Domestic Terrorism

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Domestic terrorism involves violence against the civilian population or infrastructure of a nation—often but not always by citizens of that nation and often with the intent to intimidate, coerce, or influence national policy. RAND addresses national security and critical infrastructure needs through objective research that helps government agencies prevent and mitigate terrorist activities and improves disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

  • A woman with a smartphone is seen in front of social media logos, May 25, 2021, photo by Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    Report

    Understanding the Online Extremist Ecosystem

    Dec 2, 2021

    By the early 2010s, it was clear that the internet provided white supremacists and other extremists a tool to operationalize their hateful ideas and cause real-world harms. How can the average user understand their risk of exposure to extremist content and make informed decisions about the platforms they use?

  • Trump supporters battle with police at the west entrance of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021, photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

    Commentary

    Countering Domestic Terrorism May Require Rethinking U.S. Intelligence Strategy

    Oct 5, 2021

    The United States is deeply divided, its political system polarized. Getting counterterrorism wrong could make the situation worse. The challenge is to isolate and contain violent extremists without turning them into political martyrs or half the country into enemies of the state.

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    Eric V. Larson

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. and M.Phil. in policy analysis, RAND Graduate School; A.B. in political science, University of Michigan

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    David Luckey

    Professor of Policy Analysis; Senior International and Defense Researcher
    Education M.B.A., University of Maryland; M.S. in air and space strategic studies, University of Maryland; M.A. in national security affairs, Naval Postgraduate School; B.A. in American studies/military history, Purdue University

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    Ian Mitch

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science, Wake Forest University

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    Pauline Moore

    Political Scientist: Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies; M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); B.A. in international studies, Middlebury College

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    Shannon Prier

    Quantitative Analyst
    Education Master of Public Policy in homeland security and quantitative methods, University of Southern California

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    Jordan R. Reimer

    Policy Analyst
    Education A.B. in politics, Princeton University; M.P.A. in international relations, Princeton University

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    Heather J. Williams

    Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in strategic intelligence, National Intelligence University; B.S. in U.S. foreign policy and national security, Boston University

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    Henry H. Willis

    Director, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) Strategy, Policy, and Operations Program; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; M.A. in environmental engineering and science, University of Cincinnati; B.A. in chemistry and environmental sciences, University of Pennsylvania