July 15-16, 2002
George Washington University
Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20052
has happened since September 11th to reassess societal and enterprise
level vulnerabilities and responses to terrorism. These efforts
have been fragmented and lack the comprehensiveness of a systems
systems approach to terrorism involves looking at it through different
lenses, in its proper global context, and deriving effective activities
for governments and international enterprises and agencies. Many
current counter-terrorism efforts are reactive in nature, and quite
properly so given the events of last year. However, these can have
a tendency to exacerbate the situation, to be incomplete and to
leave gaps at boundaries and intersections of our governmental,
supra-governmental, business and societal systems. The organizers
of this conference suggest that a systems orientation should be
applied to designing and developing new attitudes and "out-of-the-box"
approaches to effectively counter terrorist activities globally.
conference will provide an opportunity for leading thinkers
and practitioners from Government, industry and academia to
examine how the nation can construct an effective posture
for countering terrorism for the long-as well as short-term,
based on systems thinking models. It proceeds through four
the complex set of interacting causes of terrorism;
assessing vulnerabilities from terrorists' points of view;
responding to them innovatively; and
synthesizing recommendations for action.
conference is designed to encourage discussion and debate
directed at developing new ideas and recommendations for those
who must design security policies, strategies, and institutions
, for the public.
Point of Contact
Phone: (703) 247-9473