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Threats to Homeland Security1Threats to Homeland SecurityRobert RichessonCJS/250Jeffrey Roop10/12/17Three Unconventional ThreatsHomeland Security as a discipline is only 10-12 years old. So, when we talk about its changing landscape, we need to consider that everything in Homeland Security is dynamic. What’s changed is our awareness of threats and our understanding of these threats. While some might consider challenges like climate change and cybercrime, I like to take a step back and lookat the bigger picture. Three examples of the bigger picture that I have taken a step back on are Terrorism, Extremism and Leaderless resistance. Terrorism’s goal is to get to a political end based on fear tactics. Terrorism by nature is meant to influence people through surprising or unusual attacks. Extremism is when you look at the psychology of terrorists, it’s clear that many factors can push people toward an extreme mentality. It’s tough to understand why certain people adopt extreme behavior; what pushes themto the edge; or use a valid predictor of what will happen with any extremist person or group. Addressing issues of poverty, crime, and disenfranchisement can help us prevent extremism, but
Threats to Homeland Security2there’s no simple answer. The concept of leaderless resistance is a notion sprung from ideological“freedom fighters” who to protect what they see as their race, culture, and heritage, believe that government is a threat to them. They act against what they see as a tyranny in unorganized ways.