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    Record Drug Bust Sheds Light on Security Concerns for Coast Guard

    The U.S. Coast Guard and British Royal Fleet Auxiliary recently seized $37 million worth of cocaine off the coast of the Dominican Republic that was headed to the United States. The success of this interdiction is due in large part to the cooperative efforts of the nations and agencies involved, … More

    Stranded Vessel in Antarctica Illustrates Need for New U.S. Icebreaker Policy

    The Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped by thick ice and stranded near Antarctica since Christmas Eve, despite several rescue attempts. The crew is safe and hopefully will be rescued soon, but the ship’s predicament has highlighted the need for greater U.S. icebreaking capabilities. While the Akademik Shokalskiy … 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

    Former NATO Commander Highlights Growing Arctic Concerns

    Retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis recently highlighted some of the security threats the U.S. is facing in the Arctic and addressed a few ways to increase capacity there in a recent Foreign Policy article. As former supreme allied commander of NATO and commander of United States European Forces Command, … More

    Bureaucrats Gone Wild: Government Spends Recklessly as Fiscal Year Ends

    Washington’s reckless spending is driving America into debt — and yet federal bureaucrats continue their wasteful and frivolous ways. The latest example comes courtesy of today’s Washington Post, which features a story that should infuriate any taxpayer. As the federal government’s fiscal year draws to a close Monday, agencies are … More

    Budget Cuts Force Navy to Neglect SOUTHCOM

    Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert admitted recently that the Navy currently has no ships in SOUTHCOM due to budget constraints. United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is a joint force containing all branches of the U.S. military—the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard—that exists to defend … More

    Napolitano Out: 5 Next Steps for Homeland Security

    Today, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as the Secretary of Homeland Security. The new secretary will face some significant challenges. The Senate must take seriously its responsibility to confirm a nominee with the skills, knowledge, and attributes to do the job right. In particular, America will need a secretary with … More

    Drug Trafficking: Cartels Take to the Caribbean

    Drug cartels have increasingly trafficked through the Caribbean to evade law enforcement, but the U.S. Coast Guard is struggling to keep up. The U.S. has been successful working with our allies in targeting drug trafficking organizations and decreasing violence through programs like the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) and … More

    Morning Bell: Top 5 Problems with the "Comprehensive" Immigration Bill

    The good news is Congress cares about trying to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders. The bad news is they want to do it with a solution that looks a lot like Obamacare—the “Gang of Eight” 844-page-plus “comprehensive” bill. The sad news is that such an “easy button” … More

    Sequestration Cuts the DHS Off at the Knees

    Last week, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released a report outlining what they believe the consequences of sequestration will be if it goes into effect. Following its release, Homeland Security Today published an article highlighting the report’s findings on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specifically. In short, the … More