March 10, 2021

IntelBrief: The Threat From Within: Domestic Extremists in the United States Military

(Spc. Hubert Delany III/U.S. Army via AP)

Bottom Line Up Front

  • There is a long history in the U.S. of active duty and former military personnel with ties to anti-government violent groups and illegal militias. 
  • More recently, the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol exacerbated concerns regarding the “insider threat” in the U.S. armed forces.
  • Counterintelligence and other investigative tools could mitigate the threat posed by U.S. military members violating their Constitutional oaths.
  • Greater interagency collaboration and a nuanced data analytic review of social media activity is also required.