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Ripple Effect of a Joint Canada-US Marine Patrol

Stephen Harper and Barack Obama have yet to flesh out details of their move toward a common Canada-US security perimeter, but the seeds of this approach can be found in a pilot program that created dual-nation marine patrols to nab crooks who cross the shared border. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Senate Proposal Would Bring Coast Guard Under DoD’s Authority

With a new name-plate freshly nailed to his Senate office, so to speak, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is proposing shifting authority over the United States Coast Guard from the Department of Homeland Security to the Defense Department, according to an overview of a proposed bill that aims to cut $500 billion from federal spending. Click here… Keep Reading

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Nebraska Ave.: A Winner and a Loser: TSA and CBP Face the 2011 Budget

When it comes to the fiscal 2011 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was a winner, its budget rising by $375 million over fiscal 2010. By contrast, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was a loser, its budget declining by $171 million. With that growing budget and a clear strategy for… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Safety Plan Lacks Performance Info, Measurable Goals: IG

The US Coast Guard has produced a good plan to guide its maritime safety efforts but it further should incorporate data for measuring its effectiveness and detail resources required by the plan, said the inspector general (IG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a recent report. The Coast Guard developed its Marine SafetyPerformance… Keep Reading

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More VBIEDs Detonated South of the Border

As the savage, largely narco-fueled violence in Mexico escalates, the country’s crime-cartels have resorted to using one of jihadist terrorists’ most lethal weapons – the car bomb. But while there had been a lull in the cartels’ use of “vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices” (VBIED) since a wave of detonations of these lethal bombs last summer, on… Keep Reading

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Tech Limitations Could Allow Illegal Entries by Seafaring Workers: GAO

Foreign workers with criminal or terrorist connections onboard sea vessels could elude detection by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) because US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lacks the capability to electronically verify their admissibility to the United States using mobile technology at US ports, congressional investigators warned Tuesday. CBP and the US Coast Guard,… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard HQ Rising on Future DHS Site in Southeast DC

A new Coast Guard headquarters building is taking shape on an excavated hillside in southeast Washington. About three stories have been constructed at the bottom of the hill, and the building will reach up to eight floors as it terraces up the hill. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Experts Stress Importance of DHS Authorization Bills

The question of whether Congress can pass an authorization bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) remains a source of speculation this term, despite a Republican majority in the House. Experts disagreed on how well the last Congress handled the contentious challenge, which could help establish greater exclusivity in DHS oversight for the House… Keep Reading

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Gulf Cartel Takes Extraordinary Step of Issuing ‘Challenge Coin’

US counter-narcotics officials in Mexico City have confirmed the existence of a“Cártel del Golfo [Gulf Cartel] Challenge Coin,” Homeland Security Today has learned. The disclosure of the Gulf Cartel’s Challenge Coin has raised a variety of concerns and interpretations on the part of US counter-cartel authorities about its importance and how it may be being… Keep Reading

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Cross-Border Trucking Concept Unveiled

Shortly after meeting with members of Congress [Thursday] morning, [Transportation] Secretary Ray LaHood released an “initial concept document” for a program that would grant Mexico-based motor carriers long-haul access to the United States. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Heavy Rains Swamp, Sink Watercraft in California

Rough seas, stranded mariners, swamped boats and other mishaps kept local Coast Guard rescuers busy in recent days as strong storms battered communities around San Pedro Bay, Calif. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Counterterrorism Adviser Promises Tight Security During Holidays

Chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan made an appearance at Wednesday’s White House briefing to reassure reporters that the intelligence community is working to prevent terrorist threats during the holiday season such as last year’s bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Christmas day. Click here for story. Keep Reading

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Yemen Explosives Discovery Likely to Impact Cargo Screening

Image ImageIntelligence work is being credited for the discovery of the explosives-filled cargo packages bound for the US from Yemen. In his weekly interview with Federal News Radio, Homeland Security Today Editor David Silverberg discusses the Yemen Cargo Plot and why the incident will probably impact the 100 percent cargo-screening mandate requested by Congress in 2006.

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Frontlines: Cutting costs and protecting ports: A post-9/11 solution

It appears that we have come full circle: We’re using Cold War solutions to modern homeland threats emanating from ports or sea lanes. At the very least, this approach is costly. A truly strategic—and less costly—solution may lie in holistically inverting the problem into a result that will, by contrast, balance the insecure and improve… Keep Reading

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