As many as 65% of Americans polled recently say terrorism is a top threat facing the country.
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Violent extremism has emerged as a pressing problem around the globe. Extremist groups produce homemade bombs of rapidly increasing lethality, and in the future, might develop biological or chemical agents that exponentially expand their deadly reach. The use of cars, trucks, buses and airplanes as effective delivery modes exacerbate the problem. Sleeper cells, lone wolves and returning foreign fighters with ready access to weaponry, communication and infrastructure systems add to the challenge on the home front. Impending violence expected from global trends of climate change and resource shortages portend that the impact of extremist violence will grow with deadly consequences for innocent victims and political consequences for national leaders.
The U.S. faces a bewildering array of daily security issues. As many as 65% of Americans polled recently say terrorism is a top threat facing the country. Critical concerns include: how to increase the effectiveness of voluntary reporting of suspicious behavior, how to effectively develop “de-radicalization” programs for terrorist prisoners and how to create virtual environments that can maximize the success of early responders without causing bodily injury and how to prepare for security challenges associated with forced migration. Other areas for study include how to anticipate and mitigate the threats posed by terrorist pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, how to evaluate programs aimed at countering violent extremism and how to understand and anticipate the rapid and complex changes associated with reliance on cyber-systems, from insider threats to anonymous, state-sponsored or state-sanctioned information warfare. The contemporary threat environment is diverse, complex and increasingly hybrid in nature.
Scholars in political science, computer science, communications and global studies are working together to identify the origins of and solutions to ethnic, religious and other transcultural conflict.
Recent attacks in San Bernardino Calif., Orlando Fla., New York, Boston, Charleston, S.C., Minneapolis, Paris and Brussels among many others underscore the far-reaching threats posed at home and abroad.
Far-right militia groups have grown exponentially in the past several years with powerful recruitment efforts under way around the globe.
The U.S. and other nations are facing a growing array of security threats that pose new technological challenges.
In 2019, as many at 65% of Americans report that they consider terrorism a top threat facing the country in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Orlando, Fla., and San Bernardino, Calif.
- Radicalization and recruitment online
- Information warfare
- Political mobilization, political violence and terrorism
- Solutions to violent extremism