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dc.contributor.advisorKiernan, Kathleen
dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Paul Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorWright, Lynn M.
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe domestic terrorist threat in the United States is active and complex, with ongoing threats from violent left- and right-wing extremist groups, and radicalization and recruitment efforts by international terrorist groups. In response, domestic intelligence agencies, at all levels of government, have instituted reforms and improvements since 9/11, but there are still gaps in information-sharing and community engagement. For example, a review of the Boston Marathon bombings uncovered that important risk-based information was not shared with local law enforcement. Concerning domestic terrorism, the United States may, once again, be failing to connect the dots. This thesis synthesizes existing studies, reports, and expert testimony concerning domestic terrorism and the roles of domestic intelligence agencies, law enforcement, and the public, and proposes the development and implementation of a formal, national counterterrorism (CT) doctrine. The CT doctrine, in conjunction with a counter-radicalization strategy, should focus on bottom-up intelligence/information-sharing, training to strengthen and focus intelligence collection efforts, and culturally sensitive and engaging messaging on social media and the Internet to counter extremist propaganda.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThe emerging threat of domestic terrorism: a systematic review of evolving needs, threats, and opportunitiesen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authordomestic terroren_US
dc.subject.authorlone wolfen_US
dc.subject.authorfusion centersen_US
dc.subject.authorsuspicious activity reportingen_US
dc.subject.authornational intelligence estimateen_US
dc.description.serviceBranch Chief, Federal Emergency Management Agencyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US

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