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SDF state defense forces

State Defense Forces: Recruitment Challenges and Opportunities

By Deano L. McNeil
Alumnus, Master of Public Administration at American Military University

State defense forces (SDF) are volunteer military forces which each state, along with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia, are authorized to maintain pursuant to Title 32, Section 109 of the US Code.

Currently, 19 states and Puerto Rico maintain SDFs, which fall under the exclusive control of their governors, through their adjutants general.

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North Korea accuses CIA of torture

North Korea’s Uncertain Future

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

North Korea’s state news agency KNCA recently reported that the nation is “facing its worst drought in a century.” It is unusual for the North Korean regime to make such announcements, rather they try to keep internal issues away from the national and international attention publically and only ask for assistance privately.

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National Preparedness

2015 State of National Preparedness

By Kevin Taylor
Faculty Member, Homeland Security at American Military University

In 2011, President Obama put forth the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8) that dealt directly with the all-encompassing issue of national preparedness. The president recognized that every facet of our society (whole community) was needed to accomplish such a daunting task; strengthening the security and resilience of the United States.

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Syria refugees

Syrian Refugee Programs: A Backdoor for Jihadists?

By Amanda Vicinanzo

As the conflict in Syria continues to rage, the U.S. continues to admit thousands of Syrian refugees each year, and is expected to admit 70,000 refugees from other countries this year alone. The number of Syrian refugees seeking safe haven on American shores is only expected to increase, prompting lawmakers to raise concerns over the security risks inherent in the refugee vetting process.

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