The Origins of the
MATTHEW J. MORGAN
Mr. Morgan is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and completed graduate his work at Harvard Business School and the University of Hawai'i. He served six years as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer, including one tour in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Morgan worked in an array of teaching positions since 2002, to include Assistant Professor of Government, Bentley College. He has authored over 30 articles on strategic and organizational issues. Currently he is working on a new book "The American Military After 9/11" publisher Palgrave-Macmillan due out 2008. He has also written "A Democracy Is Born". Mr. Morgan is currently employed as an Associate for McKinsey & Company. McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm which advises leading companies on issues of strategy, organizations, technology, and operations.
The main point of the article was to convey that "today's terrorists are ultimately more apocalyptic in their perspective and methods." In short, their mindset changed from; a means to an end to becoming the end in itself. Most recently studies have shown that terrorism changed from the ideas of the past. Paul Wilkinson, Professor of International Relations and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews, showed an increase in the activity of terrorists and offered three ideas to account for the increase. First, the saturation of the media with images of terrorist atrocity has raised the bar on the level of destruction that will attract headline attention. With the "in-bedded" correspondents and the ability to transmit quicker if not instantaneously, has allowed the terrorist message to get to their attended audience with ease. Second, terrorists have realized that civilian soft targets involve lower risk to themselves. One suicide bomber can have...
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