Rank #1: 2018 Threat Assessment Series: Enemies in Cyberspace - Cyberterrorism and Terrorists' Use of the Internet
According to our 2018 NJ Terrorism Threat Assessment and our partners at the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), terrorists will increasingly use encryption, the dark web, and cryptocurrencies for recruitment and to spread propaganda. They will also use those items to encourage lone-wolf attacks, facilitate their operations, and acquire weapons to conduct physical attacks against targets. As such, we have seen social media companies remove extremist content and suspend accounts, forcing extremists to move their Internet activities to less active platforms, limiting their potential influence.
Join us as analysts from our office and the NJCCIC provide insight into terrorist groups’ current cyber capabilities and their predictions of what their future cyber operations may look like. Additionally, the analysts discuss the challenges for social media and web hosting companies in policing terrorists’ content on their sites.
Apr 16 2018
Rank #2: Homeland Security Advisors Series: Part VI - Cascadia Rising with Major General Bret Daugherty (Washington)
Homeland security advisors (HSAs) are the sole representative for the Governor to the US Department of Homeland Security. Although there is no one model for the HSA position, all HSAs are responsible for implementing the state’s homeland security mission, receiving classified threat information, and acting on behalf of the Governor in the event of a disaster or emergency. Despite the critical role HSAs play, little is known about the position. The Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC) is conducting a podcast mini-series through the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Intelligence. Unclassified. The first episode of the podcast will provide an overview of the role of the HSA, discuss how HSAs interact with their governors, and identify how states play a role in homeland security. The remaining six episodes of the podcast will focus on specific threats HSAs face in their jurisdictions. The goal of this podcast series is to provide more awareness about homeland security advisors and the state role in homeland security.
Join Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana as Major General Bret Daugherty of Washington describes Cascadia Rising, the largest earthquake exercise in Washington state history, which simulated a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami along the Washington and Oregon coasts. This exercise aimed to develop a response plan that would immediately coordinate assistance and provide help following a catastrophe.
Oct 17 2016
Rank #3: Avatars of the Earth - Eco-Radicals and CBRN Weapons
This podcast has been adapted from a recent IntelUnclass webinar, during which Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta invited Philipp Bleek, an assistant professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Zachary Kallenborn, a Senior Associate Analyst at ANSER, to explore environmental extremism and the use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. Tune in as they discuss the threat of a CBRN attack from fringe elements within the radical environmental movement.
Jun 26 2017
Rank #4: Displaying Hate - A Look at White Supremacist Extremist Imagery
White supremacist extremists often use imagery that can be broken down into four categories—traditional, religious, Nazi-related, and Internet-based—to convey their ideology, show support for a specific group, or intimidate minority populations. These symbols should not automatically be assumed to be hate-related, but should be evaluated in the context in which they are used.
Recently, our office partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to produce a comprehensive resource on the current imagery we are seeing in the white supremacist movement. Tune in as our analysts explore these symbols and their meanings.
Oct 23 2017
Rank #5: Developing the 21st Century Analyst: The History of Intelligence
Intelligence gathering is known from our earliest recorded accounts. Egyptian hieroglyphics describe voyages to foreign lands dating to 3200 B.C. Sun Tzu wrote about intelligence in The Art of War circa sixth century B.C. During the Revolutionary War, intelligence operations focused on military actions under our first commander in chief.
Today, intelligence gathering remains a key practice for military and government entities, and also for commerce, finance, and other critical enterprises. Tune in to the first episode of our six-part series, Developing the 21st Century Analyst, where we will discuss the history and evolution of intelligence over the centuries.
Sep 09 2019
Rank #6: Terrorism or Not? A Look at Labelling
In the wake of a tragedy, classification of an act of mass violence appears daunting. The key point, whether it is terrorism or not, depends on the intent of the person conducting the violence, not the method, timing or victims.
Join NJOHSP Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana and Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta as they discuss the inherent issues in first-to-report designations of terrorism, as well as a three criterion test that can help sniff out the difference between a mass violence incident and an act of terrorism.
