National Security


‘The General and the Ambassador’ – North Macedonia’s entrance to NATO



‘The General and the Ambassador’ – North Macedonia’s entrance to NATO
The latest episode of “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” was released earlier this week. In this episode, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy and guests Ambassador Jess Baily and Major Gene Enriquez discuss North Macedonia’s entrance into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Baily and Enriquez describe their work to… Read More

Webinar – Security Through Education: The Role of the American University of Afghanistan…



Webinar – Security Through Education: The Role of the American University of Afghanistan…
The International Stability Operations Association will present on December 2, 2020, a webinar on the future of Afghanistan and the role of Afghan women promoting lasting change to their Nation, through the lens of Women, Peace and Security imperatives. “Security Through Education: The Role of the American University of Afghanistan… Read More

‘The General and the Ambassador’ discuss USAID in war zones



‘The General and the Ambassador’ discuss USAID in war zones
“The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” recently released their fiftieth episode. In this episode, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy discusses the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) role in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan with Senior Mission Directors Hilda “Bambi” Arellano and Ken Yamashita. Arellano and Yamashita describe the… Read More

“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