Extremism is not tolerated in any branch of the U.S. military. — National Guard chief Gen. Dan Hokanson
Extremism is not tolerated in any branch of the U.S. military. — National Guard chief Gen. Dan Hokanson
The Capitol siege is forcing the Pentagon to be more aggressive about white supremacy in the military
  • The Pentagon is under increasing pressure to address white supremacist and extremist ties within the ranks of the US military.
  • Current and former members of the US military were arrested in connection with the Capitol siege on January 6.
  • The FBI is vetting thousands of troops in DC for inauguration, and the Pentagon's internal watchdog launched a probe into whether the military is doing enough to root out extremism.
For roughly two decades, the Pentagon has treated terrorism as a largely foreign threat. Following the Capitol siege, however, the Department of Defense is finally being forced to reckon with extremists within the military's ranks after years of warnings.

The Capitol riot has been described as an act of domestic terrorism by President-elect Joe Biden, among other prominent politicians, a shocking act that ignited a nationwide conversation about the threat of homegrown extremism in the US.

... On Tuesday, 12 National Guard members were pulled off the security mission for Biden's inauguration, including two who were found to have ties to far-right militias. Addressing these unsettling developments, National Guard chief Gen. Dan Hokanson on Tuesday said, "Extremism is not tolerated in any branch of the U.S. military ... If there are reported issues our leaders will address them immediately."

... "We … are doing everything we can to eliminate extremism in the Department of Defense," Garry Reid, the director for defense intelligence and counterintelligence, law enforcement and security, said on Thursday. "Simply put, we will not tolerate extremism of any sort in DOD."

There will be up to 25,000 National Guard troops in Washington, DC, to help provide security on Inauguration Day, roughly five times the number of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The massive troop presence is a stark reminder that homegrown extremism is a greater threat to the US than foreign terrorism — and has been for some time.