Doug Bedell — July 15, 2013, 12:48 pm

…Yet Security Issues Remain

Despite Janet Napolitano’s strong record as Secretary of Homeland Security, key issues remain as the  security scene continues evolving. On Security Debrief, Ronald Marks writes that the new DHS secretary will need to be concerned about:

• Homegrown terrorism and the “cellular levels of ‘one and twos’.” “That game is not going to be helped by the case of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. He has simply made everyone’s life harder by making our enemies aware of our sources and methods…”

• DHS’ “coordination challenge” – “We have 17,620 state, local and tribal law enforcement authorities. While cooperation between Washington and these authorities has gotten much better, getting relevant and timely information back and forth has not improved….”

• Assuring privacy rights in “the cyber-surveillance age.”

• Increasing DHS’ capacity in cyber security.

• What are we buying for DHS’ $40 billion homeland security budget,  especially in terms of billions of dollars in grants to state and local authorities? “How useful have they proven and should they be continued?”

Never-ending questions in an 11-year-old-agency (DHS) whose challenges are especially hard to pin down.

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