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By Dr. William Hanson
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Last week, I asked my American Public University System (APUS) students to comment on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, and I greatly appreciated the thoughtful responses I received. Whether they agreed with the SSCI report or not, the content gave all of us some pause, and sparked the desire to reflect on this issue.

By Dr. Terry Simmons
In Homeland Security Guest Contributor

This is a critical examination of the tragic events unfolding in Syria as the last episode of a phenomenon known as the Arab Spring which has spread across North Africa and into Syria. The three intelligence agencies, the CIA, the Mukhabarat, and the SVR, of the United States, Syria, and the Russian Federation respectively, have served as covert conduits for their state and non-state patrons’ efforts to maximize political advantage in this intense struggle for Syria and contiguous regional geopolitical space.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

“The damage [of the shutdown] will be insidious,” said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “This is a dreamland for foreign intelligence services to recruit.”

“[It] seriously damages our ability to protect the safety and security of this nation.”

“Damage will accumulate over time.”

How big is the impact?

By William Tucker Last year, the Director of National Intelligence conducted a study on the efficiency of the Defense Intelligence Agency and found several areas that were in need of improvement. Unfortunately, the study was classified and the scope of the problems, and the problem areas, are not known in full detail. Press reports have stated that one area for improvement was expanding the scope of the DIA beyond tactical, battlefield intelligence.
By William Tucker CIA head David Petraeus held unscheduled talks with Turkish PM Erdogan in Turkey today. While Iran and Kurdish rebels were certainly discussed, the situation in Syria was reportedly the dominate topic. In Egypt, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, is in Cairo for a two day visit. As expected, the topic du jour is Syria.