Oct 16 2017
Rank #7: Developing The 21st Century Analyst: Core Competencies And Skills
Sep 26 2019
Rank #8: USCG Sector Delaware Bay Area Maritime Security Committee
The Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs) were established under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 to provide contingency planning, review and updates of Area Maritime Security Plans. AMSCs enhance communication between port stakeholders within federal, state, and local agencies, along with industry partners to address maritime security issues. The Sector Delaware Bay AMSC brings together stakeholders from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware for collaborative planning, coordination, communication, as well as to identify effective security measures across all segments of the Maritime Transportation System.
Jim McDavitt, Senior Planner from our Preparedness Bureau, sits down with Captain Benjamin Cooper, who serves as the Commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay and Captain of the Port of Philadelphia, to discuss how AMSC plays a vital role in bolstering the security of our Nation’s ports.
Jun 19 2017
Rank #9: Episode 33: A Peek Inside the Caliphate - Examining Recent ISIS Propaganda
Each month, ISIS has issued an online, English language magazine called Rumiyah. It is designed to boast morale and provide tactical guidance to a global audience. Although this is the 12th edition of the Rumiyah series, ISIS has excelled in its propaganda efforts, which is evident in not only Rumiyah, but also its predecessor magazine, Dabiq, as well as their high-quality video messaging campaigns..
Tune in as we unpack the most recent edition of Rumiyah, published a day before the release of a new video detailing instructions for a new “terror tactics.”
Aug 14 2017
Rank #10: #HateHasNoPlaceInNJ - The NJOHSP Interfaith Advisory Council
Created in 2012, the Interfaith Advisory Council (IAC) provides a venue for government officials and members of law enforcement to maintain an open dialogue with hundreds of Christian, Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish faith-based leaders throughout New Jersey. Open communication at these quarterly meetings has strengthened the goodwill between law enforcement and faith-based groups that is crucial toward keeping religious communities safe and secure in one of the most diverse states in the nation.
Join NJOHSP Director Jared Maples and Chief of Staff Patrick Rigby as they discuss the importance of the IAC, provide examples of what occurs at meetings, and highlight the many valuable resources available to New Jersey’s faith-based communities.
Aug 20 2018
Rank #11: Exploring the Center for Critical Intelligence Studies at Rutgers University
Rutgers became a federally-designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) through a grant award from the Defense Intelligence Agency in January 2015. Since that time, Rutgers University-New Brunswick has established a popular, new minor in Critical Intelligence Studies in collaboration with the SAS political science department; executed a number of certificate programs in intelligence/national security for undergraduate and graduate students across the University; hosted conferences on the most pressing issues in the field; and developed programs to prepare students for potential careers within the Intelligence Community. CCIS continues the work of managing and implementing all existing and new endeavors related to the IC CAE Program.
Join Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta as he discusses this novel program with its advisor Ava Mejlesi and how it leverages ties with a variety of agencies to conduct research, develop practical initiatives, and provide educational and career opportunities for Rutgers students through increased opportunities for interaction with law enforcement and intelligence professionals.
Dec 04 2017
Rank #12: Training & Exercise: The Regional Intelligence Academy
The Regional Intelligence Academy (RIA) is a training partnership comprised of NJOHSP, the New Jersey State Police, and the public safety agencies represented in the New Jersey Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) region. The curriculum aims to teach intelligence tradecraft to law enforcement, first responders, the private sector, and intelligence analysts throughout New Jersey, New York City, and the Philadelphia area. These programs also help design strategies, systems, and activities that provide for intelligence and information exchange and sharing.
Listen to our latest episode to understand more about the RIA and the services it provides to the intelligence community in the region.
Apr 15 2019
Rank #13: 2019 Threat Assessment Series: Domestic Terrorism - A Changing Environment
Domestic extremists’ wide-ranging ideologies pose unique challenges to New Jersey and the surrounding region, as they employ a variety of robust methods to conduct attacks, have varying motivations, and are often willing to engage in violence.
Tune in to the next installment of our 2019 Threat Assessment series as our analysts sit down and discuss the evolving tactics of domestic extremists in 2018 and what the threat landscape posed by these groups will look like this year.
Note: Some of the information discussed in this podcast describes First Amendment-protected activities. NJOHSP recognizes the constitutionally protected rights to assemble, speak, and petition the government. NJOHSP safeguards these rights and only reports on First Amendment-protected activities for situational awareness in the interest of assuring the safety and security of the demonstrators and the public.
