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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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Is the Marriage of EMS/DMS Curse or Convenience?

Under the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) version 5/6, a transmission energy management system (EMS or TMS) is typically categorized as a high-impact bulk electric system (BES) cyber system. A distribution management system (DMS) is not. However, in many utilities the DMS is combined with the EMS. In this case,… Keep Reading

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Disputed Al Baghdadi Death Offers Glimpse of ISIS Adaptability

In early June, a Turkish newspaper reported that Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is dead. The report, which allegedly came from an ISIS-controlled website, is disputed. Al Baghdadi has not been heard from since December 2015, when he issued… Keep Reading

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The Growing Global Threat from ISIS

President Obama will visit the Pentagon tomorrow for an update on the war against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Following the Orlando attack in June, the President insisted, “We are making significant progress … ISIL is under more pressure than ever before.” Yet two days later, CIA Director John Brennan told… Keep Reading

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‘Men of Sacrifice’ Operations Pose Growing International Threat

The ability to adapt is one of the defining features of high-performing armed groups. In Syria and Iraq, the tactics of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have evolved in response to airstrikes and other military operations by the United States and partner nations. But ISIS’ ability to adapt is not confined to… Keep Reading

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Islamic State-Inspired Orlando Attack Was Not Unique

The long-awaited release of the emergency 9-1-1 call of the Orlando shooter— Omar Mateen—as well as the shooter’s three calls with hostage negotiators has shed further light into Mateen’s possible motives in targeting the gay nightclub, Pulse, while committing the largest terror attack on US soil since September 11, 2001. While the FBI maintains that… Keep Reading

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Police-Community Relations Fundamental to Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses the slogan, “If You See Something, Say Something.” However, an increasing number of Americans are unwilling to speak to the police. The United States is losing an information battle wherever law enforcement do not have a good rapport with the community they serve. In these jurisdictions, people are… Keep Reading

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Keep ‘Dirty’ Drone Threat in Perspective

During the recent Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC, British Prime Minister David Cameron made the ominous assessment that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is seeking to use drones to detonate “dirty” bombs over Western cities. While Cameron and other world leaders are right to be concerned about the prospect of more… Keep Reading

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Beyond Hacking: Our Vulnerability to Cyber-Physical Attack

"Cybersecurity” is definitely a buzzword these days, mainly because cybercrime is such a different kind of attack – one that’s behind the scenes and often difficult to detect. It is relatively inexpensive to organize from the attacker’s perspective, yet it can have devastating effects on the economy, emergency services, critical infrastructure and many other sectors.… Keep Reading

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The Forgotten Threat to the Aviation Industry

A recent article in the Economist highlighted the need for airport security to evolve. Instead of focusing on the threatening items themselves, attention should shift to those who intend to perpetrate these actions. But where, how, and what should airlines focus on when seeking to identify potential human threats? One of the biggest threats to… Keep Reading

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Preparing for Resilience

Resilience is the new national buzzword and concept, and rightly so. It is impossible to completely prevent disasters so we must accept that fact and take proactive measures to ensure we can bounce back effectively when disasters strike. Resiliency is a mindset steeped in the principles of risk management and the appreciation that bad things… Keep Reading

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