In recent years, a variety of devastating terrorist attacks have been perpetrated against American military installations, spurring not only national outrage but also global public upheaval. Our public preconception of considering military bases as impenetrable to the dangers of active shooter scenarios and bomb threats has since become widely scrutinized by worldwide media sources. For this reason, the people of the U.S. have expressed concerns about the safety of the nation’s military personnel. The diverse nature of the attacks, committed both by domestic and foreign terrorist organizations, illustrates vulnerabilities of American military installations and support facilities. These types of attacks induce a general fear based on what and where it could happen next. This fear tactic underpinning terroristic agenda make Americans feel unsafe wherever they go. This situation drives U.S. state and federal government officials to reconsider and institute new foreign and domestic policy. This study uses spatial statistics tools and geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze the regional distribution of attacks against military installations and related facilities from 1970 through 2019 in the lower 48 states of the U.S. to discern if any overall trends are occurring that point to possible future attacks.
Jose Javier Lopez
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Program of Study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ebbenga, A. J. (2022). Geographic trends of terrorist attacks and active shooter scenarios perpetrated inside U.S. military installations and facilities, 1970-2019 [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1224/
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