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. 

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. 

Managing the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism

Managing the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism

Terrorist attacks cause psychological trauma that can be just as serious as any physical damage.  For this webinar, we talked to Steven Crimando about the impact terrorist attacks have on individuals and communities, as well as mechanisms and strategies individuals can use to mitigate the personal impact of these attacks.

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.