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Remarks from VP Pence at DHS 15th Anniversary Event

On March 1, 2018, Vice President Mike Pence delivered an address at a Department of Homeland Security event celebrating the department’s 15th anniversary.

National Biosurveillance Integration Center – Cancel the Program or Call For an Overhaul?

By James M Wilson and Kimothy L. Smith
Concerns are growing over word that NBIC is being considered for programmatic cancellation by DHS’ newly formed Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.

Legal Hack-Back – A Colossally Bad Idea

By Mark Weatherford
The “Hack-Back” bill (H.R. 4036) effectively permits cyber retaliation, but as the cybersecurity community knows hacking back is a colossally bad idea.

John Kelly’s Exit Words to DHS

If you want to know the character of a leader, look to how they speak to the people for whom they are responsible. Outgoing DHS Secretary John Kelly’s departing words to DHS staff shows the strength and integrity of his character.

U.S. Chamber Urges Senate Vote on CBP Commissioner Nominee

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to the Senate urging a vote to confirm Kevin McAleenan’s nomination for commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Gov. Christie Nominated for FEMA Administrator! Sheila Jackson Lee Hosts The Apprentice! UFC Fighter Takes Over as WH Press Sec! Really?!

In Security Debrief’s 8th annual April Fools coverage, we’ve collected stories the rest of the media somehow missed…

London Terror Attack – Will Attacks Occur as ISIS Loses its Grip?

Security Debrief contributors Dr. Doron Pely and Dr. Erroll Southers discussed the recent terror attack in London. What can we learn about the motivation of the attacker, the method of attack and the evolving investigation?

U.S. Border Security Must Guard Against Biologic Threats

By Tim Stephens
A missing element in existing border security measures is a means to ensure we don’t increase the threat from disease outbreaks.

Torture Renewed – A Scare from the Trump Administration

By Mike Martin
President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven countries is drawing widespread protest. But there is another yet-unsigned order that is potentially more troubling: a revival of CIA black sites and detainee torture.