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. 

2017 ISA Conference Series: Understanding Fidayin Attacks with Herbert Tinsley (START)

Fidayin is a term used to refer to various military groups willing to sacrifice their lives in open combat with overwhelming enemies, which has been a favored tactic among Islamic warriors and, more recently, jihadist terrorists. According to Herbert Tinsley, a researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre and the November 2015 Paris attacks are potentially the realization of years of covert evolution. The genes of this evolution, known as fidayin tactics, were once claimed by a Pakistani Taliban spokesman to make the mujahidin “invincible.” Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta was able to sit down with Mr. Tinsley at the 2017 International Studies Association conference to delve into fidayin attacks, as well as identity construction in jihadist literature. 

2017 ISA Conference Series: Wrapping Up the Final Days

The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. 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. Tune in to today's episode where they discuss the panels they attended on the first day of the conference. 

2017 ISA Conference Series: Reflections on Day Two

The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. 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. Tune in to today's episode where they discuss the panels they attended on the first day of the conference. 

2017 ISA Conference Series: Thoughts from Day One

The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. 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. Tune in to today's episode where they discuss the panels they attended on the first day of the conference. 

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.