Pakistan and U.S. Close in on $1 Billion Helicopter, Weapons Deal

From Reuters: Pakistan and the United States moved closer to a billion dollar defense deal this week, after U.S. authorities notified Congress of a proposal to supply helicopters and missiles to sharpen up Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts. U.S. ally Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is fighting a Taliban insurgency in its northwest, a […]

Homeland Security Targets O.C. as Part of Nationwide Project Wildfire

From The Orange County Register: Just before dawn on a Wednesday morning in late March, more than a dozen Homeland Security agents and local police officers huddled beneath a street light in the parking lot at the Placentia Police Department’s headquarters. Special Agent Mark Johnston led the briefing, telling officers to watch their backs. The […]

How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

From CNN: Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. While the White House has said the breach only affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness […]

US Counterterrorism Experts Say Holistic Strategy Needed

From Fierce Homeland Security: The United States and allies are focusing on the imminent terrorist threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria now, but they shouldn’t take their eye off of al-Qaeda even though its leader Ayman al Zawahiri has been quiet for months, an expert Atlantic Council panel said recently. The last […]

The Prosecution’s and Defense’s Closing Arguments, in Conversation

From The Boston Globe: In Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial, the prosecution and defense both agreed on “the who, what, where, and when,” defense attorney Judy Clarke said in closing statements. “We very much disagreed on the why.” The “why” was the focus of arguments during closing statements. For the government, Aloke Chakravarty spoke for just over […]

Coast Guard Needs To Address Risks In Using Rotational Crews, GAO Finds

From HSToday: The US Coast Guard has not fully addressed a variety of risks that could affect the success of its planned implementation of a crew rotation concept (CRC) to increase the operational performance of its national security cutter (NSC) fleet, according to a recent audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

American Al Qaeda Suspect Faces U.S. Terrorism Charges

From Reuters: A U.S. citizen accused of training with al Qaeda and conspiring to kill Americans abroad appeared in federal court in New York on Thursday to face terrorism charges. Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, who was detained in Pakistan and recently transferred into U.S. custody, was clad in blue jail garb and sporting short brown […]

Advancing Cyber Bills Spark Fresh NSA Worries

From The Hill: The House Intelligence panel is preparing to move a cybersecurity bill that privacy advocates argue would embolden the National Security Agency (NSA). Before the contentious bill hits the floor, though, Intelligence Committee leaders want to join forces with their Homeland Security panel colleagues who are considering a bill of their own…The approach […]

NYPD Receives $180M Grant to Aid Fight Against Terrorism

From The New York Post: The NYPD will be getting a boost of federal funds to help combat terrorism, officials announced Wednesday. The city will receive $180 million as part of a nationwide grant program from the Department of Homeland Security that aims to better prepare local and state governments and law enforcement agencies in […]

DHS, San Diego Responders Enhance Nuclear Detection

From BioPrepWatch: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on Tuesday detailing simulations of radiological and nuclear threats with law enforcement personnel and emergency services of San Diego. The simulations allowed those participating to test protocols and procedure in a realistic situation and allowed law enforcement to review detection techniques in case of […]