Soft Targets: Definition and Identification

doi: 10.32565/aarms.2020.1.10


Available definitions describe a soft target as a location with high vulnerability, but a low level of protection. However, such general definitions can hardly be used in the process of soft targets identification. The aim of the article is to create a temporary specific definition that could be utilised for this purpose. The suggested definition of a soft target is based on performed statistical analysis of 275 cases of terrorist attacks aimed against soft targets in the European Union from 2000 to 2015. In the definition, a soft target is characterised based on the probability of a terrorist attack occurrence and the expected number of casualties caused by the attack.


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How to Cite

Zeman, T. (2020) “Soft Targets: Definition and Identification”, AARMS – Academic and Applied Research in Military and Public Management Science. Budapest, 19(1), pp. 109–119. doi: 10.32565/aarms.2020.1.10.