• Heritage Action
  • More

Department of Homeland Security

Our Research & Offerings on Department of Homeland Security
  • Issue Brief posted February 2, 2016 by Riley Walters The 81st Terrorist Plot Against the U.S. Since 2001

    On January 26, 2016, Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was charged with possession of machine guns and a silencer.[1] According to the criminal complaint, Hamzeh, a 23-year-old Milwaukee resident, was intent on targeting a nearby Masonic temple to show “nobody can play with Muslims.”[2] This is the third Islamist-inspired domestic terrorist plot or attack in 2016 and the 81st since…

  • Issue Brief posted January 11, 2016 by David Inserra Top 5 Priorities for Homeland Security in 2016

    Policymakers, office-seekers, and the American people have numerous issues to consider in 2016. The following are the top five homeland security issues that Congress and the Administration need to consider this year.[1] 1. Immigration Enforcement. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy, most notably President Obama’s executive action on immigration in 2014, has…

  • Issue Brief posted January 8, 2016 by Riley Walters The 76th Islamist Terrorist Plot against the United States

    Emanuel L. Lutchman was arrested on December 30, 2015, for his support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and planned attack for New Year’s Eve in Rochester, New York. He planned to attack a local restaurant armed with a machete, knives, and supplies and take hostages. This marks the 76th Islamist-inspired terrorist attack or plot on the United States since…

  • Issue Brief posted January 8, 2016 by Luke Coffey, Daniel Kochis, Brian Slattery Top Five U.S. Policy Priorities for the Arctic in 2016

    2016 will be an important and challenging year for the Arctic region. It marks the final year of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. In July 2016, NATO will hold a major summit in Poland that offers an opportunity for the Alliance to focus on the Arctic. Russia is expected to invest heavily in the Arctic region even with the fall in crude oil prices. To ensure…

  • Commentary posted January 7, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Taking a Closer Look at the Terrorist Threat

    A recent Gallup poll asked Americans to name the No. 1 issue facing the country. What do you suppose came out on top? Not the economy. Not health care. Not immigration. No, the issue that headed the list was terrorism. This hardly seems surprising in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. Yet that didn’t stop certain critics from dismissing this fear and…

  • Special Report posted January 6, 2016 by Lisa Curtis, Luke Coffey, David Inserra, Daniel Kochis, Walter Lohman, Joshua Meservey, James Phillips, Robin Simcox Combatting the ISIS Foreign Fighter Pipeline: A Global Approach

    The Islamic State’s recent global terror campaign—including the October 31 downing of a Russian passenger jet that killed 224 and the November 13 shooting attacks in Paris that killed 130 restaurant patrons and concert-goers—has increased the urgency for the U.S. to lead a global alliance to defeat the Islamic State and its ideology. ISIS has also been able to establish a…

  • Commentary posted January 6, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. New Year's Calendar Offers U.S. March of Mayhem

    Here is a 2016 “calendar” to keep you up at night. Don’t hold me to the dates, but if the next 12 months pass
without witnessing these unsettling moments, then America will be truly blessed. January. We know the date, for sure: Jan. 12. That’s when President Obama will deliver his last State of the Union Address. What’s not known is whether he’ll have anything new to say…

  • Posted on December 23, 2015 by James Phillips Why Is Obama Administration Siding With Iran Over Congress?

    The Obama administration’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran has generated a diplomatic kerfuffle that could limit...…

  • Commentary posted December 21, 2015 by David Inserra How the Refugee Vetting Process Works

    With several high-profile terrorist attacks around the world, including Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., many have raised serious concerns about how thoroughly individuals entering the U.S. are screened. In particular, a lot of focus has been paid to the refugee process. Americans are understandably worried that terrorists might use any and all opportunities to enter…

  • Commentary posted December 21, 2015 by Peter Brookes Expectations Low for Mideast Trip

    One of the White House’s latest initiatives on the
Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) fight is to dispatch Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to the Middle East to drum up support for beating the terrorist “army.” Talk about “Mission: Near-Impossible.” Don’t get me wrong, I support the president naming allies that are aiding the anti-ISIS effort (France, Germany and the…

Find more work on Department of Homeland Security
  • Lecture posted February 2, 2007 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Homeland Security Spending for the Long War

    In this presentation, I would like to: Argue that we are spending the right amount on homeland security, and that over the long-term I think only modest growth in homeland security spending would be appropriate; Make the case that Congress should adhere to a set of strategic principles to create a comprehen­sive approach to homeland security spending, instead of…

  • Issue Brief posted March 3, 2015 by David Inserra Congress Should Expand Trusted Traveler Programs and Private Airport Screeners

    Several months ago, President Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would provide work authorization and protection from deportation to as many as 5 million unlawful immigrants. A serious side effect of this action is the harmful redirection of attention and resources away from other pressing homeland security issues ranging from terrorism to…

  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2008 by Matt A. Mayer, Richard Weitz, Ph.D., Diem Nguyen Salmon The Local Role in Disaster Response: Lessons from Katrina and the California Wildfires

    The increasing tendency since 9/11 to look to Washington for every answer regarding disaster response is troubling. The insistence that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) play an ever-expanding role in addressing day-to-day emergency responses is hindering, not strengthening, the agency's ability to prepare for the next national catastrophic disaster. Even…

  • America at Risk Memo posted May 23, 2011 by Jena Baker McNeill, Matt A. Mayer Ten Years After 9/11: Thinking Smarter About Homeland Security

    The 9/11 attacks acted as a catalyst for major changes in U.S. security efforts. The attacks altered not only how the nation would identify and prepare for threats but also how it would work to prevent them. The approaching 10th anniversary of the attacks gives policymakers an opportunity to undertake a realistic and retrospective assessment of homeland security policies…

  • Backgrounder posted December 7, 2005 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Richard Weitz, Ph.D. The Truth About FEMA: Analysis and Proposals

    The days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall saw a flood engulf the city of New Orleans and a deluge of instant incriminations and knee-jerk solutions for improving the national response to catastrophes. Many complaints centered on the performance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)…

  • Issue Brief posted January 31, 2014 by Cassandra Lucaccioni , Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. Top Homeland Security Priorities for Congress in 2014

    The world today is more dangerous than it was on September 10, 2001. Threats to the homeland have increased as the President’s leadership has caused the U.S. to lose respect and influence on every front. After at least 61 thwarted terrorist attacks in the U.S.,[1] those who are committed to destroying America’s way of life cannot be ignored. Protection of the homeland…

  • WebMemo posted February 27, 2009 by Jena Baker McNeill Restructuring FEMA: Stand-Alone FEMA Would Not Make Cents

    Yesterday, the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing to discuss the future of FEMA and whether the agency should be left under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Legislation removing FEMA from DHS is likely to be introduced soon. Yet, just last week, the DHS inspector general (IG) recommended that FEMA should…

  • WebMemo posted September 10, 2003 by Jack Spencer, Ha Nguyen Are We Safer Today Than Before 9/11?

    On the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, many are asking the question: Are we safer today then we were two years ago? Unfortunately, a simple yes or no answer oversimplifies a complex situation. Therefore, a conditional "yes" is the more appropriate response.   While confronting and engaging terrorism around the world may increase the…

  • WebMemo posted October 18, 2007 by James M. Roberts Cuba at the Crossroads: The Threat to U.S. National Security

    On September 17, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez launched the 2007-2008 Heritage Foundation series "Cuba at the Crossroads," which explores the choices Cuba faces after the end of Fidel Castro's 50-year reign. The next event in the series will focus on the threat that Cuba currently poses to U.S. national security through its activities in Latin…

  • Issue Brief posted February 4, 2015 by David Inserra FEMA Reform Needed: Congress Must Act

    Several weeks ago, President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would provide work authorization and protection from deportation to as many as 5 million unlawful immigrants. A serious consequence of this policy is the harmful redirection of attention and resources from other pressing homeland security issues. In order to implement the…

Find more work on Department of Homeland Security
Find more work on Department of Homeland Security
Find more work on Department of Homeland Security