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Strategic Deterrence of Terrorist Attacks

Wiens, Marcus; Meng, Sascha; Schultmann, Frank

Abstract: Protection against terrorist threats has become an integral part of organisational and national security strategies. But research on adversarial risks is still dominated by approaches which focus too much on historical frequencies and which do not sufficiently account for the terrorists motives and the strategic component of the interaction. In this paper we model the classical risk analysis approach using a specific variant of adaptive play and compare it with a direct implementation approach. We find that the latter allows for a more purposeful use of security measures as defenders avoid to get caught in a “hare-tortoise-trap”. We specify the conditions under which the direct implementation outperforms adaptive play in the sense that it lowers the cost of defence at a given rate of deterrence.We analyse the robustness of our results and discuss the implications and requirements for practical application.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Deutsch-Französisches Institut für Umweltforschung (DFIU)
Institut für Industriebetriebslehre und Industrielle Produktion (IIP)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Jahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28697-6_86
ISBN: 978-3-319-28695-2
ISSN: 0721-5924
KITopen ID: 1000052952
Erschienen in Operations Research Proceedings 2014 : Selected Papers of the Annual International Conference of the German Operations Research Society (GOR), RWTH Aachen University, Germany, September 2-5, 2014. Ed.: M. Lübbecke
Auflage 1
Verlag Springer, Cham
Seiten 621-626
Serie Operations Research Proceedings
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Proceedings Beitrag; Conference of the German Operations Research Society (GOR), RWTH Aachen University, Germany, September 2-5, 2014
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