This year marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11 when 2,977 innocent Americans and foreign visitors were killed by Islamist terrorists in New York City, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Since that time a lot has changed. The Department of Homeland Security was created. The FBI became a domestically focused national security and intelligence agency. Immigration and refugee programs are now more focused on the threat of terrorism while counterterrorism intelligence sharing has become more common and systematic.
But at the same time, the threat has also evolved. Al Qaeda and its affiliates, while still major threats, are overshadowed by ISIS and its terrorist allies. These terrorists have at their disposal new technologies ranging from social media to encrypted smartphone apps that they use for radicalization, recruitment, organizing, and planning. The United States has seen a record number of domestic plots and attacks, while deadly attacks have taken place across Europe.
Join us for a discussion of how the terrorist threat has evolved since 9/11, what new threats and vulnerabilities the U.S. and our allies face, and what needs to be done to keep America safe.
More About the Speakers
Dr. Mary Habeck, Ph.D.
Adjunct Lecturer, SAIS Johns Hopkins University
Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Cyber Policy, The Heritage Foundation
Margaret Thatcher Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow