Trump Aides Push to Move Sessions from Attorney General to Homeland Security

From ABC News: Some senior White House aides are encouraging President Trump to move embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions from his post as attorney general to the now-vacant leadership spot at Department of Homeland Security, ABC News has learned. While some Trump advisers are pushing for this, others aren’t, meaning no decision has been reached […]

Meet the Woman Set to Lead Homeland Security

From The Hill: Washington veteran Elaine Duke is set to temporarily take the helm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) following a dramatic shakeup up at the White House this week. A DHS spokesperson confirmed Friday evening that Duke, who currently serves as Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s deputy, would become acting secretary starting […]

Congress Must Re-Set Department of Homeland Security Priorities

From The Heritage Foundation: In 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had a total budget authority of $60.4 billion—which grew to $66.8 billion in 2016. This budget funds a diverse set of agencies that are responsible for a wide range of issues: counterterrorism, transportation security, immigration and border control, cybersecurity, and disaster response. Yet, […]

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 […]