Doug Bedell — September 20, 2019, 4:42 pm

Busy Times at the Department of Homeland Security


In broad strokes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has outlined a new “Strategic Framework for Combating Terrorism and Targeted Violence”.

“Today, the United States faces an evolving threat environment, and a threat of terrorism and targeted violence within our borders that is more diverse than at any time since the 9/11 attacks,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan. “While the threat posed by foreign terrorist organizations like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda persists, we are acutely aware of the growing threat from enemies, both foreign and domestic, who seek to incite violence in our Nation’s youth, disenfranchised, and disaffected, in order to attack their fellow citizens and fray at the seams of our diverse social fabric.

“This awareness, coupled with the history of recent tragedies, has galvanized the Department of Homeland Security to expand its counterterrorism mission focus beyond terrorists operating abroad, to include those radicalized to violence within our borders by violent extremists of any ideology.”

It may sound like go with the flow, but it’s a worthy attempt to be current with the threat. Some of the goals are included in the DHS posting, like “Understand the evolving terrorism and targeted violence threat environment, and support partners in the homeland security enterprise through this specialized knowledge.”

Sadly, because of the needs, it sounds like an especially busy time at DHS headquarters.

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