IA News


State, DHS encouraged to strengthen refugee screenings



State, DHS encouraged to strengthen refugee screenings
This summer, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report examining the U.S. Refugee Admission Program (USRAP). According to the report, “Increases in the number of USRAP applicants approved for resettlement in the United States from countries where terrorists operate have raised questions about the adequacy of applicant screening.”… Read More

DoD supports USAID Irma response



DoD supports USAID Irma response
On September 12, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Southern Command stood up a joint task force to support the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in responding to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to Irma’s… Read More

ICE, law enforcement address intellectual property crime



ICE, law enforcement address intellectual property crime
Officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently joined law enforcement and security professionals at the 11th annual International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference. The two-day conference took place at the end of August. The conference aims to combat transnational organized intellectual property crime and develop joint… Read More

DoD response to wildfires ongoing



DoD response to wildfires ongoing
Firefighters and guardsmen from the Army and Air National Guard continue to battle the wildfires in Montana, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and Utah. As of September there are 123 active fires burning approximately 2 million acres of land. This year’s fire season has be long and unforgiving. Jessica Gardetto, a… Read More

Agencies continue Irma response



Agencies continue Irma response
Federal agencies are continuing their response to Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida on Sunday after sweeping through the Caribbean. Nearly 22,ooo federal personnel are working to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Irma. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has staged eight urban search and rescue… Read More

FEMA, agencies respond to Hurricane Irma



FEMA, agencies respond to Hurricane Irma
U.S. agencies are responding to Hurricane Irma, which struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this week, and could make landfall in Florida early Sunday. Personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed to the Caribbean in advance of the storm, including incident management assistance teams and… Read More

Agencies prepare for Irma



Agencies prepare for Irma
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Guard, and other U.S. government and non-government agencies are preparing for Hurricane Irma. Irma, a category 5 hurricane, tore through the Carribean earlier today and is headed for Florida. Governors in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida have declared a … Read More

Volume focuses on security planning



Volume focuses on security planning
The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Press recently published a second volume focused on viewing operational planning through a joint, interagency, and multinational lens. The first volume was published in 2015. Through the Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Lens: Linking the Strategic Environment and Operational Planning includes chapters… Read More

National Preparedness Month Begins



National Preparedness Month Begins
Last Friday marked the beginning of National Preparedness Month, a time where we are encouraged to focus on “readying ourselves for disasters, both natural and man-made.” The theme this year is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke stressed the importance of preparedness in… Read More