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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.

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.

TSA Blame Game Runs Wild But Effective Solutions Are Scarce

The announcement that TSA replaced former Assistant Administrator for Security Operations Kelly Hoggan got a lot of national attention. It might lead one to conclude that the recent “blame and shame” efforts of some members of Congress threatening TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger’s tenure in office had worked. If anyone came to that conclusion, however, they would be wrong.

Is TSA the Only One to Blame for Security Wait Times?

By Mike Martin
Checkpoint wait times at U.S. airports continue to grow, but TSA may not be the only to blame. Since 2009, the volume of air travelers has increased faster than TSA’s funding, and unfunded congressional mandates are taxing TSA’s already insufficient budget.

Woes Continue at TSA – Who Can Save the Agency?

For years, news headlines have reported the Transportation Security Administration is missing the mark. It is the same story every time; the only thing that changes is the date of the article. With outrageous wait times at airport security checkpoints, as well as a host of other agency issues, TSA is making headlines yet again. So why is this time any different from the others?

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.

Sheila Jackson Lee Joins HGTV! FPS Guarding ‘Trumptonium’! DHS S&T Moves to Happyland! Really?!

In Security Debrief’s seventh annual April Fools coverage, we’ve collected stories the rest of the media somehow missed.

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.

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.