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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.

The Politics of Obama’s Visit to Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

President Obama is visiting flood-ravaged Louisiana amid criticism. Does he deserve it? Let’s give this a bit of perspective.

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.

Cybersecurity and 2016 Election Infrastructure

With less than 100 days before Americans vote for their next president, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has added one more task to the DHS mandate: securing the elections.

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?

The Cost of Being a Big-Time Host – Is It Worth It?

With the 2016 Olympics about to start, there are mounting concerns about Rio’s readiness and the costs to the host country. Facing significant security threats, public leaders are wondering, is it even worth hosting a large event?

LA Times Snarky Op-Ed on TSA Screening Gets a Snarky Response

A sarcastic op-ed in the LA Times by Jim Tierney critiqued TSA airport screening but failed to offer new solutions–or even an understanding of the issues.

The Water Security Cycle

Our economy, ecosystems, and physical lives are dependent on water, but this critical resource is under greater threat than ever before, a warning given by a growing number of military, intelligence and national security leaders.

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.