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The Space Community’s “E Pluribus Unum” Moment

Space should be viewed as an infrastructure. From military and intelligence needs, to civilian and commercial services, to technology creation and economic development, space has a role in it. The problem is the United States has let its space infrastructure deteriorate. For national security and other reasons, America needs to lead in space again.

Demographic Insights of Violent Extremists in Minneapolis-St. Paul

By Chris Fox
When it comes to terrorism, we hear a lot of trendy buzzwords, rhetoric and speculation. The questions we don’t hear enough are, why does radicalization occur and how do we stop it? Answering these questions requires data and careful research.

More Research Needed on Economic Consequences, Opportunities in Homeland Security

Little research has been developed on the economic security aspect of homeland security. This past week, I presented a paper at the Eastern Economics Association (EEA) 42nd Annual Conference in Washington, DC, and it afforded the kind of dialogue we need on customer service and homeland security.

Mexican Cartels Patrol Border with Drones

There are legions of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border, and they do not belong to the United States. They are owned and operated by Mexican drug cartels, and there’s nothing we can currently do to stop them.

Sec. Johnson’s ‘Unity of Effort’ Initiative – A Response to Christian Marrone

My recent post on DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s “State of Homeland Security” talk prompted a passionate response from Christian Marrone, former Chief of Staff to the Secretary. Here is my response to him.

Apple Fights Court Order – Security v. Privacy Debate Continues

Apple is fighting a federal magistrate’s order in connection with the investigation of the San Bernardino shootings. This is another instance of consumer privacy potentially conflicting with homeland security issues. Or is it?

The Business of Homeland Security – Sec. Johnson’s ‘State of Homeland Security’ Talk

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s final “State of Homeland Security” talk included the usual reference to his “Unity of Effort” initiative. While his intentions are good, within DHS, the effort is viewed as nothing more than a “Unity of Rhetoric” initiative. Here are several ways well-meaning ideas have fallen well-short of reality.

Mexico Must Step Up Immigration Enforcement

There are rising fears that the United States could see a repeat of the 2014 massive influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Part of the challenge comes down to a matter of incentive.

State Dept: E-mails on Clinton Server ‘Top Secret’

It was revealed today that the State Department is now counting 37 pages of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server as “Top Secret.” If you, as a federal employee with a Top Secret clearance, disclose such items as what is talked about in these reports, this is what would happen to you.

FinTech Presents Challenges for Counterterrorism Financing

New app platforms based in financial technology (FinTech) might be the next vulnerability for Counter-Terrorism Financing.