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  • 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…

  • Commentary posted December 28, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Refuting (not rebutting) Media Matters

    Media Matters, the self-styled “media watchdog” of the left, has accused the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of using “deceptive numbers” to “attack” immigration reform. But the Trib is exactly right when it says that the Obama administration is not committed to border enforcement and cannot be trusted to implement a comprehensive immigration reform plan. The criticisms…

  • Commentary posted December 20, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Federal Judge: The Obama Administration Aids and Abets Human Trafficking

    A federal judge in Texas has issued a searing indictment of the Obama administration’s immigration policy. He accuses the government of “completing the criminal mission” of human traffickers “who are violating the border security of the United States” and assisting a “criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals.” The judge calls the administration’s behavior…

  • Issue Brief posted October 23, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra Top 10 Issues the New DHS Nominee Must Face

    Last week, the White House announced that it would nominate Jeh Johnson to fill the long-vacant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Johnson previously served as the general counsel for the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012. As Johnson prepares to be vetted by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, here are 10 issues that he and the committee…

  • Issue Brief posted October 8, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra Biometric Exit Improvement Act: Wrong Solution to Broken Visa and Immigration System

    Several Members of Congress recently released the Biometric Exit Improvement Act in an effort to enhance the U.S.’s security and immigration system. However, the law triples down on a costly policy that adds little real security. Instead of feel-good but ineffective strategies, Congress should reconsider the biometric exit requirement and push the Administration to…

  • Issue Brief posted July 17, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman Border Security Results Act: Misguided Metrics and a Potential Trigger for Amnesty

    Rather than taking up the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), the House has chosen to take a piece-by-piece approach to immigration reform, with five separate bills currently up for consideration, each seeking to address a specific challenge within the nation’s broken immigration system. While this approach should be…

  • Testimony posted June 26, 2013 by Matt A. Mayer Are We Prepared? Measuring the Impact of Preparedness Grants Since 9/11

    Testimony before Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia  United States Senate  June 25, 2013 Matt A. Mayer Visiting Fellow Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies My name is Matt A. Mayer. I am a Visiting Fellow in the Douglas and…

  • Issue Brief posted June 3, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman, David Inserra Homeland Security Appropriations Need Different Priorities

    While the most recent continuing resolution contained a full year of funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the disorder of the overall budget process over the past several years has generally resulted in weak congressional guidance to DHS. It is important that Congress return to a normal appropriations process and express the right priorities to DHS…

  • Issue Brief posted April 12, 2013 by Matt A. Mayer Homeland Security: Developing a Strategic Road Map for the Future

    As the deadline for the second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) approaches at the end of this year, much attention is being given to the record of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and what the department’s proper role should be. Ultimately, the strategy cannot simply be to maintain the status quo, continuing down the same path for the next 10 years…

  • Issue Brief posted April 9, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman, David Inserra Chemical Security: Risk-Based Solutions Key to Fixing Flaws

    Last month, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), a program that is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this hearing, DHS representatives claimed to have “turned a corner” on the CFATS program, putting slow and burdensome procedures behind them and moving forward with timely…

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  • Backgrounder posted April 25, 2012 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman Fifty Terror Plots Foiled Since 9/11: The Homegrown Threat and the Long War on Terrorism

    Abstract: In 2007, The Heritage Foundation became the first and only organization to track thwarted terrorist attacks against the United States. That year, Heritage reported that at least 19 publicly known terrorist attacks against the United States had been foiled since 9/11. Today, that number stands at 50. The fact that the United States has not suffered a large-scale…

  • Special Report posted August 23, 2011 by Matt A. Mayer, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman Homeland Security 4.0: Overcoming Centralization, Complacency, and Politics

    Executive Summary Getting the national homeland security enterprise right is among the most difficult challenges in Washington because the problems in protecting the homeland are rooted in overcentralization, pervasive complacency, and entrenched politics—problems that often cause Washington to not work properly. This report marks a path through this obstacle…

  • Issue Brief posted October 23, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra Top 10 Issues the New DHS Nominee Must Face

    Last week, the White House announced that it would nominate Jeh Johnson to fill the long-vacant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Johnson previously served as the general counsel for the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012. As Johnson prepares to be vetted by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, here are 10 issues that he and the committee…

  • Backgrounder posted July 12, 2002 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Control Visas

    There is universal agreement in the Administration that the U.S. consuls abroad who adjudicate visa applications for foreigners and hopeful immigrants are among those on the first line of defense against global terrorism.1 The visa system in place on September 11 failed in this responsibility, allowing many of the terrorists to enter the United States unnoticed and…

  • 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…

  • Backgrounder posted June 23, 2011 by Matt A. Mayer, Scott G Erickson Changing Today’s Law Enforcement Culture to Face 21st-Century Threats

    Abstract: Many aspects of the terror threat—from communication between terrorist groups to recruitment of new members—has been changing, largely due to ever-developing Internet technology and new possibilities in cyberspace. One new trend is the lone-wolf terrorist—such as Army Major Nidal Hassan, who massacred his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. New developments in the…

