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State, DHS event focuses on Central American security



State, DHS event focuses on Central American security
Leaders from several Central American countries, Canada, and the European Union gathered in Miami, Florida for the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America from June 15 to June 16. The conference focused on the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatamala, and Honduras), and was co-hosted by Vice President Mike… Read More

Featured Article: Concurrent Biological, Electromagnetic Pulse and Cyber-attacks…



Featured Article: Concurrent Biological, Electromagnetic Pulse and Cyber-attacks…
Featured article: Concurrent Biological, Electromagnetic Pulse and Cyber-attacks: The Ultimate Interagency Response Challenge by Patricia Rohrbeck The critical infrastructure components of an advanced society—telecommunications, transportation, banking and finance, petroleum and natural gas, food and water, public health and healthcare, and security—have at least one feature in common: All depend upon… Read More

2017 Trafficking in Persons report released



2017 Trafficking in Persons report released
Today the Department of State released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Susan Coppedge each addressed the report in separate briefings, speaking about the global tragedy of human trafficking and the responsibility of governments to… Read More

News You Can Use: 06/27/17



News You Can Use: 06/27/17
National Security   Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault, The Washington Post The Supreme Court Partially Unblocked Trump’s Travel Ban, The Atlantic CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker ‘worship’, Military Times John Walker Lindh, Detainee #001 in the Global War On Terror, Will Go… Read More

Safe DRONE Act introduced



Safe DRONE Act introduced
On June 22, four U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill designed to advance the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Safe DRONE Act of 2017 is backed by Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Dean Heller (R-NV). A press release states that… Read More

Law enforcement, intelligence community vital for domestic security



Law enforcement, intelligence community vital for domestic security
A recent paper published by Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs examines the balance between a U.S. citizen’s unalienable right to privacy and security of the nation. “By Any Means Necessary: Privacy Implications of Intelligence Support to Domestic Security” looks at what happens when the government’s… Read More

ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security



ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security
On June 21, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary met for a hearing titled  “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership As Well As Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Assessing Federal Efforts to to End the Threat.” During the hearing several individuals representing U.S. government agencies, including those representing the… Read More

Conference focuses on civ-mil relations



Conference focuses on civ-mil relations
Last month, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) hosted an all-day conference focused on relations between the military and the civilian world. “Command Climate: The State of U.S. Civil-Military Relations” took place on May 23, with panelists representing the Department of Defense (DoD) and other U.S. government entities… Read More

CGSC Class of 2017 graduates



CGSC Class of 2017 graduates
Nearly 1,200 officers graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course on June 9 at 9 a.m on the Fort Leavenworth main parade field.  The graduating class includes mid-career officers from all American military services as well as 110 international officers representing 85 countries and 15 federal… Read More

DHS could strengthen anti-smuggling efforts



DHS could strengthen anti-smuggling efforts
A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examines the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to address subterranean, aerial, and maritime smuggling of drugs and humans. GAO-17-474 focuses on the known prevalence of these smuggling methods, efforts to address smuggling, and efforts to assess the results of activities to… Read More