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Deals with the Devil – The Release of Sgt. Bergdahl

The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American POW in Afghanistan, ends a more than dozen-year American conflict in Afghanistan. The five senior Taliban leaders exchanged for Sgt. Bergdahl, however, will continue to set off debates on the left and right sides of the political aisles.

Congress Heal Thyself – New Voices Convey an Old Message

A full page Wall Street Journal ad last week, signed by 61 former elected and administration officials, including all three previous DHS Secretaries, added a number of new voices to the almost decade-old message that Congress needs to “fix” the overlapping committee structure morass it created to oversee homeland security issues.

Rep. Jim Oberstar – Good Friend, Great American

A couple of Fridays ago, I was scheduled to have a call with former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. I was shocked to learn the next morning that he had passed away in his sleep. I will always remember this about Jim Oberstar: whenever a change to our aviation system was proposed, the lens he would use to examine it was, we have the safest, most secure system in the world, and we need to keep it that way.

A Lunch with Alan Bersin

Join the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association on June 24 for an exclusive, off-the-record, closed door luncheon with Alan Bersin, DHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and Vice President for the Americas, Interpol.

Biometric Exit Needs a Nudge from Congress

Amongst grumblings that immigration reform will likely not go anywhere this year, there is a whispering that a small but important immigration security law – biometric exit – may receive a big vote of confidence in the House this session.

Homeland Security a ‘Runaway Train’?

Has DHS grown too big? Mark Martinez questions on his blog whether mission creep is turning the Department into a ‘runaway train.’ Check out this interesting infographic showing the growth of DHS’ staff and budget over the last decade.

Insuring for Cyber Risk

Increasing adoption of cyber insurance products and frequent cyber-related initiatives across the insurance and risk world has been incredibly positive. Yet, many companies that are not consumer-facing are struggling with the insurability of their increased exposure. The insurance industry needs to embrace this evolving reality.

New S&T Under Sec Says Hello by Video

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate has a new leader, Dr. Reginald Brothers. By way of introducing himself to S&T, the new Under Secretary recorded a video discussing who he is, his priorities for S&T, and his excitement for the work ahead.

A Fond Farewell from DHS Assistant Sec for Policy

DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy David Heyman announced in a letter to staff today that after 5 years, he is stepping down in search of other pursuits.

America is Not Israel, but Terrorism is Terrorism

On the eve of the 2014 Passover, Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr. shouted “Heil Hitler” from the back of a police car after killing three people at two Jewish Centers in Overland Park, Kansas. Cross has been charged with a hate crime, even though his attack was clearly an act of terrorism. Why does there seem to be this national reticence to call a spade a spade, a terrorist a terrorist?