08 Apr 2016

Russia’s 21st Century Information War

For many months now Russia has engaged its domestic and international audiences in a massive information campaign. The goal of the campaign is to persuade and influence local and foreign populations that Russian territorial claims in Ukraine are based on legitimate responses to world events. This media offensive has used

08 Apr 2016

Baseline Comparison of US and Foreign Anarchist Extremist Movements

This joint DHS and FBI Assessment examines the possible reasons why anarchist extremist attacks in certain countries abroad and in the United States differ in the frequency of incidents and degree of lethality employed in order to determine ways US anarchist extremists actions might become more lethal in the future.*

13 Mar 2016

Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel

In March 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee launched a bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel. Eight Members of Congress were charged with examining the threat to the United States from “foreign fighters”—individuals who leave home, travel abroad to terrorist safe havens, and

01 Mar 2016

State Department 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism

Major trends in global terrorism in 2014 included the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL’s) unprecedented seizure of territory in Iraq and Syria, the continued flow of foreign terrorist fighters worldwide to join ISIL, and the rise of lone offender violent extremists in the West. Despite the fragmentation

24 Feb 2016

Terrorist and Insurgent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

This manuscript focuses on the present threat posed by terrorist and insurgent use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as the associated future threat potentials identified. The work presents a counterintuitive analysis in the sense that armed drones are typically viewed as a component of America’s conventional warfighting prowess—not

31 Jan 2016

Countering Violent Extremism – 2015 Update

Why are we reissuing the paper collection, “Countering Violent Extremism: Scientific Methods and Strategies”? The answer is simple. Five years later, violent extremism is still an issue. In September 2014, President Obama spoke at the United Nations, calling on member nations to do more to address violent extremism. This was

07 Jan 2016

DHS Guide to Militia/Extremists

Homeland Security Reference Aids, prepared by I&A, provide baseline information on a range of homeland security issues. This product is one in a series of reference aids on violent domestic and foreign extremist groups that assess the nature and scope of the threat they pose to the Homeland. This product

31 Dec 2015

FDNY Briefing on San Bernardino Terror Attack

The FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness briefing on the San Bernardino attack highlights several interesting targeting factors, including: 1)Ease of availability, not strategic importance, makes target attractive 1) Easily accessible, no security 2) Crowds of people present 3) Limited symbolic or strategic significance Inland Regional Center as “Target

19 Dec 2015

DHS Report on Aging and Failing Infrastructure – Dams and Locks

Key Findings Fifty-four percent of Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS) structures are more than 50 years old; 36 percent are more than 70 years old. Mechanical breakdowns resulting in lock closures steadily increased from 2000 to 2010. The Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) is an important funding source for lock

02 Dec 2015

Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures Used in the 13 November 2015 Paris Attacks

“This Joint Intelligence Bulletin (JIB) is intended to provide a review of the tactics, techniques, and procedures demonstrated by the perpetrators of the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris, France. This JIB does not provide analysis of any follow-on operations or operations occurring in Europe in the wake of the