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Discussion of potential warning signs and indicators associated with preparation for and execution of a suicide attack
Author(s): Michael J. Hopmeier
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Paper Abstract

We are all sadly familiar with the suicide bombings that have been occurring overseas--and even closer to home, with the series of suicide attacks that occurred within the United States. These have so far been limited to perpetration by Muslim extremists who for the most part planned and executed their own attacks. This pattern has led to the creation of a "profile" for what we would expect a suicide attacker to be. However, as this mode of attack migrates toward the United States, this "profile," or signature, may alter. This paper discusses how some of these alterations may occur based on changes in modus operandi, and how they would manifest themselves in detectable forms within the Unites States.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5072, Technologies, Systems, and Architectures for Transnational Defense II, (8 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.497138
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Michael J. Hopmeier, Unconventional Concepts, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5072:
Technologies, Systems, and Architectures for Transnational Defense II
Mark K. Hamilton; Vince C. Boles, Editor(s)

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