The Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at the George Washington University is a nonpartisan “think and do” tank whose mission is to carry out policy-relevant research and analysis on homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity issues.  By convening domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia, CCHS develops innovative strategies to address and confront current and future threats.

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Issue Brief Series

Evaluating Intelligence and Information Sharing Networks: Examples from a Study of the National Network of Fusion Centers

October 01, 2015

In the weeks and months following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Congress and the media asked why the intelligence and law enforcement communities had failed to intercept the Tsarnaev brothers, who were known to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prior to the attack. The national conversation also focused on the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), the city’s fusion center. In general this coverage was fraught with common misconceptions, including that fusion centers are owned and operated by DHS. Even local Boston
news outlets questioned the return on investment in Boston and elsewhere. One report hastily labeled fusion centers a “flop.”

Risk-Based Security and the Aviation System: Operational Objectives and Policy Challenges

January 27, 2015

Risk-based security has been the primary strategic imperative for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the past three and a half years, as a focused effort to move beyond a one-size

Commentary Series

Time for the United States and Russia to Take on ISIS Together in Syria

November 13, 2015

The conflict zone that is Syria continues to fester to the benefit of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). As evidence mounts suggesting the Russian-operated Airbus A321M was brought down in Egypt by an explosion possibly planted by the Sinai affiliate of ISIS—and as a recent Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report suggests the use of mustard gas by ISIS in August near Aleppo, we seem to be moving into an even more dangerous phase of ISIS capability to conduct terror and combat operations.

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Paris Insights

November 24, 2015

PARIS INSIGHTS contains the reflections of key decision-makers and subject matter experts on three dimensions of the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015: The implications of the Paris attacks, what they mean for the U.S. homeland in particular, and thoughts on the way forward.

Could New Global Regime Tame “Wild West” of Cyberspace?

November 12, 2015

A British intelligence agency warned this week that cyberattacks threatening the United Kingdom’s security doubled in a year, and similar challenges face every nation with digital infrastructure, leading policymakers to pursue the development of new norms of behavior in cyberspace. What has already been achieved in the area, and what obstacles stand in the way of further progress?

Vulnerability and Resilience in the Internet of Everything

September 22, 2015

By 2020, billions of devices will be connected online. The possibilities within this Internet of Everything are innovative, extensive, and valuable. Think driverless cars, “smart” houses and cities, and critical healthcare delivered virtually to remote locations. But these developments also have a dark side. With opportunity comes challenge, in the form of vulnerability.

Economic cyber-espionage: Time to tame the dragon

September 16, 2015

Later this month, China’s President Xi Jinping will travel to the United States for a weeklong visit that will include meetings with President Obama and the United Nations. The visit comes at a time of some turbulence in the bilateral relationship whose waters have been roiled recently by multiple incidents, “from China’s activities in the South China Sea to cyberespionage.”