2017 ISA Conference Series: Thoughts from Day One

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The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. Its more than 7,000 members span the globe, comprising academics, practitioners, policy experts, private sector workers and independent researchers, among others. The Association has long served as a central hub for the exchange of ideas and for networking and programmatic initiatives among those involved in the study, teaching, and practice of international studies.

This past February, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta and Intelligence Analysts Paige Schilling and Angie Gad took Intelligence. Unclassified. on the road with them to the 2017 ISA annual conference. There, they were able to listen to various insightful presentations and interact with some of the best researchers in the field of terrorism. Over the next few weeks, you'll hear their daily thoughts on what they heard each day, as well as from outside researchers they were able to pull aside in order to delve further into some cutting edge research from the field. 




Learn more about the researchers we discussed in today's episode.


SECUR-NJ Grant Workshop

NJOHSP's Grants Management Bureau hosted a grant writing workshop in the Burlington County OEM Auditorium for organizations eligible to receive funding from the SECUR-NJ Grant. The workshop provided an overview of the grant application process, allowing applicants the opportunity to ask questions about the process and specific security enhancements for their facilities.

Episode 14: Oroville Dam Evacuation: Could It Happen Here?

The New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Engineering and Construction administers the New Jersey Dam Safety program, which ensures the safety and integrity of dams in New Jersey and protects people and property from the consequences of dam failures. udrey Miller of NJOHSP’s Preparedness Bureau co-hosted this episode on dam safety with Bob Bostock, DEP’s Director of Strategic Communications and host of the Discover DEP podcast, making this the first Intelligence. Unclassified. episode to feature a partnering state agency as a co-host. Audrey and Bob sat down with John Moyle, Division Director for NJ DEP's Division of Dam Safety and Flood Control to talk about dam safety in New Jersey in light of the recent failure at the Oroville Dam in California.

Special Edition Episode: Analyst Roundtable Series - New Terrorist Propaganda

Tune-in to this special edition of Intelligence. Unclassified. as Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta and Intelligence Analysts Alyssa Potter and Angie Gad cover the recent editions of Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) Inspire and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) Rumiyah, particularly in the aftermath of recent global terrorist attacks.

Norcross, NJOHSP Stress Importance of Security Funding for Religious Organizations, Non-Profits at Community Meeting

CHERRY HILL, NJ – Today, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) and Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, stressed the importance of security enhancement funding for religious organizations and non-profit agencies at a community meeting.

Episode 13: Vehicular Terrorist Attacks - Strategies for Safety and Survival

Terrorists—particularly homegrown violent extremists (HVEs)—will likely continue using vehicles as weapons based on foreign terrorist organizations promoting this tactic, the success of past attacks, and the ease of vehicle acquisition. As such, we sit down with Steven Crimando, the Director of Training for the Disaster and Terrorism Branch of the New Jersey Department of Human Services to talk about this emerging threat and explore different mechanisms and strategies individuals can utilize to mitigate the personal impact of these attacks.

Episode 12: New Jersey's County Counterterrorism Coordinators Program

In New Jersey, each county has a Counterterrorism Coordinator (CTC), based out of the Prosecutor’s Office. These CTCs serve as the critical link between New Jersey’s municipalities, counties, the State, and the federal field offices.  Each CTC works in conjunction with one another and the State to report and investigate suspicious activity occurring.This week, Monmouth County’s CTC Guy McCormick sits down with NJOHSP Intelligence Planner Jeff Elgrim to discuss the role of the CTCs in New Jersey and how the relationship between NJOHSP and the CTCs serves the residents of New Jersey.

Extremist Attacks Against Law Enforcement Webinar

Extremist Attacks Against Law Enforcement Webinar

In 2016, 12 ideologically motivated attacks resulted in nine police officer fatalities. Additionally, over half of these incidents were preplanned. Over the last several years, the range of extremist that consider law enforcement a target has expanded and includes individuals of varied ideologies. For this presentation, we reviewed the extremist threats that have targeted law enforcement and the tactics used.

