On December 3, Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Scott Cooper USMC (Ret.) joined a discussion at the Brookings Institute on “How to address extremism among veterans.” In the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, national security experts have become concerned about the propensity of domestic extremist groups to target veterans for recruitment. Scott Cooper talked about the faith veterans place in government institutions both during and after their service and how the erosion of that trust has left them vulnerable to extremist recruitment.

The challenge we are facing right now is that we have lost a lot of faith in those institutions…when it becomes patriotic to be against your own government then there is a problem there.

Scott Cooper
Forward Defense

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