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The Strongest Force in Homeland Security – The Private Sector

There are more than 30 million actors outside of the Department of Homeland Security who will be critical to the success of incoming DHS Secretary Gen. John Kelly.

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.

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.

After Chelsea, New Jersey Bombs, Beware and Be Ready

After the bombings this past weekend, there is one simple message we need to heed: “Soft Targets Beware, and Be Ready.”

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.

Homeland Security Community – Here is a Threat We Can End

Chris Battle, who founded Security Debrief to advance the homeland security mission, died from kidney cancer in 2013. Today, we have an opportunity to pick up the fight where Chris left off. Here’s how.

DC Metro Resilience – The Issue We Need to Talk about

Most organizations can perform well when conditions are at their best, but it’s those truly epic “bad days” when dependability and performance are most important. Given how poorly the Washington, DC, Metro system has been performing on its “good days,” is there any reason to believe it will be able to perform under horrific conditions?

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.

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.

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.