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  • Mexican Cartels: A Hemispheric Danger

    U.S. authorities recently arrested the son of the Sinaloa drug cartel’s chief strategist on various charges, including conspiracy to import drugs. The discovery of this narcotics smuggling plot highlights the need to evolve U.S. approaches to counternarcotic efforts, Mexican criminal justice system reforms, and financial targeting in the fight against … More

    Port Security: Prioritizing Technology and Funding

    U.S. ports are thought to be secure from both radical transnational organizations and aggressive foreign nations, but, earlier this month, an unlocked door and surveillance equipment failures enabled a homeless man with “some mechanical aptitude” to commandeer a 132-foot yacht in Seattle, Washington. This incident highlights the need to strengthen … More

    The Obama Doctrine’s Misleading Rhetoric on Terrorism

    Despite the Obama Administration’s narrative, the al-Qaeda network and its radical ideology pose an unbroken and significant danger to the United States homeland and its interests. For nearly a year, the Obama Administration, including current Homeland Security Secretary nominee Jeh Johnson, claimed that the core of al-Qaeda is “degraded, disorganized … More

    Girding the Grid: Educating Leaders Is Key

    According to a recent report sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. power grid is under threat from nation-states, organized crime syndicates, hacktivists, and terrorists. More needs to be done to protect the nation’s power grid and mitigate these threats. A little more than ten years ago, a … More

    Cyber Attacks: Hopping the "Great Firewall"

    Google’s new Digital Attack Map reveals that the U.S. experiences daily cyber attacks. Though much of the map’s real-time cyber activity is untraceable, the map does confirm that China heavily targets the U.S. This underscores the need for the U.S. to make China feel a cost for its cyber espionage … More

    Brazil’s Internet: A Showdown of Ends and Means

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff wants to free Brazil’s Internet access from U.S. domination. Rousseff and the Brazilian government seek to accomplish this “cyber sovereignty” by strong-arming U.S. companies into establishing local data centers, laying a new fiber-optic link from Brazil through South Africa to Asia, and partnering with Russia on … More

    Aviation Security: Defending U.S. Passenger Airplanes Is as Important as Ever

      Terrorists may have attempted a hijacking “dry run” onboard a recent flight from Washington, D.C., to Orlando. According to news sources, four men engaged in disruptive behavior seemingly designed to distract flight crew members. The incident reminds us that terrorists still view commercial aviation as a potential target, and … More

    “Voluntary” Cybersecurity Standards: The Threat of Regulation Looms

    Recently, Federal News Radio reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is nearing completion of the nation’s first ever cybersecurity framework. Despite initial cooperation, the threat of mandatory regulations as a result of this framework is a sword hanging over the private sector. The NIST framework is … More

    Power Politics over Homeland Security: 12 Years Past the Time to Reform

    More than 12 years after 9/11, Congress still isn’t listening to calls for critical homeland security reform. The latest comes from the Aspen Institute, which once again urged Congress last week to implement the final recommendation of the 9/11 commission: simplifying congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). … More