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Department of Homeland Security faces unique challenges in combating domestic violent extremism

Violent white nationalists pose a dangerous and growing risk to the nation and, as the attack on the Capitol Jan. 6 showed, a threat to American democracy. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Mayorkas called domestic extremists “the most lethal and persistent terrorism-related threat to our country today.” Elizabeth Neumann, former assistant secretary for Threat […]


Draft bill increases cyber incident reporting requirements for federal agencies

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has a draft bill to overhaul the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), which defines cybersecurity requirements for civilian agencies. The committee voted unanimously to advance the bill to the full Senate. Richard Spires, former chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security, now principal at […]


Risk-based security enables proactive threat management at TSA, says former administrator

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks with the mission to protect the nation’s transportation systems. It faced many challenges, including new technology and workforce. John Pistole, former TSA administrator, former FBI deputy director and now president of Anderson University, said TSA moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach […]


Former CIA senior operations officer says the agency needs a cultural shift

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was established in 1947 as a civilian, nonpartisan and independent foreign intelligence service. Today, in the wake of the failures of 9/11 and the Iraq War, the CIA has sought to reinvent itself and is now at a crossroads. Douglas London, former senior operations officer at the CIA and author […]


China clearly biggest national security threat to United States, says defense strategy expert

The Biden administration is currently working on writing the 2022 National Defense Strategy, which should include challenges from adversaries like China, Russia, North Korea and the Taliban, as well as the ramifications of rapidly expanding global threats. Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, […]


United States must prepare for three categories of biosecurity threats, says biodefense leader

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense urges policymakers to learn from the Covid-19 pandemic and address critical gaps in the nation’s biodefense. That needs to happen before we face the next infectious disease pandemic or biological attack. Asha George, executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, said biosecurity risks consist of naturally occurring disease, organisms […]


International relations expert says North Korea times missile tests to create political problems

Another crisis may be brewing with North Korea. As it continues weapons tests, development of long-range ballistic missiles that reach the U.S. homeland also continues unabated. Robert King, Korea Chair and senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said North Korea is conducting missile tests now partly because it makes sense logistically […]

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