THE THREAT OF FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC TERRORISM

For the rest of the SLPs in this course, your assignments will be based on scenarios that have directly impacted Homeland Security. The subject for this SLP 2 assignment will center around the “Lone Wolf” domestic terrorist.

The Orlando PULSE nightclub massacre in 2016 and the Las Vegas shooting in 2017, for example, were conducted by a lone wolf.

SLP Assignment

An unknown person has undertaken an ongoing series of “lone wolf” shootings and IED attacks in Bronx, NY, targeting federal law enforcement offices and their personnel.

You are a newly hired Intelligence Analyst with the Department of Homeland Security, and your supervisor asked you to develop a detailed account pertaining to the ongoing “lone wolf” attacks in the Bronx. Your introduction in your notebook will cover the following:

Define a “lone wolf” terrorist and describe which Federal agencies would play a role in locating and apprehending these attackers.
Explain why “lone wolf” terrorists (domestic and foreign) represent a unique challenge to DHS and to the U.S. Government in terms of detection and apprehension, as well as why “lone wolves” are able to potentially inflict significant harm within the United States.
In your Search Engine, type: “Number of lone wolf attacks in past 2 years.” Draw a conclusion from the data (e.g., attacks rising, attacks decreasing, about the same, etc.).
SLP Assignment Expectations

Length: This SLP Assignment should be 3-5 pages, not counting the title page and references.

References: At least two references should be included from academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included. Quoted material should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. When material is copied verbatim from external sources, it MUST be enclosed in quotes. The references should be cited within the text and listed at the end of the assignment in the References section (preferably in APA format).

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to question.

Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity.

Required Reading

Did you know? Four ways DHS is working to prevent terrorism at home. (2017). DHS. Retrieved from https://www.dhs.gov/blog/2017/08/16/did-you-know-four-ways-dhs-working-prevent-terrorism-home

Domestic terrorism: An overview. (2017). EveryCRSReport.com. Retrieved from https://www.everycrsreport.com/reports/R44921.html

Definitions of terrorism in the U.S. Code. (2017). Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved from http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/terrorism/terrorism-definition

How government agencies fight terrorism. (2017). eLearners. Retrieved from https://www.elearners.com/online-degrees/legal-studies/homeland-security/fighting-terrorism/

Mayer, M., & Downing, M. (2013). Preventing the next lone wolf terrorist attack requires stronger federal-state-local capabilities. The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.heritage.org/terrorism/report/preventing-the-next-lone-wolf-terrorist-attack-requires-stronger-federal-state

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, Oklahoma City Murrah building bombing after action report. (n. d.). Retrieved from https://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/oem/documents/bombing-after-action-report.pdf

Required Websites

Federal Bureau of Investigation: National Security Branch: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/nsb

RAND: Domestic Terrorism: http://www.rand.org/topics/domestic-terrorism.html

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States: http://www.9-11commission.gov

U.S. State Department: Foreign Terrorism Organizations (FTO): http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm

Required Videos

Thwarted train attack raises lone-wolf fears in US (2015). Fox News. Retrieved from https://video.foxnews.com/v/4441450774001/#sp=show-clips

Oklahoma City bombing animation (2013). Driskill, M. You Tube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EphsWl6ZbEQ

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