DoD Releases Report on Extremism in Military

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  • The Department of Defense has released a report on extremism in the military, commissioned by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin more than a year and a half ago.
  • The report, focusing on gaining “greater fidelity on the scope of the problem,” provides little new data on the extent of the military’s extremism issue, mainly collating existing data from sources like the military’s inspector general.
  • The report concludes that extremism in the military is rare but dangerous, emphasizing the risk posed by even a small number of individuals with military connections participating in violent extremist activities.
  • The researchers recommend updating and standardizing security and suitability questions across the military to directly address prohibited extremist activities, citing the outdated and inadequate focus on Cold War and Global War on Terrorism threats in the current security clearance process.  Read More

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