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Best-of-2015
01 Jan 2016

The Top 10 Security and Intelligence Stories of 2015

It has been another interesting and dynamic year on the security and intelligence front and OODA Loop was there to cover it all. The following list is comprised of the Top 10 stories on OODA Loop for 2015 as determined by the number of page views for each article. If

ISIL-Supporter
31 Dec 2015

FBI issues alert on 30 December 2015 arrest Emanuel L. Lutchman

According to the criminal complaint, FBI Buffalo’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) arrested Emanuel L. Lutchman on 30 December 2015 on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIL. According to the criminal complaint, Lutchman acted at the direction of an overseas ISIL member and attempted to commit an

terrorist-gopro
22 Dec 2015

DHS Warns of Increasing Trend of Live Video Streaming Violent Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security has released a new intelligence report for local law enforcement and first responders that highlights an increasing trend for terrorists and violent criminals to capture first-person video recordings of their attacks and utilizing live streaming broadcast services. According to the DHS, “So far in 2015,

damlocks
19 Dec 2015

DHS warns of aging and failing dam and lock infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a report warning of the safety, economic, and transportation impact if the U.S. lock and dam infrastructure continues to degrade over time. According to DHS, much of the infrastructure is already beyond their expected lifespan. “The Water and Wastewater Systems Sector critically depends

dhs-ntas-logo
17 Dec 2015

DHS Updates National Terrorism Advisory System

In 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) replaced the color-coded alerts of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) with the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), designed to more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the American public. When it was launched, NTAS featured

VestTactics
16 Dec 2015

FBI Finds “Minimal Correlation” Between Suicide Vests Used in Middle East and Europe

“An analysis of recent suicide bombings throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa by the FBI Terrorism Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) that was released after the terrorist attacks in Paris, France last month states that ‘suicide vest and belt improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Middle Eastern, African, and

inspire-targets
16 Dec 2015

Sectors Al Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine Has Recommended Targeting

Recent analysis from the Department of Homeland Security provides an indication of how AQAP’s Inspire Magazine has targeted critical sectors and with what frequency specific sectors have been mentioned over the publication’s fourteen editions. Transportation Systems, Government Facilities, and Commercial Facilities are the critical infrastructure Sectors most frequently identified in

DHS-Large2
16 Dec 2015

DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

“We are in a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland.  Particularly with the rise in use by terrorist groups of  the Internet to inspire and recruit, we are concerned about the ‘self-radicalized’ actor(s) who could strike with little or no notice. Recent attacks

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