Episode 11: ISIS Expands Weaponized Drone Program

An NJOHSP review of terrorist attacks and plots in the United States since 2015 reveals HVEs have primarily used simple weapons such as firearms, vehicles, and knives, although we cannot rule out the possibility HVEs will learn how to construct and weaponize UAVs based on future ISIS propaganda. In this episode, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta asks Intelligence Analyst Travis to delve further into his insights regarding weaponized drones being utilized by ISIS.

Governor Christie Announces $1 Million in Security Grants for Nonprofit Organizations and Religious Institutions in Nine Counties

Trenton, NJ - Fulfilling his commitment to protect all New Jersey residents from both foreign and domestic threats, Governor Chris Christie today made $1 million in grants available for non-profit organizations and religious institutions determined to be at high risk of terrorist attack in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem, and Warren counties.

Foreign Fighter Trends: Part One - Deputy Director Brian Dodwell (Combating Terrorism Center at West Point)

The make-up, scale, and scope of the Iraq and Syria-bound foreign fighter problem has changed and become significantly more complex over the last decade. Deputy Director Brian Dodwell of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point talks to one of our intelligence analysts about the research he and his team have done on the current foreign fighter threat.

Episode 8: The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point bridges the operational and academic realms by providing present and future leaders with the intellectual tools needed to defeat and deter terrorist threats to our nation.

Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Price visited the Intelligence. Unclassified. studio to talk to Rosemary Martorana about what CTC does and the groundbreaking projects and partnerships it has been spearheading. 

Clergy Community Outreach Program

NJOHSP Deputy Director Steven Gutkin participated on a panel to discuss threats to New Jersey, religious facilities, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, and the Hometown Security Initiative at the Morris County Prosecutor's Clergy Community Outreach Program's Religious and Educational Facility Security meeting on Monday, February 7.

Governor Christie Announces Increased Patrol, Training and Outreach Efforts Following Recent Bias Incidents

Governor Christie Announces Increased Patrol, Training and Outreach Efforts Following Recent Bias Incidents

Governor Chris Christie today joined national and local officials, advocates and community leaders at the Kaplen JCC to show solidarity with New Jersey’s Jewish community following a recent increase in threats made against Jewish Community Centers throughout New Jersey and the country. Under the direction of Governor Christie, in coordination with Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino, the New Jersey State Police and the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) have increased patrol efforts at houses of worship, faith-based institutions, community centers and cemeteries throughout the state.

Episode 7: Anarchist Extremists - A National Perspective

Anarchists extremists believe that society should exist absent of “oppressive” governments, laws, police, or any other authority and they advocate violence in furtherance of sub movements such as anti-racism, anti-capitalism, anti-globalism, and environmental extremism. 

Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana and Intelligence Analyst Kristin McCormick sit down to explore what implications these recent events may have for the State of New Jersey. 

Episode 6: Foreign Fighters - America's Returning Jihadists

New Jersey faces a minimal threat from returning jihadists because of the comparatively small number of US citizens who traveled to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the likelihood individuals join other terrorist groups abroad.

This week, we explore the related trends our office has seen over the last few years and provide more insight into the current threat they pose. 

Episode 5: Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula - A Persistent Threat to the West

In November 2016, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) cited the bombings in New Jersey as a model for future attacks in the United States, the first time the group has highlighted New Jersey in its English-language magazine Inspire.  AQAP uses Rahimi as an instructive case study on how to improve planning and execution in future terrorist operations. Join us as we explore recent developments in AQAP's tactics and their overall threat to the West. 

Episode 4: Sovereign Citizen Extremists - Circumventing State Law

Paper terrorism is a tactic sovereign citizen extremists use to intimidate public officials. Some seek relief from criminal charges, demand money, or protest government action. They flood courts, government offices, and law enforcement agencies with bulk fraudulent legal documents, file targeted liens to harass public officials, or submit fictitious paperwork to get unlawful judgments approved. In this episode, Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana and Preparedness Bureau Deputy Chief Allison Toll sit down to discuss how criminal penalties in New Jersey for filing false liens are unlikely to deter sovereign citizen extremists as they adopt new methods to circumvent laws.