By John Ubaldi
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The media coverage of November’s midterm election and the Ebola crisis, have effectively drowned out any and all other issues. Perhaps more importantly, it has diluted virtually all discussion regarding the U.S. airstrikes against ISIS.
By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The Russian bully is a sad character that is more afraid of you than you are of him. This does not mean the Russian bully is weak or that the Russian bully will not deliver a blow, but that the reasons for him behaving the way that he does are out of fear and not a sadistic pleasure.
By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

According to yesterday’s Washington Post article, “Pentagon’s plans for a spy service to rival the CIA have been pared back,” it would appear the Department of Defense is having trouble amplifying their human intelligence aspirations beyond military intelligence collection.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The Islamic State, even more than other jihadist movements, is part of a larger international jihadist revolutionary process. Its sole success depends on using its weaknesses as strengths and  its enemy’s strengths as weaknesses. It then attempts to defeat its opponents through stratagem over time—mind and mobility over weaponry and columns—the classic guerrilla formula.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The United States and Canada vowed Tuesday to step up already close counterterrorism and border security cooperation as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid condolences to the Canadian people following last week’s terror attacks.

On his first trip to Canada since taking office, Kerry flew to Ottawa and went immediately to the National War Memorial to lay a wreath in honor of Cpl.

All companies have to spend time and resources fending off the viruses and malware that float around the Internet. But a growing number must combat much more targeted attacks, in which hackers take aim squarely at them.

Twelve percent of companies participating in an annual cybersecurity survey from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International reported experiencing a targeted attack during the last year.

By Glynn Cosker
Editor, In Homeland Security

A jury has found Robel Phillipos guilty of lying to authorities during a terrorism investigation into the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

The 21-year-old Phillipos was charged with lying about his visit to alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college dorm room three days after the April 15, 2013 attack that killed three people and injured hundreds.

LONDON (AP) — The defendant in a semi-secret terrorism trial in Britain has denied plotting any attack.

Prosecutors say Erol Incedal may have been planning indiscriminate Mumbai-style shootings or to attack a “significant” individual. The address of former Prime Minister Tony Blair was found in his car.

Incedal denies preparing a terrorist act and possessing bomb-making instructions.