Comparing the Evolution of Counter-terrorism Responses in the United States (U.S.) and United Kingdom (U.K.)

Open Access
Showan, Nathan Daniel
Area of Honors:
Security and Risk Analysis
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Peter Kent Forster, Thesis Supervisor
  • Edward J Glantz, Honors Advisor
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Counter terrorism
  • Terrorism
  • response
  • incident command
  • police investigation
  • legislative changes
  • terrorist events
This thesis analyzed how counter terrorism responses evolved over time in relation to significant terrorist attacks in the United States and United Kingdom. Other studies have focused on the evolution of counter terrorism responses, but due to age, they are missing key events in terrorist history that have had great influence on counter terrorism responses. This thesis used a case study approach and examined the tactical and strategic responses to terrorism. Tactical responses included police and intelligence investigations, and incident command. Strategic responses included high-level policy and legislation changes. This study gathered data from open source materials. The results of this study allow governments to further prevent terrorist events, better enable terrorist prosecution, and enhance terrorist attack mitigation.