But Smith makes it clear that this integrated database is not geared towards tracking terrorism incidents in real-time in an effort to prevent or disrupt attacks. “[TEVUS] does not include any operational data,” she explains. “It does not include any classified data. It does not include the type of information that would allow a police department to track how it is doing in terms of countering violent extremism or identifying terrorists.”
Soon, the Maryland fusion center will begin testing TEVUS and providing feedback to START. And with the database just integrated a few months back, START researchers are excited about the potential for counterintuitive findings that may reveal flaws in the conventional wisdom on terrorism inside the United States.
“We’re just scratching the surface,” says Smarick.