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Lesson 2-2
Identification of the Threat

Learn about your destination—the culture, language, local customs, and history of terrorist/criminal activity—as soon as you know that you’re going to be travelling outside the United States. Information is available from the following sources:

  • U.S. State Department consular information sheets, public service announcements or travel warnings via the internet.
  • Newspapers, magazines, books, travel agents or tourist offices.
  • People who currently live or have lived in the area.

Once in-country, additional information is available from the U.S. Embassy and the host country; specifically:

  • Are the terrorist groups in the area active?
  • Are the terrorist groups organizing or reorganizing?
  • What are the local populace’s attitudes towards the terrorist groups?
  • What are the local populace’s attitudes towards Americans?
  • Does the respective foreign government support, condone or condemn the terrorist activity?
  • What is the potential for violence?
  • What are the terrorists’ methods of operation?

Generally, when a terrorist group is successful with a certain method of operation, the group reuses it or it will be used by other terrorist groups. However, just because a terrorist group has not used a specific tactic in the past does not mean they won’t develop new tactics or adopt similar tactics used by other terrorist groups.


David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015