Ted Reed, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

The airline industry’s Washington advocates have been far from consistent in their reaction to the Transportation Security Administration’s move to allow small knives on airplanes, effective April 25.

Initially industry stakeholders initially backed – or at least did not strongly resist – the agency’s proposed change in its regulations.

Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew plans to pressure Chinese leaders to crack down on cyber attacks against U.S. targets when he visits Beijing this week on his first foreign trip since being confirmed.

A senior Obama administration official told the Financial Times that one focus of Lew’s talks in China will be to press the country to “take serious steps to investigate and put a stop to these activities.”

In addition to cyber-security, Lew will discuss intellectual property enforcement and export financing with Chinese leaders, the Financial Times said.

Derek Klobucher, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

Move over, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. High-tech asymmetric warfare is the biggest threat to the United States.

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“Cyber-attacks and cyber-espionage pose a greater potential danger to U.S. national security than al Qaeda,” Los Angeles Times stated Tuesday. “For the first time, the growing risk of computer-launched foreign assaults on U.S.

Karen DeYoung and Kevin Sieff, Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

A dispute over the fate of about three dozen militants held by U.S. forces in Afghanistan has disrupted negotiations over a long-term security agreement to leave U.S. troops in the country after 2014.

The United States has refused to turn over the prisoners — deemed especially dangerous compared with more than 3,000 already transferred to Afghan control — unless President Hamid Karzai guarantees they will not be released.

By William Tucker As the French led intervention force in Mali advanced on militant positions in the north of the African country, politicians in Paris were looking for a way to draw down forces and allow for Bamako to reclaim it’s territory. Though the French weren’t alone in the intervention, there is a desire for a peacekeeping force to replace the small coalition that has been in the fight.

By Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly, Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The Obama administration is preparing to evacuate American personnel and close the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria, by the end of this month unless the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad provides additional security for the facility, senior administration officials said.

Officials said they have not reached a final decision and are engaged in talks with the Assad government, but there so far have been no tangible results in providing more protection for the embassy.

By Nicole Burtchett
Faculty Member, Intelligence Studies at American Military University

Since the Al Qaeda attacks on September 11, 2001 (9/11), the United States government and its citizens have become hyper-vigilant in defending against foreign-born terrorist organizations. Since 9/11, a number of counterterrorism policies and outreach activities have been devised to help curb the threat stemming from these groups.

By William Tucker The commonly bizarre behavior of North Korea has been on full display in recent days as Pyongyang made multiple threats in response to a new round of UN sanctions. These sanctions were unanimously approved by the UN Security Council following last month’s test of a nuclear device. Indeed, North Korea has been testing and demonstrating its military advances as of late.

By Shawn Powers
Faculty Member, Homeland Security at American Military University

Spoiler alert, this is not a movie review but if you have not seen the movie “The Guardian” you may not want to read any further.

The reality of a United States Coast Guard aviation survival technician is represented in the following sentences, “Petty Officer McCann swam to the point of exhaustion in 40 foot seas in his effort to save as many as he could.

By Dr. Joe DiRenzo III

Professor, Graduate Intelligence Studies at American Military University

The world maritime transportation system (MTS) plays an important role for the national economy. The security of this system–which includes ports, the littorals, and the nation’s Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) into the world’s global maritime commons–is absolutely critical.  The important thing to keep in mind is that this “layered” framework, which starts at the pier and works its’ way out to global maritime commons presents unique risks and vulnerabilities that need to be considered as does the authorities and jurisdictions that might apply.

By Dr. Joseph Campos
Program Director, Intelligence Studies at American Military University

The internet is the newest international battleground. Security and intelligence in the cyber world needs to constantly be at the forefront of thinking, ever watchful and always progressive, pushing the boundaries of possibilities in order to ensure that information is protected.

In the February 12, 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama stated that “we know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets.

By William Tucker After an extended fight with cancer, Hugo Chavez, the long-time president of Venezuela, has died. The rumors regarding Chavez's health, where they originated, and how they impacted his governance no longer matter. Venezuela is now in the post-Chavez phase and this will bring a significant amount of uncertainty. Though vice president Nicolas Maduro - Chavez's hand picked successor - has spent the day laying the groundwork for the announcement.
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