Domestic Preparedness and
May 8, 2019
During the first two decades of the 21st century, the nation’s security and defense focus was
primarily on terrorism by non-state actors and lone wolves. During that same period, advances in digital
and information technology were rapidly adopted by government and industry. Often, technology’s
implementation was quick and cheap with little regard to being secure, which created security gaps and
vulnerabilities. Threats include the weaponization of information by utilizing social media and
sponsorship of “news-media” programs.