Terrorism Research Center’s Mirror Image Training Returns to North Carolina

Mirror Image: From the Edge of Raqqa at the Spartan Ranch Tactical Training Center

The Terrorism Research Center (TRC) is pleased to announce that our Mirror Image training program returns to North Carolina for 2017.  Since 2002, when Mirror Image was created, thousands of military, law enforcement and intelligence officers have attended this one of a kind counter-terrorism training program. TRC’s Mirror Image places participants into a “replicated terrorist cell or network” to gain an understanding into the mindset, ideology and operational methodology of a terrorist cell. We are happy to be conducting this training at the Spartan Ranch Tactical Training Center in Maysville, North Carolina. Cells will operate in hardship conditions and will eat, sleep and train as a tight knit network. Each day, the participants will be taught a comprehensive program by a host of international terrorism experts.For more information on the course content, special guest speakers or how to register click on the link below.

TRC’s Mirror Image Returns to North Carolina

The goal behind Mirror Image is what Sun Tzu stated in The Art of War: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Colonel Kelly Alexander said about Mirror Image, “this training was instrumental to the success of my Marines in Anbar Province.” The former Army MI G-2, CSM Franklin Saunders stated after he attended the course, “Mirror Image is hands down the best course I have attended.

2017 Mirror Image: From the Edge of Raqqa

April 24-28, May 21-26, June 19-23, July 24-28,

Aug 14-18, Sept. 25-29, Oct. 16-20, Nov 13-17

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Containers of the Brussels Suicide Bombers

Right after the September 11th attacks, I was part of a team that conducted some terrorism training for all personnel at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. The Terrorism Research Center’s (TRC) Aviation Security team would later conduct our Global Threats to Aviation at a number of airports across the United States. Participants in the training were taught to understand that the while airports have secured areas terrorist attacks could be launched or conducted in the pre-secured areas as well as teaching how terrorists have attack the aviation segment of transportation.

I always think back to the first flight I made out of BWI Airport after September 11th. On that day, BWI Airport had heavy security at all the security checkpoints manned by private security, law enforcement and even National Guard troops. But what bothered me as I lined up with hundreds of travelers backed up awaiting our turn to show our identification and have our carry-on bags checked was that in this area security was almost nonexistent. I say nonexistent hoping that there were some undercover officers screening travelers but as I looked around there were none. Every once and a while an unarmed private security officer would make the rounds telling everyone to move forward in the long line. Law enforcement officers and security personnel need to screen people arriving, parking, and being dropped off in taxis and other forms of transportation at the airports. But this effort requires additional personnel and airports are all about profits and keeping the flying customers happy.

One of the lessons TRC imparts in our training is that terrorists used different types of containers and deception to lull security into a false sense of security. Over 2500 years ago Sun Tzu wrote in the Art of War that “all war is deception.” The terrorists who attacked the Brussels airport and the Maelbeek Metro Station used deception. After being dropped off at the airport by a taxi cab the terrorist got three luggage push carts. Ibrahim El Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui loaded their heavy luggage (bombs) on the cart looking like any other traveler. Using deception was a key part of their plan. The only abnormal thing was that the two suicide bombers had a black glove on their left hands. We have seen suicide bombers disguise their bombs in numerous types of containers. Luggage, backpacks, cassette radios, shoe bomb, underwear bomb, camera bomb, printer bomb, sports drink bomb (Liquid Explosives) bicycle bombs, watermelon bomb, car bombs, truck bombs, and even a birdcage bomb are all examples of how terrorists have used deception. The global threat to aviation continues and ISIS now reminds us once again that deception is a key element in launching these attacks. Luggage is just one of many “containers” that suicide bombers can use to execute a suicide bombing.