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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.

Demographic Insights of Violent Extremists in Minneapolis-St. Paul

By Chris Fox
When it comes to terrorism, we hear a lot of trendy buzzwords, rhetoric and speculation. The questions we don’t hear enough are, why does radicalization occur and how do we stop it? Answering these questions requires data and careful research.

Apple Fights Court Order – Security v. Privacy Debate Continues

Apple is fighting a federal magistrate’s order in connection with the investigation of the San Bernardino shootings. This is another instance of consumer privacy potentially conflicting with homeland security issues. Or is it?

The Business of Homeland Security – Sec. Johnson’s ‘State of Homeland Security’ Talk

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s final “State of Homeland Security” talk included the usual reference to his “Unity of Effort” initiative. While his intentions are good, within DHS, the effort is viewed as nothing more than a “Unity of Rhetoric” initiative. Here are several ways well-meaning ideas have fallen well-short of reality.

Mexico Must Step Up Immigration Enforcement

There are rising fears that the United States could see a repeat of the 2014 massive influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Part of the challenge comes down to a matter of incentive.

State Dept: E-mails on Clinton Server ‘Top Secret’

It was revealed today that the State Department is now counting 37 pages of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server as “Top Secret.” If you, as a federal employee with a Top Secret clearance, disclose such items as what is talked about in these reports, this is what would happen to you.

FinTech Presents Challenges for Counterterrorism Financing

New app platforms based in financial technology (FinTech) might be the next vulnerability for Counter-Terrorism Financing.

Clinton Indictment Watch – SAP Found on Home Server

On Tuesday, several media outlets reported that Intelligence Community Inspector General sent a letter to Congress regarding Sec. Hillary Clinton stored documents on her home server that were classified “Special Access Program.”

One Strategy Does Not Fit All Terrorists

Big issues, like international and domestic terrorism, are incredibly complex. So how can so many of the proposed solutions to America’s terrorism woes fit inside a 5-second soundbite? They can’t because they aren’t real solutions.

Lest We Forget – 74 Years After Pearl Harbor

Yesterday was the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It’s not a milestone anniversary, but it’s an important day to remember, not because those who fought in WWII are quickly leaving us but because it reminds us of who we are down to our national DNA.