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Social identity theory and homeland security

What do these people have in common? – Unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally, and the people who don’t want them in this country. – People opposing the militarization of police, and the people who don’t believe militarization is all that bad. – People who don’t mind submitting to TSA searches, and people who think [...]

Counterterrorism capitulates to war

As you have probably already seen/heard unfold over the day, the Administration has decided not to argue terms-of-reference related to its current and anticipated action against the so-called Islamic State. Here’s how the Daily News framed the fast-moving rhetorical controversy: The U.S. is at war with ISIS, the White House and Pentagon said Friday, a [...]

Friday Free Forum

On this date in 1988 Hurricane Gilbert came ashore on Jamaica with a 19 foot storm surge and over thirty-inches of rain.  At least 49 were killed.  Damages were in the billions of dollars. On this date in 2008 a freight train and a commuter train collided head-on in the Chatworth section of Los Angeles. [...]

Friday Free Forum

On this date in 1988 Hurricane Gilbert came ashore on Jamaica with a 19 foot storm surge and over thirty-inches of rain.  At least 49 were killed.  Damages were in the billions of dollars. On this date in 2008 a freight train and a commuter train collided head-on in the Chatworth section of Los Angeles. [...]

What the President said about evil and counterterrorism

Thirteen years ago this morning nineteen young men carried out a horrific attack on the United States. The 911 Commission wrote it “was a day of unprecedented shock and suffering.” Our shock might have been less if we had given greater collective attention to a range of precursor events, including the October 2000 attack on [...]

Preparing to listen to the President

At 9PM Eastern tonight — Wednesday, September 10 — the President is scheduled to outline plans to engage a radical religiously-inspired insurgency sometimes known as Islamic State (IS) or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The confusing labels reflect a fractured reality.  I am [...]

Brush with national preparedness month

The Yellow Point Fire is one of the fires burning in Oregon today.  It’s about 25 miles from where I live. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is doing a good job keeping people affected by this comparatively small fire aware of what’s going on. It is also posting information on a blog , Facebook, [...]

Friday Free Forum

On this day in 1996 Hurricane Fran comes ashore killing 27 and causing over $3 billion in damages. On this day in 1666 the Great Fire of London is brought to a close.  Over 10,000 buildings were destroyed.  Fewer than ten people are thought to have died. On this day in 1972 the Black September [...]

Proactively managing a chronic condition

A decade ago the Afghanistan mission was seen as giving a possibly moribund post-cold war NATO new relevance, scope, and purpose. At today’s summit meeting NATO will consider a scheduled withdrawal from a still-divided, dysfunctional, and vulnerable Afghanistan, endeavor to respond effectively to Russian aggression in Ukraine, and review a deteriorating international security environment across wide [...]

DC Event: “Lessons in Resiliency from the Civilian Front in Israel: Operation Protective Edge”

Just a heads up. If you are in the DC area, this Friday, September 5, the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute is hosting an event on Israeli lessons for resilience: Featuring Meir Elran of the Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv, who will discuss the successful resilience demonstrated by the Israeli civilian [...]