  • Backgrounder posted May 26, 1998 by James H. Anderson Microbes and Mass Casualties: Defending America Against Bioterrorism

    Throughout human history, the threat of mass contagion has evoked primal fear. Natural pestilence periodically has ravaged cities, states, and even entire civilizations. Rapid advances in genetic engineering in the past few decades have increased the likelihood that disease-causing microbes could overwhelm the U.S. public health system and wreak horrific…

  • Backgrounder posted April 29, 2010 by Jena Baker McNeill, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman 30 Terrorist Plots Foiled: How the System Worked

    Abstract: In 2009 alone, U.S. authorities foiled at least six terrorist plots against the United States. Since September 11, 2001, at least 30 planned terrorist attacks have been foiled, all but two of them prevented by law enforcement. The two notable exceptions are the passengers and flight attendants who subdued the "shoe bomber" in 2001 and the "underwear bomber" on…

  • Backgrounder posted March 9, 2009 by Jena Baker McNeill 15 Steps to Better Border Security: Reducing America's Southern Exposure

    One of many concerns raised by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington is the security of U.S. borders. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 established border security as a major mission for the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The failed congressional attempt at comprehensive immigration reform focused renewed attention on…

  • Issue Brief posted September 26, 2012 by Jessica Zuckerman National Terrorism Threat Level: Color-Coded System Not Missed

    Last week, the FBI foiled the 52nd thwarted Islamist-inspired terrorist plot against the United States since 9/11. The thwarting of this plot came as the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued warnings to religious organizations and other groups within the U.S. of the potential for heightened violence in connection with recent unrest in Egypt and Libya. Yet…

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  • 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…

  • Issue Brief posted October 23, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra Top 10 Issues the New DHS Nominee Must Face

    Last week, the White House announced that it would nominate Jeh Johnson to fill the long-vacant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Johnson previously served as the general counsel for the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012. As Johnson prepares to be vetted by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, here are 10 issues that he and the committee…

  • Issue Brief posted October 8, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra Biometric Exit Improvement Act: Wrong Solution to Broken Visa and Immigration System

    Several Members of Congress recently released the Biometric Exit Improvement Act in an effort to enhance the U.S.’s security and immigration system. However, the law triples down on a costly policy that adds little real security. Instead of feel-good but ineffective strategies, Congress should reconsider the biometric exit requirement and push the Administration to…

  • Issue Brief posted July 17, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman Border Security Results Act: Misguided Metrics and a Potential Trigger for Amnesty

    Rather than taking up the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), the House has chosen to take a piece-by-piece approach to immigration reform, with five separate bills currently up for consideration, each seeking to address a specific challenge within the nation’s broken immigration system. While this approach should be…

  • Issue Brief posted June 3, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman, David Inserra Homeland Security Appropriations Need Different Priorities

    While the most recent continuing resolution contained a full year of funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the disorder of the overall budget process over the past several years has generally resulted in weak congressional guidance to DHS. It is important that Congress return to a normal appropriations process and express the right priorities to DHS…

  • Issue Brief posted April 12, 2013 by Matt A. Mayer Homeland Security: Developing a Strategic Road Map for the Future

    As the deadline for the second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) approaches at the end of this year, much attention is being given to the record of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and what the department’s proper role should be. Ultimately, the strategy cannot simply be to maintain the status quo, continuing down the same path for the next 10 years…

  • Issue Brief posted April 9, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman, David Inserra Chemical Security: Risk-Based Solutions Key to Fixing Flaws

    Last month, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), a program that is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this hearing, DHS representatives claimed to have “turned a corner” on the CFATS program, putting slow and burdensome procedures behind them and moving forward with timely…

  • Backgrounder posted February 12, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman, Matt A. Mayer, Paul Rosenzweig, Brian Slattery The Second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: Setting Priorities for the Next Four Years

    In March, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will mark its 10th anniversary of existence. DHS was established to prevent terrorist attacks and to reduce the vulnerability of, and minimize the damage to, the U.S. in the case of attacks. Ten years later, the concept of homeland security has come to embody an "all hazards" approach, focusing not only on terror…

  • Issue Brief posted January 17, 2013 by Paul Rosenzweig, Jessica Zuckerman Napolitano Stays On: Five Key Steps for DHS in the Next Administration

    The White House has announced that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will stay in her post as President Barack Obama begins his second term. While the decision is not terribly surprising, it is an important one. Secretary Napolitano’s dedication to stay on will give her the opportunity to continue to improve the operation of the Department of Homeland Security…

  • Backgrounder posted November 14, 2012 by Jessica Zuckerman REAL ID Compliance: Enhancing Security, Respecting Liberty, and Reducing Fraud

    Abstract: In order to enhance national security by reducing identification fraud, Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, calling on all 50 states to meet minimum security standards for issuing driver’s licenses and state IDs. Seven years after passage of the act, and after two deadline extensions, the majority of states are still not in full compliance with REAL ID…

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