Terrorism & Insurgency


  • Middle East conflict spills into cyberspace

    State and non-state participants in conflicts across the Middle East are developing offensive cyber technology, which has already been deployed against state and commercial targets in the West. Terry Pattar examines the threat these capabilities pose.
  • Syrian president pressured as conflict persists

    Syria's conflict shows no sign of ending while the country continues to host the many external actors active on the battlefield. Nicholas Blanford assesses the government's stability and whether the tide has turned against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
  • Going coastal: Counter-piracy in Somalia

    While piracy incidents around Somalia waters have reduced dramatically, slow progress in building local maritime security capacity means the threat of a resurgence is never far away. Joanna Wright and Jeremy Binnie report
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  • Synomosia Pyrinon tis Fotias (SPF)

    Key Facts Name: Synomosia Pyrinon tis Fotias (SPF) or Fire Conspiracy Cells. Aliases: Conspiracy of Cells of Fire; CCF; Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei; Nuclei of Fire Conspiracy; Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire; Terrorists' Rebel Group; Terrorist Guerrilla Team; Guerrilla Group of Terrorists; Guerrilla Team of

  • AN/WQX-2

    Type Swimmer detection sonar (SDS) Development The initial AN/WQX-2 system had been transitioned directly, as part of an urgent operational requirement, from a research and development (R&D) project to operational use following a terrorist attack in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, in June 1996. It has

  • Battle Control System

    Type Air and missile defence command-and-control (C2) system Development The BCS programme is a series of US Air Force (USAF) spiral development/evolutionary acquisition contracts. Spiral 1 was initiated as an urgent need in response to the terrorist attacks in September 2001 and was intended to

  • SeaBat 7123

    Type Triple-frequency forward-looking sonar. Description SeaBat 7123 is an advanced, commercial off-the-shelf-based high-resolution sonar with both military and commercial applications. Military uses include mine countermeasures (MCM) and waterside security applications, and require a special