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Comparing failed, foiled, completed, and successful terrorist attacks

Understanding the terrorist threat facing the United States requires analysis of not just successfully executed terrorist attacks, but also failed and foiled efforts that intended to harm the US or its allies. Currently there is a gap in availability of open-source data and analysis tools that can be used to expand our knowledge of the intentions and capabilities of Al Qaeda and affiliated organizations. This project intends to address this information availability problem and develop analysis tools. The Boston Marathon bombings have highlighted the importance of this project, as one of the key questions being examined is: why were these attacks not prevented, while dozens of others have been?
National Security Affairs
University of Maryland