Members of the Oath Keepers militia group, U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. Picture taken January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Active Assailant Targeting Of Federal Facilities

Dr. Joshua Sinai

This article discusses the nature of the threat posed by targeting of United States federal facilities for attack by ideological extremists, i.e., terrorists, as well as by individuals who are motivated by a strong sense of personal grievance, such as active shooters. The article defines the term “federal facility,” presents a selective listing of attacks since the mid-1990s, and provides an assessment of the motivations, types of tactics and weapons employed in such inciden...