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DHS Releases RFPs for Border Wall Prototypes

The federal solicitation for the “Southwest Border Wall” is out, and the RFPs contain some surprises on timeline and transparency.

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on TSA Goes to the Dogs

When it comes to aviation security and cargo screening, until technology is as reliable and effective as a canine’s nose, we need more trained dogs.

Areas for Private Sector Leadership in Homeland Security

With new leadership taking over DHS, there are areas for renewed private sector leadership and action in the homeland security arena.

The Strongest Force in Homeland Security – The Private Sector

There are more than 30 million actors outside of the Department of Homeland Security who will be critical to the success of incoming DHS Secretary Gen. John Kelly.

LA Times Snarky Op-Ed on TSA Screening Gets a Snarky Response

A sarcastic op-ed in the LA Times by Jim Tierney critiqued TSA airport screening but failed to offer new solutions–or even an understanding of the issues.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 2 – Time for a Grand Strategy

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger has challenged his organization to envision the Transportation Security Administration as an “integrated whole.” This will require a grand strategy to ensure that our security capabilities outpace the threats over time.

More Research Needed on Economic Consequences, Opportunities in Homeland Security

Little research has been developed on the economic security aspect of homeland security. This past week, I presented a paper at the Eastern Economics Association (EEA) 42nd Annual Conference in Washington, DC, and it afforded the kind of dialogue we need on customer service and homeland security.

Sec. Johnson’s ‘Unity of Effort’ Initiative – A Response to Christian Marrone

My recent post on DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s “State of Homeland Security” talk prompted a passionate response from Christian Marrone, former Chief of Staff to the Secretary. Here is my response to him.

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.

Public-Private Partnerships can Enhance Profitability, Security

Having good customer service improves the profitability of merchants at the airports, and from a law enforcement perspective, a calm airport environment allows CBP and other law enforcement officers to identify potential threats. Here’s how.