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Author Archive: Richard Cooper

Impressive Facts About Who’s in Charge

With yesterday’s announcement of Dr. Tara O’Toole’s nomination to be DHS’ next Under Secretary for Science & Technology it should not go unnoticed that a significant portion of the Department’s leadership positions are held by women. While I’ve...


Great Exchanges in the Senate Cyber Hearing

While the debate on the future of cyber security has been underway for some time, one of the world’s great deliberative bodies, the US Senate (in the form of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee) brought an...


A Leader to Watch – Dr. Richard Besser

With the declaration of a Public Health Emergency from the recent outbreak of Swine Flu, the nation’s eyes will be turning towards the White House, Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security and others to examine how...


Candor and Communications – Chicago Style, Part 2

Picking up where Day One of DHS’ Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) first National Conference left off the organizers continued their efforts on Day Two (April 23, 2009) to keep momentum going. By continuing to utilize their “open...


Candor and Communications – Chicago Style

Greetings from sunny and very warm Chicago where the first ever, DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) National Conference is underway. With more than 500+ attendees assembled at the Chicago Hilton, the program has assembled first responders, emergency...


Four for Four – Show Time Questions for Four DHS Nominees

This Wednesday, April 22, 2009 four senior DHS nominees (Craig Fugate to be Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator; John T. Morton to be U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary; Ivan Fong to be DHS General Counsel;...


Ignorance & Poor Word Choices

Every now and then a “no-win situation” can be made worse by what a person says, how they say it, or what they do not say at all. This is the situation facing DHS following a recently...


The Second Most Powerful Position on the Planet – Part 2

As a people, Americans have long harbored suspicions with any one holding too much power. We believe in and hold fast to a checks and balance system, but in a world whose operations function faster than the speed...


The Second Most Powerful Position on the Planet – Part 1

With the introduction of legislation by Sens. Rockefeller and Snowe and the full thumbs up support of the Obama Administration, it is a foregone conclusion that some type of executive authority position overseeing cybersecurity will be established. Taking...


Super Powers for Cyber Czar

Building off of many of the recommendations of the recently issued CSIS study, Sens. Rockefeller (D-WV) and Snowe (R-ME) are preparing to introduce legislation to establish the Office of the National Cybersecurity Adviser which would report directly to the...



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