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Insider Threat: Preventing Direct Action Attacks Within the United States Army

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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Although relatively rare in occurrence, direct action attacks carried out by insider threats against fellow Soldiers have a significant impact on both the psyche of the Soldiers, families, and units involved as well as US Army counterterrorism education and training programs. In almost every instance of violence carried out by an insider threat, the attacker displayed warnings and indicators prior to conducting the attack. One of the biggest challenges to preventing insider attacks is receiving and recognizing reliable tips from those who know the attacker prior to an attack. This thesis studies current Army doctrine and regulations to identify the elements of its education of Soldiers to recognize threats, options available to commanders with insider threats in their formations, and more importantly, how to best compel Soldiers to report suspicious activities and behaviors.

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