The Rise of Violent Right-Wing Extremism, Explained

From Mother Jones: The US law enforcement community regards homegrown violent extremists, not radicalized Islamists, as the most severe threat from political violence in the country, according to a new study from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Released late last week, the report comes amid renewed focus on the problem ever since […]

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act Passed By House Homeland Security Committee

From HSToday: The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA), legislation to protect the nation from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) — a threat experts consider one of the most serious risks to our national security – was passed this past week by the House Committee on Homeland Security. “The electric grid is fundamental to our modern way […]

DHS Group Wants Homeland Security to Share Database of Cyber Incidents with Private Sector

From NextGov: A Department of Homeland Security working group is coming up with reasons to create a “cyber incident data repository,” in which federal agencies and key industries could anonymously share information about cyber risks. The effort builds on a 2015 White House executive order encouraging more cyberthreat information sharing between the public and private […]

The Islamic State Celebrates Its First Birthday

From TIME: Military commanders like to say that “quantity has a quality all its own.” It’s a shorthand way of saying that greater numbers of inferior weapons or troops often can beat smaller, superior forces. Given that Monday marks the first birthday of the declaration of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, it’s […]

Authorities Warn of Possible Terrorist Threats Around July 4

From CNN: Authorities are warning of possible terrorist threats around the July 4 holiday, several law enforcement officials told CNN on Friday. The Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center issued a joint intelligence bulletin to law enforcement across the U.S. The bulletin doesn’t warn of any known active plots. But […]

Cyber: The Buck Stops with the Coast Guard

From The Hill: In the wake of the recent cyber attack on OPM, one component of DHS has stood out as a leader in cybersecurity, but it is not NPPD. Instead, it is the U.S. Coast Guard, which under the leadership of the Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft released a complex cyber strategy outlining a […]

Signs of OPM Hack Turn Up at Another Federal Agency

From NextGov: The National Archives and Records Administration recently detected unauthorized activity on three desktops indicative of the same hack that extracted sensitive details on millions of current and former federal employees, government officials said Monday. The revelation suggests the breadth of one of the most damaging cyber assaults known is wider than officials have […]

Dear (your name),You May Be Toast

From Federal News Radio: During World War II, lots of GIs got “Dear John Letters” from their back home sweethearts. At least in the movies. Later, when dumped by a boyfriend, women were urged to see the 2009 masterpiece “He’s Just Not That Into You”. Jerry Seinfeld ended relationships using the “It’s not you, its […]

HS Committee’s ‘Terror Threat Snapshot’ To Track Escalating Threat Environment In US

From HSToday: The “Terror Threat Snapshot” is a new, regular monthly product of the House Committee on Homeland Security that will track “the escalating and grave threat environment facing the United States, said committee chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas). McCaul said the Terror Threat Snapshot will be kept up to date on the committee’s website, and […]

The Crippling Contradiction in Obama’s ISIS Strategy is Growing

From Business Insider: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently told a Washington committee that the military was falling far short of its training goals in Iraq…The training failures highlight a massive contradiction that is crippling Obama’s strategy to combat Sunni extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. While the president insists that Sunnis […]