Homeland Security Strategy & Policy Congressional Testimonies Archive

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.

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.

Cyber Threats from China, Russia and Iran: Protecting American Critical Infrastructure (PDF)

March 20, 2013

The cyber threat comes in various shapes, sizes, and forms. The bar to entry is low to launch a relatively rudimentary, but still potentially damaging, cyber-attack. The threat spectrum ranges from nation-states plus their proxies, to foreign terrorist organizations, criminal syndicates and information brokers, to hacktivists, to ankle-biters operating out of their parents’ home.

The Department of Homeland Security: An Assessment of the Department and a Roadmap for its Future (PDF)

September 20, 2012

Al Qaeda (AQ) has been a shrewd practitioner of the art of stoking, piggybacking upon, and exploiting local grievances in order to further AQ’s own goals and objectives and the broader global jihad. In a military context, this is referred to as tactical, operational and strategic “swarming”; and it has been adopted by others as well, as recent incidents around the globe have demonstrated.

The Future of Homeland Security: Evolving and Emerging Threats (PDF)

July 11, 2012

Al Qaeda’s Senior Leadership is back on their heels; key leaders have met their demise including Usama Bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki. Nevertheless, the ideology that Bin Laden and others, such as the culturally fluent American-born extremist and self-styled cleric al-Awlaki, have propounded lives on. This ideology is the lifeblood that continues to sustain the vitality and growth of the global jihadist movement.

The Iranian Cyber Threat to the United States (PDF)

April 26, 2012

Iran and proxies have long had the United States in their crosshairs. Up until 9/11, in fact, it was Iran’s chief proxy, Hezbollah, that held the mantle of deadliest terrorist organization, having killed more Americans up to that point than any other terrorist group.

U.S.-India Counterterrorism Cooperation: Deepening the Partnership (PDF)

September 14, 2011

India and the United States share similar histories in regard to homeland security events and counterterrorism practices. Two tragic and catastrophic events, the September 11 attacks in the United States and the “26-11” Mumbai attacks in India, illuminated previously unseen homeland security issues and refocused each nation’s strategic consciousness.

Moving Beyond the First Five Years: Evolving the Office of Intelligence and Analysis to Better Serve State, Local, and Tribal Needs (PDF)

April 24, 2011

Officials at the state, local, and tribal levels and their counterparts in the private sector are often the first preventers and responders to terrorism and other security threats. Timely, accurate and well-informed intelligence and information products, shared vertically and horizontally with all responders at all levels of government, are more important than ever in order to inform them about threats, solutions and responses.

Religious Discrimination and Prisoner's Rights (PDF)

April 08, 2008

Though it is difficult to quantify, the potential for religious radicalization of U.S. prison inmates poses a threat of unknown magnitude to the national security of the United States – a threat that poses serious consequences regardless of its magnitude.

Assessing and Addressing the Threat: Defining the Role of a National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism (PDF)

June 14, 2007

Recent events have only reinforced the importance of studying the phenomenon of radicalization in various contexts -- in prisons, over the Internet, here at home in the United States, and also abroad -- and driven home the sense of urgency that should accompany both examination of and action against radicalization.

The Homeland Security Implications of Radicalization (PDF)

September 20, 2006

Whether beyond prison walls or inside them, it is essential to better understand the life cycle of a terrorist – specifically, the process by which an individual becomes motivated to listen to radical ideas, read about them, enlist oneself or respond to terrorist recruiting efforts, and ultimately, undertake terrorist activity.

Bioterrorism and Pandemic Influenza: Are We Prepared? (PDF)

May 23, 2006

Neither bioterrorism nor pandemic influenza is a challenge for the federal government alone. It is at the state and local level that the rubber will truly meet the road, and it would be folly to try to micromanage these matters from Washington. What federal leaders can and should offer, however, is clear guidance to their partners at the tip of the spear, including hospitals and healthcare providers.

The National Guard and Homeland Defense (PDF)

May 04, 2006

Our collective challenge is to implement a Total Force approach to homeland defense and security – one that effectively marshals and integrates the assets not only of Department of Defense, but the Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies (such as the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Transportation) and state and local governments as well.

Preventing Terrorist Attacks on America's Chemical Plants (PDF)

June 15, 2005

We must also not limit ourselves by looking at the chemical industry in isolation—as many of the issues we face in this sector are relevant to protecting critical infrastructure writ large. Homeland security requires a multifaceted strategy to prevent, protect against and respond to 21st century threats.

Combating Terrorism: Developing Effective Strategies Against Terrorism (PDF)

February 03, 2004

We must remember that we do not face a single, geographically anchored enemy but a myriad of threats, smaller in magnitude and harder to see and counter. A successful overall national strategy to combat these ambiguous, amorphous, moving targets must be flexible, comprehensive, and coordinated.

The Threat of Bioterrorism and the Spread of Infectious Diseases (PDF)

September 05, 2001

While the likelihood of a catastrophic biological weapon attack on the U.S. homeland remains relatively low in the foreseeable future, the consequences are too high to be ignored. As a general matter, we need to approach this problem holistically. We must strike the proper balance between protecting our citizens and preserving our liberties and must not destroy our way of life in an effort to save it.

Combating Terrorism: Options To Improve The Federal Response (PDF)

April 24, 2001

The United States is now at a crossroads. While credit must be given where it is due, the time has come for cold-eyed assessment and evaluation, and the recognition that we do not presently have - but are in genuine need of - a comprehensive strategy for countering the threat of terrorism and the larger challenges of homeland defense.

Combating Terrorism: In Search of a National Strategy (PDF)

March 27, 2001

When critically evaluating our current state of preparedness, it is important to adopt a balanced viewpoint - that is, a perspective which appreciates both how we far we have come already and just how far we have yet to go.