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Counter-Terrorism Handbook
Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques
Third Edition
by Frank Bolz, Jr

Counter-Terrorism Handbook is an invaluable resource for those who recognize that preparation is the best defense in the War on Terror.


  • Provides an understanding of the strategies, tactics, and techniques required to counter terrorism as it exists today
  • Illustrates essential topics such as the elements common to all terrorism, bomb threats, risk assessment, hostage situations, and weapons of mass destruction
  • Provides a closer look at what transpired during and after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
  • Discusses the current state of WMD's, including threats from chemical and biological agents and those posed by nuclear weapons.
  • Divulges the latest modes of domestic terrorism, including cyber-terrorism and eco-terrorism
  • Discloses the latest information on what's going on with Homeland Security
  • Covers recent INS laws as they relate to terrorist activity and how they effect homeland security


What is Terrorism, Who ar Terrorists, What do they do

  • Global War on Terrorism
  • Meaning of Terrorism
  • What is Terrorism?
  • A Brief History of Terrorism
  • Terrorism as a Political Statement
  • The Nature of Terrorism
  • Characteristics of Terrorism
  • Financial Terrorism
  • Terrorist Actions
  • Other Terrorist Actions
  • Intimidation and Threats
  • Disinformation and Propaganda
  • Assassination

Common Elements of Terrorism

  • Purpose of Terrorism
  • Modern Terrorist Groups
  • Why Terrorists Succeed
  • Counterterrorist Response
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Role of the Military
  • Homeland Defense
  • Implementation of Homeland Defense
  • Organizing Homeland Defense
  • Task Force Initiatives
  • Local Law Enforcements Capabilities
  • Local Significance
  • Private Sector Cooperation

Terrorism Defense Planning

  • Introduction to Risk Assessment
  • Security Advisory System
  • Structuring a Preincident Plan
  • Information-Gathering
  • Target Analysis
  • Organization
  • Training
  • Terrorist Tactics
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Avoidance
  • Hostage/Kidnap Defense

Bomb Defense Planning

  • Bomb Incidents
  • The Bomb Threat
  • Rationale of Bomb Threats
  • A Note of Warning
  • Warning or Hoax?
  • Bomb Threat Decision-Making
  • Evacuation Options
  • Evacuation Procedures
  • Putting Out the Message
  • Planning Issues
  • Bomb Threats and the Police
  • The Bomb: Terrorist Weapon of Choice
  • Types of Bombers
  • Motivations of Bombers

Hostage Situations

  • A Rare Occurrence
  • Who Takes Hostages?
  • Panic Reaction
  • Suicide by Cop
  • Why Hostages are Taken
  • The Magic Triangle
  • Munich, 1972
  • Deadlines
  • Killing on Deadline
  • Evaluation
  • Responsibilities of the First Responding Officers
  • The Mobilization Point
  • Location of the Mobilization Point
  • Decision-Makers
  • Evacuation
  • Keeping Track of People
  • Start Intelligence-Gathering
  • Inner Perimeter
  • Tactical Units
  • Communications
  • First-Response Review


  • Kidnapping as a Weapon
  • Risks Involved
  • Differences between Hostage-Taking and Kidnapping
  • Uses of Kidnapping
  • Types of Kidnappers
  • Post-Cold War Political Kidnapping
  • During and After the U.S. Operation in Iraq
  • Private Industry's Role
  • The Police Role
  • Police Response to Residence or Workplace of Victim
  • Response to the Kidnap/Extortion Threat
  • "Do Not Contact the Police"
  • McKidnapping
  • Hoax
  • Prevention Tactics
  • What the Individual Can Do
  • Journalists Do Not Have Exemptions
  • What the Family Can Do
  • One Man's Ordeal
  • What the Corporation Can Do
  • On Becoming a Victim

Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • The Threat Today
  • Aum Shinrikyo Incident
  • U.S. Anthrax Attacks
  • Chemical and Biological Agents
  • Transmission of Infectious Agents
  • Chemical Agents
  • Common Nerve Agents
  • Blood Agents
  • Blistering (Mustard) Agents
  • Choking/Lung/Pulmonary Agents
  • Riot Control
  • Biological Agents
  • Common Terms Associated With Biological Agents
  • Common Biological Agents-Class A
  • Common Biological Agents-Class B
  • Common Biological Agents-Class C
  • Other Biological Agents
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Common Terms Associated With Nuclear Weapons
  • Response to a WMD Incident
  • First Responders
  • Federal Assistance

Domestic Terrorism

  • Ecoterrorism
  • Other Ecoterror Group
  • Animal Rights Groups
  • GM Food Fight
  • Antiglobalism Groups
  • Abortion Clinic Violence
  • Cyber terrorism

Bomb Incidents

  • The Mechanics
  • Building Searches
  • Exterior Searches
  • Interior Searches
  • Search Teams
  • Setting Up a Program
  • Alternative to Search Teams
  • Mechanics of the Search
  • Searching a Room
  • Common Bomb Placement Locations
  • Precaution
  • Vehicle Searches
  • Antipersonnel Car Bombs
  • Vehicle-Borne Explosive Devices
  • Aircraft Searches
  • Pre-Incident Executive Search
  • Explosive-Detection Canines
  • Suspected Packages
  • Identifying Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Explosives
  • Initiation Systems

Hostage Incidents

  • Communicating with the Hostage-Taker
  • The Making of a Hostage Incident
  • The Announcement
  • Reaction of Law Enforcement Professionals
  • The Application of Time
  • Criminal Role
  • Police Role
  • Containment
  • Evacuation and Intelligence
  • Why Police Do the Negotiating
  • Postincident Crisis Intervention Teams
  • Controlling the Environment
  • Dynamics of Hostage Negotiation
  • Words and Phrases
  • A Note on Weapons
  • Saying "No"
  • The Art of Negotiation
  • Courses of Action
  • The Surrender and Suicide Ritual
  • Thought Interruption
  • Never Take a Weapon from the Hand of a Surrendering Perpetrator

Post-Blast Environment

  • Getting Back to Normal
  • The Incident
  • First Responders
  • Investigative Phase
  • Search Equipment
  • Establishing the Parameters of the Investigation
  • Preliminary Actions
  • Seat of the Explosion
  • Gathering Physical Evidence
  • Examining Fragments
  • Evidence Recovery
  • Physical Evidence
  • Postblast Investigation Process

Hostage/Kidnapping Aftermath

  • The Dangers Involved
  • The Immediate Reaction of Victims
  • Long-Term Reactions
  • The Family
  • Police Handling of the Incident
  • The Stockholm Syndrome
  • Transference
  • When an Incident May End in the Use of Deadly Physical

Interviewing Victims

  • Intrusive Recollections
  • Emotional Anesthesia: Constricting Life Activity
  • Lowered Threshold for Anxiety and Arousal
  • PTSD Is Not Always the Same
  • Who Gets PTSD?
  • Other Difficulties
  • A Guide to Interviewing
  • Timing
  • Setting the Stage
  • Eliciting Emotion
  • Informed Consent
  • Stages of Response
  • The Humanitarian Role of the Investigator
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder

Role of the Commander

  • Preincident: Developing Guidelines
  • Makeup of the Team
  • Maintenance of Manpower and Equipment
  • Keeping Up-to-Date on New Developments and Strategies
  • Evaluate and Update
  • Liaisons with Other Agencies
  • During the Incident: Intelligence-Gathering
  • Evaluate Alternatives
  • Sharpshooter
  • Chemical Agents
  • Food
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Contain and Negotiate
  • Impact of the Event on the Public
  • Postincident Debriefing
  • Formal Debriefing
  • Evaluate New Developments and Outcomes
  • Case History: Russian Theater Takeover
  • Panic Reactions
  • Who
  • Negotiations at the Theater
  • Tactical Preparations
  • Continued Terrorism

The Command Post

  • The Nerve Center
  • Bomb Incident Command Post
  • Log and Situation Map
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Communications
  • Concealment vs. Cover
  • Handling the Media
  • Counterterrorism Command Center


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Counter-Terrorism Handbook
Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques
Third Edition
by Frank Bolz, Jr

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