Inter-agency Cooperation in Countering Terror

Effective inter-agency processes and de-radicalization efforts are the key to countering terrorism, defense officials of the ADMM-Plus Expert Working Group emphasized when they convened in Washington DC last April 3-6. They noted that importance of enhancing inter-agency cooperation and collaboration, through regular exercises and practical activities resulting in improved whole of government policy and operational responses. With the Philippines sharing its own counter-terrorism experience, it was recognized that information sharing and exercises will contribute in addressing gaps in coordination and interoperability between civilian agencies and armed forces. Rehabilitation programs should be well structured and systematically organized with various relevant agencies playing their respective roles to ensure their effectiveness.

Recognizing that without radical ideology being neutralized, the threat of terrorism will continue to exist. The strategy therefore should focus on countering radical ideology through developing alternatives to radical ideology through partnerships with religious leaders and religious organizations, emphasizing moderate teachings and non-violent resolutions to religious conflicts through massive religious programs and building the capacity of Islamic boarding schools to improve their ability to promote moderate Islam.

The participants also took the opportunity to initially plan for a tabletop exercise and practical exercise that Indonesia and the US will co-chair in September 2013.