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Author Archive: David Olive

DHS Releases RFPs for Border Wall Prototypes

The federal solicitation for the "Southwest Border Wall" is out, and the RFPs contain some surprises on timeline and transparency.

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Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on TSA Goes to the Dogs

When it comes to aviation security and cargo screening, until technology is as reliable and effective as a canine’s nose, we need more trained dogs.

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Adm. Neffenger Says Goodbye in his Own Humble Way

Accolades from within DHS, the private sector and Capitol Hill are beginning to flow in praising the work Neffenger accomplished in his too-short tenure at TSA.

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TSA – The Turn-Around Agency of the Year

The changes at TSA over the last year have dramatically improved the agency's operations and culture. So what’s really going on at TSA that the incoming Trump administration team ought to notice (and not muck up)? This is the...

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The Business of Homeland Security – Who Should Be S2?

In the day-to-day operation of the Department of Homeland Security, no position is more important than the Deputy Secretary. Here are some public servants the incoming Trump Administration should consider.

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Congress Heal Thyself: NOW is The Perfect Time

With the new administration, it's time to fix congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Lawsuits, TSA, Highway Deaths and Math Homework

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has filed a lawsuit in federal court because TSA didn’t do its math homework.

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LA Times Snarky Op-Ed on TSA Screening Gets a Snarky Response

A sarcastic op-ed in the LA Times by Jim Tierney critiqued TSA airport screening but failed to offer new solutions--or even an understanding of the issues.

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TSA Blame Game Runs Wild But Effective Solutions Are Scarce

The announcement that TSA replaced former Assistant Administrator for Security Operations Kelly Hoggan got a lot of national attention. It might lead one to conclude that the recent “blame and shame” efforts of some members of Congress threatening TSA...

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Security Mom Explains Security in a Way We Can All Understand

Juliette Kayyem’s new book, Security Mom, may be the most honest book I’ve read on how homeland security affects families and the communities in which we live. More importantly, it helps us understand, and explain to our family members,...

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