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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:
Terrorism -- Prevention -- Government policy.