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National Defense Strategy released



National Defense Strategy released
The first new National Defense Strategy in a decade was announced in January. The 2018 National Defense Strategy is described by Elbridge A. Colby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, as “not a strategy of confrontation, but it is strategy that recognizes the reality of competition.”… Read More

FEMA ends food/water aid to Puerto Rico



FEMA ends food/water aid to Puerto Rico
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is ending food and water aid to Puerto Rico on January 31.* FEMA has been an integral part of the interagency effort to provide aid to those effected by last year’s devastating hurricane season. Earlier this week, NPR reported that FEMA “believes the immediate… Read More

CALL highlights lessons learned from State personnel



CALL highlights lessons learned from State personnel
The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) recently published a new installment in their “News From The Front” series focused on the experiences of Department of State personnel in interagency operations. Leveraging the Interagency: Insights from the U.S. Department of State Leadership is a collection of articles related to U.S.… Read More

IRS interested in interagency threat sharing



IRS interested in interagency threat sharing
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is looking to partner with state tax authorities, financial institutions, tax preparers, and other entities to prevent fraudulent tax returns this filing season, using interagency threat sharing to stay ahead of cybercriminals. “When we’re dealing with reduced resources at the IRS, we’ve had to do… Read More

Africom tool helps advance women, peace, and security



Africom tool helps advance women, peace, and security
A new tool recently developed by U.S. Africa Command (Africom) is being used to measure progress in advancing women, peace, and security (WPS). The assessment tool was developed by Cori Fleser, Africom’s gender advisor, to better integrate WPS efforts into Africom’s security cooperation activities. Africom has made strides to better… Read More

Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force bill moves on to Senate



Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force bill moves on to Senate
The House of Representatives reviewed, debated, and passed the DHS Interagency Task Force Act of 2017 on January 9. The bill, which would authorize the participation in overseas interagency counterterrorism task forces of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was originally introduced to the committee by Representative John… Read More

Arkansas National Guard completes DHS accredited cyber training



Arkansas National Guard completes DHS accredited cyber training
The Arkansas National Guard recently conducted a cyber training exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base. The training focused on threats to critical infrastructure, and was part of a program developed by a civilian entity accredited by the Department of Homeland Security. Exercise participants included members of the Arkansas Army… Read More

DHS urges caution over Meltdown and Spectre



DHS urges caution over Meltdown and Spectre
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release last week warning of the security vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre. According to DHS, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Center (NCCIC) is aware of the vulnerabilities, which affect modern computer processors and could allow attackers access to sensitive information.… Read More

Interagency task force bill clears committee



Interagency task force bill clears committee
The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee reviewed the DHS Interagency Task Force Act of 2017 on December 13. The bill was introduced to the committee by Representative John Rutherford (R-FL) on December 5. The committee unanimously agreed to the bill, which authorizes the participation of Department of Homeland Security… Read More

National Security Strategy released



National Security Strategy released
President Trump announced the new National Security Strategy (NSS) on December 18, saying “With every decision and every action, we are now putting America first.” The NSS is supported by four pillars – protect the homeland, promote American prosperity, preserve peace through strength, and advance American influence. The new NSS… Read More