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Reforming US intelligence community

It’s been more than 20 years since the last time there was any serious talks of reforming the U.S. intelligence community. The intelligence community has a budget of $90 billion, and it’s not totally clear what that money is being spent on, Ron Marks, visiting professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and […]


Is banning TikTok effective?

TikTok is now barred from federal devices due to concerns about Chinese spying and manipulation. There’s even a bill in Congress to ban the app outright in the U.S. A lot of concern about TikTok currently comes from the theoretical risk due to TikTok being owned by a Chinese company, and in China, there isn’t […]


Major changes at the US-Mexico border

President Biden recently announced major changes to stop the record surge of migrants crossing into the country illegally. Biden announced that anyone in Mexico coming to the U.S. border can now schedule an appointment through a phone app to request asylum legally at a point of entry, David Bier, associate director of immigration studies at […]


Nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula

North Korea launched at least 65 ballistic missiles in 2022 – a huge jump from last year. Kim Jong Un in 2021 made a list of things he wanted to accomplish, which is slowly being checked off, Soo Kim, policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, explained. A poll came out that said 70% of South […]


‘They surprised everybody,’ John Kirby says of Ukrainians

It has been a big year for the national security community. Recently, Brittney Griner was released from Russian custody in exchange for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who was serving a 25-year prison sentence for conspiring to kill Americans. The negotiations for Griner’s release took place over several months, until ultimately President Joe Biden […]


Simplifying the vetting process of travelers to the US

Within the Department of Homeland Security is the National Vetting Center, which was created in 2018. Monte Hawkins, director of the National Vetting Center, explained that the center helps agencies such as the State Department and Customs and Border Patrol get access to classified documents for travelers trying to enter the U.S. The National Vetting […]


Protecting the US from terrorist attacks

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Counterterrorism Center was created to identify and stop terror threats to the U.S. Christine Abizaid, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said that currently, terrorism is not the driving force of national security in the U.S. Abizaid credits the success of the mission to kill […]

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