On February 14, the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC), operated for the Department of Homeland Security by the RAND Corporation, released a new report on how to build an effective and practical national approach to terrorism prevention. The report, commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security, examines past terrorism prevention efforts and makes recommendations for future programs.
“As threats from terrorism evolve, our understanding of prevention also has to evolve,” said Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Elizabeth Neumann. “In addition to the DHS internal review of prevention efforts, the Department asked the RAND Corporation for a third party assessment. I am pleased to share with the American people the highlights of their findings and to discuss steps we are taking as a Department to further enhance the security of our homeland.”
The report highlights various areas of terrorism prevention, including:
- Successful community education efforts by DHS;
- Countering terrorist narratives through public-private partnerships;
- Robust systems inside government for suspicious-activity reporting, and the need for a uniform mechanism for making interventions for referral by the public;
- How spending on terrorism prevention in the U.S. compares with some of our partners;
- The role of state, local, nongovernmental and private organizations in leading prevention efforts, with support from the federal government; and,
- The importance of addressing domestic as well as international terrorism in prevention programs.