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Weapons and Tactics


Weapons and Tactics

Project Title Investigators Project Period
Dissuading Adversaries and their Radiological/Nuclear Pathways: Integrating Deterrence Theory and Analytics in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA) Amy Pate, Brandon Behlendorf, Gary Ackerman, John Sawyer October, 2013 to September, 2018
Unifying Approaches to Adversarial Modeling H. Brinton Milward, Ronald Breiger July, 2015 to December, 2017
Dynamics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Campaigns Gary Ackerman, Joseph Young, R. Karl Rethemeyer, Victor Asal July, 2014 to December, 2017
Terrorist and Extremist Organizations (TEO) Database Jonathan Wilkenfeld, R. Karl Rethemeyer July, 2012 to December, 2016
Geospatial Analysis of Terror Finance Marcus Boyd July, 2015 to July, 2016
Anatomizing Radiological and Nuclear Non-State Adversaries Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale, R. Karl Rethemeyer June, 2012 to January, 2014
Terrorist Behavior and Societal Tolerance of Violence Risa Brooks July, 2012 to December, 2013
Understanding and Combating Mass Casualty Terrorism (MCT) Gary Ackerman, Victor Asal June, 2008 to December, 2011
Guerilla Insurgency: The Springboard to Terrorism? Mark Lichbach, Paul Huth June, 2008 to August, 2011
Key Dimensions in Understanding Terrorist Bomb Attacks Margaret Wilson June, 2008 to May, 2010
Empirical Analysis of IED Attacks Gary LaFree, Richard Legault June, 2008 to December, 2009
More Bang for the Buck?: Examining the Effect of Technological Change on Terrorist Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale July, 2005 to September, 2009
Modeling Risk of Future Terrorist Attacks Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan May, 2005 to June, 2009
Terrorist Groups and Weapons of Mass Destruction Gary Ackerman, Jonathan Wilkenfeld, R. Karl Rethemeyer, Victor Asal July, 2005 to May, 2008
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Type
"Deterring Nuclear or 'WMD' Terrorism," Prepared for presentation to the Conference on "Deterring Terrorism: Theory and Practice February 2010 Crenshaw, Martha Conference Paper
A Historical Overview of Biological Weapons Identification, Characterization, and Attribution November 2007 Ackerman, Gary; Asal, Victor Book Chapter
A Smart Bomb in Every Garage? Driverless Cars and the Future of Terrorist Attacks September 2015 Discussion Point
An Overview of Bombing and Arson Attacks by Environmental and Animal Rights Extremists in the United Stated, 1995-2010 April 2013 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Report
Apparent Intended Lethality: Toward a Behavioral Model of Intention to Harm in Single Issue Bombing Campaigns- Final Report September 2010 Wilson, Margaret Report
Apparent intended lethality: Toward a model of intent to harm in terrorist bomb attacks April 2013 Wilson, Margaret Journal Article
Boston Marathon Bombings April 2013 Miller, Erin; Smarick, Kathleen Background Report
Catch Them Coming and Going: Probabilistic Pathway Projection to Counter Foreign Fighters March 2016 House, Joshua; Boyd, Marcus Report
CBRN Activity and Attacks by Insurgent Organizations October 2015 Ackerman, Gary; Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Asal, Victor Research Brief
Common Sense or Gun Control? Political Communication and News Media Framing of Firearm Sale Background Checks after Newtown November 2015 Sell, Tara Journal Article
Developing An Empirical Understanding of Improvised Explosive Devices: A Social and Behavioral Science Perspective August 2009 LaFree, Gary; Legault, Richard Report
Discussion Point: The Prospective Military Power of Al Qaeda Affiliated Groups in the Syrian Conflict December 2013 Discussion Point
Disrupting Terrorist Assassinations Through Situational Crime Prevention July 2017 Freilich, Joshua Journal Article
Fight and Flight: LTTE's Air Cargo Ambitions November 2008 Jayasekara, Shanaka Journal Article
How Community Ties Influence Terrorist Targeting of Civilians November 2013 Brooks, Risa Research Brief
Human and Social Forces in the Spread of the IED Threat: Innovation, Diffusion and Adaptation November 2008 Ackerman, Gary Report
Integrated United States Security Database (IUSSD): Data on the Terrorist Attacks in the United States Homeland, 1970 to 2011 December 2012 Miller, Erin; LaFree, Gary; Dugan, Laura Report
Jihadists and Weapons of Mass Destruction November 2007 Ackerman, Gary Book
Jihadists and WMD: a re-evaluation of the future threat October 2014 Ackerman, Gary Journal Article
Making the Wrong Connection: The Determinants of Terrorist Targeting of Airplanes and Airports February 2010 Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Legault, Richard Conference Paper
Modeling Costly Learning and Counter-Learning in a Defender-Attacker Game with Private Defender Information September 2014 Zhuang, Jun Journal Article
Momin Khawaja: Mechanisms of Radicalization August 2016 McCauley, Clark; Moskalenko, Sophia Report
Muslim Public Opinion on US Policy, Attacks on Civilians, and al Qaeda April 2007 Kull, Steven Report
Nuclear Weapons and Existential Threats: Insights from a Comparative Analysis of Nuclear-Armed States October 2014 Asal, Victor Journal Article
Probabilistic Pathway Projection to Counter Foreign Fighters April 2016 House, Joshua; Boyd, Marcus Research Brief
Research Highlight: Bombing and Arson Attacks by Environmental and Animal Rights Extremists in the United States, 1995-2010 May 2013 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Research Brief
Review of Mohammed Hafez, Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making of Palestinian Suicide Bombers, of Mohammed Hafez, Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom, and of David Cook & Olivia Allison, Understanding and Addressing Suicide At February 2008 McCauley, Clark Journal Article
Ricin Letters Mailed to President and Senator April 2013 Ackerman, Gary; Pinson, Lauren; Johns, Mila Background Report
