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1. How has the US's use of drone strikes helped in the war on terror?
2. How has the US's use of drone strikes been counterproductive in the war on terror?
3. How has the Al-Qaeda's use of suicide bombing helped and hurt their cause?

1. Drone strikes provide a means of attacking identified terrorist targets without risking the lives of soldiers. Striking such targets has proven effective in eliminating the leadership of terrorist organizations, impeding and/or disrupting their operations, and keeping them on the defensive.
2. This is not an easy question to answer. While effective against terrorists, the use of drones sometimes causes collateral damage and engenders hostility that can aid terrorists in recruitment and other activities.
3. This also depends on your view. Suicide bombings have allowed terrorists to carryout operations they may not have otherwise been able to do. At the same time, it creates new "martyrs." However, these too have caused collateral damage. On balance, Al Qaeda and its leadership are not concerned that innocent people are killed and maimed--focusing only on how it can strike against its selected targets. Having been successful in portraying themselves as being engaged in a "holy war," they benefit from a distorted view of Islam that has proven to be effective in advancing its cause.

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Mayer Nudell


Questions related to terrorism, travel security, crisis management, contingency planning, and related matters.


Currently a consultant to various government, academic, and multi-national organizations and adjunct professor at Webster University. Formerly, U.S. diplomat. Certified Security and Safety Consultant.

ASIS International, International Institute of Security and Safety Management, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Author of 2 books; articles in Security Management, Marine Corps Gazette, Risk Management, The World & I, Journal of Defense & Diplomacy, and other magazines.

M.S. International Public Administration, University of Southern California, 1973. Certifcat d'Assiduité, University of Grenoble, France, 1972. B.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1971. Foreign Service Institute, 1975-76. Police Reserve Training, Washington, D.C Police Academy, 1982. FBI Hostage Negotiation Seminar, 1983. FBI Victimology Seminar, 1983. Crisis Response Management Seminar, U.S. Government Joint Training Center, 1983. FAA Civil Aviation Security Seminar, Transportation Safety Institute, 1983. Terrorism Seminar, GSA Training Center, 1987. Risk Assessment-Contingency Planning Seminar, GSA Training Center, 1988. Emergency Management U.S.A., FEMA Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center, 1990. Conflict Negotiation Training, Prince George's Police Training Academy, 1992. Advanced Hostage Negotiation Training, Prince George's County Police Department, 1993. Preparing for and Managing Consequences of Terrorism, National Interagency Counterdrug Institute, 1997. Court Security Seminar, Delaware State Capitol Police Department, 1997. Emergency Response to Terrorism, National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, 2000.

Awards and Honors
Group Meritorious Honor Award, U.S. Department of State, 1980, 1982. Distinguished Leadership Award, American Biographical Institute, 1987. Certificate of Appreciation, Washington, D.C. Chapter, American Society for Industrial Security, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1994. Certificate of Appreciation, Bureau of Business Practice, 1989. Certificate of Appreciation, International Association of Chiefs of Police, 1989. President's Award, American Society for Industrial Security, 1990. Grand Winner, Mercury Awards, 1990. John Edgar Hoover Memorial Gold Medal for Distinguished Public Service, American Police Hall of Fame, 1991. Certificate of Appreciation, Tactical Response Association, 1992. Certificate of Appreciation, TREXPO Conference on Special Tactics & Security, 1994. G2I Cyber Award for OSINT Excellence, 1997, 1998, 1999. Award for Exceptional Service, National Capital Chapter, ASIS International, 2003. Listed in various Who's Who publications.

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