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Bridget Johnson
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.

IC Finds ‘Greater Immediate Domestic Threat’ from Wide Range of Lone Actors Than ISIS

“A lot of these violent extremism threats don’t fit into nice, neat ideological buckets,” FBI director warns.

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Biden Unveils Picks to Lead CBP and USCIS, Along with a No. 2 for DHS

Police Chief Chris Magnus of Tucson, Ariz., was selected to lead Customs and Border Protection while Ur Jaddou, the former director of DHS Watch, was selected for USCIS and John Tien was nominated for deputy DHS secretary.

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Biden Beefs Up Cyber Team with NSA, DHS Veterans in Key Roles at White House, CISA, DHS

Former NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis picked to be the first national cyber director, former NSA deputy for counterterrorism Jen Easterly picked to lead CISA, and Rob Silvers, former assistant secretary for cyber policy at DHS, chosen as DHS undersecretary for policy.

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AI, Augmented Reality Could Allow Terrorists to Wage More ‘Spectacular’ Attacks, Intel Warns

NIC: Global jihadist groups will likely be “largest, most persistent” terrorism threat over next 20 years.

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AQAP Calls UN Claim of Leader’s Arrest ‘Miserable Attempt to Wage a Psychological War’

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said it was “not surprised” at the UN report “but we did not expect that lying would be to this extent to the public.”

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Flat DHS Budget in Biden Request Includes Increases for Cyber Threats, Domestic Terror

Immigration increases include USCIS funding and Office of Professional Responsibility to process CBP, ICE complaints.

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OIG Finds Health, Safety, and Rights Violations at Arizona Detention Center Used by ICE

Among the complaints of delayed medical care, two detainees who filed sick call requests saying they had fever did not receive treatment until 12-14 days later. One who complained of body aches waited 22 days.

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ISIS Cyber Group Launches Cloud, Chat Platforms to ‘Close Ranks’ Online

Online jihadists say the development was necessary due to “restriction of technology companies.”

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Officer Killed, Another Wounded in Vehicle Attack by Knife-Wielding Driver at Capitol Barrier

“It does not appear to be terrorism-related but we will continue to investigate to see if there’s some sort of nexus along those lines,” said D.C. police chief, who said the suspect was not known to local law enforcement.

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Mayorkas Lays Out Cybersecurity Plan for DHS: Industry Partners, CISA Strength, ‘Sprints’

The first sprint will focus on fight against ransomware, which DHS secretary said “now poses a national security threat.”

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Greater Training on Behavioral Cues Can Help Stop Mass Attacks, Say DHS Officials

“Angry, polarized nature of our society” cited as a driver of attacks along with online forums that stoke violence.

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Mozambique Attacks Underscore ISIS Threat Outside Old Caliphate, Says U.S. Envoy

Godfrey stressed that “ensuring the enduring global defeat of ISIS will entail effectively countering ISIS branches and networks outside of Iraq and Syria, and we as a coalition recognize that.”

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Structure, Consistency, Screening Are Crucial to Root Out Extremism in Military, Lawmakers Told

The Defense Department’s stated desire to combat extremism would benefit from a data-based assessment of the problem and better screening of social media while protecting service members’ free speech, experts told the House Armed Services Committee.

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With Increase in Severe Disasters, FEMA Nominee Vows to Focus on Resilience, Workforce

Deanne Criswell, commissioner of NYC Emergency Management Department, would be first woman confirmed to lead FEMA.

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High-Level Meeting Reinforces Response Measures to Try to Stop Ebola Outbreak

The secretary of State announced $30 million in U.S. government support for the ongoing response and said tech experts were also being deployed to the region. “As we’ve learned, this is an issue where our fates are bound together,” Blinken said.

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