Simultaneous Attacks by Terrorist Organisations December 2013 Deloughery, Kathleen Journal Article
START Annual Meeting 2016: Quick-Fire Presentation - Terrorism and Radicalization October 2016 Lemieux, Anthony; Koven, Barnett S.; Ackerman, Gary; LaFree, Gary; Ligon, Gina Scott; Horgan, John; Satana, Nil; James, Patrick; Simi, Peter; Breiger, Ronald; Chermak, Steven Presentation
Temporal Sequencing, Incident Sophistication, and Terrorist Outcomes August 2016 Smith, Brent; Gruenewald, Jeff Research Brief
Terrorism and the North Caucasus: An Overview April 2013 Johns, Mila Background Report
Terrorism and the State: The Logic of Killing Civilians November 2005 McCauley, Clark Book Chapter
Terrorism in Belgium and Western Europe; Attacks against Transportation Targets; Coordinated Terrorist Attacks March 2016 Miller, Erin Background Report
Terrorism in Mali November 2015 Miller, Erin Fact Sheet
Terrorist Attacks Targeting Critical Infrastructure in the United States, 1970-2015 June 2016 Miller, Erin Report
The Economic Impact of Terrorist Incidents on the Italian Hospitality Industry January 2006 Journal Article
The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Development of Mortars March 2016 Ackerman, Gary Journal Article
The Softest of Targets: A Study on Terrorist Target Selection July 2009 Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Asal, Victor Journal Article
Weapon Choice and American Political Violence: A Comparison of Terrorists and Other Felons in Federal Custody August 2009 Legault, Richard Journal Article
When terrorists target schools: An exploratory analysis of attacks on educational institutions June 2013 Wilson, Margaret Journal Article
Title
New START model forecasts the flow of foreign fighters
START study leads to support for SLTT officials
Intern team authors peer-reviewed journal article on Hamas
Scavenger hunt activity helps START team assess capability of mobile radiation detectors
START launches online course on terror-crime nexus and CBRN
Terrorist attacks involving firearms more likely to be lethal than other types of attacks
A closer look at the 2,600 terrorist attacks in US, 1970-2012
Despite fewer attacks in Western world, global terrorism increasing
Discussion Point: The Prospective Military Power of Al Qaeda Affiliated Groups in the Syrian Conflict
START adds third course to summer line-up
Researcher analyzes how community ties impact terrorist groups’ targeting of civilians
START seeking 2014 Outstanding Article Award nominations
START Newsletter: Violent hate crimes and lone-actor terrorism; Cultural values and terrorism; Al-Shabaab
Lone-actors fueled by grievance, personal crises, weapons use
START study assesses attacks by environmental and animal rights extremists
Jeffrey Lewis discusses history and culture behind suicide bombings
Discussion Point: From the Caucasus to Boston and Beyond
Hegghammer explains variation in western jihadists
Trends in terrorism in the U.S.: New report analyzes terrorist attack data 1970-2011
Discussion Point: Black Swans and Burstiness -- Countering Myths about Terrorism
START director to lecture on contrasting nature of terrorism
Research Roundtable event features START researcher Brandon Behlendorf
Student researches ties between terrorism and the Olympics
Al-Qaida's fatal terrorism under Osama bin Laden
START Releases 2011 Research Review
START Assesses Impact of 9/11
START Researchers Present at American Political Science Association Annual Conference
START Investigators Participate in 2011 American Sociological Association Annual Conference
START Researchers Featured in Journal of Homeland Security
Exciting Winter Courses Now Offered ONLINE
Press Release: START Panel Addresses Key Questions in Terrorism
**START Releases 2010 Update to the Global Terrorism Database**
***Background Info: Moscow Subway Bombing***
Winter 2010 START Bulletin Now Available
START Releases First Research Review
***Background on Terrorism and Public Opinion in Indonesia***
**Far-Right Attacks on U.S. Law Enforcement and Security Guards**
***Terrorist Attacks on Religious Figures, Religious Institutions, and Military Targets***
START Announces 2009-2010 Undergraduate Research Program Award Recipients
Background Information on Terrorism in India
Global Terrorism Database Data Files Now Available through Terrorism and Preparedness Data Resource Center
New Fall 2008 UMD Course: Innovation and Terrorist Tactics
START Announces Fellowships for 2005-06
Image Title Job Title Institution
Andrew Godard Andrew Godard

Project Manager/Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Photo of Barnett Koven Barnett S. Koven

Senior Researcher, START

Affiliated Scholar, The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University

University of Maryland
Brandon Behlendorf Brandon Behlendorf

Assistant Director for Research Development/Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Erica Chenoweth Erica Chenoweth

Associate Professor of International Studies

University of Denver
START Researcher Gabrielle Matuzsan Gabrielle Matuzsan

Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Garret Brooke Tippin Garett Tippin

START Researcher

University of Maryland
Gary Ackerman Gary Ackerman

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division, START

University of Maryland
Herbert Tinsley

Researcher, START

University of Maryland
James Halverson

Researcher, START

University of Maryland
John Sawyer John Sawyer

Commercialization Director, START

University of Maryland
Laura Dugan Laura Dugan

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Maryland
Michael Distler

Graduate Assistant, START

University of Maryland
Prabhakar Misra Prabhakar Misra

Professor of Physics

Howard University
Rebecca (Becca) Earnhardt

Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Steve Sin

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Victor Asal

Associate Professor of Political Science

University at Albany, State University of New York

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