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Trump Tweets DHS Sec. Nielsen Could be Fired Next! Really?!

For Security Debrief’s 9th annual April Fools coverage, we’ve collected stories the rest of the media somehow missed…

Netanyahu, Trump and Iran – Risks of Taking Advice from a ‘Real Genius’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s message to fix or nix the Iran deal seems to resonate with President Trump, but the president should look to history to understand where this geopolitical path may lead.

National Biosurveillance Integration Center – Cancel the Program or Call For an Overhaul?

By James M Wilson and Kimothy L. Smith
Concerns are growing over word that NBIC is being considered for programmatic cancellation by DHS’ newly formed Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.

Virtual Kidnappings on the Rise – Law Enforcement Needs to Do More

Transnational organized criminal groups are using virtual kidnapping to extort money from Americans, and the U.S. law enforcement response seems to fall short.

In Second Year of Trump Administration, the Perplexing State of Homeland Security

There is a long list of things in the homeland security arena that remain undone as the Trump Administration begins its second full year.

Getting Some Good Out of the Mess in Hawaii

The erroneous ballistic missile alert sent by the Hawaii Operations Center revealed critical vulnerabilities that need to be addressed to enhance missile defense for the 50th state.

How will Data and Analytics Change the President’s Daily Briefing?

While the President’s Daily Briefing is comprehensive, there remain factors and circumstances a president and their national security team will not have full insight into. That might be about to change.

In Devastation from Hurricane Harvey, USCG Does It Again

There are many people and groups that have done amazing things to help the victims of Harvey. Perhaps most impressive among them: the US Coast Guard.

No Solution to Muslim HVE Without Muslim Communities

A recurring problem with attempts to address Muslim homegrown violent extremism is that tactics and programs too often occur without input or participation from Muslim communities.

DHS Budget – Public Rhetoric vs. Budget Reality

The rhetoric from DHS leadership about the overwhelming need for cybersecurity talent, as well as other stated priorities, does not match the reality of the DHS FY18 budget proposal.