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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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21st Century Information-Sharing and Communication Requirements Pose Significant Challenges

First responders in the 21st century increasingly face multifaceted active threat scenarios. The complexity of recent national and global attacks, as well as the potential of extreme natural disasters and weather emergencies, challenge those charged with saving lives and ensuring the best possible outcomes during these events more than ever. While the challenges seem more… 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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Cybersecurity Takes Pages from Swiss Bank Playbook

Criminal hackers aren’t the only cybersecurity threat American companies are worried about. Edward Snowden’s disclosures regarding National Security Agency (NSA) spying on ordinary citizens, coupled with governmental pressure on private-sector companies to hand over customer data and modifytheir systems to provide backdoor access for government officials, have made many businesses nervous. Not only would such… Keep Reading

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DHS Feeling Pressure to Improve Biometrics Program

President Donald Trump shocked the world January 27 when he signed an executive order temporarily placing severe restrictions on travel to the United States by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. The same order also rescinded the visas of approximately 60,000 visitors already in the United States from those countries. As of the beginning of… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Pandemic Crossroads

When discussing border security and enforcement, the conversations often focus on the smuggling of aliens, narcotics, firearms, currency and other contraband–and for good reason. These important topics require constant attention due to the threats posed to the nation and other countries by the smuggling that occurs both inbound and outbound at our land, air and marine… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE – DIY Bio: Separating Fact from Fiction

Do-It-Yourself biotechnology, or DIY bio, evokes strong feelings, both for and against such activities. On one side is the argument that the proliferation has made sophisticated technology available to those lacking the fundamental understanding of the science and few controls on individual activities, making the chance of an accident or misuse of the technology more… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Hometown Terror in Manchester Marks Dangerous, Significant Shift in Focus, Operational Methodologies

The world has turned a dangerous corner. While certainly the high-water mark (so far) as terrorist barbarism, the May 22 suicide bombing at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England by radical Islamic extremist Salman Abedi against innocent civilians leaving a concert by pop star Ariana Grande  has deeper and more sinister implications. This attack was perpetrated… Keep Reading

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