National Security Strategy Focuses on Changing Nature of Threats

Flag memorial at Ground ZeroThe Department of Homeland Security released the Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence to address the changing landscape of security challenges to the nation:

These threats have become more complex, more interconnected, more intertwined with technological advances, and closer to home.

The nation faces a wider variety of threats than in decades past. Rapid advances in technology present both a threat to our nation as well as a means for safeguarding our national security. This report examines the increasing threat of violent extremism, targeted violence in public spaces, and the radicalization of youth and disaffected populations.

The Strategic Framework implements the 2017 National Security Strategy and the 2018 National Strategy for Counterterrorism using four organizational concepts:

  1. Intelligence
  2. Border security
  3. Domestic prevention
  4. Preparedness

Effective intelligence operations provide understanding of security threats while strong border security strategies inhibit hostile actors from entering the U.S. Terrorism and targeted violence within the U.S. are addressed through prevention strategies that focus on domestic terror groups and ideological extremists. Communities that are prepared are better able to address incidents and respond cohesively to a violent event.

A public action plan will follow that describes the actions for accomplishing the goals presented in the Strategic Framework.


More resources can be found at the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL).

Some of the links in this report require institutional access. Click here to view these reports directly: Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence, 2017 National Security Strategy, 2018 National Strategy for Counterterrorism

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