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  • Backgrounder posted October 24, 2016 by Robin Simcox Al-Qaeda Still Threatens Europe: How the U.S. Can—and Should—Help

    Al-Qaeda killed more than 120 Europeans on 9/11 and has struck within Europe on multiple occasions since. Most recently, terrorists trained by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen murdered 12 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine’s offices in Paris. There is little doubt the group will attempt to strike at Europe again. This is also the assessment of U.K. Defense…

  • First Principles Series Report posted October 17, 2016 by Nelson Lund, Ph.D. The Right to Arms and the American Philosophy of Freedom

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. —Constitution of the United States, Amendment II The right to keep and bear arms is a vital element of the liberal order that our Founders handed down to us. They understood that those who hold political power will almost…

  • Posted on September 21, 2016 by James Phillips New York Bombing May Be Another Terrorist Attack Inspired by al-Qaeda’s Anwar al-Awlaki

    New York City and New Jersey dodged a bullet on Saturday. The terrorist bombings allegedly perpetrated by Ahmad Khan...…

  • Special Report posted September 12, 2016 by Martin N Murphy, PhD Understanding Russia’s Concept for Total War in Europe

    In the night of February 26 to 27, 2014, small groups of armed men, who later acquired the labels “little green men,” and even “polite green men” (which were anything but), appeared across Crimea.[1] They corralled Ukrainian forces in their bases, making it plain that any attempt to leave would be met with violence; they took over communications masts and studios,…

  • Backgrounder posted August 29, 2016 by Mary R. Habeck, Charles "Cully" Stimson Reforming Intelligence: A Proposal for Reorganizing the Intelligence Community and Improving Analysis

    The Current Situation Despite the deep reforms of the U.S. intelligence community (IC) carried out after 9/11, including the creation of the Director for National Intelligence (DNI) and the National Combatting Terrorism Center (NCTC), there is widespread agreement that more remains to be done. This is not a new thought. Before the ink was dry on the 2004 Intelligence…

  • Backgrounder posted August 1, 2016 by Robin Simcox The Threat of Islamist Terrorism in Europe and How the U.S. Should Respond

    Europe faces a persistent threat from Islamist terrorism.[1] It is one that has increased with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the al-Qaeda offshoot that now controls significant parts of Iraq and Syria. The director of Europol recently described the current situation as “the highest terrorist threat we have faced for over 10 years.”[2] These…

  • Posted on June 30, 2016 by James Phillips Istanbul Terrorist Attack Is Another Strike in ISIS Ramadan Offensive

    As the death toll mounts from the June 28 terrorist attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, it appears that the attack...…

  • Commentary on May 25, 2016 Airports Are Fed up with the TSA. Here's Why It Will Be Hard to Break up with Them.

    Airports are sending the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) a clear message: start doing your job well or you are out. Unfortunately for the Port Authority of NY and NJ and others making similar demands, the TSA is like the pesky tenant who continually games the system in order to avoid eviction. Let’s begin with the basic facts: the number of TSA screeners…

  • News Releases posted May 24, 2016 by Daniel Woltornist TSA Should Expand Privatization of Security at Airports

    Burgeoning wait lines at TSA checkpoints have some airports advising flyers to arrive three hours before their departure. Heritage Foundation researcher Riley Walters says it doesn’t have to be this way. “Many factors have contributed to the long lines, but the solutions are quite simple,” Walters says. “For starters, the TSA can expand privatization of security at…

  • Commentary posted April 26, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Bridget Mudd How Private Charity Can Help National Security

    Americans have big hearts. They give more than $360 billion every year to good causes. Yet very little of that goes to keeping themselves, their families, communities or country safe from our nation’s enemies. Most Americans figure that defense is the government’s job. And if Washington is not up to the task, well, they don’t imagine that donations can do much to match…

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  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • 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…

  • Commentary posted March 11, 2006 by Tim Kane, Ph.D. Poll too biased to show troops' views

    For anyone following the Iraq war, now may be the time to take off those rose-colored glasses. According to a recent Zogby poll, 72 percent of U.S. troops say it's time to withdraw from Iraq. Another stunner is that only three in five soldiers in Iraq have a clear sense of the mission. Ouch! Despite the wide range of opinions and loud voices about America's role…

  • Special Report posted December 13, 2004 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., David Heyman DHS 2.0: Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security

    This report presents the conclusions of a task force charged with examining the organization and operations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The task force included representatives from academia, research centers, the private sector, and congressional staff and was chaired by homeland security experts from the Center for Strategic and International…

  • Legal Memorandum posted May 26, 2004 by James X. Dempsey, Paul Rosenzweig Technologies That Can Protect Privacy as Information Is Shared to Combat Terrorism

    Information technology has much to offer in achieving the compelling national goal of preventing terrorism. At the same time, government access to and use of personal information raises concerns about the protection of privacy and due process. Given the limited applicability of current privacy laws to the modern digital data environment, resolving this conflict…

  • Backgrounder posted April 10, 2002 by Dana Robert Dillon Breaking Down Intelligence Barriers for Homeland Security

    The intelligence community has been the object of increased scrutiny since September 11. Criticism has been focused largely on the inability of intelligence agencies to gather sufficient information to predict the attacks. However, even if substantial information were available, unless agencies within the intelligence community could share existing information…

  • WebMemo posted September 25, 2002 by Jack Spencer The New National Security Strategy: An Effective Blueprint for theWar on Terror

    President Bush has submitted to Congress the first National Security Strategy (NSS) of his presidency.  This forward-looking document is firmly rooted in the nation's post-September 11 fight against terrorism.  It is built upon the tenet that America's interests are best served by promoting freedom around the world and defeating tyranny.  It makes clear that…

  • Legal Memorandum posted June 21, 2004 by Paul Rosenzweig, Alane Kochems, Ari Schwartz Biometric Technologies: Security, Legal, and Policy Implications

    Since September 11, 2001, there has been agreat deal of interest in using biometrics for verification ofidentity. 1 The interest is particularly acutein the areas of visa and immigration documentation andgovernment-issued identification card programs.2 Unlike typical identification methods,which require a person to have something -- an identification card, apersonal…

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