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Intelligence. Unclassified.

The purpose of this podcast is to provide unclassified information about current trends in homeland security for the state of New Jersey, as well as educational information and resources for your awareness. Please feel free to add this podcast to your RSS feed or iTunes. You can also follow NJOHSP on Twitter @NJOHSP and Facebook. All links can be found in the show notes and on our website www.njohsp.gov.

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Oroville Dam Evacuation: Could It Happen Here?

New Jersey is home to nearly 1,700 regulated dams. As such, the New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Engineering and Construction administers the New Jersey Dam Safety program, which ensures the safety and integrity of dams in New Jersey and protects people and property from the consequences of dam failures. Audrey Miller of NJOHSP’s Preparedness Bureau co-hosted this episode on dam safety with Bob Bostock, DEP’s Director of Strategic Communications and host of the Discover DEP podcast, making this the first Intelligence. Unclassified. episode to feature a partnering state agency as a co-host. Audrey and Bob sat down with John Moyle, Division Director for NJ DEP's Division of Dam Safety and Flood Control, to talk about dam safety in New Jersey in light of the recent failure at the Oroville Dam in California. Topics of discussion include an explanation of the Oroville Dam emergency, a comparison of dam design, topography, and magnitude of the Oroville Dam and New Jersey dams, and why this type of failure is unlikely to occur in New Jersey.


19 Apr 2017

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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.


26 Jun 2017

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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.


17 Oct 2016

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Hizballah - Recent US Arrests Reveal Preoperational Planning

On June 1, federal authorities arrested two individuals tied to Hizballah’s Islamic Jihad Organization—which is responsible for planning intelligence-gathering, counterintelligence and terrorist activities on behalf of the group internationally—for attempting to provide material support, among other charges. Ali Mohamad Kourani conducted surveillance on a variety of targets in New York City, including FBI offices, an Army National Guard facility, a US Secret Service facility, a US Army armory, and John F. Kennedy International Airport.Join Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana and Intelligence Analyst Paige Schilling as they explore how this case is unique compared to other Hizballah related arrests in the United States.


21 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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One-on-One with Dr. William McCants

In November 2015, NJOHSP and the New York State Intelligence Center, along with the NJ Regional Intelligence Academy and MAGLOCLEN, hosted a 1-day seminar joining together Clint Watts, Dr. William McCants, J.M. Berger, and Seamus Hughes, to discuss the current threat of violent extremists and how law enforcement and homeland security professionals may counter it. NJOHSP analysts had the opportunity to interview these experts and engage in valuable dialogue, surrounding a variety of terrorism-related topics.In Episode 1, Dr. William McCants discusses the leadership structure of ISIS, to include current leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his significance to the future of the organization.


18 Jan 2016

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Battle of the Brands: The Competition between ISIS and al-Qa'ida

Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced the creation of their self-proclaimed Caliphate in June of 2014, they have been in open competition with al-Qa'ida for leadership within the global jihadi Salafist movement. This competition has taken place on the Internet, the battlefield, and in cities around the world as both groups grapple for legitimacy. This week's podcast revisits NJOHSP's latest webinar discussing the various forms the competition takes across the globe and what the implications may be for the United States.


21 Mar 2016

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Mapping Terror Series: Homegrown Violent Extremists in the US, 2017

Last year, a total of 34 homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) conducted acts of terrorism across the United States. Overall, there were 13 attacks and plots nationwide—two involving New Jersey residents—and 22 individuals were charged with material support or other related offenses nationwide. Tune in to our discussion on the HVE threat, including a look at their continued ability to operate in New Jersey and throughout the United States while connecting with like-minded individuals online and acting independently from organized terrorist groups. Learn what resources are available as our communities try to detect and deter this threat.


21 Jun 2018

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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.


23 Oct 2017

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Mapping Terror Series: Domestic Terrorism in 2017

Last year, there were 45 domestic terrorist attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and instances of weapons stockpiling. NJOHSP defines domestic terrorism as violence committed by individuals or groups—including race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious extremist ideologies—associated primarily with US-based movements.Tune in to our discussion on the threat presented by domestic terrorists, NJOHSP’s process for tracking their activity in 2017, and some high-profile cases in New Jersey.


23 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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One-on-One with Clint Watts

On March 18, our office celebrated its 10th Anniversary Conference, where over 600 of our public and private sector partners joined us to engage in valuable dialogue surrounding counterterrorism, resiliency, and cybersecurity issues. The day's events included insightful presentations from a wide array of experts, who then graciously sat down with our podcast to delve deeper into some of their topics. Episode 13 is the first in this 10th Anniversary Conference Speaker Series and brings in Clint Watts, former Executive Officer of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Tune in as he speaks on the future of al-Qa’ida and ISIS, the competition between the two groups, and implications for the United States.


11 Apr 2016

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Anarchist Extremists: A National Perspective

Anarchists extremists believe that society should exist absent of “oppressive” governments, laws, police, or any other authority and they advocate violence in furtherance of sub movements such as anti-racism, anti-capitalism, anti-globalism, and environmental extremism. Over the past year, anarchists have carried out attacks against white supremacists during counter protests, have caused millions of dollars in damage to private and public property during riots, and have latched onto otherwise legal protests nationwide. In New Jersey, they have been largely non-violent and focused on anti-racist action. Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana and Intelligence Analyst Kristin McCormick sit down to explore what implications these recent events may have for the State of New Jersey.


