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Brexit and Potential Impact on Global Defense

By Mike Martin
In June, Britain voted handily to leave the European Union, dubbed “Brexit.” This has been a move that has created political and economic turmoil. But a remaining question is what effect will this have on global defense?

Keep a Cool Head, Remember Your Sweater, and Be Kind

Every night on television, we witness recaps of members of Congress being angry at members of the other party because they simply can’t see it their way. But how we think, speak and act now will become normal behavior, and eventually, our national destiny.

Public Participation in Identity Verification Biometrics Study

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in an experiment to test biometric technologies in an airport setting for the DHS AEER program . Here’s how it went.

Does Privatizing Airport Security Make Sense from a Customer Service Perspective?

TSA says there is no statistical difference in customer service between federal airport screeners and private contractors. Confirming or rejecting this statement takes data. So all we need to do is compare TSA data with contractor data, right? It’s not that simple, even though it should be.

Justice Dept. Redacting the Truth…and Common Sense

One wonders whether the Justice Department possesses any common sense given its decision to redact portions of the Orlando nightclub shooter’s 9-1-1 calls. Public trust in government is at all-time lows, and the ability to embrace common sense and sharing the obvious seem to be factors that are difficult to grasp for DOJ.

Data-Driven Screening Accelerates Airport Security

By Max Skalatsky
TSA is looking for ways to improve it’s airport screening processes and throughput. What TSA should do is think of screening in a different way: focus on the bottleneck problem at airports with much better strategic and operational processes.

Speaker Ryan’s National Security Agenda and the Surprise it Unveiled

By Mike Martin
Speaker Paul Ryan and Presidential nominee Donald Trump don’t see eye to eye on a range of issues, among them, national security. Take, for example, the Speaker’s GOP agenda for national security. While there is some overlap between Ryan’s new campaign treatise on foreign policy and those of Trump’s “America First” pronouncements, there is plenty that separates the two.

The One-Minute Terrorist – Lessons from Orlando

By Casey Lucius
After the Orlando terrorist attack, we are analyzing what went wrong and what could we have been done to stop it. Yet, our political leaders and media pundits fall into a predictable pattern that neither diagnoses the real problem nor points us to effective solutions. So how do we stop homegrown terrorism? As a society.

After Orlando, Training Needed for Active Shooter Situations

It’s happened again. Another senseless killing spree, another act of terror. Law enforcement professionals and others are seeking ways to stop this trend, but that leaves the rest of us looking for ways to help. Here is one way: active shooter preparedness training for the broader public.

Muhammad Ali – A Service in a Time of Need

Religion plays a significant part in American life. I thought of that as I watched the memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, a man who was passionate about the humanity he shared with different people. Can you recall any type of religious service that brought so many different beliefs under one roof to honor one individual?