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The Head of the Snake: Terrorist Planning Cells are the True Danger

European authorities are, once again, warning about a possible new influx of terrorist operatives planning attacks on the Continent. Potential targets include law enforcement, transportation hubs and US fast food chains. The terrorists are making use of established human trafficking and refugee routes…similar to the MO we have been observing over the past couple of years. … [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]

Do We Really Know What A Hard Target Is?

For several years there have been discussions and analyses of a shift in terrorist targeting from hard to soft targets. The recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, as well as the 2008 attack in Mumbai, all included so-called soft targets. When we in the West talk of “soft” targets … [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]

The True Lone Wolf is Rare

Despite the growing use of the moniker “lone wolf” it is rare that any successful terror attack (or major criminal event) is planned and carried out by just one person. … [READ MORE]

The Paris Attacks: A Response

The Paris attacks represent a form of terrorism that will be extremely difficult for Western nations to defeat. This modus operandi hits soft targets, is cheap, low-tech and effective. Moreover, this threat is decentralized, with thousands of potential Jihadis now in place across Europe and the U.S. With the current 24-hour news cycle, it is also guaranteed to capture the world’s attention for weeks. The fact that France considered closing its borders and implementing its first national curfew since WWII is a success metric beyond what ISIS could have anticipated. … [READ MORE]