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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

By Ken Dunlap
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.

Homeland Security Community – Here is a Threat We Can End

Chris Battle, who founded Security Debrief to advance the homeland security mission, died from kidney cancer in 2013. Today, we have an opportunity to pick up the fight where Chris left off. Here’s how.

Speaker Ryan’s National Security Agenda and the Surprise it Unveiled

By Mike Martin
Speaker Paul Ryan and Presidential nominee Donald Trump don’t see eye to eye on a range of issues, among them, national security. Take, for example, the Speaker’s GOP agenda for national security. While there is some overlap between Ryan’s new campaign treatise on foreign policy and those of Trump’s “America First” pronouncements, there is plenty that separates the two.

DC Metro Resilience – The Issue We Need to Talk about

Most organizations can perform well when conditions are at their best, but it’s those truly epic “bad days” when dependability and performance are most important. Given how poorly the Washington, DC, Metro system has been performing on its “good days,” is there any reason to believe it will be able to perform under horrific conditions?

Toward a Freer, More Secure Nation – Interview with a DHS Civil Rights Official

The American public is intensely aware of the potential conflict between security and civil rights. It’s why watchdog agencies are an essential counterbalance to government initiatives. But what exactly does a watchdog agency do? To find out, I spoke with Ehsan Zaffar, a Senior Advisor at the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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.

For TSA and VA, Time is a Valid Performance Measure

Given all of the recent controversies related to operational problems at TSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs, there has been a lot of talk about something that is of intrinsic value and practically unquantifiable—time. Unfortunately, timeliness does not appear to be a metric that TSA and VA use to measure their effectiveness.

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.