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  • Commentary posted May 1, 2015 by James Phillips Regime can't be trusted to honor agreement

    The emerging nuclear deal with Iran has numerous flaws that could dangerously undermine U.S. national security. It lets Iran maintain a huge nuclear infrastructure that already far exceeds legitimate civilian needs. That includes illicit nuclear facilities, built in violation of Iran's nuclear nonproliferation commitments. Particularly worrisome are provisions allowing…

  • 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 April 22, 2015 by David Inserra, James Phillips 67 Islamist Terrorist Plots Since 9/11: Spike in Plots Inspired by Terrorist Groups, Unrest in Middle East

    In late February, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia, was arrested in Ohio and charged with various terrorist activities. Last week, news came that a Federal Grand Jury had indicted Mohamud on additional federal charges, including providing material support to terrorists and making a false statement involving international terrorism. With…

  • Issue Brief posted April 20, 2015 by David Inserra Revisiting Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism: Leadership Needed

    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. In government, senior leadership focuses on two or three issues at a time at most. The Obama Administration’s immigration action, given its massive scope and controversial…

  • Issue Brief posted April 17, 2015 by Brian Slattery Congress Should Continue Momentum on Coast Guard Cutter Fleet

    Seasonal Arctic operations, need for presence and engagement in Southeast Asia, and declining availability of U.S. Navy assets for joint operations are a few examples of the Coast Guard’s increasing mission requirements. As such, the need to meet their modernization goals is growing more urgent. The Coast Guard budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2016 shows some promise…

  • Issue Brief posted April 17, 2015 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., Brian Slattery, Emil Maine Progress Is Coming on Defense Acquisition Reform

    On March 23, Representative Mac Thornberry (R–TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), announced his defense reform proposal.[1] As anticipated, the proposal is a long-term effort primarily focused on reducing wasteful spending and eliminating cumbersome bureaucratic obstacles.[2] The HASC Chairman’s approach is realistic and effective and would be a…

  • Issue Brief posted April 16, 2015 by Michaela Dodge, Steven Groves, James Phillips Senate’s Iran Nuclear Bill Misses the Point

    Two days ago, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) unanimously passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, a bill that attempts to bolster the congressional role in the Obama Administration’s negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program. While the effort is well intentioned, the bill sets up Congress to allow the Administration to act as if it had…

  • Issue Brief posted April 16, 2015 by David Inserra, Charles "Cully" Stimson Three Terrorist Plots Disrupted in Three Weeks: 66th Islamist Plot Reconfirms Scope of Threat

    On Friday, April 10, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Topeka, Kansas, arrested John T. Booker Jr., as he prepared a car bomb for use against the nearby Fort Riley Army post. Booker, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen who goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, expressed a desire to support the Islamic State by engaging in violent jihad here in the U.S.[1] Through…

  • Commentary posted April 15, 2015 by Charlotte Florance Electoral Progress in Nigeria; Small Gains in State Elections

    On the African continent, peaceful transitions of power through free and fair elections are a true rarity. Despite the odds, General Muhammadu Buhari delivered an impressive victory over incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan in last month’s presidential election in Nigeria and is set to take office next month. While Buhari’s coalition party, All Progressives Congress…

  • Issue Brief posted April 15, 2015 by David Inserra Time to Reform the U.S. Counterterrorism Enterprise—Now

    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. While The Heritage Foundation has written extensively on the harm done to the U.S. immigration system and the rule of law, another serious side effect of Obama’s executive…

  • Issue Brief posted April 10, 2015 by David Inserra Senate Cyber Information Sharing Bill: Good Start but Can Be Improved

    In March 2015, the Senate Intelligence Committee considered and passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015. Essentially the same as CISA 2014 from the previous Congress, CISA encourages information sharing between the government and private sector to improve security.[1] By providing security personnel with information on cyber threats and…

  • Issue Brief posted April 10, 2015 by David Inserra, Riley Walters House Cyber Information Sharing Bills: Right Approach but Require Fixes

    In March, the House of Representatives released several pieces of legislation on the sharing of cyber information. Two of the more noteworthy of these bills are: H.R. 1560, Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA), introduced by Representatives Devin Nunes (R–CA) and Adam Schiff (D–CA) in the House Intelligence Committee, and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement…

  • Issue Brief posted April 8, 2015 by David Inserra, Riley Walters 65th Islamist Terrorist Plot or Attack Since 9/11: Persistent Terrorism Requires Constant Vigilance

    Last Thursday, just one week after two cousins in Chicago were arrested for attempting to support a foreign terrorist organization, two women in New York City were arrested and charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.[1] This plot is the 65th Islamist terrorist plot or attack aimed at the U.S. homeland since 9/11 and proves that the threat of terrorism…

  • Backgrounder posted April 7, 2015 by Dakota Wood, Charlotte Florance, James Phillips Intervention in Libya: Lessons in Leading

    Weeds of the Arab Spring The Arab Spring undoubtedly changed the political, economic, and security landscape in the Middle East and North Africa. More than four years after the self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi and the catalytic explosion of the event on social media among Arab youth populations, authoritarian regimes quickly came under fire,…

  • Commentary posted April 3, 2015 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. The Conditions are Ripe for a Major Middle Eastern War

    For years, the great nations of Europe spent huge sums of money to build their military might. They assembled themselves into blocs, all the better to play a dangerous game of power politics.  Slowly, surely, they were stumbling toward war. In June 1914, an assassin shot the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the powder keg was lit. The results were…