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.

Homeland Security secretary says delays at 2 major US airports due to government spending cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says U.S. airports, including Los Angeles International and O'Hare International in Chicago, are already experiencing delays as a result of automatic federal spending cuts.

Both of those big-city airports routinely suffer delays.

Napolitano said Monday that delays will become worse. The Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection agencies, which are part of the Homeland Security Department, are sending furlough notices and have cut overtime for employees.

Napolitano said she expects a cascading effect during the week, with wait times expected to double in worst cases.

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

Since April 2011’s deployment of the Syrian Army to quell opposition uprisings, there have been many questions as to why the U.S. had only provided humanitarian aid and not armed the Syrian opposition. Recently the debate has grown stronger as multiple news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, revealed that “a proposal to arm Syrian rebels was backed by the Pentagon, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, but the White House decided not to act on the plan.” This will continue to be a point of contention for many years to come, but it is now important to explore what could be some of the reasons the President chose a specific path.

By William Tucker The Syrian conflict has been anything but linear. With a fragmented opposition lacking a formal command and control structure coordinating forces fighting against an entrenched regime backed by Iran and Hezbollah it is hard to imagine that the war would be linear. This is a greater problem for the rebels than it is for the government as the opposition is forced to use creative methods to acquire supplies.
By William Tucker Two days after India concluded its “Iron Fist” military exercise near the city of Jaisalmer, Indian police announced they had arrested a Pakistani spy living in the region where the exercises took place. Following a tip, authorities raided the home of the alleged spy and found “strategically important documents” along with a collection of cell phones.
SEBRING -- The White House has reported illegal border crossings have decreased 50 percent in the past five years; and there has been noticeable effect in Highlands County, Sheriff Susan Benton said. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said si...
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