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NCJ Number: 118508 Find in a Library
Title: Upgrading the American Antiterrorist Capability (From Antiterrorist Initiatives, P 173-190, 1989, John B Wolf -- See NCJ-118499)
Author(s): J B Wolf
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter assesses the American antiterrorist capability, with particular reference to American embassy security and the special forces.
Abstract: Following a review of terrorist attacks on Americans in Beirut and Greece, the ideology of the Arab terrorists is explained. An assessment of the U.S. Embassy network addresses the security guard battalion, the tactic of using female embassy employees planted by host governments to compromise embassy guard security, training for embassy guards, monitoring the terrorist threat, safeguarding information, communications security, and electronic emanations from embassies. A critique of U.S. antiterrorist special forces considers the operational and technical deficiencies of Delta Force, the upgrading of special operations, the Reagan administration's policy of retaliating against the source of terrorism, and the intelligence shortfall on terrorism. An outline of the congressional critique of the existing special forces configuration encompasses response time, recognition, innovation, flexibility, and attitudinal problems. Other topics discussed are covert actions, intelligence leaks, and exile organizations. The chapter concludes that the United States continues its search for a formula that will allow it to check terrorism without compromising the standards and values of a free society. 28 notes.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Diplomat security; Middle East; Terrorist tactics
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