skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 220947 Find in a Library
Title: Soft Targets in Your Backyard: Building Our Hometown Readiness
Journal: Homeland Defense Journal  Volume:5  Issue:10  Dated:October 2007  Pages:30,32,34
Author(s): Robert McCreight Ph.D.
Date Published: October 2007
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article briefly examines and assesses the reality of terrorist threats to soft targets in the United States.
Abstract: The phase has now been entered in this decades-long struggle against terrorism where the risks of a low-tech array of threats, such as suicide bombers, truck bombers, car bombs, and related attacks must be accepted. Recent years have shown attacks on soft targets overseas providing a glimpse of revised terrorist thinking. The United States must consider how likely it is that soft targets also exist within the United States in places least expected. The key to understanding what potential targets may be at risk of attack involves a careful enumeration by State and local officials in emergency management of the actual vulnerabilities they must consider during the course of an ordinary year. A listing of likely places and events illustrating localized soft targets include: stadiums, shopping malls, schools, universities, transit stations, fairs-festivals, theaters, and hotels. There must be collective attention focused on the nature and extent of the genuine threat to soft targets within each and every State.
Main Term(s): Threat assessment
Index Term(s): Domestic terrorism; Emergency procedures; Facility security; National security; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Terrorist ideologies; Terrorist tactics; Terrorist weapons
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.