Aptitude for Destruction, Volume 1: Organizational Learning in Terrorist Groups and Its Implications for Combating Terrorism

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Rand Corporation, May 5, 2005 - Political Science - 104 pages
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Better ways are needed to understand how terrorist groups become more effective and dangerous. Learning is the link between what a group wants to do and its ability to actually do it; therefore, a better understanding of group learning might contribute to the design of better measures for combating terrorism. This study analyzes current understanding of group learning and the factors that influence it and outlines a framework that should be useful in present analytical efforts and for identifying areas requiring further study.

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Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Two What is Organizational Learning?
Chapter Three The Need to Learn in Order to Change Effectively
Chapter Four How Understanding Terrorist Group Learning Can Aid in Combating Terrorism
Chapter Five Limitations of an OrganizationalLearningBased Approach for Analysis and Operational Planning in Combating Terrorism
Chapter Six Conclusions
Appendix Overview of the Case Study Groups

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* John C. Baker is a technology policy analyst at RAND specializing in commercial observation satellite issues. As a former research staff member at George Washington University's Space Policy Institute, he directed the South China Sea Remote Sensing pro

* Peter Chalk (PhD, political science, University of British Columbia) is an associate political scientist at RAND. Expertise includes South East Asia, international terrorism, terrorism and other emerging threats.

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