Politics and Economics (CGU)
Defense and Security Studies | Political Science | Terrorism Studies
This short terrorism futures essay will focus upon differing forms of targeting and their effects, that is, destructive versus disruptive, and the interrelationship between these and the scale of effect of weaponry in engagements, highlighting the differences between legitimate state use of coercion and the illegitimate use of disruptive targeting—and the subsequent magnification of the scale of effect of weaponry in engagements—when employed by terrorists. It will conclude with a discussion of the counter-threat implications of acknowledging terrorism as a form of disruptive targeting and the need for states to focus on new counter-threat protocols that go beyond physical consequence management and instead also include the protection of societal bonds.
© January 2015
Bunker, R. J. (2015, January 11). Terrorism as Disruptive Targeting. Retrieved January 24, 2017, from TRENDS Research & Advisory. Terrorism Futures Series, http://trendsinstitution.org/terrorism-as-disruptive-targeting/