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Afghanistan Faces Long Slog with Resurgent Islamic State

The announcement by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on June 29 that the organization would extend its mission Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2017 is both timely and sensible. The decision to continue to fund the Afghan security forces up until 2020 is also hugely significant. It creates a window… Keep Reading

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Vacancies, Placeholders, Morale Take Center Stage at DHS

Over the past half decade, there’s been persistent criticism regarding periods when there were delays in filling the many “acting” and vacant positions of top leaders at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the problems that it’s caused. During these periods, DHS had to be run by “acting” placeholders, which isn’t to say these… Keep Reading

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Ambitious Homeland/National Security Policy on Tap for Next Four Years

President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team wasted no time assuring, “America’s stature in the world is determined by its values, prosperity and might,” and that he “understands how a strong, prosperous economy underwrites military might and how a strong and robust military secures our way of life and the fruits of our economy.” The… Keep Reading

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Rights Groups Want Snowden Pardoned. Are They Kidding?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch announced a campaign to pardon Edward Snowden and “make the case that Snowden’s act of whistleblowing benefited the United States and enriched democratic debate worldwide.” ACLU wants people to write President Obama via pardonsnowden.org on the heels of the Oliver Stone movie release… Keep Reading

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Tech Trusts Trump on Business Encryption Competiveness

A new survey by laptop encryption company Alertsec indicates business leaders trust Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over Democrat rival Hillary Clinton when it comesto important aspects of computer security. Alertsec polled their customer user base of 1,255 business executives from July 11-25, 2016, to assess their current position on encryption for the upcoming presidential… Keep Reading

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Attack in Nice Known to be Possible, Intel Sources Say; ISIS Rejoices; AQAP, ISIS Urged Followers to Use Trucks, Vehicles

In the 24 hours since 31-year-old Tunisian Muslim emigre Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel massacred at least 84 people, left several dozen on life support and another 200 wounded, when he drove a rented 19-ton Renault truck for more than a mile along a Nice, France beachfront roadway filled with Bastille Day celebration crowds, US and European… Keep Reading

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Take All the Pork, Waste and Spend it on Closing Homeland Security Gaps

How many millions – probably billions – must be expended to shore up known gaps in homeland security? No one seems to know for sure, but it’s certainly not an insignificant sum. And we’ve known about these gaps for many years – some going all the way back to 9/11. They include everything from emergency… Keep Reading

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Why Mass Casualty Preparedness and Response is Crucial

Ever since the post-9/11 Anthrax attacks, counterterrorism and public health officials have worried about a bio attack on US soil that could kill and sicken tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people. Today, counterterrorism officials most fear an attack using virulent and lethal biological pathogens. Yet the nation, by most authoritative accounts, remains woefully… Keep Reading

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Administration’s Proposed DHS Budget Draws Fire

  President Obama’s proposedfiscal year 2017 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) quickly drew fire from both Democrats and Republicans when announced in February. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, declared, “The administration’s release of its FY 2017 budget request for DHS reflects the… Keep Reading

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Breaching the Border? Southern Border Remains an Avenue for ISIS

In his report, Jihadists at the Door, in the December/January 2016 issue of Homeland Security Today Magazine, Todd Bensman reports America’s counterterrorism efforts to prevent terrorist infiltration of America’s land borders has fallen short of legislative expectations, and its effectiveness is only rarely audited or assessed. The unsettling truth is the southern border – in particular… Keep Reading

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Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ Tells it Like It Is — Finally! ‘They’re There for One Reason, and One Reason Only … To Die for the Caliphate and Usher in a World Without Infidels’

In the current issue of Homeland Security Today, my “Editor’s Letter” provided a prescient understanding of not only the multi-coordinated jihadi attack in the heart of Paris, but also the very nature of jihad as spelled out in the dialogue for several characters in the popular Showtime series, “Homeland.” The speech that told it like… Keep Reading

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In Keeping His Pledge to Empty Out GITMO, Obama Releases Hardened Al Qaeda, Other Jihadists Pentagon Deemed Most ‘High Risk’

During the last two months, the Obama administration — in its continuing effort to close down Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GITMO) — has released four more Al Qaeda members the Pentagon earlier repeatedly considered to be a “high risk” of reengaging in jihad iffreed. The latest detainee released, Saudi-born British resident Shakir Abd Al Rahim Muhammad… Keep Reading

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Another ‘High Risk’ Al Qaeda-Tied GITMO Detainee to be Released

The Obama administration, in its continuing effort to close down Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GITMO), announced it will release another one of the remaining most dangerous jihadists, Libyan national Omar Mohammed Khalif Abu Bakr. An August 20 JTF-GITMO Periodic Review Board (PRB) document reveals officials have determined that detaining Khalif “is no longer necessary to protect… Keep Reading

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Does This Prepare Us or Not? HHS’s Selection of Nine Regional Special Pathogen Treatment Centers

Last July, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it hadestablished a network of medical centers capable of responding to outbreaks of severe, highly infectious diseases as part of a larger effort to further strengthen the nation’s infectious disease response capability. HHS said it selected nine health departments and associated partner hospitals to… Keep Reading

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Six More ‘High Risk’ GITMO Detainees Released by Obama; Lawmaker Calls it ‘Reckless’

A week after the one-year travel ban expired for the five “high risk” former top Taliban- and Al Qaeda-linked Guantanamo detainees who were exchanged for captured US Army Sgt. Robert Bergdahl, giving the Taliban jihadists the right to return to Afghanistan and rejoin the jihad against the West and America, the Obama administration Friday released… Keep Reading

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TSA Still Misses Catching Guns, Explosives, Other Weapons, IG Audits Find; Longstanding Problem

A recent internal investigation by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (IG) to test airport screeners and screening technology across the nation discovered numerous security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports. Undercover investigators posing as legitimate airline passengers for TSA and the IG also… Keep Reading

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The Threat of Small, Manned, Unmanned Aircraft in Washington Airspace has Long Been Known

During the hearing Wednesday, Flying Under the Radar: Securing Washington DC Airspace, convened by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, committee members grilled top officials responsible for protecting the restricted airspace of Washington, DC in response to the small gyrocopter that made it through restricted airspace to land on the West Lawn of the… Keep Reading

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House HS Subcommittee Takes Hard Look at DHS’s Procurement Processes

The chairman of House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency harshly criticized the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) department-wide acquisition processes last week during an acquisition oversight hearing on how effectively DHS is safeguarding taxpayer dollars. “A broken acquisition process delivers tools that are late, cost more and do less than… Keep Reading

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‘Rightwing’ Extremist ‘Hit List:’ Worrisome? Overblown? Or are Jihadis the Greater Threat?

On the heels of the February 5 report, Sovereign Citizen Extremist Ideology Will Drive Violence at Home, During Travel and at Government Facilities, prepared by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and coordinated with the FBI, federal law enforcement officials are investigating the recent online disclosure of the home… Keep Reading

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House HS Committee’s Follow-Up Report on Boston Bombings Cites Continuing Info-Sharing Problems

The House Committee on Homeland Security Tuesday released a follow-up report to an earlier committee examination of the lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombings which concluded that progress in intelligence sharing is still lacking. The follow-up report released Tuesday stated that, “While the progress made since the Boston Marathon bombing appears to have had… Keep Reading

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