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How will Data and Analytics Change the President’s Daily Briefing?

While the President's Daily Briefing is comprehensive, there remain factors and circumstances a president and their national security team will not have full insight into. That might be about to change.

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Doing the Tough Job – Elaine Duke Gets It Done

The "Acting" Homeland Security Secretary has already proven her merit and capacity to permanently lead DHS.

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Five Questions for FEMA in Harvey, Irma Disaster Recovery

Texas and Louisiana are receiving $15 billion to help with recovery after Hurricane Harvey, and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma may require further federal money. Whenever amounts of money of this size are allocated or disbursed, accountability is fundamental....

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Considerations for Congress in Harvey Disaster Assistance

Congress has less than a month to tackle a long list of priorities before the end of the fiscal year. Not least among these to-dos is coming up with a Disaster Assistance bill to look after the millions of...

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In Devastation from Hurricane Harvey, USCG Does It Again

There are many people and groups that have done amazing things to help the victims of Harvey. Perhaps most impressive among them: the US Coast Guard.

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The Hurricane Harvey Response – The Difference is Leadership

The devastation wrought on Texas by Hurricane Harvey is drawing comparisons to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago. While the both storms were severe, the comparison is not apt - and the difference between them is...

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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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