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Author Archive: Richard Cooper

TSA Admin Nominee Pekoske Continues Semper Paratus Tradition

The nomination of USCG Vice Commandant David P. Pekoske to be the next TSA Administrator continues a distinguished tradition of tapping the top ranks of the Coast Guard to lead DHS' toughest assignments.

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U.S. Private Sector Will Lead on Climate Change Post Paris Agreement

President Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate treaty will put more attention on, and give more influence to, the most dynamic of American powers on the climate change issue: the private sector.

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Manchester Attack – Venue Security Worked…Until It Didn’t

The terrorist attack in Manchester is a reminder that even as venue owners and operators tighten event security, there remain soft targets immediately outside the security perimeter.

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The Kelly Doctrine – “I’ve Got Your Back”

In his first set of public remarks since becoming the nation’s fifth Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly declared a message loud and clear to the DHS workforce: "I've got your back."

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Wanted: A Better Homeland Security Budget

The Administration's proposed budget cuts to several agencies threaten progress and would make the country less safe.

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FEMA’s Future – Save the Grants, Partnerships and Children

The congressional hearing on the "Future of FEMA" praised the agency and noted priorities for emergency management and response going forward.

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Areas for Private Sector Leadership in Homeland Security

With new leadership taking over DHS, there are areas for renewed private sector leadership and action in the homeland security arena.

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Gen. Kelly’s ‘Love Fest’ Senate Confirmation Hearing

The next Homeland Security Secretary gave a powerful performance before the U.S. Senate, which is good news for the homeland.

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The Strongest Force in Homeland Security – The Private Sector

There are more than 30 million actors outside of the Department of Homeland Security who will be critical to the success of incoming DHS Secretary Gen. John Kelly.

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Reforming the Stafford Act

With a new administration and Congress, it's time to take a look at how America plans for emergencies.

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