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U.S. Border Security Must Guard Against Biologic Threats

By Tim Stephens
A missing element in existing border security measures is a means to ensure we don’t increase the threat from disease outbreaks.

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.

U.S. Cyberattack on Russia Would be a Mistake

By Mike Martin
The reported plans for retaliatory cyberattacks on Russia could yield many negative consequences with minimal benefit.

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.

Imagine Leaders, Not Just Politicians

At the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, there were missed opportunities for statesmen to genuinely advance peace in the Levant.

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.