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WTOP interviews TrapWire’s Mike Maness on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

All of the officials and experts WTOP spoke to concede that no amount of technology or human dedication can cover what Maness fears — complacency. … [READ MORE]

TRAPWIRE Director Mike Maness Interviewed for Article on Changing Terror Tactics

As we harden iconic and high-value targets, they shifted to soft targets and crowded spaces. … [READ MORE]

NYT: How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers

An excellent article on pre-attack tactics, communications and preparations undertaken by terrorist organizations ahead of an attack. … [READ MORE]

TRAPWIRE Director Provides Insight to WTOP on the How vs Why of Terrorism

“In the end, whether the attack was carried out by Daesh, al-Qaida or al-Shabaab has little bearing on our immediate, tactical counterterror efforts since many of these groups are often sharing the same attack techniques regardless of their ideological affiliation or end goals.” … [READ MORE]

New ISIS Hit Lists

TRAPWIRE analysts have been closely following developments related to the alleged new ISIS targeting list which appears to include private citizens in addition to government employees and security officials. … [READ MORE]

European Allies Still Struggle With Intelligence Sharing

What is concerning is that 15 years after 9/11 and 11 years after 7/7, our European allies apparently still struggle with intelligence sharing. … [READ MORE]

ISIS’ Western Operatives: Rethinking Standard Security Approaches

The fact that almost 15 years after 9/11 and ten years after 7/7, terrorist groups are still able to “hide in plain sight” and run surveillance and intelligence collection operations against high profile targets in the West should be a wake-up call. … [READ MORE]

Brussels: Anatomy of an Attack

The arrests on Thursday of additional suspects in the Brussels terror attacks supports our assessment that this operation involved a much larger cell than the attack teams who targeted the airport and metro station. In sharp contrast to the attack in San Bernardino, where Syed Rizwan Farook targeted a location requiring little pre-attack preparation (his work place), the Brussels attacks continue to show a high degree of operational planning. … [READ MORE]