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American military should prioritize cultural literacy, says former combat interpreter

A lot has been said about why the Taliban were able to retake power in such a short time in Afghanistan. Baktash Ahadi, former combat interpreter for U.S. and Afghan Special Operations forces, says one reason is that American troops lacked cultural understanding of the Afghan people. Ahadi provided the example of when U.S. military […]


Identifying assets is first step in implementing zero-trust mandate, former federal chief information officer says

A new zero-trust mandate from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) wants to boost security protections for critical government assets, but there are issues with implementing zero trust. Mark Forman, executive VP of Dynamic Integrated Services and former federal chief information officer, said it is very important for agencies to first identify the assets […]


Former DHS secretary says cyber threats are “incomparably worse” than when he served

The Department of Homeland Security faces a multitude of threats – cybersecurity risks, foreign terrorist influence, domestic violent extremism and border security. 20 years after the department’s creation, confronting those threats is crucial. Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, said cyber attacks were a remote threat when he […]


Former CIA official on ransomware attacks: “You’re not going to solve this problem”

The Department of Homeland Security says ransomware attacks have doubled in the last four years. The Treasury Department will create sanctions to try to prevent cyber criminals from profiting from those attacks. Ron Marks, president of ZPN Cyber and National Security Strategies, former CIA official and intelligence advisor to two Senate majority leaders, said the […]


Intelligence community must warn policymakers about climate security risks, says climate security expert

Extreme weather events this summer showed the risks of climate change are growing. Beyond just being a problem for the weather, climate change disasters can lead to instability and conflict, threatening security. Erin Sikorsky, director of The Center for Climate and Security who previously served on the National Intelligence Council, said the intelligence community must […]


Some United States aid to Afghanistan should be conditional, says national security expert

The United States will send $64 million of aid to support humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. At the same time, the Defense Department will shift its approach to countering terrorist threats in the area. Lisa Curtis, senior fellow and director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, former deputy assistant […]


Countering Chinese influence in Afghanistan would require difficult decisions, foreign policy expert says

China has pledged $31 million of aid to Afghanistan, and its embassy in Kabul has remained open. What does growing Chinese influence with the Taliban mean for United States security? Yun Sun, senior fellow and co-director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center, said the Defense Department could mitigate China’s influence but that […]

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