Accession Number : ADA188017

Title :   Countering Terrorism in the Late 1980' and the 1990': Future Threats and Opportunities for the United States. Revision.

Descriptive Note : CADRE paper,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIRPOWER RESEARCH INST

Personal Author(s) : Sloan, Stephen

PDF Url : ADA188017

Report Date : Aug 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Although terrorism has been practiced since before the dawn of recorded history, it has never constituted the worldwide threat it does today. The proliferation of arms and the very real potential for nuclear terrorism combine with immediate worldwide mobility and highly sophisticated technology to put terrorism near the top of threats that must be effectively countered. Some terrorist groups practice local terrorism, others practice international terrorism. The United States has its own terrorist groups; for example, the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican Liberation (FALN), the Black Liberation Army, and the Jewish Defense League. And it is probable that spillover from the Middle East will reach the United States. But the greatest danger may well be from new extremist groups. One group that is ripe for such development is that of Central and South American immigrants for whom the American Dream seems impossibly remote; and there is reason to believe that the Cuban intelligence service will continue to promote terrorist group development here. Alternatives for countering terrorism will depend on the group's organization and operation, the need for a counterterrorist cadre, the need for psychological operations, and the need for integration of counterterrorism efforts.

Descriptors :   *TERRORISM, COUNTERMEASURES, GLOBAL, INTEGRATION, INTERNATIONAL, MIDDLE EAST, MOBILITY, ORGANIZATIONS, PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS, THREATS, UNITED STATES

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE