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  • Al-Qaeda Seeks American Recruits in Syria

    Al-Qaeda forces in Syria are actively seeking recruits from Americans who have traveled there to fight or to assist opposition forces, according to U.S. officials quoted in today’s New York Times. At least 70 American citizens have traveled to Syria, and most of them are still there, according to U.S. … More

    Homeland Security Employee Morale Continues to Decline

    For the second straight year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has found itself last among government agencies in terms of job satisfaction. The 2013 “Best Places to Work in Government” listed DHS job satisfaction at 46.8 percent, ranking it last out of 19 agencies. Compare this to NASA, which … More

    Jeh Johnson Confirmed: What’s Next for the DHS Secretary

    President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, has been confirmed by the Senate in a final vote of 78–16. This comes after a swift confirmation from the Homeland Security Committee early this month. The swift and quick confirmation left many with lingering questions. Concerns … More

    New Report Slams TSA Behavior Detection Officers

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs), and it is rough, to say the least. The BDO program began in 2007 and has grown to encompass 176 of the 450 airports regulated by the Transportation Security Administration … More

    Time to Take Old Ice-Breakers Out of the Game

    Ice-breakers are an essential component of maritime and national security infrastructure. It is time to determine the fate of U.S. ice-breakers Polar Sea and Polar Star. Both parties are grappling over the future of the two nearly 40-year-old ships. The argument falls during the heated economic budget crisis, centering on … More

    Too Many Cooks in the Homeland Security Kitchen

    Recently released information from the 9/11 Commission reveals that its original recommendation to condense and consolidate congressional oversight for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has yet to be implemented. This leaves homeland security at risk and bound by its own committees. In 2003, DHS was subject to oversight by … More

    Left in the Dark: Blackouts 101

    Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and now blackouts? One might say Mother Nature is on a rampage. On Thursday around 3:45 p.m., 1.5 million people lost power. A mass blackout occurred spanning California, Arizona, and parts of Mexico. Affecting major cities throughout the region, the high-voltage power line outage between Arizona and … More