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Security Mom Explains Security in a Way We Can All Understand

Juliette Kayyem’s new book, Security Mom, may be the most honest book I’ve read on how homeland security affects families and the communities in which we live. More importantly, it helps us understand, and explain to our family members, neighbors, and friends what it really means to live in a dangerous, high-threat environment without sacrificing our values or cowering in fear.

Risk-Based Solutions for Reducing Airport Wait Times

By Chris Schmidt
People are flying in record numbers across the country, which is good news for the airline and tourism industry but not for travelers enduring long wait times at airport screening checkpoints. Something needs to change, and it starts with TSA embracing a true risk-based methodology.

Touring San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Ports of Entry

Folks at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) put together a tour of the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry for a small number of bloggers and think tank representatives to take a look behind the scenes at the daily operations at these vital and busy locations. This is what we saw.

From the Front Lines – Port of Entry Wait Times at San Ysidro

At the San Ysidro Port of Entry, passenger vehicles are waiting 50 minutes in the Ready Lanes and 55 minutes in the Standard lanes. Having to wait nearly an hour in some cases and two hours in others provides a significant disincentive to cross from the Mexico into the United States, yielding cascading consequences for the U.S. economy and national security.

In Fight Against ISIS and AQ, What Does Success Look Like?

The George Washington University annual program, “Securing Our Future,” bought together national, homeland and cyber security experts to discuss U.S. security challenges and priorities. What emerged were three clear metrics for measuring success in the fight against ISIS and al Qaeda.

Complaints Against TSA? Let Them Know!

If you have a complaint about how you were treated or concerning long processing times when going through TSA airport security checkpoints, complain! Data shows a 900% increase in complaints against TSA since 2015. Keep it up, travelers.

Profiles in Security – Ehsan Zaffar

The general public sometimes assumes DHS’ mission begins and ends with TSA airport screening. In truth, there are legions of individuals in the Department striving to enhance our national resilience. One of these people is Ehsan Zaffar.

TSA Needs to Do a Better Job of Managing Airport Wait Times

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have been experiencing long security lines. TSA needs a web page where everyone can observe how long it takes to clear security and plan accordingly.

The National Interest is Privacy, Not Backdoors to Encryption

By Casey Lucius
The recently introduced Feinstein-Burr bill would force encryption providers to maintain backdoors in case the government shows up with a court order. It is bad for government, business and the public.

A Case for Empathy in Counterterrorism

A lot has been written about empathy as the cornerstone of emotional intelligence. It turns out that empathy can be a fantastically powerful tool in understanding complex issues and in making crucial decisions in a variety of situations—including in the fight against terrorists.