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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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The Critical Infrastructure of Space

Today, we are in the midst of a new space race with dozens of nations competing for the higher ground - in orbit.

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Great Infrastructure Takes a National Infrastructure Bank

When it comes to generating economic growth and jobs, infrastructure investment tops the list of the next president's to-do list.

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The Rewards of Veteran Entrepreneur Service

After military service, many veterans continue to serve the public in another way: entrepreneurship.

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Comey’s Catch-22 Election Decision

Some are criticizing FBI Director James Comey's announcement of new e-mails that could have been relevant to the investigation into Hillary Clinton. They call it political meddling. I call it leadership.

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DHS Needs a Risk Expert as its Next Secretary

The DHS mandate is fundamentally about risk, and in looking for the next DHS Secretary, we should consider someone with a risk-focused background. Something like an insurance expert.

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After Fugate, Prospects for FEMA’s Top Job – Part 2

Natural disasters like Hurricane Matthew are a reminder of why selecting the right person to serve as the next FEMA administrator is so important.

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After Fugate, Prospects for FEMA’s Top Job – Part 1

One of DHS' most important and public facing jobs is that of FEMA Administrator. Here are some people to consider for the job in the next administration.

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After Chelsea, New Jersey Bombs, Beware and Be Ready

After the bombings this past weekend, there is one simple message we need to heed: “Soft Targets Beware, and Be Ready.”

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