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Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Mexico

While President Obama is having lunch today with the political leadership of our closest neighbor and ally, Canada, the situation to our south has continued to deteriorate.Yesterday afternoon, STRATFOR, a strategic analysis group based in San Antonio, released a...

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DHS IG – FEMA Should Stay

Reports by inspector generals carry a lot of weight in Washington. They point out problems, inefficiencies and improper or illegal behaviors that go on in federal programs or by some of its employees or contractors. While it’s...

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What DHS Got from the Stimulus Bill

Let it never be said that giving out Christmas presents has to happen just one day a year. In fact, it can occur any time the Congress and President are in the spending mood and, boy oh boy,...

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And then there were two: Finish line for the FEMA Administrator Job?

According to the AP’s Eileen Sullivan news story, “Obama’s top choice for FEMA director are Florida, Iowa emergency managers,” the finish line is in sight for the announcement of the next FEMA Administrator. After several weeks of rumors...

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Looking at a Complex Problem – ‘Walking the Talk’

Mary McIntire Peters has posted a concise and well-crafted column in the Management Matters section of Government Executive entitled “Walking the Talk,” profiling the experience and understanding that new DHS Sec. Napolitano brings to what has been an ongoing...

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Working Harder, Not Smarter on Cargo Security

With the best of intentions, the United States Congress approved the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 on August 3, 2007, which mandates 100% screening of ALL air cargo traveling on passenger aircraft by 2010.You might...

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Making Water Security More Newsworthy

As a homeland security consultant with clients that provide technologies for the protection of potable water, I try to Google “water security” at least once a week. For some time now, I have noticed that this search term...

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Rumor control: Randy Babbitt to be FAA Administrator

As a veteran of the airline industry, I have had the opportunity to work with and for many leaders of industry, both in the public and private sectors. Seldom have I seen the professionalism continuously demonstrated by Captain Randy...

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Attention Congress — Rome is Burning!

Where’s Susan Pewter when you need her? She’s that crazy bleach-blonde woman from the 1990’s exercise videos that always yelled “stop the insanity!” on television infomercials at 3:00AM. I don’t know what she’s up to these days, but I’d...

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Another Bad Report Card – Now What?

Last week, the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) released their report card on America’s infrastructure. We got a big fat D.Years of neglect, inattention, over use, lack of resources and more have left us sailing along in a...

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