Violent Extremist Attack Plots Against Critical Infrastructure in the U.S.

The threat to critical infrastructure in the United States by violent extremist groups continues to rise. In response to these threats, the Program on Extremism at George Washington University has released its analysis, Mayhem, Murder, and Misdirection: Violent Extremist Attack Plots Against Critical Infrastructure in the United States, 2016 – 2022.
This report “reviews 94 cases of individuals charged in the U.S. federal court system from 2016 to 2022 with planning to conduct violent extremist attacks, 35 of whom attempted to attack critical infrastructure systems.”  Their findings compare the differences between the two types of groups involved in these attempts, Salafi-jihadists and white supremacists, in order to ascertain “the current trends and differences in how these actors plan their attacks and their motivations for doing so.”  Understanding motivations and recognizing trends can help decision-making to prevent future threats from coming to fruition.

For more resources related to this piece, check out HSDL’s In Focus on Domestic (U.S.) Terrorism, and Cyber Infrastructure Protection or other resources related to terrorist threats to critical infrastructure

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