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Pizzaseminar vom 22. Oktober 2014: Terrorist Threats to the United States: Homegrown and Foreign Fighters

The rapidly growing strength and territorial claims of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria add new urgency to the security challenge of homegrown terror threats and the return of foreign fighters (non-citizens of conflict states who join insurgencies) to the US. In close consideration of the US security system, this seminar shed light on the numerous ways this can pose a potential threat to the US. Characteristics of homegrown Jihadi action were identified and the US response was outlined to the participants of this Pizzaseminar.

David des Roches is Senior Military Fellow at the Near East South Asia Center for Security Studies at the National Defense University. Prior to this, he was the director responsible for defense policy concerning Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Prior to this assignment, he has served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the DoD Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, as the senior country director for Pakistan, as the NATO operations director, and as the deputy director for peacekeeping. His first job in government was as a special assistant for strategy and later as the international law enforcement analyst in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. A British Marshall Scholar, he has also attended the Federal Executive Institute, the German Staff College's Higher Officer Seminar, the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and the US Army Command and General Staff College. An Airborne Ranger in the Army Reserve, he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan. He has commanded conventional and special operations parachute units and has served on the US Special Operations Command staff as well as on the Joint Staff. David Des Roches is currently in Germany on a speaker tour supported by the U.S. Embassy Berlin.