Crime


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

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

State releases narcotics control report



State releases narcotics control report
Earlier this month, the Department of State released the 2017 International Narcotic Control Strategy Report (INCSR). In a teleconference on March 2, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield introduced the INCSR, saying “This report… tells a picture of the international architecture that is now in… Read More

Interagency investigation into phone scams



Interagency investigation into phone scams
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) have joined forces to investigate phone scammers posing as IRS officials. The interagency investigation resulted in indictment of 61 individuals in late October. Timothy Camus, TIGTA deputy inspector general for investigations,… Read More

Featured Article: Out of Sync…



Featured Article: Out of Sync…
Featured article: “Out of Sync” – U.S. Africa Command and Recent Interagency Challenges by William Denn, J. J. Williams, and Devanie Johnson U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), the Department of Defense’s (DoD) newest, geographic combatant command formed in 2007, exemplifies a bold, new experiment in whole-of-government interagency cooperation. Structured from the… Read More

Illicit networks a challenge to security



Illicit networks a challenge to security
Earlier this month, U.S. Southern Command (Southcom) commander Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd spoke on the region’s greatest security challenge during a media roundtable at the Pentagon – illicit networks. According to Tidd, while Southcom’s area of responsibility has not seen ongoing conflict in some time, “it’s not a region… Read More

State releases international narcotics control strategy



State releases international narcotics control strategy
Last week the State Department submitted the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) to Congress. The two-volume report offers a comprehensive assessment of the efforts of foreign governments to reduce illicit narcotics production, trafficking and use, in keeping with their international obligations under UN treaties, while also presenting information… Read More

State effort to combat illicit tobacco trade



State effort to combat illicit tobacco trade
Last week the U.S. Department of State issued The Global Illicit Trade in Tobacco: A Threat to National Security, a publication outlining the whole-of-government effort to combat the illicit trade in tobacco. The publication was released on December 2, at a meeting of the Interagency Working Group to Combat Illicit… Read More

Bill calls for greater collaboration, training for cybercrime



Bill calls for greater collaboration, training for cybercrime
On November 30, the House of Representative passed H.R. 3490, the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act. The bill was originally introduced in September of this year by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) befor being referred to the Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security. The bill amends the… Read More

FBI Cyber Division utilizes whole-of-government approach



FBI Cyber Division utilizes whole-of-government approach
FBI Cyber Division Section IV Chief Gerald Bessette was recently interviewed about actions agencies should take before and after a cyber breach. During the interview, Bessette discussed the Cyber Division’s place within the FBI, trends in cyber intrusions and breeches, and the differences between cyber investigations and traditional probes. Bessette… Read More