Episode 33: A Peek Inside the Caliphate - Examining Recent ISIS Propaganda

Each month, ISIS has issued an online, English language magazine called Rumiyah. It is designed to boast morale and provide tactical guidance to a global audience. Although this is the 12th edition of the Rumiyah series, ISIS has excelled in its propaganda efforts, which is evident in not only Rumiyah, but also its predecessor magazine, Dabiq, as well as their high-quality video messaging campaigns..

Tune in as we unpack the most recent edition of Rumiyah, published a day before the release of a new video detailing instructions for a new “terror tactics.”

Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Combating Domestic Terrorism with Thomas Brzozowski

In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private-sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference.

Intelligence Analyst Angie Gad sat down with Thomas E. Brzozowski, Counsel for Domestic Terrorism at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), to discuss the complexities of dealing with the domestic terrorism landscape in the United States. Mr. Brzozowski highlights the difficulties in defining domestic terrorism, ways the DOJ disrupts domestic terror plots, and how charges are levied against domestic terrorists.

Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Dangerous Discourse - Researching Violent Online Political Extremism

In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private-sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference.

In this episode, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta sat down with Lisa McInerney of VOX-Pol, an academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of violent online political extremism and responses to it. We explore their efforts on combating violent online political extremism and radicalization, as well as current strategies and lessons learned from prior incidents of radicalization. 

Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Exploring the ARTIC with David Westerlind and Kevin Cunningham

In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private-sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference.

In this episode, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta sat down with Kevin P. Cunningham and David Westerlind from the US Army Threat Integration Center (ARTIC), to explore the evolving threat landscape against US service members. Tune in as they discuss how the ARTIC is able to provide force protection and situational awareness to the Army in order to deter various criminal and terrorist threats.

NJOHSP and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Receive Over $1.7 Million to Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

NJOHSP and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Receive Over $1.7 Million to Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) $1,701,657 for research and development aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders. NJOHSP’s effort is a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory.  

Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Patriotism, Dissent, and the Edge of Violence with Sam Jackson

In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference.In today’s episode, we sit down with Sam Jackson, a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University, to explore his investigations into the political philosophy and identity of the Patriot/militia movements in the United States. Tune in as he discusses how these groups use American political ideas and history to build political stories, aimed at the American public, that support their political identity and justify their political behavior.

Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Outlining Russian Influence Operations with Clint Watts

In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference. In today’s episode, Clint Watts joins Intelligence. Unclassified. once again to discuss his recent testimony before Congress concerning Russia’s strategy to disrupt the United States and the active measures being used by Russia to distribute political, financial, and social messages.

Episode 26: Avatars of the Earth - Eco-Radicals and CBRN Weapons

This podcast has been adapted from a recent IntelUnclass webinar, during which Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta invited Philipp Bleek, an assistant professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Zachary Kallenborn, a Senior Associate Analyst at ANSER, to explore environmental extremism and the use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. Tune in as they discuss the threat of a CBRN attack from fringe elements within the radical environmental movement.

Episode 25: USCG Sector Delaware Bay Area Maritime Security Committee

The Sector Delaware Bay Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) brings together a wide range of partners in the maritime field, providing opportunities for collaborative planning, coordination, open lines of communication, as well as identifying effective security measures across all segments of the Maritime Transportation System, particularly in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware regions. Today, Senior Planner Jim McDavitt sits down with Captain Benjamin Cooper, who serves as the Commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay and Captain of the Port in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to discuss how AMSC plays a vital role in bolstering the security of our Nation’s ports.

Episode 24: From JerseyNet to FirstNet - A Force Multiplier for Public Safety

Join Director of Policy and Planning Eric Tysarczyk and Former Governor of Vermont Jim Douglas, a member of the FirstNet Board, as they explore the FirstNet network, what is it, how it impacts New Jersey, specifically our own proof of concept network, JerseyNet, and state plans for the next step in rolling out FirstNet’s high-speed network for the millions of public safety users in all 56 states and US territories.

Special Edition Episode: Rumiyah Issue 10 and the Rumored Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

In this episode, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta and Intelligence Analyst Angie Gad discuss ISIS’s English-language magazine, Rumiyah, focusing on its themes, the tactical guidance offered to supporters, and the influence it has on sympathizers conducting attacks. The podcast concludes with a look into what could likely happen to ISIS in the event of the death of it's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

2017 ISA Conference Series: Exploring PIRUS with Patrick James (START)

The Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset contains deidentified individual-level information on the backgrounds, attributes, and radicalization processes of nearly 1,500 violent and non-violent extremists who adhere to far right, far left, Islamist, or single issue ideologies in the United States covering 1948-2013. Coded using entirely public sources of information, the PIRUS dataset is among the first efforts to understand domestic radicalization from an empirical and scientifically rigorous perspective. Users can now explore the rich PIRUS data using the Keshif data visualization tool, a user-friendly platform that allows for intuitive and insightful analysis of the data in real-time.Intelligence Analyst Paige Schilling sits down with Patrick James, project manager for PIRUS, to discuss PIRUS’s purpose and goals, trends, future research, and intentions to continue data to the present day.

Episode 22: Election Security in New Jersey

In advance of the New Jersey primary on June 6, Erin Henry, Principal Planner in the Preparedness Bureau at NJOHSP, sat down with Michael Geraghty, State Chief Information Security Officer, and Robert Giles, Director of the State Division of Elections, to discuss New Jersey election systems security and efforts in New Jersey to keep these election assets secure and the voting process free from interference. Although there are no specific or credible threats to election systems in New Jersey, the FBI confirmed cyber attacks on voter registration systems in Arizona and Illinois in 2016.

2017 ISA Conference Series: Studying Terrorism Empirically with Dr. Gary LaFree (START)

The National Consortium for the Study and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a university-based research and education center comprised of an international network of scholars committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world. Today, Dr. Gary LaFree, the Director of START, and Intelligence Analyst Paige Schilling discuss a variety of topics in the study of terrorism, including the difficulties of gathering information, the government’s approach when it comes to international versus domestic terrorism, and the inspiration for writing his recent book, Countering Terrorism.

Environmental Extremism and CBRN Weapons

Environmental Extremism and CBRN Weapons

During this webinar, we assessed the threat of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) attack from fringe elements within the radical environmental movement. The movement as a whole generally rejects violence, but some outliers appear significantly motivated. Moreover, while capabilities are mostly low, exceptions are plausible, even likely.

2017 ISA Conference Series: A Discussion on CBRN Weapons with Gary Ackerman (START)

Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons are an emerging threat. In this week's episode, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta sat with Gary Ackerman, the Director of the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), to discuss the potential use of these weapons, the capabilities to create such weapons, their attractiveness to terrorist groups. and how prepared the United States currently is for the eventuality of such an attack. 

Episode 19: Keeping Schools Safe - Plan, Prevent, Protect

School safety is a topic of conversation all over the country with threats or incidents being reported every day. Every type of school in the country has the same threats against them as seen in examples such as the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, the Columbine High School shooting, and the Virginia Tech University shooting. Senior Planner Scott Gibson from our Preparedness Bureau sits down with Director Ben Castillo of the Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning to discuss school safety in New Jersey.