Psychology for Recruiting Terrorists

Global terrorism is extreme both in its lack of realistic goals and in its cynical exploitation of the vulnerability of complex systems. Jurgen Habermas, German PhilosopherOperating within Decentralized ManagementAs terrorism has evolved over the past several hundred years, terrorist organizations have taken great strides to expand their influence in the West, resulting in Islamic organizations initiating an offensive jihad against the far enemy.  One of the key components to the successful expansion of terrorism is the terrorists ability to act within a decentralized management framework.  This decentralization affords multiple advantages in the areas of recruiting, planning, and executing guerilla-style operations to varying degrees of success.  Recruiting tactics have expanded greatly as Islamic terrorist organizations have found fertile recruiting grounds in the Western hemisphere. According to Jenkins, “Recruiting is not merely meant to fill operational…

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Richard J. Hughbank

Major Richard J. Hughbank, US Army (retired) has been labeled as a warrior-philosopher and is the President of Extreme Terrorism Consulting, LLC. with over 21 years experience in the Military Police...