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Author Archive: David Olive

“On the Road Again” with Secretary Napolitano, One Logical Trip Missing from Schedule

Last week, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was in New York to announce the new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS). Then, at the end of the week, she went to Aretesia, New Mexico, to tour the facility and participate in...


It’s a Security Debrief Contest! Tell Napolitano Where to Go Next

The more I thought about DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s recent travel schedule, congratulating her on where she has been and wondering about where she has not yet gone, the thought kept going through my head about how the Security...


CBP’s Predator UAV Use Raises More Questions, Answers Elusive

Last week, as the world was focused on the series of cascading problems stemming from the earthquake/tsunami in Japan and on the diplomatic actions leading to military action this weekend in Libya, the Associated Press stories on the use...


Rep. John Mica claim TSA “cooked the books” merits inquiry as Congress looks to rein in DHS costs

In the midst of all the news stories about the turmoil in the Middle East and, of late, the tragic earthquake and subsequent tsunami that has devastated parts of Japan, it is easy to see why Congressman John Mica’s...


As Congress Seeks to Cut Waste, It Should Start with Duplicative DHS Oversight

At a time when Congress is looking to cut federal spending, why won’t it eliminate the “waste” caused by its own dysfunctional DHS oversight? The apparent answer is that is it far easier to talk about reforming someone else...


Happy Birthday DHS

In spite of all the external threats and internal bickering they must deal with, the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security deserve a “pat on the back” and a hearty 8th birthday cheer.Their mission is critically...


Proposed DHS Budget Does Not Reflect Secretary Napolitano’s Testimony on the Threat of Radicalization

Today, the Obama Administration submitted its proposed FY12 Budget to Congress. Over the next several months, much will be said and written about the budget priorities and the amount of funding that ought to go to (or be cut...


Predator UAV Costs – An Analysis of Alternatives that Needs Further Analysis

Homeland Security Today’s Mickey McCarter has written the most thorough piece on SBInet that I have seen in the past several years. His story includes more details on an Analysis of Alternatives undertaken for Secretary Napolitano than has previously...


End to the Color Code Alert System – Where’s the Transparency?

Andrew Malcolm’s blog in today’s LA Times on the recent DHS decision to change the old color-coded threat alert system grabbed my eye. Of course it is a tongue-in-cheek poke at DHS for not explaining the “why this makes...


David Olive in Roll Call – Rep. Rogers Should Look to His Own House First

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) recently published an op-ed in Roll Call, calling for Congress to “grab a shovel” and start digging the country out of debt. He noted wasteful spending in DHS but neglected to address the wasteful and...



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