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  • Backgrounder posted July 23, 2015 by Lisa Curtis U.S. Engagement Required: Afghanistan Must Avoid an Iraq-Style Breakdown

    This past year’s surprise success of the Islamic State (ISIS), which has put the future of Iraq in jeopardy, has prompted concern among U.S. policymakers that, as U.S. and coalition forces depart, Afghan forces could face a similar threat from the Taliban. While Afghanistan does not face the same Sunni–Shia sectarian divisions that have fueled the fighting in Iraq, the…

  • Issue Brief posted July 22, 2015 by David Inserra Terrorist Plot 72: Congress Needs to Address Rising Islamist Terrorism at Home

    On July 4, while most Americans were celebrating with friends and family, law enforcement officers were arresting Alexander Ciccolo for taking possession of firearms in order to carry out a terrorist attack. Ciccolo was also building pressure-cooker bombs and Molotov cocktails and planned to use them to attack a nearby college or college bar, potentially taking hostages…

  • Commentary posted July 20, 2015 by Peter Brookes Terror state will likely ramp up Mideast mischief

    One of the most troubling elements of the Iranian nuclear deal is the financial lifeline it throws to Tehran by lifting the punitive economic sanctions slapped on it because of bad behavior on atomic affairs. While estimates vary, we’re talking about Tehran pocketing well north of $100 billion — as a start — on “implementation day,” the point at which Iran meets its…

  • Commentary posted July 9, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. WHO are You? We’re the Guys that Screwed up the Response to Ebola

    Who knows? Maybe the UN started out as a good idea? It sure didn’t end up that way. Check out the WHO (No. Not the band)—the World Health Organization.  Not surprisingly, the agency is supposed to help nations around the world manage world health problems—like how to keep horrific diseases such as Ebola from going global. And, not surprisingly, since they are part of the…

  • Commentary posted June 29, 2015 by David Inserra Turning the tide on terrorism

    Most of us are familiar with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, thanks to media coverage of the Boston bombing case. But very few have heard of Munther Omar Selah. There's a good reason for that, though. Both shared a desire to commit acts of terrorism, but Selah's plans, unlike Tsarnev's, were disrupted before they could be carried out. He and two co-conspirators considered numerous…

  • Issue Brief posted June 25, 2015 by David Inserra Terrorist Plot No. 71: Rise in Terrorism Calls for Increased Vigilance

    On Monday, the FBI charged Justin Sullivan with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group as well as two weapons charges. Sullivan was planning to attack a public venue, such as a bar or a concert, with a rifle in support of the Islamic State (ISIS). This is the 71st Islamist terrorist plot or attack against the U.S. homeland since 9/11 according to…

  • Commentary posted June 25, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. If Ebola Returns, Is Washington Or WHO Any Better Prepared?

    Summer is scary. Sharks attack. Hurricanes harry us. Draught and heat exhaustion claim casualties. And, last year there was Ebola. And, Ebola could be back. In 2014, the unprecedented outbreak of the deadly virus that ravaged West Africa went from interesting news to outright panic when the first case reached American shores. Controversy over the administration’s…

  • Posted on June 23, 2015 by Leah Jessen Obama Administration Seeks Expansion of Student Visas for Immigrants

    President Obama has proposed to extend the time some immigrant students can stay and work in the United States after...…

  • Issue Brief posted June 22, 2015 by David Inserra Islamist Terror Plot No. 70: Congress Needs to Take Terror Threat Much More Seriously

    On June 13, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York City arrested Munther Omar Saleh and charged him with providing material support to the Islamic State (ISIS). Saleh and two co-conspirators were conducting reconnaissance on various landmarks around New York, had downloaded and studied plans for building a bomb, and told a confidential source that they…

  • Issue Brief posted June 16, 2015 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. MERS in South Korea: Applying the Lessons of Ebola

    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is the latest in what might appear to some as a constant barrage of horrible diseases. Presently, it has infected about 120 people in South Korea, the schools are in lockdown, and nearly 4,000 people are being monitored in isolation after possible contact with infected people. Will this be the next “Ebola” outbreak? This is a…

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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…

  • Special Report posted April 24, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Charlotte Florance, Daniel J Kaniewski The Ebola Outbreak of 2013–2014: An Assessment of U.S. Actions

    The task force chairmen, steering committee members, and participants remind readers of this report that the affiliations of the contributors are listed only for identification and that they do not imply institutional endorsement. Contributors to this report do not necessarily represent their institutions, and every member of the task force does not necessarily endorse…

  • 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…

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