Understanding Grassroots Terrorism

A Report by Stratfor Threat Lens


UnderstandingGrassrootsThumb.pngLeaderless resistance has long been an important component of the jihadist threat. This has evolved from the "lone wolf" actor to grassroots terror cells engaging in attacks -- a collaborative approach that leverages the skills of several individuals. 

This shift is dangerous for professionals who are responsible for the security of employees, operations and overall continuity of an organization or business. In the U.S., the most likely type of attack to occur is one launched by a lone assailant — or “lone wolf” — or a small cell working under the leaderless resistance operational model.

Download this 6-page report to understand:

  • How to define grassroots terror cells
  • An overview of the history of leaderless resistance and attacks involving grassroots operatives rather than trained terrorist cadre
  • How the threat has evolved from larger terrorist organizations to grassroots jihadists and lone wolf attackers
  • How to sort through the "hysteria" over grassroots terrorists and gain perspective on countering and preparing for their attacks