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Responding to the need for a single, trusted source of information about terrorism and related security issues, TerrorismCentral is building a central information repository comprising original and secondary sources spanning over four decades of research.
TerrorismCentral is more than a collection of data; more than a portal. It is a rich vehicle for the exploration and dissemination of knowledge... knowledge that has been created by collaborative research among educational, government, and industry.
This comprehensive collection of data is enhanced by the use of sophisticated content and knowledge management systems, search and retrieval tools, a customized thesaurus with thorough use of hypertext links, and collaborative information capture and analysis tools. This database is supported by a business infrastructure that supports both physical and electronic distribution and fulfillment.
While the functionality described above is not fully implemented, we felt it important to begin making portions of the service available to the general public and to specific industrial and research groups in urgent need of this material. Please use the feedback mechanisms available throughout the site to help us understand your needs and to help us establish the priorities for continuous improvement in the services we offer you.
Terrorism has been a permanent fixture in human history. It is evident that the end of the twentieth century marks a "new age of terrorism," with all of its frightening ramifications.
In contrast with older precedents, modern-day terrorism is widespread, institutionalized, technologically advanced, and global in its consequences. Raising the stakes of this challenge is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This alarming and dangerous trend increases the potential for "super-terrorism" biological, chemical, or nuclear violence as well as the advent of information warfare and cyber-terrorism.
Hence, there exists the need to educate policy-makers, and the public in general, on the nature and intensity of the terrorism threat in the twenty-first century. As a member of the academic and research community, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies has an intellectual obligation, as well as a moral and practical responsibility, to participate in the international effort to arrest the virus of terrorism.
The purpose of the International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) is four-fold:
First, to monitor current and future threats of terrorism;
Second, to develop counter terrorism strategies on governmental and non-governmental levels;
Third, to effect continual communication with policy-makers, academic institutions, business, media, and civic organizations at home and abroad; and
Fourth, to sponsor research programs on critical issues, particularly those relating enabling technologies with policy, and share the findings nationally and internationally.
The activities of ICTS are guided by an International Research Council that offers recommendations for study on national and international responses to terrorism, both on conventional and unconventional levels. ICTS also serves as a coordinating body for three consortia of universities and think tanks throughout the world: the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies; the Inter-University Center for Information Warfare and Cyber-Terrorism Studies; and the Inter-University Center for Science and Technology. ICTS is also affiliated with theInter-University Center for Legal Studies in Washington, DC.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public policy research institute that provides nonpartisan analysis of science and technology and related policy to leaders in government, business, and academia. As the logo suggests, the Institute's work reflects the summation of science and technology's effects on business and government. With a reputation for fierce objectivity, the Institute has conducted studies on a wide range of technology and technology policy topics, including defense acquisition reform, dual use technology, space commercialization, and terrorism from cyber to biological terrorism.
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