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NEW – Former FAM Agent Says He’s Not Surprised it’s Still A Mess

After reading the Homeland Security Today report, Federal Air Marshals Fail to Assess Capabilities, by former Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) agent Clay Biles, I wasn’t the least bit surprised that things are still as bad in the FAM program as Biles described — I was in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) version of the… Keep Reading

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SPECIAL ANALYSIS: AntiquitiesSales Supporting ISIS Fails the Test of Robustness

Dr. Neil Brodie, an archaeologist, academic and campaigner for tighter antiquities trade restrictions, stated in his article, Thinking on Policies, for the European Union National Institutes for Culture in Washington, that, “There is an opinion within the archaeological community that highlighting the financial importance to ISIL of the antiquities trade will make it an issue… Keep Reading

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How Our Leaders Should Be Protecting the Homeland

The United States continues to face security threats while the new administration and Congress remain in an ideological war with no end in sight. Regardless of political affiliation, there are three areas vital to national security where we can — and must — work together over these next four years. First is bolstering our country’s… Keep Reading

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Grid Security Requires Constant Vigilance from Insider Threats

Thomas Jefferson once said, “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” Eternal vigilance is also the price the United States must pay to ensure the power grid is protected. Over the last decade, managing threats to the nation’s power grid has become a part of everyday life for the US energy sector. Utilities are inundated… Keep Reading

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The Scourge of the Lone Wolf

The deaths of 49 people in a bar in Orlando, Florida at the hands of a single gunman and the massacre of 85 people in Nice, France using a truck as a weapon of terror, demonstrate the threat that so-called ”lone wolves” present to society. Lone wolves are not usually so successful. On a train… Keep Reading

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Planning for Cyberattacks from an Emergency Management Perspective

As society becomes more reliant on digitally integrated systems, the threat posed by cyberattacks continues to grow. In the United States alone, a variety of high-profile cyberattacks have occurred within the past several years, including numerous incidents of data theft, bot attacks, denial of service attacks, distributed denial of service attacks, malware infections, ransomware, and… Keep Reading

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Can Coal Help EMP Risk Reduction?

When the Commission to Assess the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse [EMP] Attack published its report in 2004, coal accounted for roughly half of all power produced in the United States. Today, only a third of US electricity comes from coal, according to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA). This is good news for both environmentalists… Keep Reading

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Setting the Sights on Gun Background Checks

The past decade has seen explosive growth in the number of requestsfor firearms-related criminal background checks, leaving the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) scrambling to accurately process an unprecedented amount of data. In fact, from 2004-2014, NICS saw a whopping 241 percent increase in applications for firearms licenses and, in 2015, it processed… Keep Reading

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Improving Collaboration Across Federal, State, and Local Agencies During Emergencies

The United States federal government is designed to maximize civil liberties and freedoms while granting a great deal of autonomy to state and local governments. In a number of emergency communications crises, however, city, county and even state lines are crossed, which requires federal agencies to step in and help. This requires the bringing together… Keep Reading

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Political Antipathy Clouds End of Cuba Travel Restrictions

When commercial flights between the United States and Cuba begin next fall, another stone will be laid on the path toward full normalization of relations. On the practical side, travel to Cuba will become far easier to arrange and to enjoy—and less expensive. However, after a half century hiatus, the symbolic and political dimensions of… Keep Reading

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Security from Above: How Earth Observation Helps to Keep America Safe

Less than two weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, the first Director of the Office of Homeland Security was appointed and a new phrase entered the English lexicon. Taken from a 1990s Pentagon report, the phrase ‘homeland security’ was designed to reassure the people of the United States… Keep Reading

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Losing Track on Rail Security

We’ve all done it: Squeeze a balloon in one spot, and the contents migrate to a different part of the balloon. This analogy has been used in the context of Latin America to describe what happens in the drug trade when tighter security is applied to one area of production or trafficking, which results in… Keep Reading

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Cybersecurity: Everyone Should Play Their Part

Much has been written about the tools that agencies should employ to protect their critical data against cyberattacks, but the most valuable asset – people – is often overlooked. In this case, “people” includes not just the folks in IT but almost all agency employees – in essence, anyone who manages or has access to… Keep Reading

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The Case for Closing Guantánamo Bay

President Barack Obama has recently called again for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay military prison and the transfer of all detainees held there to prisons in the United States. To effectively close GITMO, however, Congress will almost certainly have to repeal a rider to the National Defense Appropriations Act banning the transfer of GITMO… Keep Reading

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Improving the Efficiency of Port Detection Systems Without Compromising Effectiveness

With the proliferation of global terror threats since the 9/11 attacks, screening for radioactive material has dramatically increased. This threatens to cause bottlenecks in international commerce unless nuisance alarms can be reduced, allowing legitimate goods to pass checkpoints without secondary screening. Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs) are detection devices that provide a passive, non-intrusive means to… Keep Reading

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Cyber Intelligence Collaboration: Fighting Fire with Fire

In order to build a weapon, a blueprint and the means to manufacture it are required. As a result, laws have been created to control the widespread use and availability of guns by regulating who can manufacture them. Obtaining a blueprint for an M16 is easily accomplished.  Manufacturing one is not. A similar approach is… Keep Reading

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Psychology, Rather Than Airstrikes, the Key to the Middle East

The Russians are in Syria and the war is about to become bloodier and messier. At one level, this is a power play, with Russia beefing up its international power and prestige in the face of what seems to be a weakening America. But at another level, it reflects a genuine disagreement on what course… Keep Reading

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Protecting Critical Infrastructure: Should the US Emulate New German Regulations?

In August 2014, France’s Network & Information Security Agency (ANSSI) publically unveiled plans to “make its critical infrastructure more resilient to cyber attacks.” The rules and guidelines established by ANSSI impact France’s entire critical infrastructure supply chain, including control system asset owners, operators and IT administrators, system integrators, service providers and product manufacturers. While these… Keep Reading

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