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U.S. Security Strategy a Huge Challenge Facing Next President

It could happen like this, in a fraction of a second: Imagine hundreds of passengers enduring waves of heat outside Terminal 1 on a busy summer day at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). They stand in lines that weave down the sidewalk as a minivan approaches the curb, then erupts in an explosion that rips through the crowd and the terminal. An eerie cloud settles over the area. Authorities arrive and determine that the vehicle-borne IED, or improvised explosive device, was packed with cesium-137.

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CBP Ignores Mandate Under 2006 Safe Port Act

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began container security device (CSD) examination in 2004, prior to the Safe Port Act of 2006. According to the 2010 Government Accountability Office report Supply Chain Security, “From 2004 through 2009, [the DHS Science & Technology Directorate] spent approximately $60 million and made varying levels of progress in the… Keep Reading

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After the Jihad: The US Response to Foreign Terrorist Fighters

On April 24, Jacob Walles addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute as part of the Stein Counterterrorism Lecture Series. Walles is a former senior advisor on foreign fighters with the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of his remarks. When the United States first… Keep Reading

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Trump’s First Foreign Policy Win Could be in Syria

The incoming Trump team has a quick shot at averting worse disasters in Syria, with its new Russian gambit. In the week after his inauguration, President Trump will have an unusual opportunity to put his new diplomatic designs to the test in, of all places, Astana, the remote capital of Kazakhstan. If this sounds like… Keep Reading

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How Israel Catches Lone Wolves

The successful campaign to curb the latest ‘eruption’ of attacks has relied on technology, smart policing, and cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. For more than a year, Israel has been engaged in efforts to curb an intense wave of attacks by Palestinian youth acting on their own. This "Haba" ("eruption" in Arabic), as some Palestinians… Keep Reading

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A New Strategy for Israeli Victory

Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy sadly fits the classic description of insanity: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." The identical assumptions – land-for-peace and the two-state solution, with the burden primarily on Israel – stay permanently in place, no matter how often they fail. Decades of what insiders call "peace processing" has… Keep Reading

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Preventive Priorities Survey: 2017

A serious military confrontation between Russia and a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member state or a severe crisis in North Korea are among top international concerns for 2017 cited by a new survey of experts. The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) ninth annual Preventive Priorities Survey identified seven top potential flashpoints for the United… Keep Reading

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CFR Survey Ranks Russia-NATO Confrontation and North Korea Crisis Among Top Potential Conflicts in 2017

A serious military confrontation between Russia and a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member state or a severe crisis in North Korea are among top international concerns for 2017 cited by a new survey of experts. The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) ninth annual Preventive Priorities Survey identified seven top potential flashpoints for the United… Keep Reading

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Investing in School Infrastructure Is Investing in Our Children

Few people would argue against the idea that our children are our nation’s most important asset. Simply put, they’re our future. If we want to protect our future, we must protect them. And, to do that, we must secure the places where they thrive – like schools. In fact, most children in our country are… Keep Reading

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