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Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a senior fellow specializing in terrorism analysis at the Haym Salomon Center. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15, a private investigator and a security consultant. She is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera, BBC and SiriusXM.

CISA, NIST to Develop Cybersecurity Goals for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems

Biden also formally established the voluntary public-private partnership Industrial Control System Cybersecurity Initiative.

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With Groups Fueled by Drones and Gold, Terror in Africa Tops Concerns in UN Report

The “most striking development” in international terrorism during the first half of this year has been “the emergence of Africa as the region most affected by terrorism” in terms of casualties and successful growth of terror groups, said a recent report assessing the activity of al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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Coast Guard Mentoring Project Core Team Honored with Meritorious Team Commendation

The Coast Guard Mentoring Program began in May with innovative ways — in addition to the traditional one-on-one mentorships between junior and senior members — for service members to build relationships, get career support, and prepare for leadership roles.

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CWMD Office Looks to Enhance CBRN and Food Security Programs, Expand Outreach

“I feel like we’ve been in a full-scale exercise over the past year” as COVID slammed meatpacking industry, director says.

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Shifting Nature, Fluidity of Racially Motivated Violent Extremism Poses Unique Challenges for Justice Community

While experience fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda can be “directly relevant to countering REMVE, there are also significant differences that require new knowledge, approaches, strategies and tools.”

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U.S. Unveils Insights on China’s ‘Aggressive’ Cyber Ops, Assesses Blame for Microsoft Hack

Hackers “on the MSS payroll” made “a large ransom request made to an American company,” senior administration official said.

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Nominee Ed Gonzalez Says New DHS Priorities Give ICE ‘Ample Latitude’ for Enforcement

ERO conducts “a difficult and often thankless job, but leading such a team would be the honor of a lifetime.”

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Jen Easterly Confirmed as New CISA Director

A hold had been placed on her nomination as high-profile ransomware attacks highlighted importance of agency.

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Intelligence Community Reports Diversity Gains and Challenges in Hiring and Promotions

The percentage of minorities in the IC workforce ticked up half a percentage point from FY 2019 to 27 percent in FY 2020, while the number of women in the IC, which showed improvement in FY 2018 and FY 2019, held steady at 39.3 percent in FY 2020.

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New Interagency Strategy Details Partnerships, Automation, Outreach to Boost Naturalizations

USCIS, undergoing massive digital modernization, will also “explore ways to improve the digital delivery of citizenship-related content.”

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DHS Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa Announces Retirement

In an email to employees, Correa, who has worked at DHS since 2003 and served as CPO since 2015, called retirement “truly a bittersweet moment, but the time is right for me and for my family.”

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Al-Qaeda Urges Acquisition of Ghost Guns in Review of Boulder Mass Shooting

Would-be jihadists should not start with simpler knife or vehicle attacks “until you search” for guns, terror group directs.

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USCIS Must Focus on Digital Modernization Despite Financial Challenges, Says Ombudsman

Agency urged to harness innovation of the COVID era and build upon the virtual measures that helped business continue.

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Boating Deaths Jumped 25 Percent in Pandemic Year, Coast Guard Reports

With more activity states also reported difficulties in trying to ensure boats were registered, given the office closures that occurred due to the spread of COVID-19; West Virginia, for example, reported 45 percent fewer boat registrations.

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Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Stresses ‘Grave Concern’ About Terror Group in Africa

The Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritania, and Yemen were also welcomed as new members of the coalition, bringing the total of partners to 78 nations and five institutions.

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Schultz Vows More ‘Decisive Action’ to Increase Coast Guard Diversity

“If there are good old boy networks… then I want to bust them up,” commandant tells Congress.

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Raul Ortiz Named Chief of U.S. Border Patrol

Ortiz replaces Rodney Scott, who was named Border Patrol chief in January 2020 after Carla Provost, the first woman to lead the agency, stepped down. Scott said he had received a letter telling him he had “3 options- relocate, resign, or retire.”

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