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01-06-2018, 08:56 PM
Dr Paul Gill, from UCL, a SME on terrorism, has a short article which is:
a breakdown on eight things terrorists consider when making a planning an attack, from an analysis of over 80 terrorist autobiographiesLink:https://crestresearch.ac.uk/comment/terrorist-decision-making/

The 'eight lessons' are: Terrorist planning, Risk factor, Picking a target, Internal feelings, Finding the weakest link, Nerves and confidence, Perceptions of security and Past experience.

On a link he explains the project in a video clip (3 mins) and writes:
This project will start to build a better understanding of how terrorists make judgements about risk and security, and how this informs their actions (e.g., operational security measures, targeting decisions, hostile reconnaissance). As this is a relatively new area of academic inquiry, the team will start with the criminological literature to develop hypotheses, which will then be tested against two data sets.Link:https://crestresearch.ac.uk/projects/terrorist-decision-making/

Curiously he refers to 100 autobiographies, but the end result used eighty.

The author has another thread How do you spot a terrorist:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=22501 , with views 20.4k views - which indicates his value.

01-06-2018, 11:39 PM
The author has another thread How do you spot the terrorist? (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/How do you spot the terrorist?) , with views 20.4k views - which indicates his value.
404'd, try

Thanks, link amended.

03-31-2018, 07:14 PM
Update. The article by Paul Gill and others is now available for free. It has numerous references and refers to mainly non-jihadist terrorists. Quite a bit about the Provisional IRA in Ulster, Breivik in Norway and others.

The full title is: Terrorist Decision Making in the Context of Risk, Attack Planning, and Attack Commission