Accession Number : ADA313509

Title :   Modelling Terrorist Behavior: Developing Investigative Decision Making through the Analysis of Empirical Databases.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Apr 93-Mar 95,

Corporate Author : LIVERPOOL UNIV (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s) : Wilson, Margaret ; Canter, David ; Smith, Alaster

PDF Url : ADA313509

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 131

Abstract : The broad aim of the project bas been to understand the nature of behavior during terrorist hostage taking events. This has been approached through the establishment of databases on kidnapping, barricade-siege, and aerial hijacking. Following the creation of the databases, the range and types of actions exhibited have been analyzed through the use of multi-dimensional scaling techniques. The findings of the project to date indicate very clearly that there is a consistent structure to the way in which terrorist hostage taking events are carried out, with consistent core actions defining the fundamental nature of an approach and a number of subsets of actions indicating differing types of strategy. Such information can be very useful to decision makers and negotiators, in addition to the information already available to them, in making the most effective decisions as rapidly as possible.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *BEHAVIOR, *TERRORISM, DATA BASES, WEAPONS, MODELS, HOSTAGES, THEORY, PSYCHOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE