Whether its terrorists, anarchists, cyber criminals or nation states, America has a target on its back. WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green investigates the threats facing the U.S., the people behind them, the agencies fighting them and their impact on Americans.
Target USA - Ep 53: U.S.-Russia showdown in North...
In February, at a security conference in Morocco dealing with terrorism, a Russian scholar took... Show More
In February, at a security conference in Morocco dealing with terrorism, a Russian scholar took to the podium and launched into a blistering critique of the U.S. war on terror, calling it a fiasco and blaming the U.S. for an increase in terrorism. The tirade upset some Americans in the audience, one of whom stood up and struck back. The episode was an unmistakable snapshot of the deteriorating nature of U.S.-Russian relations. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 52: The Council of Europe's Plan...
Terror groups are utilizing gang tactics as they try to extend their influence, and prisons are... Show More
Terror groups are utilizing gang tactics as they try to extend their influence, and prisons are a "hotbed" for recruiting. Kristian Bartholin, Deputy Head of Counter Terrorism at the Council of Europe, explains how ISIS is recruiting and surviving, and what must be done to stop them. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 51: Why the US Might Lose the...
In this week's Target USA, J.J. Green talks to Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow at the Center for... Show More
In this week's Target USA, J.J. Green talks to Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and co-author of the new book "Countering Terrorism." Crenshaw says part of the country's messaging problem is cumbersome U.S. bureaucracy, which is not agile enough to keep up with rapidly changing terrorist activity. She also says many American policy actions feed into the terrorist narrative that "the U.S. hates Muslims." Show Less
Target USA - Ep 50: Should the US Torture...
The U.S. government is considering a return to torturing terrorists and using black sites... Show More
The U.S. government is considering a return to torturing terrorists and using black sites abroad to house those operations. U.S. law says it is illegal, but some argue that terrorists do much worse. Former CIA analyst Philip Mudd explains why it's not a good idea. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 49: Operation Inherent Resolve...
There are 200,000 buildings in Mosul. ISIL fighters are using rooftops, internal spaces and... Show More
There are 200,000 buildings in Mosul. ISIL fighters are using rooftops, internal spaces and subterranean elements of those buildings to launch attacks against Iraqi forces. U.S. Air Force Col. John Dorrian, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, says the effort is designed to put off its inevitable defeat. But that's only a part of the diabolical activity they are engaged in -- they're using children. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 48: Inauguration Security -...
The Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States may be a... Show More
The Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States may be a significant security challenge for the Secret Service and its partners. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy sits down with Target USA to talk about the threats and what is being done to shut them down. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 47: North Korea's Threat to Test...
The reclusive regime of Kim Jong Un is close to test-launching an Intercontinental Ballistic... Show More
The reclusive regime of Kim Jong Un is close to test-launching an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Multiple sources tell Target USA the KNO8, as it is known, can reach the whole of the United States. Our sources and many other credible international observers say North Korea already has nuclear weapons. So, the question is: how long before they are able to mate a missile with a miniaturized nuclear weapon? Show Less
Target USA - Ep 46: The Terrorism Picture for 2017
The Berlin Christmas market attack and the Istanbul nightclub attack on New Year's Eve have... Show More
The Berlin Christmas market attack and the Istanbul nightclub attack on New Year's Eve have established that 2017 will be no less dangerous than the previous year. Dr. Tricia Bacon, a counterterrorism expert with American University in D.C., tells Target USA what we might expect in the year ahead. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 45: The Best of Target USA 2016
Whether it was ISIL, Russia or North Korea, Target USA interviewed some of the most influential... Show More
Whether it was ISIL, Russia or North Korea, Target USA interviewed some of the most influential national security and international affairs figures from around the world about key issues in 2016. This week's episode is a round-up of those conversations and more. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 44: Attack in Berlin and NATO's...
On Dec. 19, a large truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin. At the time, German... Show More
On Dec. 19, a large truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin. At the time, German journalist Marc Etzold was at the movies with his mobile phone offline. When he emerged from the cinema, he - like many in Germany and around the world - was stunned by the attack. Twelve people were killed and 48 wounded, 30 of them seriously. ISIL claimed responsibility. Etzold shares his story with Target USA. Meanwhile, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is watching the evolution of terror groups very carefully, as it prepares to deal more effectively with it. Also on this episode of Target USA, we hear from Manfred Nielson, Deputy Supreme Allied commander of NATO ACT, and Lt. Col. Andrew Atkinson, also of NATO ACT, about how NATO will adjust. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 43 - ISIL 2.0: Coming Soon
ISIL is under pressure all around the world, but former CIA counterterrorism executive Phil... Show More
ISIL is under pressure all around the world, but former CIA counterterrorism executive Phil Mudd says the group is re-inventing itself and the threat of attack could be greater than ever before. He warns that the group is headed to ungoverned or weakly-governed spaces in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Mudd says one of the biggest enablers of the threat is irresponsible, western media activity. In the meantime, a U.S. precision airstrike conducted on Dec. 4 in Raqqa, Syria, resulted in the deaths of three ISIL leaders directly involved in facilitating external terror operations and recruiting foreign fighters. Two of those targeted - Salah Gourmat, and Sammy Djedou - were involved in facilitating the Nov. 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. Show Less