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Critical Skills for the Next DHS Secretary

The fifth DHS Secretary will have their hands full with a job that has more critics than friends. Here are the top skills the next Homeland Security Secretary will need.

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The Presidential Debate – National Security Questions I Want Asked

Nothing can change the dynamics of a presidential race faster than a debate performance. With the first debate approaching, what will the nominees have to say about national security?

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Who Will be the Next DHS Secretary? Part 3 – Bipartisan Picks

There are few people in America who haven't taken a side in the ongoing presidential contest, but when it comes to the next Homeland Security Secretary, here are some individuals who could be considered for either a Clinton or...

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Who Will be the Next DHS Secretary? Part 2 – A Clinton Administration

One of the first actions for the next U.S. President will be nominating someone to serve as Homeland Security Secretary. Here is list of those who might be selected in a Clinton Administration.

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Who Will be the Next DHS Secretary? Part 1 – A Trump Administration

A new presidential administration will bring a new Secretary of Homeland Security. Here is my quadrennial pick of the people who could be the next DHS Secretary. First up are those who might serve in a Trump Administration.

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The Politics of Obama’s Visit to Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

President Obama is visiting flood-ravaged Louisiana amid criticism. Does he deserve it? Let’s give this a bit of perspective.

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From One Big Playing Field to Another – Thank you Chief Lanier

With the announcement of Washington, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier's retirement, the National Capital Region is losing more than an exceptional public safety leader. It is losing one of its biggest, most notable and certainly most resilient game changers.

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Donald Trump’s Mouth – Making the Secret Service Job Harder

Donald Trump’s remarks insinuating the assassination of his electoral opponent are way over the line, and they put the people charged with protecting him in danger.

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Cybersecurity and 2016 Election Infrastructure

With less than 100 days before Americans vote for their next president, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has added one more task to the DHS mandate: securing the elections.

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The Cost of Being a Big-Time Host – Is It Worth It?

With the 2016 Olympics about to start, there are mounting concerns about Rio’s readiness and the costs to the host country. Facing significant security threats, public leaders are wondering, is it even worth hosting a large event?

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