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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...


A Good Day for Congressional Oversight

Today's House Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee hearing on "Priorities Enforcing Immigration Law" got off to a delayed and roaring thud. After delaying the start of the hearing by 30 minutes due to anticipated floor votes, Chairman David Price started...


A “Fein” Knock Out Over Fusion Centers – News & Notes from the Hearing

There is always a danger whenever you put something in writing - your words may come back and haunt you or be used against you. Such was the case of Bruce Fein, one of the witnesses at today’s...


Legacy Beyond Nassau

One of the greatest rewards in life is the people you meet and the things they teach you along the way. I’ve been more than fortunate throughout my career to work with some amazing people. They have...


An American Success Story

On Friday, March 27, 2009 an amazing tenure at DHS will conclude. Al Martinez-Fonts’ services as the Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector will end and he will return to where he came from, the private sector. ...


Intelligence Sharing Hearing Notes & Observations

The word “intelligence” can have multiple meanings. If you were watching last week’s hearing (March 18, 2009) - “Homeland Security Intelligence: Its Relevance and Limitations,” held before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and...


Demonizing at its Finest & Leadership at its Worst

Several days ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke at a town hall-type meeting at St. Anthony’s Church in San Francisco, CA. In addressing the assembled crowd, which news coverage described as being filled with both legal and...


Preventing a “Bhophal on wheels”

Infrastructure improvements may be at the top of the to-do list for Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, but another problem urgently calls for hands-on leadership. Catastrophic release of deadly cargo, whether by accident or an act of terror,could...


Interoperability & Appropriations Hearing – Why Can’t You Hear Me Now?

There is a biting irony to an Appropriations Hearing on Interoperability that no one can listen to.Today, three senior DHS leaders, Dr. David Boyd of the Science & Technology Directorate; Chris Essid of the Office of Emergency Communications; and...


Resilience starts in the community

National resilience is truly a community effort. I split my time between an office in DC and a home in the mountains of Utah, and one of the most important messages that Washington needs to learn these days is...



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