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Accession Number PB2012-114342
Title National Counterterrorism Center Report on Terrorism, 2011.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 33p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The statistical material in this unclassified report is drawn from terrorism incidents that occurred in 2011, as reported in open source information. This open source material is the most comprehensive resource that NCTC can use to compile and provide the statistical data necessary to the Department of State to fulfill its legislative reporting requirements. While open source material provides an unparalleled expanse of information, the credibility of sources may vary. For example, the ability of WITS to provide specific details on incident victims, the perpetrators responsible, or the extent of the damage incurred is limited by access to reliable open source reporting. Moreover, incidents that involve few casualties or occur in restricted or remote areas may appear in only a limited selection of open sources. NCTC cautions against using attack data alone to determine the effectiveness of counterterrorism efforts to prevent incidents or reduce terrorist capacity. Counting protocols in sorting data are necessary but often require the subjective judgment of the person or agency compiling the data. For example, NCTC dictates that events identified as simultaneous and coordinated be recorded as one attack. As such, when over 15 attacks targeting three different cities took place in Nigeria between December 22 and 23, 2011, NCTC counted them as a single event because they were coordinated according to a central plan. Other counting protocols may register these attacks as 15 separate incidents. Additionally, annual comparisons of the total number of attacks alone do not measure terrorist threat for the basic reason that many attacks may cause little harm, while one single attack may harm many.
Keywords Attacks
Clandestine agents
Data bases
Open source
Politcally motivated violence
Statistical criteria
Statistical data
Terrorist incidents

Source Agency N/A
NTIS Subject Category 74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author National Counterterrorism Center, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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