CATNET: Competitive Adaptation in Terrorist Networks: A Multidisciplinary Basic Research Proposal for Modeling the Social, Psychological, and Cultural Properties of Adaptive Militant Networks.
The focus of the project is to compare primary source material gained from first hand interviews, to secondary source material as is obtainable through news reports. The study will use interview material, public statements, and open source news reports to compare what is a group or individual has said in private, said in public, and what is said about them. Competitive adaptation is how adversaries such as terrorist groups and government counterterrorism agencies learn and adapt behavior based on behavior of the other. Using significant events as guides, the project will identify and characterize how groups will evolve.