Homeland Security Strategy & Policy Op-Eds & Commentaries Archive

Congress Should Consider Its Own Failures in Attempted Bombing

December 30, 2013

As Congress critiques the Obama administration’s response to the Christmas bomber attack, it should pause and address its own culpability. To understand why, first consider the role of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On 9/11, DHS is missing in action

December 30, 2013

On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the United States finds itself without a secretary of homeland security in place, or even nominated.

NATO Meeting to Address Alliance Cybersecurity and Defense

July 01, 2013

At the beginning of June, NATO marked a first — namely the “first-ever” Alliance meeting of ministers dedicated exclusively to the subject of cyber defense. For months, if not years, cyber threats have seized prime space above the fold and around the world. From Manhattan to Paris and beyond, the fifth domain after land, sea, air, and space has brought us vulnerabilities, as well as amazing advances. And just as NATO has grappled with re-defining its mission and revisiting its capabilities to deal effectively with threats in the post-Cold War world, the Alliance now faces the vexing challenge of figuring out how best to secure itself while its constituent members — including those most militarily powerful — each tackle the same question from their respective national perspectives. All of this comes at a time when countries are strapped for funds and citizens have little appetite for additional defense expenditures.
In the months ahead, NATO will decide how to support members that are the target of cyber attack and request aid.

Is America's View of Iran and Hezbollah Dangerously Out of Date?

March 20, 2012

For the past decade, U.S. Government analysts have understandably focused on Al Qaeda, resulting in a lesser reservoir of U.S. intelligence on, and perhaps even a bit of a blind spot about, Hezbollah. Yet Hezbollah’s activities have grown global, ranging from West Africa to the Tri-Border Area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

How to Beat al Qaeda at Its Own Game

August 11, 2010

The story of Badr al-Harbi is a case study of a battleground in the war on terror that has long been ignored: the struggle to control the narrative.

Storm Surge

October 05, 2009

As the Philippines struggles to address the damage wreaked by Tropical Storm Ketsana, a political storm is also brewing. Filipino senators are currently calling on the government to renegotiate the country's Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.

To Beat Terrorists, Use Judo, Not Boxing

August 13, 2009

Noordin Top, likely mastermind of multiple bombings in Indonesia - including the most recent attack on the Ritz-Carlton and J W Marriott hotels in Jakarta, was apparently nearly killed in a government raid on his hideout in a remote area of central Java.

In Afghanistan, Hit 'em Where They Aren't

September 29, 2008

Recent US attacks inside Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) follow the prevailing, conventional logic: To win in Afghanistan, kill, coerce, and capture in Pakistan.

How Can the U.S. Improve Human intelligence?

July 06, 2008

The sluggish pace at which security clearances are processed within the intelligence world is one of the main reasons why the CIA and other agencies simply have not been able to recruit the best and brightest Americans to serve abroad in some of the most sensitive areas collecting vital information on our adversaries.

A Doomsday Priority

April 05, 2005

Secretary Michael Chertoff cited the preparedness mission as a top priority during his vision speech at The George Washington University last month.

Commission’s Proposals Fall on Deaf Ears (PDF)

August 16, 2004

President Bush demonstrated decisive leadership last week when he announced his proposal to reform the intelligence community, brushing aside the significant bureaucratic hurdles and political risks associated with such a bold move.

War Requires Homeland Panels’ Attention, Too (PDF)

March 24, 2003

As the United States marches to war in the Middle East, we can expect the members and staff of the Armed Services Committees to be working long hours in the coming weeks as they closely follow the military's actions.

House Homeland Panel Needs Own Jurisdiction (PDF)

March 09, 2003

One year after the creation of the House Homeland Security Committee, the panel has no strategic plan of its own.

Fighting Terrorism

January 11, 2002

The United States can no longer rely on the protection of the two oceans that have historically shielded its country and people. The terrorist attacks brought home the fact that, since the end of the Cold War, threats have become more complex and far-reaching.