Asking the Right Questions: A Framework for Assessing Counterterrorism Actions
Journal Article - Open Access
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ARLINGTON United States
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Since the 911 attacks, America has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time, money, and effort to countering terrorism. It has devoted, however, comparatively little effort to developing rigorous and useful assessment frameworks to help policy makers and practitioners understand how effective these counterterrorism CT actions have been. To address this shortfall, this article first identifies and characterizes todays prevailing terrorism theories and their associated CT actions. For each theory, an assessment framework is created consisting of specific questions that help gauge the success or failure of CT actions and indicators that could be used to answer those questions. These assessment frameworks, which rigorously link policy to practice, should enable CT practitioners to provide policy makers and commanders direct and actionable feedback on whether the approaches chosen are having the expected impact.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics