January 9, 2020

Committee on Homeland Security: Understanding the Importance of DHS Preparedness Grants: Perspectives from the Field

Michael Masters, President of The Soufan Center and National Director and CEO of the Secure Community Network, provided witness testimony at a Committee on Homeland Security hearing, subcommittee Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery, on ‘Understanding the Importance of DHS Preparedness Grants: Perspectives from the Field.’ The hearing took place on January 9, 2020, in Washington D.C. In his remarks, Mr. Masters addressed the troubling rise of domestic extremism, noting that the FBI was pursuing over 850 domestic terrorism investigations at last count. Within this climate, domestic hate groups continue to pose a lethal threat to religious and cultural facilities.


  • W. Greg Kierce, Director, Jersey City Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Michael A. Sprayberry, Director, North Carolina Emergency Management, North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency
  • Michael G. Masters, National Director and CEO, Secure Community Network
  • John J. Miller, Deputy Commissioner, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department