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S&T Terrorism Prevention Literature Dashboard BIB File

DHS S&T developed a comprehensive and publicly available literature review and ontology dashboard to organize CVE literature. This new capability streamlines the ability for end users and practitioners to access peer-reviewed and methodologically sound research products to develop an evidence base in the field of terrorism prevention for what works, what doesn't, and why.

S&T Addicted to Hate: Identity Residual among Former White Supremacists

The process of leaving deeply meaningful and embodied identities can be experienced as a struggle against addiction, with continuing cognitive, emotional, and physiological responses that are involuntary, unwanted, and triggered by environmental factors. Using data derived from a unique set of in-depth life history interviews with 89 former U.S. white supremacists, as well as theories derived from recent advances in cognitive sociology, we examine how a rejected identity can persist despite a desire to change. Disengagement from white supremacy is characterized by substantial lingering effects that subjects describe as addiction. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of identity residual for understanding how people leave and for theories of the self.

S&T FRG From Extremist to Terrorist

The goal of this project is to identify the characteristics of communities where persons indicted under terrorism related charges lived, planned, and prepared prior to carrying out terrorist attacks. Are there potential markers that can be identified to assist in intervention efforts before violence occurs?

Terrorism Prevention Resources

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) investments have spurred growth in literature addressing terrorism prevention. S&T has delivered dozens of research products, fact sheets, evaluations, and capabilities to practitioners and the general public. This page will provide a full listing of all S&T terrorism prevention publications as they become available.

Terrorism Prevention

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terrorism prevention mission by conducting applied research and evaluation, transitioning new capabilities, and integrating scientifically derived knowledge into homeland security policies and activities to improve prevention approaches to violent extremism.

Statement for the record of DHS OCP for a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts hearing titled “Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS ) Office for Community Partnerships (OCP) Director George Selim addresses priorities and key actions of DHS to address ISIL and other terrorist’s attempts at online recruitment and radicalization to violence.

Statement By Secretary Johnson On The New NTAS Bulletin

In December 2015, I announced the revision of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Terrorism Advisory System, or “NTAS,” to include an intermediate level NTAS “Bulletin.” We then issued a new NTAS Bulletin at the same time. The duration of the December Bulletin was six months, and expires tomorrow.  

Written testimony of DHS Deputy Secretary Mayorkas for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled “Protecting America from the Threat of ISIS”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas highlights priorities and key actions of the Department of Homeland Security to address terrorist threats to the U.S., particularly following the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s November 2015 and March 2016 terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels.


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