The Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the United States (TEVUS) Portal is a free, public-facing online interface and visualization tool that compiles behavioral, geographic, and temporal characteristics of extremist violence in the U.S. dating back to 1970. Users have access to the underlying TEVUS Database, an open-source database that holds a wealth of information on terrorism and extremist crime. Users can build customized search queries that allow exploration of data locally, regionally or nationally, and over time. The TEVUS Portal is a powerful tool that helps practitioners make informed, data-driven decisions while providing valuable historical context that aids in terrorism threat assessment. This presentation will introduce participants to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), the TEVUS Portal, and the TEVUS Database.
The evolving nature of lone-wolf terrorism in the U.S. poses new dilemmas to national security policymakers and agencies. The advent of affordable consumer drones is of particular interest, as drone purchases and usage can bypass traditional security measures and drones can carry varying payloads. What is the feasibility of a lone wolf using an explosive-laden consumer drone to conduct an attack in the U.S.? Exploring trends in domestic lone-wolf terrorism, the Diffusion of Innovations Theory, existing drone countermeasures and policies governing drone technology and sales aid in assessing the feasibility of such a threat.