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.

  • Protesters gather during the Indiana Stop Asian Hate Rally on Monument Circle in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 27, 2021, photo by USA Today Network via Reuters

    Research Brief

    What Former Extremists and Their Families Say About Radicalization in America

    Jun 25, 2021

    Violent extremism is an evolving, ongoing threat in the United States. Interviews with former extremists—and their families and friends—offer insights into how individuals become radicalized, how they leave extremist groups, and what communities can do to stop the growth of extremism in their area.

  • A man holds an assault rifle as Proud Boys gather  in support of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse and Aaron 'Jay' Danielson in Portland, Oregon, September 26, 2020, photo by Alex Milan Tracy/Reuters

    Commentary

    Don't Muddy the Objectives on Fighting Domestic Extremism

    Apr 7, 2021

    The U.S. Capitol attack on January 6 has fueled momentum for new approaches and laws to counter attacks by domestic violent extremists. It will be crucial for policymakers to reckon with what new laws and law enforcement can achieve, and what they can get wrong.

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    Domestic Intelligence Lessons From U.S. Allies

    The experiences of domestic intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia can help guide counterterrorism initiatives in the United States.

    Aug 14, 2004

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Confronting the "Enemy Within": What Can the United States Learn About Counterterrorism and Intelligence from Other Democracies?

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation was widely criticized for failing to prevent the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and some U.S. policymakers reacted by proposing a new domestic intelligence service devoted solely to counterterrorism. To inform the debate, the RAND Corporation analyzed domestic intelligence agencies in four other democracies.

    Jan 1, 2004

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    Journal Article

    Impact of Injury on Posttraumatic Stress in Survivors Seeking Counseling After the 1995 Bombing in Oklahoma City

    This study explored the relationship of injury and posttraumatic stress symptoms in victims of the 1995 terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City.

    Jan 1, 2003

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    Commentary

    Re-Thinking U.S. Counter-Terrorism Efforts

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Sep 21, 2001

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    Commentary

    U.S. Environmental Groups and 'Leaderless Resistance'

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Jul 1, 2001

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    Domestic Terrorism: A National Assessment of State and Local Law Enforcement Preparedness

    This study analyzes states' and municipalities' terrorism preparedness as a means of providing law enforcement with information about the prevention and control of terrorist activities in the United States.

    Jan 1, 1995

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    Intelligence Constraints of the 1970s and Domestic Terrorism: Volume I, Effects on the Incidence, Investigation, and Prosecution of Terrorist Activity

    This Note addresses the question: To what extent did the post-Watergate intelligence "rules" affect law enforcement's ability to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic terrorism?

    Jan 1, 1982

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    Intelligence Constraints of the 1970s and Domestic Terrorism: Volume II, Survey of Legal, Legislative, and Administrative Constraints

    This Note presents a selective survey of legal and administrative regulatory constraints on the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of information pertaining to domestic security during the 1970s.

    Jan 1, 1982

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    Clara de Lataillade

    Research Assistant
    Education M.A. in conflict resolution, King's College London; B.Sc. in politics and international relations, London School of Economics

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    Joe Eyerman

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, Florida State University; M.A. in political science, Miami University-Oxford; B.A. in political science, Muskingum College

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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