Predicting Suicide Attacks: Integrating Spatial, Temporal, and Social Features of Terrorist Attack Targets

Predicting Suicide Attacks: Integrating Spatial, Temporal, and Social Features of Terrorist Attack Targets

Predicting Suicide Attacks: Integrating Spatial, Temporal, and Social Features of Terrorist Attack Targets

Predicting Suicide Attacks: Integrating Spatial, Temporal, and Social Features of Terrorist Attack Targets

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This monograph documents the results of RAND’s assessment of the benefits of considering sociocultural, economic, and political factors to augment geospatial methods of predicting suicide bombings. This was a proof-of-principle effort done in conjunction with the Naval Research Laboratory and supplements its work documented in U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, 2010a. The work was conducted for the Department of Homeland Security.

This research was sponsored by the Naval Research Laboratory and conducted within the RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center, a joint center of RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment and the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

Questions or comments about this monograph should be sent to the project leaders, Walter Perry (Walt@rand.org) and Claude Berrebi (Berrebi@rand.org). For more information on the RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center, see http://www.rand.org/multi/ homeland-security-and-defense or contact the director (contact information is provided on the web page).

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