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‘The General and the Ambassador’ discuss U.S. and Israel

This week “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” released their latest episode focused on the United States and Israel, featuring General Paul Selva and Ambassador Luis Moreno. In this episode, General Selva and Ambassador Moreno talk about their roles as the Monitors of the Road Map to Peace under President Bush. They also discuss […]

DHS to transform whole-of-government approach to cybersecurity

In a February 22, press release, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas laid out plans to update the Department’s whole-of-government approach to cybersecurity under the Biden Administration. “Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we will build on the Department’s excellent work as we transform our whole-of-government approach to tackle the challenge […]

‘The General and the Ambassador’ on national security, diplomacy, and education

The January 2021 episode of “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” featured Admiral William H. McRaven and Congressman Seth Moulton. Together, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy, Admiral McRaven, and Congressman Moulton discuss the national security roles of U.S. diplomacy, Congress, and the U.S. educational system. Admiral McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy Four-Star admiral and […]

Interagency Task Force formed to reunify families

On February 2, the Biden Administration released an Executive Order establishing an interagency task force on the reunification of families. The mission of the task force is to reunite children separated from their families at the United States-Mexico border. The task force will be chaired by the Secretary of Homeland Security, with Secretaries of State […]

House HSC hears testimony on cyber threats

The House Homeland Security Committee heard testimony on cyber threats and resilience on February 10. Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) opened the session by asserting the Biden Administration’s commitment to cybersecurity as “an urgent national and economic security issue.” Thompson also stated that cybercrime cost the global economy $1 trillion in 2020, and cited […]

Interagency group publishes fact sheet on ransomware

On February 4, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the release of a new fact sheet on ransomware. The fact sheet is intended to educate the public on the current ransomware threat and the government’s response. The fact sheet provides a review of what ransomware is, how it is used by criminal actors, and […]

National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness released

On January 21, after designating the ongoing pandemic a top priority for the new Biden Administration, the White House released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The new strategy lays out seven primary goals for COVID-19 response and pandemic preparedness: Restore trust with the American people. Mount a safe, effective, comprehensive […]

FEMA releases initial COVID-19 assessment

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released their initial assessment report on the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month. The report evaluates FEMA’s COVID-19 response operations during the time period of January 2020 through September 2020. According to FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, at the time of the report’s release more than 22 […]

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