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A Worthy and Enduring Legacy for John Brennan

The Ethos & Profession of Intelligence 2016 program was a testament to the CIA Director’s investment in dialogue and education.

Critical Skills for the Next DHS Secretary

The fifth DHS Secretary will have their hands full with a job that has more critics than friends. Here are the top skills the next Homeland Security Secretary will need.

The Presidential Debate – National Security Questions I Want Asked

Nothing can change the dynamics of a presidential race faster than a debate performance. With the first debate approaching, what will the nominees have to say about national security?

On 9/11, Master the Fear of Terrorism

Fifteen years ago this Sunday, al Qaeda attacked, and over time, the commemoration of 9/11 has morphed into a superficial media bonanza and a catalyst for fear of terrorism. This is not what we need to inspire among the population.

International Collaboration in an Era of Homegrown Terrorism

Terrorism today is not necessarily committed by foreigners. From San Bernardino to Baghdad, we are seeing the rapid growth of HVE as the most serious type of terrorist threat.

Kerry Says ISIS is Running – Is He Trustworthy?

By Mike Martin
Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that ISIS is on the run, but the Obama administration has made these kinds of statements in the past. Should the American people believe Secretary Kerry?

How Marginalization in France Fuels Recruitment and Terror Attacks

Security Debrief contributor Erroll Southers writes in The Hill about the terrorist attack in Nice and what it reveals about the rising homegrown violent extremist threat in France and around the world.

Brexit and Potential Impact on Global Defense

By Mike Martin
In June, Britain voted handily to leave the European Union, dubbed “Brexit.” This has been a move that has created political and economic turmoil. But a remaining question is what effect will this have on global defense?

An Open Letter to Non-Muslim Americans

Extremism threatens us all, whether it comes in the form of violence or in the form of intolerance and hate. All Americans have an opportunity this month to show their fellow citizens that this country is still a land of united people. It only takes two words: Happy Ramadan.

Direct Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Don’t Stand a Chance

Einstein said the definition of insanity is repeating the same action repeatedly while expecting a different result. The latest Israeli demand for direct negotiations with Palestinian counterparts has been tried before and should it materialize again, it will most likely fail. This owes to misaligned approach to conflict resolution.