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1 Thinking Like A Terrorist: Technique for Teaching Adults Homeland Security Daniel C. Goodrich

2 Can you identify these items?

3 What are we trying to accomplish Increase individual situational awareness Develop skill sets for personnel in other disciplines who can apply their problem solving abilities to help improve security Develop champions throughout institutions who can assist their organization’s security Change people’s perspectives and behavior

4 Current training strategy Talk about threats in vague terms. “It’s all right out there on the internet on how to do it.” Does not explain how a perpetrator goes through the planning, surveillance, accumulating resources, rehearsals, and execution Offer little/no information on the other side’s limits of applying tactical knowledge. “Superman effect”

5 Another way Focus on how a perpetrator would carry out an attack Look for the vulnerabilities in carrying out that attack Treat the technology/tools/tactics as neutral Introduce security as using the perpetrator’s thought process but in terms of how to slow down/recognize/compromise/deter the attack

6 Examples of Neutral Items Similarities between alarm systems and switches for bombs Sabotage instructions written for resistance groups by state actors Review of “softer” groups (ELF and ALF) material available on the internet Law enforcement training materials and memos Reading “backwards”

7 Questions? Daniel C Goodrich MPA, CEM Research Associate Mineta Transportation Institute 408/


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