Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $506,497)
The proposed project, Understanding the Complete Spectrum of the Left-Wing and Environmental Movement: A Data Driven Approach, aims to add to the knowledge surrounding the full spectrum of behavior perpetrated by those motivated by a left-wing or environmental ideology. To do so, the project proposes a two-pronged strategy. Part I is the creation of a new database of pre-incident behaviors, failed/foiled plots, non-terrorist criminal incidents, and terrorist attacks committed within the U.S. Homeland, as motivated by a left-wing and/or environmental ideology, from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2022. Part II examines the operational capacity of left-wing and environmental terrorists by analyzing indicators of malevolent creativity and innovation & criminal expertise. Together, findings from this project will provide recommendations on the scope and novelty of violence perpetrated by these actors and can be used to inform counterterrorism efforts.
The University of Central Missouri will serve as the primary applicant.
Kennesaw State University is a subrecipient of the University of Central Missouri.
George Washington University is a subrecipient of Kennesaw State University.