National Security


“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security (pt. 2)



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security (pt. 2)
On September 19, part two of Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy’s conversation with former Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and former Senior USAID Mission Director James Bever was released on “The General and the Ambassador.” This episode continues the examination of the role of development assistance… Read More

Acting DHS secretary delivers “State of the Homeland”



Acting DHS secretary delivers “State of the Homeland”
On Wednesday, September 9, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf gave the annual State of the Homeland Address. “While much has changed since the Department was created after 9/11, one thing remains constant: the dedicated men and women of DHS who rise to meet every threat with… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security
On September 7, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy was joined by former Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and former Senior USAID Mission Director James Bever on a new episode of “The General and the Ambassador.” This episode is a departure from the podcast’s typical format. Instead… Read More

White House releases new Space Policy Directive



White House releases new Space Policy Directive
The White House released a new policy regarding the protection of U.S. space systems on September 4. Space Policy Directive-5, or SPD-5, focuses on space systems that enable communication, navigation, weather monitoring, and other capabilities vulnerable to cyberattacks. “Through establishing cybersecurity principles for space systems, Space Policy Directive-5 provides a… Read More

National Preparedness Month: disasters don’t wait



National Preparedness Month: disasters don’t wait
September is National Preparedness Month, a time to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, the wildfires in the west, and other natural disasters, it’s especially important… Read More

CISA, others warn of North Korean bank hackers



CISA, others warn of North Korean bank hackers
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) have issued a joint technical alert about an ongoing bank robbery scheme perpetrated by North Korea. According to the alert released on August 26, North Korean hackers… Read More

Interagency advisory issued on Unmanned Aircraft Systems



Interagency advisory issued on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
On August 17, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an advisory guidance document to help non-federal public and private entities better understand the federal laws and regulations that may apply to the use… Read More

Interagency group commits to election security



Interagency group commits to election security
On August 20, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a joint statement on the meeting of the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC). The GCC met virtually to discuss Election Day preparations and other areas of coordination between the federal government and state and local election officials. According… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” discuss the U.S., Kyrgyzstan, and Central Asia



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss the U.S., Kyrgyzstan, and Central Asia
In a new “The General and the Ambassador” podcast, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy is joined by General Blaine Holt and Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller to converse on the United States, Kyrgyzstan, and Central Asia. General Holt and Ambassador Gfoeller describe their efforts to keep the Manas base as an airbridge for… Read More

State Department releases 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism



State Department releases 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism
Earlier this year, the Department of State released their Country Reports on Terrorism for 2019. The Country Reports on Terrorism are published annually, and cover developments in countries in which acts of terrorism occurred, countries that are state sponsors of terrorism, and countries determined by the Secretary to be of… Read More