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Op-Ed: What Marmots Teach Us About Terrorism

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When dealing with national security, we would be wise to take lessons from nature about managing risks. Animals that fail to evolve or learn effective ways to avoid predation leave no descendants. Thus, by studying the diversity of anti-predator adaptations, we may learn about what works and what doesn\’t work with respect to our own risks.

Animals have evolved different ways to cope with this situation. Marmots, for instance, reduce the time they spend foraging in risky areas, but kangaroos and wallabies increase the time they spend being vigilant.

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