27 Feb 2017

Rank #11

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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.


15 Feb 2016

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New Jersey's Terrorism Threat Assessment (Part I): Competition between al Qa'ida and ISIS

The events of 2015 highlight that New Jersey—and the United States—face a terrorist landscape more dangerous than any since the attacks of September 11, 2001. From the brutal and tragic attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, the year saw a dramatic rise in multi-operative, small-scale attacks on civilian soft targets—all with little to no warning—as well as the decentralization and diffusion of the global terrorism movement. This new dynamic makes it extremely difficult for law enforcement and homeland security professionals, at all levels of government, to detect and deter attacks like San Bernardino, Paris, Philadelphia, or Boston. Now more than ever, state and local coordination is critical to combating the evolving and diffuse terrorist threat we face. Homeland security has become hometown security. And NJOHSP is working diligently with our partners to stay abreast of terrorist capabilities.This three-part series was adopted from a webinar our office hosted in January and is intended to expand on some of the major themes presented in NJOHSP's 2016 Terrorism Threat Assessment. Episode one discusses the increase in competition between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and al-Qa'ida that we expect to see in 2016. Episode two takes a hard look at domestic extremism throughout the United States, while episode three explores the concept of "Blended Extremism," or individuals that draw their inspiration from multiple radical ideologies and tailor these beliefs to ultimately form a unique worldview to advance their violent goals.


22 Feb 2016

Rank #13

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2017 ISA Conference Series: Exploring PIRUS with Patrick James (START)

The Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset contains deidentified individual-level information on the backgrounds, attributes, and radicalization processes of nearly 1,500 violent and non-violent extremists who adhere to far-right, far-left, Islamist, or single-issue ideologies in the United States covering 1948-2013. Coded using entirely public sources of information, the PIRUS dataset is among the first efforts to understand domestic radicalization from an empirical and scientifically rigorous perspective. Users can now explore the rich PIRUS data using the Keshif data visualization tool, a user-friendly platform that allows for intuitive and insightful analysis of the data in real-time.Intelligence Analyst Paige Schilling sits down with Patrick James, project manager for PIRUS, to discuss PIRUS’s purpose and goals, trends, future research, and intentions to continue data to the present day.


5 Jun 2017

Rank #14

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Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.In the second week of NCSAM, we focus on cybersecurity in the workplace. Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical for all organizations and must be a shared responsibility among all employees. Join one of our cyber intelligence analysts as she discusses how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats and the resources available to help strengthen cyber resilience.


10 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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Hizballah - The Nexus Between Terror and Crime

Hizballah is an Islamic militant group based in Lebanon and allied with Iran. Its primary goal is the destruction of Israel.Since 2013, Hizballah has plotted attacks against Israeli citizens and institutions in Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Although Hizballah possesses the capability to attack the United States and Western interests, the group is focused on supporting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. Hizballah receives training, weaponry, and about $200 million per year from Iran.In Episode 19, Intelligence Analyst Paige Schilling explores the group's background and tactics, as well as the current threat posed to the state of New Jersey from Hizballah.


23 May 2016

Rank #16

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One-on-One with Seamus Hughes

In November 2015, NJOHSP and the New York State Intelligence Center, along with the NJ Regional Intelligence Academy and MAGLOCLEN, hosted a 1-day seminar joining together Clint Watts, Dr. William McCants, J.M. Berger, and Seamus Hughes, to discuss the current threat of violent extremists and how law enforcement and homeland security professionals may counter it. NJOHSP analysts had the opportunity to interview these experts and engage in valuable dialogue, surrounding a variety of terrorism-related topics.In Episode 3, Seamus Hughes discusses the different approaches the U.S. Government and its state and local partners are using to develop strategies towards countering violent extremism.


1 Feb 2016

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After Baghdadi: Implications Of The ISIS Leader’s Death On The Terrorism Landscape

On October 26, US Special Operations Forces killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in the northwest Syrian village of Barisha, located in the Idlib province.Tune in as our analysts discuss how Baghdadi’s death will impact both ISIS and al-Qa’ida and what the future may hold for these two foreign terrorist organizations.


12 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Children of the Caliphate - Young ISIS Returnees and the Reintegration Challenge

In recent years, the world has been repeatedly shocked by the gruesome images and actions of ISIS, in particular the footage and stories of children as young as eight executing people. Children play an important role in the organization: the children of the caliphate are seen as "the future of ISIS," and therefore education and propaganda are an important form of indoctrination. ISIS uses minors for suicide attacks, executions and fighting. Research has shown that IS propaganda between in 2015 and 2016 included 89 eulogies of children and youths—a number that steadily increased each monthly, showing that ISIS has gradually opted for this tactic. The role of minors and their future causes international concern for a broad range of reasons. Growing up and potentially fighting in armed conflict will traumatize a large number of these children. Also, what will happen with these children if the Caliphate collapses? Human Rights Watch expressed concerns about the birth registrations that will most likely not be recognized by the international community – potentially leaving children stateless. This week on Intelligence. Unclassified., Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta had an enlightening call with researcher Liesbeth van der Heide from the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), where they talk about her recent paper, Children of the Caliphate. They will explore the findings she and her co-author provide on young or juvenile ISIS returnees, assessing what sets juvenile returnees apart from adult returnees or the broader population of young criminals, and scoping the potential venues and challenges in their rehabilitation and reintegration.


13 Nov 2017

Rank #19

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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.


3 May 2018

Rank #20