The U.S. government’s counterterrorism policy following 9/11 has directly contributed to contemporary trends related to far-right extremism. By making it easier for extremists to receive military training in the U.S. Armed Forces, officials have helped to create a real and potentially growing problem—a far-right movement that has integrated military personnel, structures, and tactics into its operations. This paper documents these links and shows how current and former members of the military have used their unique skills and experience to bolster far-right extremist groups.

Abigail R. Hall is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, and an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Tampa.
Jerod T. Hassell is a former student at the University of Tampa and a member of the United States Marine Corps.
Chivon H. Fitch is assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Tampa.
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