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Preventing Terrorism

Protecting the American people from terrorist threats is the reason DHS was created, and remains our highest priority.

  • Strategic Intelligence Assessment and Data on Domestic Terrorism

    As required by the National Defense Authorization Act, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, have produced this strategic intelligence assessment on domestic terrorism, which includes a discussion of activities, certain data on domestic terrorism matters, and recommendations.

  • Mitigating the Threat of School Violence as the U.S. "Returns to Normal" from the COVID-Pandemic and Beyond

    DHS's Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) provide a resource to raise awareness of potential risk factors and indicators for targeted violence in schools, raise awareness of the likelihood that students may have been exposed to multiple risk factors during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide resources to become an engaged bystander as part of a comprehensive local prevention framework.

  • A Message from Secretary Mayorkas on Preventing Domestic Violent Extremism within DHS

    Secretary Mayorkas announced to DHS staff a new effort to prevent domestic violent extremism.

  • Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021

    The ODNI assessment was drafted by the National Counterterrorism Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and DHS, and includes contributions from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. All agencies involved are mindful of the duty to respect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties and to act within the authorities granted to them as they seek to put together as complete an intelligence and analytic picture as is possible. 

  • Threat Assessment and Management Teams

    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.

  • Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Online

    This Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships publication provides tools and resources to bolster online critical thinking skills.

  • National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin - January 27, 2021 - Translations

    On January 27, 2021, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration. The following are versions of the Bulletin translated into various languages.

  • Mitigating Social Isolation in Youth

    Parents and educators are united in ensuring that children remain healthy during this pandemic. The Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) helps everyone remain safe by working with local communities to develop local prevention frameworks.

  • 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment

    The Department of Homeland Security’s 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment is a first-of-its-kind report synthesizing threat assessments across DHS including intelligence and operational components.

  • Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence

    The United States faces increasingly complex threats from terrorism and targeted violence. Both continue to pose a grave threat in ways that have evolved dramatically in the nearly two decades since the 9/11 attacks. Although foreign terrorist organizations remain intent on striking our Homeland, we also face a growing threat from domestic actors.  Our enemies seek to spur violence in our communities and divide our society.  Combating terrorism and targeted violence requires the combined efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department), our Federal and state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) government partners and civil society.