The subject of terrorism is of central relevance for policymakers in the United States and allied governments. Domestically, homeland security has become an endemic feature of American culture at every level of government and in the private sector. In particular, the armed forces of the United States have significantly adapted operational doctrine and training to respond to the global threat posed by terrorists.

Terrorism has been a disturbing attribute of human conflict since the first accounts of warfare and conquest were recorded. History is replete with episodes of terrorism, commonly rationalized as a necessary means to achieve superior ends. Nations and empires have eliminated enemies on a grand scale, insurgent movements and zealous individuals have violently sown widespread disorder, and political and religious ideologies have glorified ...

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