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 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
Target USA - Ep 42 - Russia secretly targets the...
Russia has made it very clear since the fall of the USSR that it would get revenge against the... Show More
Russia has made it very clear since the fall of the USSR that it would get revenge against the West and the U.S. for what happened. For years, many U.S. officials have said the Cold War is over. However, in Sofia, Bulgaria, in mid-November 2016, during a NATO conference, David Kilcullen, Lt. Col. in the Australian military (RES), former chief strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department and senior counter-insurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in 2007 and 2008, laid out why the Russian government thinks the Cold War never ended and, through a series of secret operations, they may have the upper hand on the U.S. now. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 41 - NATO: Confronting the Future
Since its inception in 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has helped member... Show More
Since its inception in 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has helped member countries rest easy in the face of threats. But with the resurgence of Russian aggression, hybrid warfare, cyber warfare and many other global threats, NATO's leaders are doubling down on their mission. Admiral Manfred Nielson, NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, joins Target USA to talk about the threats, the challenges, the vision and the security reality for NATO and the world. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 40 - Escape from North Korea: The...
We often hear about the harsh life North Koreans live under the Kim regime, from Kim Il Sung... Show More
We often hear about the harsh life North Koreans live under the Kim regime, from Kim Il Sung, to Kim Jong Il and now Kim Jong Un. It's the most reclusive and closed off country on the planet. Close to 25 million people live there; many have little or no food, no money, no water, no firewood to keep warm in winter and no way to get any of it. On this episode of Target USA, you'll hear the raw story of Grace Jo, who was one of those people. By the time she was 15, she had tried to escape three times - failing each time, until she got help from an unlikely source. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 39 - President-Elect Trump and the...
During a raucous presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada in October, then-candidate Donald... Show More
During a raucous presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada in October, then-candidate Donald Trump indicated he had doubts about the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia was behind many of the cyberattacks that they believed were launched to interfere with the election. Many in the intelligence community were upset about that, but now, former CIA Director Michael Hayden says the time has come to mend fences. He talks to Target USA about what needs to happen. Show Less
Target USA - Ep 38 - The Fight for Mosul
Two years after ISIL - or D'aesh, as Iraqis call it - blasted into power, stealing hundreds of... Show More
Two years after ISIL - or D'aesh, as Iraqis call it - blasted into power, stealing hundreds of millions of dollars, taking over the country's second largest city, killing tens of thousands of people and injecting fear into the fabric of a country still traumatized after al-Qaida's reign in the 2000s - the U.S. is leading an effort to end the nightmare. But while this is going on, there is no Iraqi Ambassador serving in the United States. The most recent, former Ambassador Lukman Faily, joins Target USA to explain why and how the U.S. bears part of the blame for Iraq's current problem with ISIL. Show Less