Tagged: Counter-terrorism

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Remembering September 11, 2001

As Americans commemorate 9/11 attacks, the nation is continuing to grapple with the consequences of the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Eighteen years have passed since the event brought an unprecedented breadth of research on terrorism, culminating in significant policy and legislative changes that continue to shape the U.S....

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Cryptocurrencies as a Means of Funding Terrorism

The RAND Corporation recently released a publication examining the possibility of terrorists using cryptocurrencies to fund their organizations. Titled “Terrorist Use of Cryptocurrencies: Technical and Organizational Barriers and Future Threats,” the report focuses on two key questions. The first is understanding to what extent terrorist organizations are currently using—or not...

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Homeland Security Against Illicit Terrorist Travel

The House Homeland Security Committee Majority Staff released a report exposing threats posed by terrorists, also known as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs), traveling to the United States from a country identified as having possible or established links to terrorism. The report examines ways to prevent these individuals from getting access to...

Cash to Chaos: Dismantling ISIS’ Financial Infrastructure

During its rise to power, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) excelled at fundraising. The ability to control vast territories and generate revenue flows from diverse sources allowed it to become the most well funded terrorist organization in history. Even with recent significant losses in territory, including an...

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

Terrorism in Europe, Preparations for Mass Gatherings, Extreme Summer Weather, Capturing Content before it Disappears

President Obama’s Interest in Big Data Analyses

The President has expressed interest in how analyses of big data (also known as big data analyses or BDA) can improve emergency preparedness and overall national security. As a result, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) drafted a Report to the President on Big Data Analytics. The report first...