Counterterrorism Resources

Counterterrorism incorporates the practice, tactics, techniques, and strategies that governments, militaries, police departments and corporations adopt to attack terrorist threats and/or acts, both real and imputed. The following resources are available to help you incorporate counterterrorism strategies and policy.

Preventing Terrorism - DHS

Protecting the United States from terrorism is the founding mission of the Department of Homeland Security. While America is stronger and more resilient as a result of a strengthened homeland security enterprise, threats from terrorism persist and continue to evolve. DHS continues to work with both domestic, international, and private sector partners to protect our nation against terrorist threats, while simultaneously facilitating the trade and travel that is essential to our economic security.

Preventing Terrorism

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) - DHS

To counter violent extremism, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works with a broad range of partners to gain a better understanding of the behaviors, tactics, and other indicators that could point to potential terrorist activity within the United States, and the best ways to mitigate or prevent that activity. The threat posed by violent extremism is neither constrained by international borders nor limited to any single ideology. Groups and individuals inspired by a range of religious, political, or other ideological beliefs have promoted and used violence against the homeland. Increasingly sophisticated use of the Internet, mainstream and social media, and information technology by violent extremists adds an additional layer of complexity.

Countering Violent Extremism

National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

By law, the NCTC serves as the primary organization in the United States government for integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to counterterrorism (except for information pertaining exclusively to domestic terrorism). The NCTC integrates foreign and domestic analysis from across the Intelligence Community (IC) and produces a wide-range of detailed assessments designed to support senior policymakers and other members of the policy, intelligence, law enforcement, defense, homeland security, and foreign affairs communities. Prime examples of NCTC analytic products include items for the President's Daily Brief (PDB) and the daily National Terrorism Bulletin (NTB). NCTC is also the central player in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's Homeland Threat Task Force, which orchestrates interagency collaboration and keeps senior policymakers informed about threats to the Homeland via a weekly update.

National Counterterrorism Center

Intelligence Guide for First Responders

Protect your Workplace - FBI

The FBI has teamed up to produce a series of posters and a brochure with practical suggestions for protecting your workplaces from both physical and cyber threats—everything from robberies and break-ins…to computer intrusions and corporate espionage…to identity theft and intellectual property violations…to even potential terrorist attacks.

Protect your Workplace

DSAC Portal

The DSAC portal contains a great deal of information on the threat of terrorism and violent extremism. It includes regular updates from the National Counterterrorism Center, details on recent attacks and significant arrests, threat-specific reports, background on terrorist tactics, information on money laundering by terrorist groups, links between gangs and violent extremists, and more. The portal also provides recommended advice on protecting personnel and facilities and when and how to report suspicious activity.

Visit the Terrorism Community of Interest for the latest information. Also see the Terrorism webpage on the FBI website and the Violent Extremism webpage on the DHS website for additional materials.