This is the first single-authored, comprehensive treatment of intelligence support to the full range of homeland security practitioners with a focus on counterterrorism and cyber-security. In the post 9/11 era, federal homeland security professionals rely heavily on intelligence to perform their tasks in all mission areas—prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover. But this enterprise also includes hundreds of thousands of state and local government and private sector practitioners who are still exploring how intelligence can act as a force multiplier in helping them achieve their goals. Steiner provides a thorough and in-depth picture of why intelligence is so crucial to homeland security missions, who provides intelligence support to which homeland security customer, and how intelligence products differ depending on the customer's specific needs and duties. Key Features: • The author's breadth and depth of experience at the federal and state levels provides a single paradigm the intelligence support process. • Chapters present actual (unclassified or de-classified) intelligence documents to demonstrate the characteristics of intelligence required to help a homeland security customer do his/her job. • Real-world student exercises and research issues provide hands-on experience in preparing and evaluating intelligence products tailored to a customer's specific information requirements.

Federal Agencies Disrupt, Dismantle, and Destroy Terrorist Groups Abroad

Federal agencies disrupt, dismantle, and destroy terrorist groups abroad

Offensive counterterrorism operations are intelligence led and intelligence intensive. As we shall see, all the major departments and agencies conducting counterterrorism operations in this mission area are long-time federal users of intelligence, have access to both national and departmental intelligence products at all classification levels, and know how to drive intelligence collection systems and assets to get the information they need to do their jobs. Further, all these customers are sophisticated in terms of understanding what intelligence can and should do for them and in demanding excellent and comprehensive support.

The National Strategy for Counterterrorism (2011) calls for “maintain[ing] our focus on pressuring al-Qa'ida's core while emphasizing the ...

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