counterterrorism


Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act introduced



Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act introduced
On December 5, Representative John Rutherford (R-FL) introduced to the House Homeland Security Committee a bill to authorize the participation in overseas interagency counterterrorism task forces of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act of 2017 amends Section 102 of the Homeland… Read More

New office at DHS to counter WMDs



New office at DHS to counter WMDs
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced last week the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. The new office is established at a time when “The United States faces rising danger from terrorist groups and rogue nation states,” said Secretary Nielsen.… Read More

Featured Article: A Brief History of Scandals…



Featured Article: A Brief History of Scandals…
Featured article: A Brief History of Scandals: Special Oversight Challenges in National Security Interrogations by Erik Jens A history of (at least) American national security operations and initiatives shows, fairly convincingly, the need for external oversight. Time and again, executive branch agencies have, with the best of motives as they… Read More

Featured Article: Securing the U.S. Food Supply…



Featured Article: Securing the U.S. Food Supply…
Featured article: Securing the U.S. Food Supply: The Quintessential Interagency Task by Cindy A. Landgren The general public puts little thought into the vast, interconnected infrastructure that constitutes the fabric of life in the U.S. Nevertheless, large segments of that infrastructure are susceptible to failure—potentially even catastrophic failure—through both accidental… Read More

Featured Article: Interagency Approaches to Reduce Agroterrorism Threats



Featured Article: Interagency Approaches to Reduce Agroterrorism Threats
Featured article: Closing the Barn Door: Interagency Approaches to Reduce Agroterrorism Threats by David F. Grieco Despite billions of dollars spent in the U.S. on national defense, one key area has been historically overlooked. In the twenty-first century, perhaps the greatest national security threat requiring careful interagency coordination is not… Read More

Featured Article: Improving the Intelligence Community’s Contribution to CWMD



Featured Article: Improving the Intelligence Community’s Contribution to CWMD
Featured article: Improving the Intelligence Community’s Contribution to Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction by Timothy W. Fisher There is, of course, no such thing as a perfect weapon of mass destruction (WMD) threat assessment. Some of the brightest minds in the intelligence community continuously work WMD issues. The intelligence community,… Read More

Featured Article: Optimizing a U.S. Communications Strategy…



Featured Article: Optimizing a U.S. Communications Strategy…
Featured article: Optimizing a U.S. Communications Strategy through Structure and Design by Sharon Engelmeier The endurance of Syria’s Assad regime, Russia’s defiant maneuvering in eastern Ukraine, and the Islamic State’s encroachment on Iraqi territory stand as staunch reminders to those within U.S. government strategic communication fields that they remain deficient… Read More

FBI analyst briefs on homegrown violent extremism



FBI analyst briefs on homegrown violent extremism
On Oct. 12 more than 100 students, staff, and faculty of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College gathered in the Arnold Conference Room to hear Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Intelligence Analyst Kenneth Hines lead a discussion on homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) and the threats within the United… Read More

State releases 2016 country report on terrorism



State releases 2016 country report on terrorism
On July 19, the State Department released the 2016 Country Reports on Terrorism. The annual Country Reports on Terrorism provide policy-related assessments and country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation, and contain information on state sponsors of terrorism, terrorist safe havens, foreign terrorist organizations, and the global challenge of chemical,… 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