New task force to counter violent extremism

Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the formation of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Task Force. The CVE Task Force will be an interagency group focused on strengthening U.S. government efforts to prevent extremists from radicalizing and mobilizing recruits, especially within the U.S.

In his announcement of the CVE Task Force, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson stated that “Countering violent extremism has become a homeland security imperative.” Johnson then went on to say that “The interagency CVE Task Force […] will bring together the best resources and personnel from across the executive branch to ensure that we face the challenge of violent extremism in a unified and coordinated way.”

The task force will be led by DHS and the Department of Justice, and will also include staff from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Counterterrorism Center, and other supporting departments and agencies. The task force will address four key CVE needs, including:

  • an infrastructure to coordinate and prioritize CVE activities;
  • clear responsibility, accountability, and communication across government and with the public;
  • participation of relevant departments and agencies outside of national security lanes; and
  • a process to assess, prioritize, and allocate resources to maximize impact.

These needs will be met through the synchronizing and integrating whole-of-government CVE programs and activities, leveraging new CVE efforts, conducting ongoing strategic planning, and assessing and evaluating CVE programs and activities.

For more information on the CVE efforts, please follow the links below.
Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, Department of Homeland Security
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Updates to U.S. Government Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism, White House
New task force to evaluate U.S. fight against violent extremism, The Washington Times

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