Anti vs Counter Terrorism (AT vs CT)

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Anti vs Counter Terrorism (AT vs CT)

Post by Ryan » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:57 am

AT: Defensive measures taken to reduce vulnerability to and effect of terrorist acts. Anti-terrorism is therefore usually a reactive response to an opponent in use of terroristic undertakings or actions. Therefore to clarify: Anti Terrorism is a defensive and thus reactive approach to reduce the chance of an attack using terrorist tactics at specific points, or to reduce the vulnerability of possible targets to such tactics - reactive to events, preventative for the most part, usually short term and operational. An example might be a site survey of known terrorist targets such as embassies which allows anti-terrorism forces to react to an attack in a more efficient manner, knowing the layout of the building and developing techniques around fighting within it. Another example might be responding to a recent event with new, harsher laws and penalties. Note: defensive does not mean passive but it may tend to lean away from the use of force unless pushed into situations.

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CT: Offensive measures taken to prevent, detect, deter, delay, deny and respond to terrorism. Counter-terrorism is a proactive set of techniques for denying an opponent the use of terrorism-based tactics, just as counter-air is a set of techniques for denying the opponent the use of attack aircraft. Therefore to clarify: Counter Terrorism is the offensive understanding, pursuit, prosecution and negation of terrorist activity - this is very proactive, usually preemptive, long term and strategic. An example might be the use of laws to prosecute those in possession of terrorist manuals or linked to cooperative activities such as drug manufacturing or money laundering. These laws are usually made when a link is evident and clear between terrorism and those of which positively influence it. Another example would be a raid on a known and potential terrorist to offensively deny actions to be taken on their initiative.

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Both: They both look at deterring terrorism. One can be just as confronting as the other. Both look at understanding the terrorist mindset to use it against them in their own context. Both are capable of responding to terrorism but in different formats: defensive versus offensive mindsets. Offensive mindsets tend to be more physical in a controlled manner on our own initiative i.e. surveiling potential terrorists and striking. Defensive mindsets try to counter the enemies initiative as it happens or prior to it happening either on our own initiative or with the initiative lost i.e. reacting to a terrorist event as it happens or putting a law into place based on what has happened to defend from future events.
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Re: Anti vs Counter Terrorism (AT vs CT)

Post by Ryan » Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:59 am


4:20.

Anti - waiting for it to happen and countering it.
Counter - following them up, getting intelligence, stopping them as or before it happens.
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