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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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