Understanding International Counter Terrorism

A Professionalís Guide to the Operational Art

by A. Hunsicker



Understanding International Counter Terrorism is one serious effort to lay out a comprehensive strategy of how to deal with a whole gamut of possible terrorist incidents by using a language that any person or first responders like policemen, security personnel, firemen, paramedics, etc. can understand.

This guide covers everything from bombings and hostage- taking, to NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) Terrorism, what needs to be done before, during, and after an event. This manual combines what minimally needs to be understood about Operational Counter- Terrorism by the government- level policy maker, while at the same time helping the personnel on the first responder level who are planning to cope with what must at least initially seem like an overwhelming attack.

Terrorism is global and any part of this guide can easily be adapted and translated to any region, law and government in the world.

This manual should make clear that the only way, to effectively deal with terrorism is to have a thorough understanding of its present-day characteristics such as who is involved and what weapons and tactics are the terrorists likely to be using. The players on the Counter- Terrorism team need to take stock of what is in their tool boxes; what works and what is required; what new capabilities need to be developed in order to face not only today's terrorist, but also tomorrow's as well.

See also Advanced Skills in Executive Protection, The Fine Art of Executive Protection: Handbook for the Executive Protection Officer, and Behind the Shield: Anti-Riot Operations Guide by A. Hunsicker

About the Author

Mr. Hunsicker is a Security Enforcement and Personal Protection Specialist with more than 20 years of professional experience in the fields of physical security and close protection; namely threat and risk management, dignitary protection, advisory and coordination for physical security.

He served as security coordinator and dignitary protection adviser in Asia, Europe and the United States. His assignments included clients of the private and corporate sector, celebrities, governmental entities and NGOs. He also frequently accepted pro bono assignments as consultant to educational and humanitarian entities.

Over the years, he played a vital role in the training, planning and organization of security enforcement units and training facilities of international, private and corporate clients.

He was the founder of an international security agency, which later expanded into an institute for international security studies, with a special department for counter-terrorism studies.

He held membership of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association and the International Counter Terrorism Officers Association,and he is actively associated with the Counter Terrorism Study Unit of ISEA,German Military Police Association and the Diplomatic and Executive Protection Officers Association. His affiliations extend to humanitarian organizations such the IRC-RC,UNICEF,UNDP,UNA,SMHOM,the Hereditary Knights Templars of Britannia and the Royal British Legion among others.