News You Can Use: 04/26/17



News You Can Use: 04/26/17
National Security Shutdown showdown centers on border wall, Defense News How Trump Is Upending the Conventional Wisdom on Illegal Immigration, The Atlantic Trump and National Security Critics Need to Reconcile, Real Clear Defense What If It Happened Again? What We Need to Do to Prepare for a Nuclear Event, Government… Read More

Trump budget to combine State and USAID



Trump budget to combine State and USAID
On Monday Foreign Policy published an exclusive on the Trump administration’s proposed foreign aid budget and prospective changes to the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Trump plan would dramatically decreased aid funding to developing countries and fold USAID into the State Department. Andrew Natsios,… Read More

Trump administration conducts interagency review of Iranian nuclear program



Trump administration conducts interagency review of Iranian nuclear program
Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the U.S. would conduct a “comprehensive review” of it policy toward Iran. The interagency review will assess whether sanctions suspensions related to the deal are vital to U.S. security interests. Tillerson noted that while Iran is in compliance with the 2015… Read More

Featured Article: U.S. Special Operations Forces and the Interagency in Phase Zero



Featured Article: U.S. Special Operations Forces and the Interagency in Phase Zero
Featured article: U.S. Special Operations Forces and the Interagency in Phase Zero by Kyle Johnston The events of September 11, 2001, redefined the American model of security—no longer was the threat of American military power enough to deter large-scale attacks on the homeland. In the year that followed that historic… Read More

News You Can Use: 04/24/17



News You Can Use: 04/24/17
National Security Mattis: U.S. won’t dig into ‘mother of all bombs’ damage in Afghanistan, Politico ICE’s ‘Management Deficiencies’ Are Preventing It From Deporting More Immigrants, Government Executive Tillerson compares Iran to North Korea, vows Trump administration won’t pass the buck, The Washington Post Trump raps Iran as violating ‘spirit’ of… Read More

Kelly calls for more cooperation, ‘heavy artillery’ in cyber



Kelly calls for more cooperation, ‘heavy artillery’ in cyber
On April 18, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly spoke at George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. In his speech, titled “Home and Away: DHS and the Threats to America,” Kelly discusses the importance of collaboration between DHS and other government agencies and warned against… Read More

Dijkerman visits Fort Leavenworth



Dijkerman visits Fort Leavenworth
Career Minister Dr. Dirk Dijkerman recently visited Fort Leavenworth as part of a Simons Center special speakers program. Dijkerman is a retired U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Career Minister with a vast amount of experience in the agency, most notably serving as the Executive Coordinator for the U.S. Ebola… Read More

Ambassador Kennedy returns to Fort Leavenworth



Ambassador Kennedy returns to Fort Leavenworth
Ambassador (Ret.) Laura Kennedy returned for a second visit to Fort Leavenworth in April, again serving as the DACOR visiting professor of diplomacy for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Class of 2017. Kennedy, who previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and… Read More