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Exploring the Social Networks of Homegrown Violent Extremist (HVE) Military Veterans, Final Research Report

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Date Published
December 2023
36 pages

This study examines the social networks of homegrown violent extremist (HVE) veterans.


In this study, researchers investigate the social networks of domestic violent extremist (HVE) military veterans. The January 6 Capitol Attack (J6) has generated significant interest in radicalization and homegrown violent extremism (HVE) among people with a military background. This research area is still in its infancy. However, prior to J6, seminal veteran studies provided insights into the unique contribution and dynamic interplay of individual, group, and societal factors that could explain the radicalization process of veterans. By and large, these pioneering studies forewarned the rise of HVE among veterans. The current project is situated within this literature and builds on the early work.

Date Published: December 1, 2023