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Lawmakers Request Briefing on Panga Boat Smuggling

- Panga fishing boat smuggling is on the rise off the coast of California and recent events have spurred lawmakers to request a meeting with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Federal Security Perspective: Interview with John Perren

- Security Management interviews Assistant Director John Perron of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.  

A Department Under Fire

- The Department of Homeland Security has been criticized for poor management, but a new focus could get the agency back on track.

Details on Capture and Treatment of 9-11 Masterminds to Stay Secret

- All information about the arrests of the five men suspected of organizing the 9-11 attacks will remain secret indefinitely, a military judge has ruled.

Federal Cybersecurity Perspective: Interview with Laura Mather, Ph.D.

- An interview with Dr. Laura Mather, cofounder and chief visionary of Silver Tail Systems.

Left of the Boom

- The goal of all those engaged in the fight against improvised explosives is to find ways to detect and prevent them, which they call getting “left of the boom.”

Operation Backfire: Eleven Down, Two to Go

- The largest eco-terrorism case in U.S. history may be closing in on its final chapters.

Fusion Centers Spark Debate at DHS Anniversary Discussion

- The truthfulness of a controversial congressional investigative report looking into DHS support for fusion centers became a point of debate between a DHS lawyer and an ACLU representative during a homeland security panel discussion Wednesday.

Morning Security Brief: Homeland Security’s Secret Twitter Account, Smart Meter Privacy Issues, Black Friday, and More

- DHS has a secret twitter account. Researchers find that smart meters can be used to pick burglary targets. The Mall of America bans teenagers on Black Friday. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Petraeus Scandal, Skype Hack, and Response Time Disparities

- The media gives conflicting reports on whether Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell had access to classified information. Skype patches security hole. Ambulance response times vary widely across Los Angeles, an investigation finds.

Researcher: Empowering Civil Society is Right Approach to Disaster Recovery

- Local organizations, like churches, charities, and businesses, should lead recovery efforts rather than government after natural disasters, a researcher argues.

From the Archive: Calculating the Margin of Terror

- How likely is it that Hezbollah in Lebanon would launch suicide attacks or engage in kidnappings during an election year? Professor V.S. Subrahmanian, head of the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, said that the right data combined with the right software can answer that question.

Morale Problems Persist at DHS

- The GAO reports average employee morale at DHS is still lower than the average morale of the federal workforce.
 




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