The Use of Structures in Communication Networks to Track Membership in Terrorist Groups

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Joyendu Bhadury, Professor, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This concept paper investigates possibilities to detect terrorist cells based on communications between individuals without the need for wiretapping. The advantages of such procedure are apparent: fewer (if any)legal requirements, and, most importantly, the possibility to automate the surveillance. After a brief review of the pertinent literature, we offer three approaches that are designed to aid in the detection of not only terrorist cells,but also the command structures within the cells. The techniques are demonstrated by using a small illustration. The paper concludes by outlining limitations of the procedures described here.

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Journal of Terrorism Research
Language: English
Date: 2015
Counterterrorism, terrorist cell detection, command structure, graph structures, social network analysis

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