DKI APCSS Associate Professor Lt. Col. J. “Lumpy” Lumbaca published an article in Small Wars Journal recently entitled “Indo-Pacific Terrorism: What to expect for the foreseeable future.”
The article addresses the influence of the Islamic State on terrorists, the effective use of technologies to increase the sophistication in terror attacks and a multitude of other factors that have changed the terrorist landscape in the past two decades.
The advancements here are more about hardware, tactics, techniques, and procedures used by terrorists to make attacks more deadly. The May 2018 Islamic State-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah suicide bombings in Surabaya demonstrated the increased sophistication of the perpetrators of violence. As Dr. Zachary Abuza from the National War College noted, in just a short span from 2016 to 2018, Indonesian terrorists became better trained, created more deadly bombs, and drafted better plans in preparing for their terror spree.
“Lumpy” Lumbaca is a Department of Defense Associate Professor of counter-terrorism at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii. The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of the United States Government or Department of Defense. A United States Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), he spent twenty years conducting special operations throughout the Indo-Pacific region from the tactical to the theater-strategic and diplomatic levels. He can be followed on Twitter @LumpyAsia or Facebook.