Preventing and Mitigating Domestic Violent Extremism in the Military, Veteran, and Law Enforcement Communities


Recently, the public has given a lot of attention to the participation of current and veteran members of law enforcement organizations and the military in domestic violent extremist organizations and activities. With this in mind, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a new report, Protecting the Protectors: Preventing and Mitigating Domestic Violent Extremism in the Military, Veteran, and Law Enforcement Communities.

Specifically, the authors researched three processes in the professional lifecycle for the identification and management of domestic violent extremism (DVE) within the military, veteran, and law enforcement communities:

  1. Recruitment and screening;
  2. Current personnel management policies and practices; and
  3. Transition and post-service outreach and support.

Overall, the authors hoped to propose a set of recommendations to assist these communities in developing initiatives to prevent and mitigate against DVE because even though the “current policies and processes screen for DVE behaviors, the existing systems are imperfect.” Recommendations include standardizing social media screening practices, integrating counter-DVE programs into existing in-service training programs, and creating post-service networks and educational resources for retired and former personnel.

For more information on topics related to this piece, please visit the HSDL In Focus collections on Domestic Terrorism in the USHate and Antisemitism, and the January 6th Capitol Attack.


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