Mar 04 2019
Rank #14: 2019 Threat Assessment Series: Inspired Terrorists - A 2018 Review of Homegrown Violent Extremists
Feb 04 2019
Rank #15: Preparing for Multiple Mass Gatherings - A Local and County Perspective
Recent attacks, including those at the Boston Marathon, Seaside Park Semper 5K, concert in Manchester, England, and, most recently, the Las Vegas concert, demonstrate that large-scale events remain attractive targets for terrorists and active shooters.
On this episode of Intelligence. Unclassified., Point Pleasant Beach Police Chief Joseph Michigan and Agent Ron Jennings of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office joined us to discuss special events and mass gatherings. No strangers to handling multiple large events simultaneously, they shared their insights and best practices on how to better secure and plan for such gatherings.
Oct 30 2017
Rank #16: Radicalization: Pathways to Extremism
In Episode 5, the Director of Intelligence for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), Rosemary Martorana, sits down with Intelligence Analyst, Angie Gad, to explore the topic of radicalization and the different pathways to extremism that individuals may embark on.
Feb 15 2016
Rank #17: Homeland Security Starts with Hometown Security: NJOHSP's Hometown Security Initiative
The whole community—our residents, visitors, business owners, places of worship, schools, and community leaders—all play a vital role in keeping our communities safe and secure. Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it calls for the involvement of everyone—not just the government.
NJOHSP developed the Hometown Security Initiative as a pathway to engage our local communities to enhance their level of preparedness, building a more secure and resilient New Jersey. Piloted in June of 2016, the Hometown Security Initiative allows federal, state, and local agencies to connect directly with the local community, its small businesses, faith-based organizations, and educational institutions. Since the program’s inception, we have held 10 Hometown Security seminars, attended by more than 500 residents.
In today’s podcast, we discuss New Jersey’s Hometown Security Initiative with our key partners at the Department of Homeland Security and the New Jersey State Police. We will share how this effort fosters a culture of preparedness and lays the foundation to build capabilities in our communities across New Jersey.
Dec 31 2018
Rank #18: Hate in Cyberspace: Online Platforms Provide Refuge for White Supremacist Extremists
Historically, white supremacist extremists have leveraged alternative social media platforms to promulgate their ideologies, interact with like-minded individuals online, and attempt to radicalize others. On October 27, Robert Bowers, a suspected white supremacist extremist who espoused anti-Semitic comments online, shot and killed 11 people and injured six at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Prior to the attack, Bowers posted on Gab, a social media website that claims it is a free-speech alternative to Facebook and Twitter, that the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society “likes to bring invaders in that kill our people.” Additionally, Bowers shared other anti-Semitic and xenophobic content online, including a picture with the numbers “1488,” a numeric combination popular with white supremacists.
Join us as our analysts delve into how white supremacist extremists have used online platforms and how they leverage social media for various causes.
Dec 03 2018
Rank #19: Active Shooter Threats - Response, Resources, and Resiliency
From Las Vegas to Parkland, Florida, the frequency of active shooter events across the United States has increased over the past few years. The various individuals, locations, and motives that make up these incidents highlight how they can take place anywhere and at any time. Understanding the best ways to respond to active shooter situations can help save lives.
Join Ed Moore, NJOHSP’s Active Shooter Trainer, and Ben Castillo, Director of the NJ Department of Education’s Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning, as they discuss the efforts being taken in New Jersey to prepare for such events, options available to those involved in active shooter situations, and available resources and trainings provided by the State and other agencies.
May 03 2018
Rank #20: Fueling the Garden State - New Jersey's Petroleum Infrastructure
New Jersey is a distribution point for gasoline and diesel fuel in the northeastern United States, serviced by four petroleum pipelines, including the Colonial Pipeline, and supplemented by marine imports.
In the latest episode of Intelligence. Unclassified., we continue covering preparedness topics with Senior Planner Matt Kuczynski and State Critical Infrastructure Coordinator Dennis Sample, who explore the intricate and resilient pipeline infrastructure of New Jersey and what impact, if any, the Colonial Pipeline explosion has had on our state.
Dec 05 2016