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FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate’s Letter on Louisiana Flooding

On Tuesday, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate sent this public letter detailing his agency’s efforts in responding to the massive flooding in Louisiana.

Elections Shouldn’t Be Deemed Critical Infrastructure

By Mike Martin
Since the cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, there has been talk about counting U.S. elections as critical infrastructure, but that might do more harm than good.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 4 – Outcome-Focused Risk Based Security

By Ken Dunlap
Risk-based security measures at TSA have stalled, and we need to get things back on track. One way to do this is to focus on outcomes rather than audits. Is the agency ready for it?

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 3 – Leadership in Innovation

By Ken Dunlap
Organizations these days spend a great deal of time trying to determine the best way to become more innovative. So how can we ensure the best possible outcome for the new TSA Innovation Task Force announced by Administrator Neffenger?

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 2 – Time for a Grand Strategy

By Ken Dunlap
TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger has challenged his organization to envision the Transportation Security Administration as an “integrated whole.” This will require a grand strategy to ensure that our security capabilities outpace the threats over time.

Kerry Says ISIS is Running – Is He Trustworthy?

By Mike Martin
Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that ISIS is on the run, but the Obama administration has made these kinds of statements in the past. Should the American people believe Secretary Kerry?

How Marginalization in France Fuels Recruitment and Terror Attacks

Security Debrief contributor Erroll Southers writes in The Hill about the terrorist attack in Nice and what it reveals about the rising homegrown violent extremist threat in France and around the world.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 1 – Remove Airport Screening Functions

By Ken Dunlap
The last several months have been tough for the flying public, and we have an industry, Congress, and Administration looking to reform aviation security, and it’s time to do some thinking. We have the opportunity to transform our aviation security system in ways that will enhance its efficiency, reliability, and sustainability.

Brexit and Potential Impact on Global Defense

By Mike Martin
In June, Britain voted handily to leave the European Union, dubbed “Brexit.” This has been a move that has created political and economic turmoil. But a remaining question is what effect will this have on global defense?