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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.

Not Your Father's FEMA

September 10, 2008

FEMA is an easy target; its four-letter acronym is often used as shorthand to convey all of Katrina’s failures. But FEMA is just one piece of the preparedness puzzle.

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.

Ice Cube on Plate Glass Window: First Responders Should Support Increased EMS Funding (PDF)

July 07, 2005

Unlike our peers in law enforcement and fire suppression, EMS has been treated like the unwanted stepchild.

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.

Don't Rush Toward a Trinational Security Strategy

March 21, 2005

Though co-operation on security issues has taken on a new fervour in the wake of 9/11, the U.S. and Canada have a long history of co-operating on security matters. Since as early as the 1940 Permanent Joint Board on Defense, it's clear our countries place a high value on working together.

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.

Local Emergency Response: Enduring the Rhetoric While Trying to Define Readiness (PDF)

September 01, 2002

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and the attacks of September 11, 2001, have each emphasized the fact that the United States is vulnerable internally to terrorist attacks--even of catastrophic proportions.

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.

For A Limited Time – Advice for A New Secretary

Blog Post by Ronald Marks: 
For A Limited Time – Advice for A New Secretary
January 22, 2018

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