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Torture Renewed – A Scare from the Trump Administration

By Mike Martin
President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven countries is drawing widespread protest. But there is another yet-unsigned order that is potentially more troubling: a revival of CIA black sites and detainee torture.

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.

Pearl Harbor – Let Its Lessons Never Be Forgotten

WWII veterans made the United States a superpower. We owe it to them to remember their service and the lessons the war taught us.

The Rewards of Veteran Entrepreneur Service

After military service, many veterans continue to serve the public in another way: entrepreneurship.

The Risk Ring of Fire

It is time for the American public to begin a serious discussion about U.S. interests and how to protect them.

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?

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?

Why is the President Threatening to Veto the New Defense Budget…Again?

By Mike Martin
This year marked the eighth consecutive year in which President Obama has threatened to veto the annual defense budget legislation. It leads one to wonder, why exactly were House Republicans so adamant about passing through this bill, and what has led the White House to be so against it? Here are few reasons.

For TSA and VA, Time is a Valid Performance Measure

Given all of the recent controversies related to operational problems at TSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs, there has been a lot of talk about something that is of intrinsic value and practically unquantifiable—time. Unfortunately, timeliness does not appear to be a metric that TSA and VA use to measure their effectiveness.

In Fight Against ISIS and AQ, What Does Success Look Like?

The George Washington University annual program, “Securing Our Future,” bought together national, homeland and cyber security experts to discuss U.S. security challenges and priorities. What emerged were three clear metrics for measuring success in the fight against ISIS and al Qaeda.