Asymmetric Warfare Group Guide to Insider Threats in Partnering Environments

Insider Threats in Partnering Environments

  • 2 pages
  • June 2011


This guide assists in three areas. First, it aides military leaders and all personnel to be aware of the indicators associated with insider threat activity while serving in a partnering environment. Second, this guide informs commanders and other leaders by giving them options on how to deal with insider threat activities. This guide is not all encompassing so there are other options a commander has dependent on their operating environment. Lastly, this guide is meant to generate open dialogue between coalition partners and partner nation personnel. Partnering in itself is a sensitive mission and only by creating trust and having an open dialogue with all forces will the mission be accomplished.

Risk Factors

  • Emotional Vulnerability
  • Dissatisfaction with lack of accepted conflict resolution
  • Personal connection to a grievance
  • Positive view of violence
  • Perceived benefit of political violence
  • Social Networks (tech and non tech)
  • In group de-legitimization of the out-group
  • Placement, Access, and Capability
  • External Support
  • Perceived Threat
  • Conflict
  • Humiliation orloss of honor
  • Competition
  • Social Alienation
  • Quid Pro Quo (services or items wanted or needed by an individual given in exchange for information or action)
  • Disproportionate financial risks
  • Susceptible to blackmail
  • Civilian Casualty (CIVCAS) situations
  • Highly emotional
  • Unfair treatment or equipment differences

Cultural Awareness

  • DO NOT use derogatory terms in any language (even in friendly conversation)
  • DO NOT slander host nation or coalition partners (even if only jokingly)
  • DO NOT physically harm host nation or coalition partners (except in self defense)
  • DO NOT put down or slander any religion
  • ALWAYS be courteous and thankful for host nation and coalition partner hospitalityAsymmetric

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