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Perception or Fact: Measuring the Effectiveness of the Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) Group

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Master's thesis

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This thesis examines the structure and intelligence process of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning TEW Group to assess its effectiveness as measured through the application of a Program Logic Model. This model verifies the links between the assumptions on which the program is based and actual program activities. It further assesses its status as a smart practice based on measurable criteria that are beyond perception or peer approval alone. The TEW is a regional, multi-agency, and multidisciplinary network that functions as a focal point for analyzing the strategic and operational information needed to prevent, mitigate, disrupt, and respond to threats and acts of terrorism. Although efforts toward prevention are difficult to measure in any program, input and outcome are assessable. This method provides an effective means to evaluate a program while documenting what works and why. Effectiveness should not be based solely on outputs a structure that produces them is also an indicator. The objective of this thesis is to establish a benchmark of practical standards for collaborative intelligence sharing operations that can be replicated by other regions and that will establish a common nationwide homeland security intelligence network. Based on these criteria, it is reasonable to conclude that the TEW is a smart practice. It meets its intended goals and objectives when measured according to the parameters of the Program Logic Model, and has a structured process and system that leads to preferred outcomes.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Information Science
  • Civil Defense
  • Military Intelligence

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