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  • Fusion Center Strengths and Weaknesses

    In a new study released by the Homeland Security Policy Institute, representatives from over 70 of the nation’s “fusion centers” were queried on their perceived roles and capabilities related to myriad topics within the homeland security and intelligence enterprise. Many of the findings were surprising. Created as a means of … More

    Missile Defense Protection Against Iran Far Outweighs Objections from Russia or China

    As the Obama Administration continues to pursue what can at best be described as a tepid commitment to missile defense, it nonetheless continues to draw condemnation from Russian and Chinese officials who describe U.S. and NATO plans to enhance missile defense capabilities throughout Europe as “destabilizing.” All the while, Russia … More

    Obama’s Policy Toward Missile Defense Draws the Ire of Nation’s Leading Defense Experts

    In a recent National Journal article, three-quarters of defense experts interviewed opposed any attempt by the Obama Administration to scale back missile defense deployment in Europe in exchange for promises of Russian cooperation with Iran. “If we drop these plans, we could witness the reemergence of Russia as a dominant … More

    Anticipating the Next Terror Threat

    As the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden came to pass, European and American officials openly lamented the possibility of al-Qaeda operatives using creative ways to avenge their erstwhile leader’s demise. One idea provoking concern among national security experts surrounded the idea of using surgically implanted bombs … More

    Al-Qaeda Threat Fractured, Not Gone

    A recent assessment by senior U.S. intelligence officials shows that while the current threat associated to al-Qaeda central—i.e., Ayman al-Zawahiri and his immediate acolytes—has significantly diminished, the threat nonetheless remains. Richard Cardillo, an official with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, argues that a high-impact terrorist event emanating … More

    The Ryan Plan Prioritizes National Security

    When Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) released the House Republican budget earlier this week, one thing was certain: It takes seriously the constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense. Eschewing the Obama Administration’s call for higher taxes, the Ryan budget succeeds in restoring America’s defenses while restraining the federal government’s … More

    Killing Spree in France Reminds World of Disparate Terror Threat

    This October marks the 10-year anniversary of the Beltway sniper attacks, a series of killings that gripped the Washington, D.C., metro area with fear. Until being brought to justice, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo methodically gunned down nearly a dozen innocent civilians. This past week, citizens in the … More

    Millennium Bomber to Remain in Prison Where He Belongs

    On July 27, 2005, Ahmed Ressam was sentenced to 22 years in prison for attempting to detonate explosives at the Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the new millennium. Although Ressam intended to murder hundreds of innocent civilians under the auspices of a jihad against the United States, … More

    Protecting America from Online Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism

    When 22-year-old Zachary Chesser was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison this past year, many casual observers wondered aloud how a middle-class kid from Virginia could have descended into a world of Islamist-inspired fundamentalism, promoting violence and extolling the virtues of Islamist propaganda. Within America’s counterterrorism community, however, examples … More

    Underwear Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison

    On Christmas Day 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab nearly succeeded in murdering almost 300 civilians aboard Northwest Flight 253. As the plane approached its final destination of Detroit, Michigan, Abdulmutallab was seen entering the lavatory, returning to his seat, and placing a blanket over his head. Moments later, passengers noticed a … More