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    U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy: Sticks and Carrots

    The counterterrorism strategy published by the Obama Administration in June was not exactly a hard-hitting document, turning counterterrorism into a law enforcement issue and generally containing few details and little new thinking. When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the subject on September 9, the subject took on more life. … More

    Pakistan Must Draw the Line on Terrorists

    New information revealing a Kashmir-focused militant group with links to Pakistani intelligence helped shield Osama bin Laden demonstrates why the U.S. must press Pakistani authorities to take a more comprehensive approach to fighting terrorism. Pakistan has long sought to distinguish between al-Qaeda and Kashmir-focused groups it allows to function openly … More

    In The Green Room: Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Counterterrorism Under the Obama Administration

    Earlier this week, Representative Peter King (R-NY), the ranking minority member on the House’s Committee on Counterterrorism, gave a public lecture at Heritage titled, “Keeping America Free, Safe And Prosperous: Counterterrorism in the Obama Administration“. In his speech, King highlighted our current problems with counterterrorism and the future of homeland … More

    States and Localities with Robust Counterterrorism Units Really Are on the Front Lines

    With the arrest of two New Jersey men on their way to Somalia to become jihadists, the role of the counterterrorism unit at the New York Police Department (NYPD) took center stage. The counterterrorism officer who infiltrated the small cell and recorded key communications is a proud member of the … More

    Newsflash: Terrorists are Attacking Americans

    Attempted terrorist attacks are on the rise and we should expect more to come according to a recent memo from the Department of Homeland Security. Three weeks after the country saw the attempted Times Square bombing, an unclassified DHS intelligence memo asserts not only that “the number and pace of … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Pete King (R-NY) on Al-Qaeda

    In some respects, the recent attempted Times Square car bombing and the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized citizen, point to a significant success in America’s Global War on Terror. In the aftermath of 9/11, our government quickly reformed the Intelligence Community and established the Department of Homeland Security, moves … More

    Dennis Blair’s Resignation: What Really Matters

    On Friday, May 21, 2010, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.), the Director of National Intelligence resigned. What really matters in his resignation, however, is not Dennis Blair but the Obama Administration’s chaotic counterterrorism strategy—one that is proving incapable of effectively preventing acts of terrorism against Americans. President Obama has made it … More

    On Director of National Intelligence's Resignation

    It is being widely reported that the Director of National Intelligence has resigned. Much of the speculation over the resignation revolves around his role in directing counterterrorism operations. Regardless, of this speculation the conduct of global counterterrorism operations by the Obama administration is a legitimate concern. Thirty-one terrorist plots have … More

    In The Green Room: Former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley on Effective Counter-terrorism

    Each year, The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center hosts the B.C. Lee lecture featuring a prominent guest speaker on international affairs. This year’s guest was Stephen J. Hadley, a former National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush from 2005–2009. Before his lecture, Hadley sat down to discuss whether the … More

    Using Intel to Target Terrorists: Not a Novel Concept

    It’s difficult to know how to react to the ‘new’ TSA security rules announced by the Obama Administration. On one hand, the good news is that the Administration is abandoning the silly process put in place after the Christmas Day plot of targeting 14 suspicious countries for secondary inspection. Any … More