Table of contents for Aptitude for destruction : organizational learning in terrorist groups and its implications for combating terrorism / Brian A. Jackson ... [et al.].

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CONTENTS
Preface	iii
Figures	ix
Summary	xi
An Understanding of Organizational Learning is Required for 
Combating Terrorism	xi
About This Study	xii
Understanding Organizational Learning Can Enhance Law Enforcement 
and Intelligence Efforts Against Terrorist Groups	xii
Conclusions	xvii
Acknowledgments	xix
List of Abbreviations	xxi
1. Introduction	1
About the Study	4
About this Document	10
2. What is Organizational Learning?	12
Organizational Learning as a Four-Part Process	13
The Need to Combine Explicit and Tacit Knowledge	17
Organizational Learning Can Take Different Forms	18
3.	Terrorist Organizations Must Learn in Order to Change Effectively	20
Develop, Improve, and Employ New Weapons or Tactics	21
Improve Members' Skills with Current Weapons or Tactics	22
Collect and Utilize Intelligence Information	24
Thwart Efforts to Combat Terrorist Activities	25
Preserve Organizational Capabilities Despite Loss of Group Members
	27
4. Understanding How Terrorist Groups Learn Can Aid Analysis and 
Operational Planning for Combating Terrorism	30
Detect Terrorist Groups' Efforts to Change	30
Anticipate the Outcome of Terrorist Groups' Change Efforts	37
Act More Effectively to Thwart Terrorist Efforts	53
5. Limitations of an Organizational Learning-Based Approach to Analysis 
and Operational Planning for Combating Terrorism	66
Analyzing Organizational Learning Requires An Understanding of 
Terrorist Group Structure and Membership	66
Sufficient Data on Terrorist Group Learning Processes May Not 
Always Be Available	67
Learning Models Address Sequences of Events, Not Individual 
Terrorist Group Operations	68
Measuring the Results of Learning is Not Always Straightforward	68
Learning Ability is not Always the Deciding Factor in the Success 
of a Specific Terrorist Operation	71
6. Conclusions	73
Assessing the Threat Posed by Individual Terrorist Groups and 
Understanding their Behavior	73
Developing and Implementing Effective Counter-Strategies	74
Allocating Resources and Developing Metrics to Assess the 
Effectiveness of Efforts to Combat Terrorism	74
Concluding Remarks	76
References	78
FIGURES
Figure S.1 / Organizational Learning Involves Four Component Processes	xiii
Figure S.2 / Phases of Law Enforcement and Intelligence Activity Related 
to Terrorist Group Efforts to Change and Adapt	xiii
Figure S.3 / Characteristics Affecting Terrorist Group Learning 
Abilities	xv
Figure 2.1 / Organizational Learning Involves Four Component Processes	14
Figure 4.1 / Phases of Law Enforcement and Intelligence Activity Related 
to Terrorist Group Efforts to Change and Adapt	30
Figure 4.2 - Detect	31
Figure 4.3 / Anticipate	39
Figure 4.4 / Characteristics Affecting Terrorist Group Learning 
Abilities	41
Figure 4.5 / Act	54
Figure 4.6 / Learning-Focused Strategies for Combating Terrorism	57

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Terrorists.
Organizational learning.
Terrorism -- Prevention -- Government policy.