Many individuals who are planning to engage in targeted violence display threatening or concerning behaviors that are observable to others. Utilizing behavioral threat assessment and management (BTAM), a proactive, evidence-based method of investigation, analysis, and management that focuses on an individual’s patterns thinking and behavior, can determine whether, and to what extent, an individual may be moving towards an act of intended violence. Further, BTAM can assist with the development of intervention techniques designed to move an individual away from conducting a potential attack.
Resources for Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Sector Homeland Security Partners.
After the destruction of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 in 1988, the government established the Commercial Aircraft Vulnerability and Mitigation (CAVM) program to address terrorist-based internal aircraft explosive threats. In 2006, the program transferred to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), with program execution supported by subject matter experts from S&T’s Transportation Security Laboratory.
S&T advances research and development technologies, methods, and procedures to counter terrorist attacks.
As the threat landscape continues to evolve, the NTER Program empowers our homeland security partners to adapt to new threats and prevent terrorism and targeted violence. The NTER Program advances our partner’s ability to identify, investigate, assess, report and share tips and leads linked to emerging homeland security threats.
S&T's is working on cost-effective technologies to detect chemical and biological threats inside a subway environment.
To develop capabilities to monitor the current COVID-19 pandemic and other future biological events, DHS S&T has awarded $199,648 to Mesur.io Inc., for analysis and reporting of outbreak-related data.
The Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) provides a resource that gives an overview of threat assessment and management teams. Through identifying and managing potential threats, these teams provide alternatives to investigation and/or prosecution for bystanders who are actively seeking intervention assistance with a known individual at risk of mobilizing to violence.
The Chemical Threat Clustering Tool provides an efficient means of analyzing the exhaustive body of possible threats by identifying representative chemical exemplars for use in threat assessments.
DHS S&T's FFRDC hosted the virtual Third Annual FFRDC Sponsor Summit.