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DHS reports on CVE subcommittee



DHS reports on CVE subcommittee
Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Council released the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Subcommittee interim report. The report focuses on the spread of violent extremist ideology and the recruitment of American youth to extremist groups, and how DHS can leverage partnerships in multiple sectors to counter… Read More

DoD official speaks on “culture of cybersecurity”



DoD official speaks on “culture of cybersecurity”
On June 22, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Thomas Atkin told members of the House Armed Services Committee that the Department of Defense (DoD) has made significant progress in implementing is cyber strategy. In his address, Atkin spoke of our increasingly interconnected world and… Read More

Assessment needed for National Disaster Recovery Framework



Assessment needed for National Disaster Recovery Framework
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework, which provides the overarching interagency coordination structure for the recovery phase of incidents and calls for a “whole community” approach to recovery. The report, GAO-16-476, examines FEMA’s… Read More

Cyber exercise brings together agencies, partners



Cyber exercise brings together agencies, partners
Nearly 800 representatives from U.S. government agencies, private industry, and foreign nations recently participated in Cyber Guard 2016, a nine-day exercise that concluded on June 18. U.S. government participants included representatives from the FBI and the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, among others. Non-government entities included power companies and… Read More

OPM provides guidance on interagency personnel rotations



OPM provides guidance on interagency personnel rotations
Last week, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance on national security professional development interagency personnel rotations. On June 15, Acting Director Beth F. Cobert announced OPM’s guidance aimed at assisting participating agencies in meeting the requirement mandated by section 1107(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal… Read More

Reports examine DoD civilian deployment



Reports examine DoD civilian deployment
On June 9, RAND Corporation released two reports examining the deployment of Department of Defense (DoD) civilians. The full case study is included in Expeditionary Civilians: Creating a Viable Practice of Department of Defense Civilian Deployment, and while a shorter report, Expeditionary Civilians: Creating a Viable Practice of Civilian Deployment… Read More

Agencies collaborate on Zika vaccine



Agencies collaborate on Zika vaccine
Scientists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are making progress on a Zika virus vaccine, and plan to start human testing later this year. Efforts to produce the vaccine and prepare for the spread of the virus have included components of the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease… Read More

State, USAID release joint strategy for countering violent extremism



State, USAID release joint strategy for countering violent extremism
In May, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released their Joint Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The joint strategy builds on the foundation of the 2015 White House CVE Summit and provides a “roadmap” for U.S. CVE efforts. In his opening message for the… Read More

Illicit networks a challenge to security



Illicit networks a challenge to security
Earlier this month, U.S. Southern Command (Southcom) commander Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd spoke on the region’s greatest security challenge during a media roundtable at the Pentagon – illicit networks. According to Tidd, while Southcom’s area of responsibility has not seen ongoing conflict in some time, “it’s not a region… Read More