Article Out Loud - Strategic Depth & the Fight Against Violent Extremism

An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Despite the deaths of Islamic State and al-Qaida leadership, violent extremism is not gone. This article describes why, despite recent successful strikes against terrorist groups, intelligence agencies and others tasked with protecting their communities must stay vigilant. More strategic depth is needed to help reduce the possibility of the extremist groups’ resurgence.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Richard Schoeberl

Richard Schoeberl, Ph.D., has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). He has served in a variety of positions throughout his career, ranging from a supervisory special agent at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington, DC, to unit chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section at the NCTC’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Before these organizations, he worked as a special agent investigating violent crime, human trafficking, international terrorism, and organized crime. He was also assigned numerous collateral duties during his FBI tour – including as a certified instructor and member of the agency’s SWAT program. In addition to the FBI and NCTC, he is an author and has served as a media contributor for Fox News, CNN, PBS, NPR, Al-Jazeera Television, Al Arabiva Television, Al Hurra, and Sky News in Europe. Additionally, he has authored numerous scholarly articles, serves as a peer mentor with the Police Executive Research Forum, is currently a professor of Criminology and Homeland Security at the University of Tennessee-Southern, and works with Hope for Justice – a global nonprofit combatting human trafficking.

Bill Pruett
Cochran Pruett

W. Cochran Pruett is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. He holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Columbia University in New York. He served two combat turns during Operation Iraqi Freedom and one combat tour in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom. Throughout his career, he commanded units in the 101st Airborne Division and participated in multiple joint, interagency, and multinational operations. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate (ABD), an instructor in social sciences teaching history and psychology, and the Military and Veteran Affairs coordinator at the University of Tennessee Southern.

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