSP, PCI QSA, Senior Security Consultant, NY Metro / BT Global Services, writing in Slashdot.org


<qu>" … highly recommended for those in charge of security and community library military collections."

<source>—The Midwest Book Review


<qu>" … this volume offers a wealth of information for any security, law enforcement, military, or intelligence personnel involved in counter-terrorism and anti-terrorism operations. … Malcolm Nance has acquired a level of understanding that surpasses that of many senior government officials with regard to the topics of terrorism, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and he shares his vast knowledge with us in the second edition of the Terrorist Recognition Handbook. … this book is an excellent introduction to terrorist methodologies for both vigilant first responders and personnel who are preparing for deployment."

<source>—Chris Graham, The Counter Terrorist


"While he provides this fundamental information, he places it in the context of how it can be used to predict and thwart terrorism, primarily at the tactical level.  This outstanding book is replete with useful charts, case studies, diagrams, and information valuable in every aspect of security or counterterrorism programs from individual training, exercises, and red teaming, to the response to a real-world attack.  If you bear any responsibility, direct or indirect, for protecting people and property against terrorist attack, you should read this book."

- Col. Christopher G. Essig, Security Management