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In FBI-Apple Fight, Law Enforcement Missing the Point

By Max Skalatsky
Every week, we hear how the FBI is attempting to subpoena text messages from Apple. Instead of tech companies trying to out-argue the Federal government, is it possible to engage with policy makers and law enforcement to understand what the next generation technologies will be?

Resilience – The Antidote to ISIS

With hordes of counterterrorism pundits falling all over each other to push forth Amygdala-controlled agendas, maybe it’s time to revisit an old, tested and useful (though admittedly less exciting) antidote to terrorism – resilience.

In Metro Battles, Firings Ought to Go Both Ways

After the closing of Washington’s Metro system, Rep. Gerry Connelly declared some Metro employees should be fired. Leaders who make such pandering statements should look in the mirror to see who built, reinforced and enabled an operating and capitalization structure that is as broken as the Metro system itself.

For U.S. Infrastructure, Flint was the Beginning, DC Metro is Act Two

the National Capitol Region will come to an almost practical halt in the middle of a busy work week because the entire subway network is being shut down for emergency inspections of its third-rail power system. The public of this system are a reflecting mirror indicative of our overall national infrastructure status and investment.

The Space Community’s “E Pluribus Unum” Moment

Space should be viewed as an infrastructure. From military and intelligence needs, to civilian and commercial services, to technology creation and economic development, space has a role in it. The problem is the United States has let its space infrastructure deteriorate. For national security and other reasons, America needs to lead in space again.

More Research Needed on Economic Consequences, Opportunities in Homeland Security

Little research has been developed on the economic security aspect of homeland security. This past week, I presented a paper at the Eastern Economics Association (EEA) 42nd Annual Conference in Washington, DC, and it afforded the kind of dialogue we need on customer service and homeland security.

Mexican Cartels Patrol Border with Drones

There are legions of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border, and they do not belong to the United States. They are owned and operated by Mexican drug cartels, and there’s nothing we can currently do to stop them.

Apple Fights Court Order – Security v. Privacy Debate Continues

Apple is fighting a federal magistrate’s order in connection with the investigation of the San Bernardino shootings. This is another instance of consumer privacy potentially conflicting with homeland security issues. Or is it?

After Blizzard, Significance of Dependable and Emergency Response

The East Coast is still digging out after Winter Storm Jonas, some places faster than others. An important part of recovery from major weather events is reliable information, and there’s reason to think some areas hit by Jonas could be doing a better job. This isn’t just about knowledge; it’s about emergency management.

Public-Private Partnerships can Enhance Profitability, Security

Having good customer service improves the profitability of merchants at the airports, and from a law enforcement perspective, a calm airport environment allows CBP and other law enforcement officers to identify potential threats. Here’s how.