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Law enforcement, intelligence community vital for domestic security



Law enforcement, intelligence community vital for domestic security
A recent paper published by Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs examines the balance between a U.S. citizen’s unalienable right to privacy and security of the nation. “By Any Means Necessary: Privacy Implications of Intelligence Support to Domestic Security” looks at what happens when the government’s… Read More

ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security



ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security
On June 21, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary met for a hearing titled  “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership As Well As Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Assessing Federal Efforts to to End the Threat.” During the hearing several individuals representing U.S. government agencies, including those representing the… Read More

Conference focuses on civ-mil relations



Conference focuses on civ-mil relations
Last month, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) hosted an all-day conference focused on relations between the military and the civilian world. “Command Climate: The State of U.S. Civil-Military Relations” took place on May 23, with panelists representing the Department of Defense (DoD) and other U.S. government entities… Read More

DHS could strengthen anti-smuggling efforts



DHS could strengthen anti-smuggling efforts
A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examines the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to address subterranean, aerial, and maritime smuggling of drugs and humans. GAO-17-474 focuses on the known prevalence of these smuggling methods, efforts to address smuggling, and efforts to assess the results of activities to… Read More

Greater interagency cooperation needed to thwart transnational organized crime



Greater interagency cooperation needed to thwart transnational organized crime
RAND Corporation recently published a report on countering the expansion of transnational criminal networks (TCNs) involved in trafficking drugs, persons, weapons, and other illicit goods. These networks pose a serious threat to U.S. national security and security interests in the Western Hemisphere, especially those that with ties to terrorist groups.… Read More

Report examines security of Central America’s Northern Triangle



Report examines security of Central America’s Northern Triangle
In May the Atlantic Council published a report that focuses on Central America’s Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – and how trafficking, violence, and economic troubles in the area effect U.S. national security, primarily along the U.S. southern border. According to the report, U.S. assistance to the… Read More

RAND suggests Army cyber strategy



RAND suggests Army cyber strategy
Earlier this year, the RAND Corporation published a report suggesting a new cyber strategy for the U.S. Army. Tactical Cyber proposes a strategy for tactical Army cyber operations and describes how the Army should use available resources to achieve mission objectives. RAND’s report documents research conducted as part of the… Read More

Senior Executive Service reform needed



Senior Executive Service reform needed
The National Academy of Public Administration recently published a book concerning the role of the Senior Executive Service (SES) nearly forty years after the SES was created. Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service is the result of a November 2014 Brookings Institution summit that focused on modernizing the SES.… Read More

Cybersecurity order finally released



Cybersecurity order finally released
On May 11, the Trump administration released the long-delayed Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The order calls for government agencies to follow best cybersecurity practices and holds agency leaders accountable for security breaches. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly spoke about… Read More

DHS looks to prevent terrorist entry



DHS looks to prevent terrorist entry
Last week, officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) testified in a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on preventing terrorist entry to the U.S. The Committee hearing focused on the new Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry to the United States, which was established earlier this year. The… Read More