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Demystifying Terrorism: Terrorism Awareness Training Course

*****Demystifying Terrorism: Terrorism Awareness Training Course. By Chameleon Associates, (Web); CD-ROM; $19.95.

Chameleon Associates, which specializes in security training, has produced a CD-ROM titled Demystifying Terrorism, an exceptionally well-done and professional primer on terrorism. Presented in Macromedia Flash format, the material can be viewed by busy security personnel on their PCs in a quick 30 minutes.

Four major areas are covered in the CD: Who is a terrorist, understanding terrorism, knowing the methods of terrorist operations including how attacks are planned and executed, and suspicious indicators of terrorist activity or planning. This resource will provide great benefits to line-level security officers who are ultimately responsible for observing suspicious behavior.

In each section, the presentation offers both audio and video. A multiple-choice test at the end reinforces the concepts conveyed during the half hour. As an added benefit, viewers can control the presentation via a panel on the screen. Despite a few audio problems, Demystifying Terrorism is a solid vehicle for providing sound advice in a user-friendly and time-efficient format.

Reviewer: Karim H. Vellani, CPP, CSC (Certified Security Consultant), is an independent security consultant and crime analyst with Threat Analysis Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in crime analysis and risk management. He is the author of Applied Crime Analysis (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001) and the forthcoming Strategic Security Management (Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007). He is a member of ASIS International.