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New DHS Sec. Should Focus on Improving Employee Morale

From The Hill: Kelly as DHS Chief Should Focus on Improving Employee Morale Under the leadership of Secretary Jeh Johnson, the Department of Homeland Security worked hard to build institutions and improve morale across the department. Despite the efforts, much work remains to be done on these issues. Efforts to build a department-wide requirements system, […]

Trump Picks Thomas Bossert as Homeland Security Advisor

From The Washington Times: President-elect Donald J. Trump announced Tuesday he is appointing Thomas Bossert, a veteran of the George W. Bush administration, as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. In the role, Mr. Bossert will advise Mr. Trump on issues tied to homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity, according to the presidential […]

Monaco on Counterterrorism, Cyber at CFR

At a Council on Foreign Relations event, Lisa O. Monaco discussed domestic security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity issues during her tenure as President Obama’s homeland security advisor.

Intelligence, Foreign Policy Experts Support Commission To Probe Foreign Interference In Election

From HSToday: Fifteen bipartisan intelligence and foreign policy experts – including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former 9/11 Commission Vice Chair and Congressman Lee Hamilton – issued a statement supporting the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate foreign interference in last year’s US presidential election. […]

Names Floated For Homeland Security Chief

From WGBH: Names Floated For Homeland Security Chief A well-respected national security blog has named four people with New England ties as candidates for secretary of Homeland Security in a Hillary Clinton administration, should she win the election. The Security Brief blog mentions WGBH News contributor Juliette Kayyem, host of the Security Mom podcast, as […]

Facing Terror Recruitment: Somali-American Community Balancing Hope And Despair In Minneapolis

Security Debrief contributor Erroll Southers writes in HSToday about trends in terrorist recruitment in Minneapolis-St. Paul and explains how new innovative programs are helping the Somali-American community counter violent extremism. He writes: “Today, the grassroots effort in Minneapolis looks entirely different. In just a year, there has been a focused, impressive growth of programs and […]

No Better Alternative: The U.S.-Saudi Counterterrorism Relationship

From Brookings: The U.S.-Saudi relationship has come under hard times this year: from the public debate over the Joint 9/11 Congressional Inquiry’s 28 classified pages to President Obama’s famously reported irritation with the longstanding strategic partner. There have been serious discussions in the public square and even the halls of Congress about the utility of […]

DHS Inspector General: TSA ‘Addressing Vulnerabilities’

From CNN: The Transportation Security Administration has made positive strides improving passenger screening while also taking steps to improve security standards, according to separate reports released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general and Government Accountability Office. But a new round of covert security testing slated for this summer by the inspector general’s […]

Homeland Security Committee to Weigh DHS Cyber Reorganization

From The Hill: The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday will mark up legislation by Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) to reorganize how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) protects critical infrastructure from digital threats. The bill, set to be introduced Tuesday, would replace the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) with a new agency tasked […]

Brussels explosions: Many Dead in Airport and Metro Terror Attacks

From BBC: Many people have been killed or seriously injured in terrorist attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station, Belgium’s PM says. Two blasts hit Zaventem airport at about 07:00 GMT, and another struck Maelbeek metro station an hour later. The government has not confirmed casualty numbers. Brussels transport officials say 15 […]