We Must Put More Human, Material And Electronic Resources Into Intelligence The More Problem Of Terrorism

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Discuss the proposition “If we could put more human, material and electronic resources into intelligence the more problem of terrorism would disappear."

Enhancing Intelligence Management,
Developing Community Resilience


Terrorism is an evolving and multifaceted phenomenon (Lentini, 2003). Although there is no single definition that is received full approval from academic and governmental circle, most scholars and practitioners believe that the key idea of terrorism is a politically motivated violence against non-combatants that is designed to trigger fear and anxiety among them (Lentini, 2013; Schmid & Graaf, 1982). Bakker and Veldhuis (2012) argue that terrorists do not utilize violence to kill or wound their
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The term of ‘fear management’ in counterterrorism debates is related to the concept of ‘community resilience’ (Bakker & Veldhuis, 2012). Borrowing from the concept of ‘resilience’ in ecology, engineering, physics and psychology, where the term is already well developed, the phrase of ‘community resilience’ can be defined as the demonstrated capacity for a given system, such as community, to withstand and respond positively to fear and anxiety (Wickes, Zahnow, & Mazerolle, 2010). In the counterterrorism context, community resilience can be presumed as a positive factor that limits the negative impact of terrorism on individual and society (Bakker & Veldhuis, 2012).
In linking with the intelligence as one of the key elements in counterterrorism efforts, there is a big question for the intelligence community regarding what portion that they can contribute in developing the so-called resilient community? While realizing that the need to develop better intelligence management—to put more human, technological, and financial capitals—is immediate necessity (Ackerman, 2001), intelligence community should aware that the major objective of intelligence management is not about apprehending the state of terrorism through data mining and covert actions, rather to develop preparedness, vulnerability, and recovery of the society to face and handle the threats and disorders (Scott & Jackson, 2004). Consequently, intelligence should be perceived as an
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