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Combating terrorism : the challenge of measuring effectiveness, Raphael Perl

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Combating terrorism : the challenge of measuring effectiveness
Title
Combating terrorism
Title remainder
the challenge of measuring effectiveness
Statement of responsibility
Raphael Perl
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Language
eng
Summary
This report is designed to assist congressional policymakers to understand and apply broad based objective criteria when evaluating progress in the nation2s efforts to combat terrorism. It is not intended to define specific, in-depth, metrics for measuring progress against terrorism. How one perceives and measures progress is central to formulating and implementing anti-terror strategy. Perception has a major impact, as well, on how nations prioritize and allocate resources. On the flip side, the parameters used to measure progress can set the framework for the measurement of failure. The measurement process is also inextricably linked to strategies. Progress is possible using diverse strategies, under very different approaches. The goals of terrorists and those who combat them are often diametrically opposed, but may also be tangential, with both sides achieving objectives and making progress according to their different measurement systems. Within the context of these competing views and objectives, terrorist activity may be seen as a process which includes discrete, quantum-like changes or jumps often underscoring its asymmetric and nonlinear nature. An approach which looks at continuous metrics such as lower numbers of casualties may indicate success, while at the same time the terrorists may be redirecting resources towards vastly more devastating projects. Policymakers may face consideration of the pros and cons of reallocating more of the nation2s limited resources away from ongoing defensive projects and towards preventing the next quantum jump of terrorism, even if this means accepting losses. Measurement of progress, or lack thereof, may be framed in terms of incidents, attitudes and trends. A common pitfall of governments seeking to demonstrate success in anti-terrorist measures is overreliance on quantitative indicators, particularly those which may correlate with progress but not accurately measure it, such as the amount of money spent on anti-terror efforts. As terrorism is a complex multidimensional phenomenon, effective responses to terrorism may need to take into account, and to some degree be individually configured to respond to, the evolving goals, strategies, tactics and operating environment of different terrorist groups. Although terrorism2s complex webs of characteristics -- along with the inherent secrecy and compartmentalization of both terrorist organizations and government responses -- limit available data, the formulation of practical, useful measurement criteria appears both tractable and ready to be addressed. This report will not be updated
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Perl, Raphael
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federal national government publication
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Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Library of Congress
Series statement
CRS report for Congress
Series volume
RL33160
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  • Terrorism
  • Terrorism
  • United States
Label
Combating terrorism : the challenge of measuring effectiveness, Raphael Perl
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Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen viewed on November 29, 2005
  • "Order Code RL33160."
  • "November 23, 2005."
  • Updates can be received through CRS Web
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Computer file characteristics
Electronic data.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
15 pages.
Form of item
online
Issuing body
CRS Web.
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)62368885
  • (OCoLC)ocm62368885
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  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobate Reader
Label
Combating terrorism : the challenge of measuring effectiveness, Raphael Perl
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen viewed on November 29, 2005
  • "Order Code RL33160."
  • "November 23, 2005."
  • Updates can be received through CRS Web
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Computer file characteristics
Electronic data.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
15 pages.
Form of item
online
Issuing body
CRS Web.
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)62368885
  • (OCoLC)ocm62368885
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobate Reader

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