Accession Number : ADA309460

Title :   Discriminative Environmental Properties in Terrorist Environments--A Basis for Training.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Nov 87-Dec 91,

Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY COLL CORK (IRELAND) DEPT OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Taylor, Maxwell

PDF Url : ADA309460

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : This final report describes a series of three interrelated studies addressing the nature of cues predictive of ambush or terrorist threat available to security force personnel in terrorist environments. The studies were as follows: (1) Eighty four actal or attempted ambush situations were reconstructed through interviews with police participants, analysis of records, etc. in Northern Ireland. (2) One single incident involving the eventual arrest of two RAF terrorists in the Netherlands was reconstructed and analyzed in detail through interviews with police participants, records, etc. (3) A series of observational analyses and experimental simulations were undertaken of selected examples of police patrol work in the Republic of Ireland. The studies are analyzed, presented, and discussed within a behavioral framework, drawing of the conceptual approach known as the rationale Choice Perspective. Police behavior in hostile environments is characterized as being under the discriminative control of critical environment cues, and the studies presented are analyzed in terms of the availability of cues to participants. Contrasts are made in terms of the process of control between rule governance vs. immediate contingency control.

Descriptors :   *BEHAVIOR, *TERRORISM, *AMBUSH, TERRORISTS, FOREIGN POLICY, NETHERLANDS, PATROLLING, MILITARY TRAINING, IRELAND, SPECIAL FORCES, SECURITY PERSONNEL.

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE