Countering Extremist Activity Working Group

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin testifies at his confirmation hearing in January 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

The U.S. military faces a rise of extremism within its ranks

BY: - August 11, 2022

Less than a month after the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin took the extraordinary step of pausing all operations for 24 hours to “address extremism in the ranks.” Pentagon officials had been shaken by service members’ prominent role in the events of Jan. 6. Of the […]