Terrorism Threat Landscape In 2020 Homeland Assessment
Of the 44 domestic terrorist incidents in the United States in 2019, four had a nexus to New Jersey. Six of the 41 HVEs identified in the United States were arrested in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey Strong news – Hamilton, NJ: NJOHSP reports 2.21.2020.
Director Jared M. Maples of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) released the 13th annual Terrorism Threat Assessment analyzing the State’s overall threat landscape. The assessment provides information regarding homegrown violent extremists (HVEs), domestic and international terrorists, cybersecurity concerns, targeted mass violence, and attacks against Interfaith communities. This analysis will guide counterterrorism efforts for the year ahead.
“The ever-changing threat landscape in New Jersey and around the country requires us to adjust our strategies to anticipate new threats while remaining ready to combat those already existing,” said Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “We will continue to develop and share the latest intelligence alongside our partners to support counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and preparedness efforts throughout the State.”
Of the 44 domestic terrorist incidents in the United States in 2019, four had a nexus to New Jersey. Six of the 41 HVEs identified in the United States were arrested in New Jersey and New York. Currently, there are no credible threats to New Jersey.
NJOHSP assesses that HVEs remain one of the highest threats to the State in 2020, as foreign terrorist organizations encourage potential attackers to target Americans, provide material support, and travel overseas to fight.
The threat from white supremacist extremists is also high due to the number of threats, plots, and attacks in 2019. In 2020, white supremacist extremists are likely to cite accelerationism as a motivation for future violent acts, and recruitment efforts promoting extremist ideology continue throughout the State.
The inability of foreign terrorist organizations to conduct attacks in the United States ranks them as a low threat to New Jersey. While the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is significant, the group will likely operate similarly under its new leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi.
Additionally, regardless of motivation, a diverse group of individuals are leveraging forms of targeted mass violence against public spaces, schools, Interfaith communities, workplaces, and other venues, according to an NJOHSP review of 2019 attacks. The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell also assesses that cyber threat actors, including nation-states and terrorist organizations, who target cybersecurity vulnerabilities pose a moderate threat to New Jersey.
For more information and to view the 2020 Terrorism Threat Assessment, visit NJOHSP’s website.