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Anwar Al-Awlaki's Death: Is America Any Safer?

September 30, 2011

The killing of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen has brought cheers from lawmakers and terrorism experts, but it remains an open question whether his demise will make the United States safer from future terrorist attacks.

Terror Blow: American Al-Qaida Cleric Killed (VIDEO)

September 30, 2011

HSPI Director Frank J. Cilluffo advances his position on the propriety of targeting U.S.

Experts chide TSA for poor risk assessment of security measures

September 30, 2011

Control over passenger screening technology should be shifted to airlines because the private sector is better than the Transportation Security Administration at making economical security choices based on risk management analyses, officials from a libertarian think tank said during a Capitol Hill briefing Friday.

The Gordian Knot of Disaster Funding

September 26, 2011

Deputy Director Daniel Kaniewski discusses the current disaster funding challenges facing FEMA.

Canada Command's Semianiw discusses Role in United States

September 23, 2011

Canada actively works to combat security threats throughout the Western hemisphere including in the United States, said Lt. Gen. Walter Semianiw, the commander of Canada Command, at the Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington Sept. 23. "That frightens folks down in Washington, when I say that my area of responsibility [includes] the United States," but that approach is necessary, he said.

What Happens if FEMA Runs Out of Money

September 23, 2011

While lawmakers have a week to work out their differences before the government faces another partial shutdown, one agency faces a much earlier deadline. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will run out of money early next week, putting a halt to projects in communities around the country still struggling to recover from this year's spate of hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires.

Afghan Assassination Threatens Peace Talks, Pakistan Relations

September 21, 2011

The assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, chairman of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, dealt a blow to the government’s negotiations with the Taliban and fraying relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.

Haqqani Network receives protection from ISI

September 20, 2011

The Haqqani network, which is blamed for the recent attack on American embassy in Kabul, receives protection and support from the Pakistani spy agency ISI, an influential think-tank has told US lawmakers.

D.C. Evacuation Plans: No One In Charge Of Capital Emergency Response

September 20, 2011

The nation's capital made it through a rare earthquake and treacherous blizzard this year, laying bare a scary reality: Getting out of Washington in an emergency presents a disaster in and of itself.

"Revenge" Strike Feared after al-Awlaki's Death

September 20, 2011

Top U.S. counterterrorism officials told ABC News that they worry about revenge attacks from Anwar al-Awlaki’s followers, and will keep security at “hair-trigger” response for the immediate future.

Time for Pakistan to Clean Up Its Backyard

September 16, 2011

HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo advocates closer contact between U.S. and Indian counterterrorism practitioners in order to combat Pakistan-based terrorist groups such as the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba. More pressure on Pakistan's government, Cilluffo argues, is needed to dislodge the extremist groups from their strategic safe havens.

Cybersecurity--Stop Attacking Pearl Harbor

September 15, 2011

HSPI Senior Fellow Ronald Marks comments on misconceptions about the nature of cyber warfare, and the inapplicability of a "Pearl Harbor" or knockout-blow paradigm to today's cybersecurity threat environment.

Key US lawmakers demand Pak's action against LeT be assessed

September 15, 2011

Two key US lawmakers are seeking inclusion of Pakistan's action against LeT leaders, particularly those linked to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in the Obama administration's ''secret scorecard'' with regard to Islamabad's cooperation in the war against terrorism.

Troy: "Contagion" all too real

September 15, 2011

HSPI Senior Fellow Tevi Troy comments on shortcomings in national and global preparedness for epidemics as identified in the recent film "Contagion." Troy notes that the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised director Steven Soderbergh, suggesting the reality of vulnerabilities identified in the film.

Faculty reflect on how Sept. 11 changed teaching, careers

September 12, 2011

James Feldkamp teaches a sociology of terrorism course at GW, which tasks students with thinking like a bad guy. When the two-time Congressional candidate and Navy reserve commander crafted a syllabus from a pile of about 20 books in 2005, the Department of Homeland Security was just three years old. Since then, his class has evolved, as the field of terrorism studies expands.

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