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Hurricane Season Readiness and the Need for NFIP Reauthorization

While the 2017 hurricane season has been remarkably calm compared to the epic years of the past, there is a looming disaster if Congress does not reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It has until September 30 to...

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A Cancer on the Country – The Charlottesville Attack and the Scourge of White Nationalism

White nationalists who rallied in Charlottesville, Va., are guaranteed the right to free speech and assembly, but the U.S. Constitution also guarantees our right to take note of the extremists who participated in the rally. And to never forget...

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Who Will be Homeland Security Secretary After John Kelly?

With John Kelly’s move to the White House to become President Trump’s new Chief of Staff, the “name game” of prospective candidates is underway.

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The Short but Effective Tenure of DHS Sec. John Kelly

In one of the most turbulent weeks in any presidential administration, Friday’s stunning announcement that DHS Secretary John Kelly would be the new White House Chief of Staff caught an already shell-shocked weary Washington by surprise.

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Evolving Threats Mean Revamping Screening and Security

TSA's new rule for scanning electronics larger than a cell phone during airport screening is sure to raise the public's ire, but there is a lot to be said and to applaud about how TSA is rolling out its...

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National Security and the New Space Race

We are in a new space race, and the results will impact national security and economic opportunity for decades to come.

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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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