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The U.S. Department of Energy – A Policy and Operational Enigma

By Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, PhD
Despite the importance of its mission, the Department of Energy is not well known to the homeland security community. As we enter the next administration, it is worth considering the scope, value and complexity of DOE’s missions to homeland and national security.

TSA – The Turn-Around Agency of the Year

The changes at TSA over the last year have dramatically improved the agency’s operations and culture. So what’s really going on at TSA that the incoming Trump administration team ought to notice (and not muck up)? This is the part where they need to pay close attention.

Better Management of Trusted Traveler Programs Can Enhance Security, Efficiency

Consolidating Precheck, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST management has many benefits.

Reforming the Stafford Act

With a new administration and Congress, it’s time to take a look at how America plans for emergencies.

The Critical Infrastructure of Space

Today, we are in the midst of a new space race with dozens of nations competing for the higher ground – in orbit.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 6 – Merging CBP and TSA

CBP and TSA serve many identical functions. It’s time to consolidate them into a single agency.

Great Infrastructure Takes a National Infrastructure Bank

When it comes to generating economic growth and jobs, infrastructure investment tops the list of the next president’s to-do list.

DHS Needs a Risk Expert as its Next Secretary

The DHS mandate is fundamentally about risk, and in looking for the next DHS Secretary, we should consider someone with a risk-focused background. Something like an insurance expert.

U.S. Cyberattack on Russia Would be a Mistake

By Mike Martin
The reported plans for retaliatory cyberattacks on Russia could yield many negative consequences with minimal benefit.

Lawsuits, TSA, Highway Deaths and Math Homework

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has filed a lawsuit in federal court because TSA didn’t do its math homework.