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Chiefs of Defense Conference focuses on countering violent extremism



Chiefs of Defense Conference focuses on countering violent extremism
Representatives from 83 nations participated in the third annual Counter Violent Extremist Organizations Chiefs of Defense Conference hosted by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps General Joe Dunford. The event, held in October, included U.S. combatant commanders and commanders of counterterrorism operations from around the world. At… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” podcast series expands



“The General and the Ambassador” podcast series expands
Retired Ambassador Deborah McCarthy, the 2018 DACOR Visiting Professor of Diplomacy for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), has expanded her podcast series “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation.” McCarthy’s podcast promotes interagency cooperation and is produced by the American Academy of Diplomacy. Ambassador McCarthy’s podcasts… Read More

Cyber weapons and power grid security subject of report



Cyber weapons and power grid security subject of report
A former Department of Defense official recently authored a report on the threat of cyber weapons on the U.S. electrical grid. Paul Stockton served during the Obama administration as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, and currently serves as senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins… Read More

House authorizes DHS counter WMD office



House authorizes DHS counter WMD office
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed by voice vote the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Act of 2018. The CWMD Act would permanently establish the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) CWMD Office, which was established in December 2017 and aims to counter attempts by terrorists and other threat… Read More

Florence response cooperation “outstanding”



Florence response cooperation “outstanding”
The response to Hurricane Florence is underway, and according to Air Force General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessey cooperation between local, state, and federal entities has been “outstanding.” Speaking from the North Carolina operations center, O’Shaughnessey praised the efforts of the Department of Defense (DoD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and… Read More

Report focuses on threat of fragile states



Report focuses on threat of fragile states
On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, the United States Institute of Peace published a report on extremism and the threat posed by fragile states. Beyond the Homeland: Protecting America from Extremism in Fragile States is a report of the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, which is led by… Read More

U.S. prepares for Florence



U.S. prepares for Florence
According to Department of Defense (DoD) officials, more than 7,000 active duty and National Guard service members are prepared to respond to Hurricane Florence. DoD officials also said that the department is working with civilian agencies and federal partners in support of regions affected by the storm. U.S. Northern Command… Read More

September is National Preparedness Month



September is National Preparedness Month
September 1 marked the beginning of National Preparedness Month, with the theme for 2018 being “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” National Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to remind us that “we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.” In her message on National Preparedness… Read More

Stabilization Symposium findings published



Stabilization Symposium findings published
Findings from the Stabilization Symposium have been published. The Stabilization Symposium was held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., from June 26 to June 27, and focused on the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) that was published earlier that month. The SAR aims to streamline U.S. government stabilization efforts and… Read More