Homeland Security Strategy & Policy HSPI Issue Briefs Archive

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.

Transportation and Supply Chain Security: Systemic Changes and Policy Opportunities (PDF)

May 24, 2013

In the past several decades these global networks of transportation and trade have become increasingly integrated and interdependent, decreasing the costs and accelerating the speed of the movement of people and goods. However, this integration and complex interdependency has led to new risks to the system, making it more vulnerable to disruption.

Smart, Savvy, Insightful: Analytic Tradecraft to Enable Homeland Security (PDF)

January 13, 2012

This issue brief highlights the value of applying analytic tradecraft techniques more widely throughout the homeland security community. Author and HSPI Senior Fellow Jon Nowick maintains that, especially when used to promote collaboration, these techniques can help members of the homeland security community enhance performance and mitigate risk.

Running a Three-Legged Race; the San Diego Police Department, the Intelligence Community, and Counterterrorism (PDF)

August 01, 2011

Mills and Clark find that the CIU's decision to learn from the intelligence community and the local fusion center represents a step forward in local law enforcement counterterrorism practices. However, lessons learned by the San Diego Police Department will be of little use unless local law enforcement agencies work with their local fusion centers and the broader intelligence community.

Consolidating the House's Homeland Security Efforts: The Time to Act is Now (PDF)

December 29, 2004

No longer do 22 separate agencies myopically view homeland security. Instead, they work together as a unified whole, addressing the pressing homeland security needs in the best interests of the nation, rather than in the interests of a particular agency.