Unit 2 Item 1: The 2008 Mumbai Attack
Rabasa et al. (2009) analyzed the attack carried out in Mumbai India in November 2008 by Lashkar-e-Taiba a Pakistani-based terrorist group. The well-planned attack resulted in 172 deaths and achieved the terrorist groups objectives of increasing tensions between India and Pakistanand humiliating the Indian security services causing large-scale death and destruction and garnering global media coverage for days. (Rabasa et al. 2009 p. 2) Consider the recent terrorist attacks in Paris (November 2015) and contrast the tactics used by Indian responders to those armed forces in Paris. Look at supplemental readings (Rizvi and Moody ) for tactics and lessons learned that will help with your analysis.
Please read the Rabasa Rand report. Then take a look at either the Rizvi or Moody papers and in a few paragraphs answer the questions in item 1 below.
ReadingRabasa A.Blackwill R. D. Chalk P.Cragin K. Fair C. C. Jackson B. A. Jenkins B. M. Jones S. G.Shestak N. &TellisA. J. (2009) The Lessons of Mumbai. Rand Occasional Paper. Retrieved fromHere
Rizvi S. and KellyJ.L. June 2015 The Continued Relevance of the November 2008 Mumbai Terrorist Attack: Countering New Attacks With Old Lessons. Retrieved fromHere
Optional Supplemental Reading:Moody T. (2010). Filling the gap betweenNIMS/ICS and the law enforcement initial response in the age of the urban jihad Naval Postgraduate School Thesis September 2010. Retrieved March 25 2014fromHere
a.) What factors contributed to the success of the attacks?
b.) What challenges in responding would we face if a similar attack occurred in an American city?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *