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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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Commentary Series

Counterterrorism in France: Key Questions after Charlie Hebdo

January 16, 2015

Recent terrorist attacks in Paris leave France in a difficult position - one that is at once both common to the West and yet particular to France itself. Although there must be international cooperation, each country must also chart its own course by formulating, implementing and refining a strategy that best tackles the problem as manifested locally. Our Commentary, written by CCHS Associate Director Sharon Cardash and CCHS Scholar in Residence Rhea Siers, raises a series of questions and issues that offer the beginnings of a framework for understanding the conundrum facing French officials.

Issue Brief Series

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

Putin’s Russia: A Geopolitical Analysis

November 21, 2014

The speed and audacity of Russia's annexation of Crimea earlier this year shook Eastern Europe and surprised the West. Yet the conflict in Ukraine is just one symptom of a much broader challenge, and one which the West has yet to recognize fully and respond to accordingly. Russian President Putin is much more of a revolutionary than people give him credit for being. In fact, however, he wants to reshape the world and reshuffle the international economic deck.

This Issue Brief examines events in Ukraine and beyond from a strategic perspective; and then offers a series of action recommendations intended to respond effectively to these geostrategic developments.

Raising The Bar On Cybersecurity and Acquisition

October 15, 2014

This Issue Brief explores the nexus of acquisition, components, and cybersecurity — first from the standpoint of potential vulnerabilities, and then from the perspective of remedying of them. The discussion begins in a DOD context, and subsequently expands to include critical infrastructure, and the Internet of Things. The report concludes with a series of action recommendations, targeted to different stakeholders in the defense realm, to bring the acquisition of components into alignment with a robust cybersecurity posture.

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Recent Congressional Testimonies

Stakeholder Perspectives on Priorities for the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR)

June 20, 2014

HSPI & Cybersecurity Initiative Director Frank Cilluffo testified on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, in a hearing before the U.S.

Understanding the Threat to the Homeland from AQAP (PDF)

September 18, 2013

Statement of Frank J. Cilluffo Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.

Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes (PDF)

May 24, 2013

While different countries may employ different means and mechanisms that best correspond to the specific circumstances and conditions that prevail in each Member State, our fundamental goals and objectives are shared—namely to thwart terrorists and terrorism committed against innocent individuals and populations.