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House passes Intelligence Authorization Act



House passes Intelligence Authorization Act
On May 3, the House of Representatives passed the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill ensures that the programs and activities of the U.S. intelligence community are authorized by law, fully resourced, and subject to rigorous congressional oversight. The IAA provides urgent funds and authorities to… Read More

Hague Institute appraises Obama’s mass atrocity prevention efforts



Hague Institute appraises Obama’s mass atrocity prevention efforts
In April the Hague Institute for Global Justice released a report assessing the Obama administration’s efforts in mass atrocity and genocide prevention. The report identifies lessons for the Trump administration as well as other governments and non-state actors who share the goal of preventing and stopping mass atrocities. President Obama… Read More

Tillerson addresses State employees



Tillerson addresses State employees
Yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed State Department employees, speaking about changes and inviting them to “approach this effort that we’re going to undertake with no constraints to your thinking.” This was Tillerson’s second address to State employees since assuming the responsibilities of Secretary of State. Tillerson spoke about … Read More

GAO assesses DHS border security



GAO assesses DHS border security
Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a testimony on their assessment of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) border security efforts along the U.S. southwest border. The GAO testimony details DHS’s efforts to implement collaborative mechanisms along the southwest border and the department’s efforts to assess its use… Read More

EUCOM commander speaks at CVE conference



EUCOM commander speaks at CVE conference
On April 26, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command (EUCOM) hosted top military officials from the U.S. and Europe during a conference where they discussed efforts to counter violent extremism (CVE). In his remarks, Scaparrotti said that “Terrorism is a transregional problem and a clear and present… Read More

Report recommends cohesive CVE strategy for DHS, DOJ



Report recommends cohesive CVE strategy for DHS, DOJ
In early April, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing U.S. efforts for countering violent extremism (CVE). The report focuses on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The U.S. government… Read More

DHS opens VOICE office for victims of crime



DHS opens VOICE office for victims of crime
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement (VOICE) office on April 26. The VOICE office will assist victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, and is intended to keep victims informed of the immigration proceedings of suspects. President… Read More

Trump budget to combine State and USAID



Trump budget to combine State and USAID
On Monday Foreign Policy published an exclusive on the Trump administration’s proposed foreign aid budget and prospective changes to the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Trump plan would dramatically decreased aid funding to developing countries and fold USAID into the State Department. Andrew Natsios,… Read More

Trump administration conducts interagency review of Iranian nuclear program



Trump administration conducts interagency review of Iranian nuclear program
Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the U.S. would conduct a “comprehensive review” of it policy toward Iran. The interagency review will assess whether sanctions suspensions related to the deal are vital to U.S. security interests. Tillerson noted that while Iran is in compliance with the 2015… Read More

Kelly calls for more cooperation, ‘heavy artillery’ in cyber



Kelly calls for more cooperation, ‘heavy artillery’ in cyber
On April 18, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly spoke at George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. In his speech, titled “Home and Away: DHS and the Threats to America,” Kelly discusses the importance of collaboration between DHS and other government agencies and warned against… Read More