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No ‘overwhelming fear of violence’ in DoD before Jan. 6 attack: Insider deputy editor

There are still many questions about the response to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, but new emails obtained by Insider show how the Defense Department (DoD) was gathering information and responding behind the scenes. The evidence indicates there was caution and concern but “no overwhelming fear of violence” inside DoD in the […]


TSA ‘very close’ to being able to screen people as they walk, says official

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), began screening passengers over 20 years ago. Now the agency is modernizing its technology and expanding capacity. Darby LaJoye, executive assistant administrator for security operations at TSA, said the agency is “very close” to […]


NSA works to address ‘really concerning’ cyber threats

The National Security Agency (NSA) established a cybersecurity directorate in 2019 with the goal of protecting the Defense Department (DoD), national security systems and the defense industrial base from cyber attacks. NSA Director of Cybersecurity Rob Joyce oversees that directorate. There is a shared understanding around the world of the ‘really concerning’ cyber tactics China […]

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How US Army North responds to hurricanes, wildfires, pandemics and other crises

U.S. Army North’s primary mission is to defend the homeland, but when natural disasters strike, it is often called in to lend support. Mimi Geerges interviewed Lt. Gen. John Evans, commanding general, about the role of the command. Evans explained that U.S. Army North supports U.S. Northern Command in the land domain. While the Department […]


Feds shut down Islamic State fraud scheme targeting Americans over Covid masks

While people were scrambling to find face masks at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Islamic State terror group was trying to scam Americans with a fraudulent website claiming to have an abundant supply of masks. A team of federal agents discovered the scheme, shut it down and disrupted the financing network. Kyle Armstrong, […]


Impossible to tell if US could defend Taiwan from China, says research director

President Biden has said that if China attacks Taiwan, the United States would defend Taiwan militarily, but given China’s intense armed forces modernization, would that be possible? Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said he does not think it is possible to predict whether the United States would win against China when defending […]


Navy assistant secretary on new climate action plan

President Biden has called tackling the climate crisis a national security priority. The Department of the Navy recently issued a strategy called “Climate Action 2030.” Meredith Berger, assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, said the new strategy is bold in that it is comprehensive and action-oriented. She said the Navy and […]


CISA executive director on stepping in during ‘pivotal time’ after 2020 election

Just after the 2020 presidential election, Brandon Wales suddenly found himself acting director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), leading the country through some of the worst cyber and ransomware attacks on government and private networks. Wales said he became acting director at a “pivotal time” after Chris Krebs was fired and that […]

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