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  • 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…

  • Market Research posted April 6, 2016 by Mark Schreiber, Elizabeth Fender Majority Say ISIS Strategy Unsuccessful, U.S. at Risk of Attack

    Source: Online survey using a national representative sample of 887 U.S. voters conducted March 23, 2016 with a margin of ±3.3%. American Perceptions Initiative is a project of The Heritage Foundation's communications team.…

  • Commentary posted March 24, 2016 by Jim DeMint, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. 33 Years and 33 Minutes: Why Missile Defense Is More Necessary Than Ever

    Wednesday marks the 33rd anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s historic “Star Wars” speech, in which he introduced the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) to the American people. The intent was to protect the U.S. from nuclear attack. Today, when a ballistic missile fired from anywhere in the world can reach the United States within 33 minutes, Reagan’s bold vision for a…

  • Issue Brief posted March 17, 2016 by David Inserra Top Four Homeland Security Priorities for the Next Administration

    In 2017, a new President will face significant challenges at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Rectifying these shortcomings is important if the U.S. is to remain secure and prosperous. The following are the top four DHS priorities for the next Administration. 1. Fix DHS Management DHS’s organizational cohesiveness and its central leadership continue to face…

  • Issue Brief posted March 9, 2016 by David Inserra, Nicolas Loris U.S.–Canadian Summit: Issues to Watch

    Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau will visit President Obama on March 10 for a state dinner. This will be the first state visit by a Canadian prime minister to the U.S. in 19 years. As such, it is an important opportunity for both leaders to further deepen the strong relationship between Canada and the U.S. The two nations have collaborated on many issues in the…

  • 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…

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  • 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…

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