JD: Week 8 Discussion 1

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 Discussion 1 - Week 8COLLAPSEEvolution of Counterterrorism Strategies

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. government has struggled to develop a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy – one that balances diplomatic, informational, military, and economic approaches. Prior to these terrorist attacks, U.S. counterterrorism strategies were nearly non-existent. Terrorists were treated as criminals and law enforcement agencies were in control. Since 9/11 and in recognition of the growing threat of terrorism, the U.S. has increased combating efforts through changes in their counterterrorism strategies.

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Review Chapter 8 in the course text Introduction to Homeland Security and the excerpt "Counterterrorism" from the Encyclopedia of United States National Security. Focus on how U.S. counterterrorism strategies have evolved since 9/11.

Review the online articles "Targeted killing in U.S. Counterterrorism strategy and law" and "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism." Reflect on contemporary counterterrorism strategies.

Review the NPR podcast "Calls renewed for better U.S. counterterrorism strategies" and the article "US Counter-Terrorism Options: A Taxonomy." Consider the effectiveness of historical and contemporary counterterrorism strategies and how ineffective strategies might be improved.   Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6362624

Reflect on your thoughts as to whether or not the evolution of U.S. counterterrorism strategies has increased the effectiveness of U.S. counterterrorism efforts and why or why not.

Think about how historical counterterrorism strategies have influenced contemporary counterterrorism strategies.

Reflect on the extent to which contemporary counterterrorism strategies are effective and why or why not


 Post by Day 3 an explanation of how U.S. counterterrorism strategies have evolved since 9/11. Then explain how historical counterterrorism strategies have influenced contemporary counterterrorism strategies. Be specific and use examples to illustrate your explanation. Finally, explain the extent to which contemporary counterterrorism strategies are effective and why or why not. Again, be specific and use examples to illustrate your explanation.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. 

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