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PKSOI publishes case studies on conflict, illicit power



PKSOI publishes case studies on conflict, illicit power
Last week, the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) published Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition. The work contains a collection of case studies and analyses on the dynamics associated with illicit power and state weaknesses relating to preventing or resolving armed conflict. Impunity addresses how… Read More

Executive Order presents comprehensive approach to atrocity prevention



Executive Order presents comprehensive approach to atrocity prevention
On May 18 the White House released an Executive Order that presents a comprehensive approach to atrocity prevention and response. The Executive Order continues the interagency Atrocities Prevention Board that was established via Presidential Study Directive-10 in 2012; lays out support from executive departments, agencies, and offices; and updates and… Read More

GAO: DoD should clarify its role during cyber incidents



GAO: DoD should clarify its role during cyber incidents
In April the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report suggesting the Department of Defense (DoD) clarify its roles and responsibilities for Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) during cyber incidents. The report, GAO-16-332, comes as the scale, frequency, and impact of cyber incidents grow. Cyber threats loom over U.S.… Read More

DHS and NASA partner for security innovation



DHS and NASA partner for security innovation
On April 13, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced their partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI) to develop new technology solutions to advance homeland security. DHS and NASA’s endeavor seeks innovation through publicly crowdsourced prize competitions.  “We’re creating opportunities… Read More

Rice speaks on whole-of-government approach against ISIL



Rice speaks on whole-of-government approach against ISIL
Last week, the President’s National Security Advisor, Susan E. Rice, spoke on the whole-of-government strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) while addressing cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In her remarks, Rice spoke of a comprehensive strategy to combat ISIL… Read More

DoD, HHS, others respond to Zika threat



DoD, HHS, others respond to Zika threat
This week Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), affirmed Southcom’s role in the “whole-of-hemisphere” approach to combating the Zika virus. Tidd spoke at a Council of the Americas forum on March 22, where he discussed the part Southcom and other U.S. agencies play in the… Read More

2016 Atrocities Prevention Report released



2016 Atrocities Prevention Report released
The State Department has announced the release of their 2016 Atrocities Prevention Report. The report describes the targeting of and attacks against civilians, including members of religious and ethnic groups in the Middle East and in Burma, and provides an overview of the U.S. government response to these attacks. The… Read More

Indo-Asian partners take part in disaster response exercise



Indo-Asian partners take part in disaster response exercise
On March 14, joint, interagency, and multinational sustainment experts gathered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for Angkor Opening 2016. Angkor Opening is a weeklong tabletop exercise designed to build partnerships, interoperability, and readiness in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief port opening operations. Army Major General Edward F. Dorman III, commander of… Read More

Northcom prioritizes cooperation in homeland defense



Northcom prioritizes cooperation in homeland defense
Earlier this month, Navy Admiral William E. Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), spoke of the importance of homeland defense with the House Armed Services Committee. Gortney testified before the panel on budget requests, command operations, and whole-of-government and military-to-military cooperation. Gortney… Read More