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Emergency Exercises Are Essential Part of 2016 Transition Process

In a matter of months, the United States will have a new president. Leadership transitions are awkward affairs, but one of the most important parts of a successful process is understanding how to handle major emergencies on Day One.

The National Interest is Privacy, Not Backdoors to Encryption

By Casey Lucius
The recently introduced Feinstein-Burr bill would force encryption providers to maintain backdoors in case the government shows up with a court order. It is bad for government, business and the public.

In Metro Battles, Firings Ought to Go Both Ways

After the closing of Washington’s Metro system, Rep. Gerry Connelly declared some Metro employees should be fired. Leaders who make such pandering statements should look in the mirror to see who built, reinforced and enabled an operating and capitalization structure that is as broken as the Metro system itself.

For U.S. Infrastructure, Flint was the Beginning, DC Metro is Act Two

the National Capitol Region will come to an almost practical halt in the middle of a busy work week because the entire subway network is being shut down for emergency inspections of its third-rail power system. The public of this system are a reflecting mirror indicative of our overall national infrastructure status and investment.

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.

United, NYSE and WSJ Glitches Were Not a Cyber Attack

There’s an old axiom in science and statistics: correlation does not imply causation. Sometimes what walks and talks like a duck isn’t actually a duck. Technical glitches on Wednesday sure looked like a cyber attack…but they weren’t. Here’s how we know.

Building Resilience in U.S. Healthcare Sector

By Tim Stephens
Healthcare is the largest single sector of the U. S. economy, and the continuity of this sector is essential to the functioning of all American infrastructure sectors. Yet, federal funding of hospital preparedness is not at a scale necessary to move the system or achieve its stated goals.

Looking Back and Looking Forward – DHS Moves into 2015 Amid Uncertainty and Hope

By most objective measures, 2014 was not a good year for the Department of Homeland Security. As we enter 2015, I sense there is a slight bit of subjective optimism that, under the leadership of DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, things are getting better. Here are the opportunities (and potential challenges) for the Department in 2015.

Welcome to the (Internet) Balkans

“Balkanization” is a splitting into many opposed factions closely located in one area. It ain’t good to be Balkanized, but that is what is happening to the Internet, and there is nothing Washington can do about it. The Obama Administration’s move to let go of U.S. government control over the naming rights of Internet sites is being viewed as the latest in a long line of U.S. withdrawals from control of the Internet.

Announcing the First Chris Battle Homeland Security Colloquium

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, Security Debrief and Catalyst Partners will host the First Annual Chris Battle Homeland Security Colloquium. Security Debrief’s expert contributors will come together to discuss and debate the current state of U.S. homeland security, DHS, and the threats and priorities the country will face in the year ahead.