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ISSN: 2167-0374

Journal of Defense Management
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Research Article

Phase Targeting of Terrorist Attacks: Simplifying Complexity with AHP and TOPSIS

Fox WP*
Department of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943, USA
*Corresponding Author : William P. Fox
Professor, Department of Defense Analysis
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943, USA
Tel: 831-656-3753
Fax: 831-656-2649
E-mail: [email protected]
Received March 29, 2014; Accepted April 26, 2014; Published May 05, 2014
Citation: Fox WP (2014) Phase Targeting of Terrorist Attacks: Simplifying Complexity with AHP and TOPSIS. J Def Manag 4:116. doi: 10.4172/2167-0374.1000116
Copyright: © 2014 Fox WP. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

This analysis examines the use of a hybrid multi-attribute decision making approach, AHP & TOPSIS, to rank order the nine phases of a terrorist attack based upon data from twenty-one different terrorist attacks. Applying statistical tools to examine frequencies, we use these frequencies to gain insights into the terrorist activities. We apply the real data and criterion weights from pairwise comparisons in order to rank order the phases of a terrorist attack. Previous, just using AHP we found that terrorist training, networking, planning, and operational prep make up over 65% of the ranking weights. Using TOPSIS we found the top four ranked ordering as Operational Prep, Recruitment, Terrorist training, and terrorist Networking that accounts for over 76%. This analysis provides counterterrorism operators with keys to look for in intelligence gathering for terrorist activities.

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