Recruitment Tactics

An Underground ActivityTo replenish and expand their movements’ ranks, like other institutions in society, terrorist groups engage in the process of recruiting new members, which is the process of attracting, screening, and selecting what are considered to be new qualified persons for positions in an organization.  Also like their “civilian” counterparts, terrorist groups conduct the recruitment process in-house and/or outsource this process by retaining the services of “professional recruiters” who are part of their external networks, whether in-country where they operate or in other countries where their networks have established beachheads.  With the advent of the Internet and social media, recruitment by terrorist groups also takes place in cyberspace.  Unlike their “civilian” counterparts, however, terrorists’ recruitment processes, whether on the “ground” or in cyberspace, take place covertly as an “underground” activity, away from possible…

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Joshua Sinai

Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Principal Analyst at Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH), in Alexandria, VA (, where he specializes in terrorism, counterterrorism, and homeland security studies....