Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — December 7, 2018, 12:42 pm

U.S. Heads Into Space as the Next Security Sector

The next security frontier will be space operations, advises President Donald Trump’s proposal to create a Space Force will likely cost billions, but Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer pledged his support Thursday for an organization dedicated to space operations. “We will have to wait and see how the Congress actually vets it out. … But on a fundamental […]

Doug Bedell — December 5, 2018, 4:32 pm

Senate Asserts American Opposition to Yemen War, a War Powers Milestone

Congress has taken a “critical step toward reasserting its war-powers control,” In Homeland Security reports.  Last week, by a vote of 63 to 37, ” the Senate advanced a resolution introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s devastation of Yemen.” “The fighting in Yemen, ostensibly a proxy war between Saudi […]

Doug Bedell — December 4, 2018, 10:39 pm

U.S. Faces ‘Immense’ Global Security Challenges

“Never in recent memory,” writes John Ubaldi on In Homeland Security,  “has the United States faced so many immense global challenges. But are we prepared for what confronts us today? Furthermore, is America’s preeminent global military advantage declining and opening an opportunity for others to overtake us?” These are truly sobering words. But Ubaldi argues […]

Doug Bedell — November 30, 2018, 3:22 pm

Mandatory Overtime a Burden On Police and Security Officers

Police and other security officers faced with mandatory overtime duties are risking burnout of their abilities and private lives, advises a post on In Public Safety by Dr. Michael Pittaro of American Military University. “Mandatory overtime,” he writes, “only adds to an already overworked, burned out, and stressed out workforce. Stress not only impacts the individual officer, but […]

Doug Bedell — November 14, 2018, 12:51 pm

U.S. Cybersecurity Focusing on the Dept. of Homeland Security

The nation’s cybersecurity defenses appear to be coming to a focus in the Department of Homeland Security,  a press release from DHS indicates. “On November 13,” the release reads,  “the United States House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass legislation creating the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). […]

Doug Bedell — November 9, 2018, 11:26 am

Firemen Are Becoming Security Responders Too

U.S. firemen are preparing themselves for doing more than responding to fires. How about “hazardous materials response, technical rescue and first response to terrorist events and mass casualty incidents”? Such duties include training and responding to security threats in a fire department’s locale. A post on In Public Safety advises that “U.S. government agencies and communities […]

Doug Bedell — November 5, 2018, 10:13 am

Securing City Streets and Walkways From Terror

Paris, for one, is cutting the odds against terror by vehicle – a weaponized truck or car – by adding barriers between traffic and people, even at the Eiffel Tower. It’s unfortunate that this is advisable, a post on Citylab notes,  but security comes first. “Cities have so far responded to this new threat in […]

Doug Bedell — November 2, 2018, 9:23 am

DHS Appraises the Migrant Caravan Approaching the Southern Border

Here is the Department of Homeland Security’s appraisal of the human caravan  making its way toward the U.S. border, including an explanation of why U.S. troops are being sent to the border. “Our nation,” DHS explains, “is experiencing an unprecedented crisis on our Southern Border that is the result of loopholes that prevent the detention […]

Doug Bedell — October 29, 2018, 11:19 am

‘Eagle Eyes’ of U.S. Air Force Aims to Thwart Terrorist Threats

The U.S. Air Force is providing lessons on identifying and responding to terrorist threats. In the Dayton, Ohio, Daily News, we learn of “Eagle Eyes, the Air Force’s anti-terrorism program (which) is designed to bring the eyes and ears of all Airmen to bear on terrorism prevention by teaching about the typical activities that terrorists […]

Doug Bedell — October 26, 2018, 9:31 am

Industrial Control Systems Under Constant Cyber Security Threat

Yet another warning about keeping industrial control systems (ICS) and other forms cyber security up-to-date comes from the Security Ledger in advising of the 2019  “Global ICS & IIoT Risk Report” – “A data-driven analysis of vulnerabilities in our industrial and critical infrastructure.” “Many of these networks were designed decades ago when cybersecurity was not a […]