Emergency Preparedness, Safety, Security

DHS Expects ‘High Risk’ of Foreign and Domestic Terrorism to Continue in 2024

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA), which continues to identify a high risk of foreign and domestic terrorism in 2024. The HTA provides the public and the department’s partners with a detailed report on the most pressing threats to the United States as part of the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to assist them in preparing for, preventing, and responding to the diverse and dynamic threat environment.

Going forward, the annual HTA will serve as the primary mechanism for sharing the terrorism threat level, which has previously been done through the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS). The issuance of NTAS advisories will be reserved for situations where DHS needs to alert the public about a specific or imminent terrorist threat or about a change in the terrorism threat level.

“Sharing information with the public on the threats we face is a vital part of protecting our homeland from today’s evolving security challenges,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

2024 Threat Assessments

  • Foreign and Domestic Terrorism: DHS expects the threat of violence from individuals radicalized in the United States to remain high, but largely unchanged, mainly seen through lone offenders or small group attacks that occur with little warning. While sustained counterterrorism pressure has significantly degraded the ability of foreign terrorist organizations to target U.S. interests, foreign terrorist groups like al-Qa’ida and ISIS are seeking to rebuild overseas, and they maintain worldwide networks of supporters that could seek to target the homeland.
  • Economic Security: DHS expects adverse nation states to continue using predatory economic practices, espionage, and cyberattacks to try harm the U.S. economy, gain advantage for foreign companies, and steal U.S. intellectual property and trade secrets.
  • Border and Immigration Security: The complex border and immigration security challenges the country has faced over the last year are likely to continue. In addition to the immigration challenges, the trend of an increased supply of fentanyl and variations in its production during the last year that have increased the lethality of these drugs is expected to continue.
  • Foreign Misinformation: The spread of mis-, dis-, and malinformation aimed at undermining trust in government institutions, social cohesion, and democratic processes will remain a likely strategy for adverse nation-states. Foreign actors leverage cyber and artificial intelligence (AI) tools to bolster their malign influence campaigns by improving the translation quality of their content.

DHS Efforts

The department also provided examples of its efforts and resources to combat threats identified in the 2024 HTA. Some highlights include the following:

The complete 2024 HTS can be found here.

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