Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, over 7 million Filipinos were effected and 3.9 million are estimated to have been displaced. Home damage is estimated to have affected over 500,000 homes with half being destroyed. About 4,460 people have been reported killed so far with 12,544 injuries and over 1,100 missing.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

There was a joke/nomination that President Vladimir Putin should win the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Syrian-Western arms talks and the Chemical weapons ban of that country. Now Russia is off at it again in what seems a bizarre, but nonetheless productive way to use foreign relations as a “Mishka” image builder.

Alicia A. Caldwell, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s pick to be the Homeland Security secretary said Wednesday that filling key leadership vacancies and improving morale is more critical currently than the department’s core counterterrorism mission.

In answers to questions leading up to his Senate confirmation hearing, Jeh Johnson deviated from his predecessors’ stated priorities by listing counterterrorism third instead of first, among priorities.

The Associated Press
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock police have arrested a man who brought a gun and ammunition in his carry-on bag at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

According to a police report, officers were summoned to the airport Tuesday night after a TSA officer discovered the gun and ammunition in the man’s carry-on luggage.

Michael Birnbaum & Souad Mekhennet, The Washington Post
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FRANKFURT, Germany — For hours, she had been worrying about her 16-year-old son, Pero. He said he planned to attend a rally downtown, then sleep over at a friend’s house. But he had disappeared.

The next morning, his mother’s cellphone rang.

“Where are you?” she cried, angry but relieved to hear from him.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The death of a notorious militant is hardly a rare occasion, but there are times when the timing and methodology employed to kill the militant is exceptional. Two recent cases put a spotlight on this phenomenon. Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was recently killed in an alleged U.S.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

On November 8, one of the fastest recorded Category 5 tropical storms hit the Philippine and South China Seas. It is being called a “Super Typhoon” with clocking speeds up to 199 miles per hour and stretching 200 miles wide.

Rough estimates tie 10,000 expected deaths to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines alone and 9.8 million people affected.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Americans are still having a difficult time distinguishing between a strategy and a tactic. This because they fail to understand the meaning of them both; in spite of the fact that so much attention has been drawn in criticism within security services.

Americans continue to call a technique a strategy and a tactic is treated as a repeatable strategy.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

History in the making. An arms race has been brewing between Saudi Arabia and Iran for some time but a growing proxy war between the two countries is taking place in Syria and heir feud will likely spread to other states as well; chiefly, Iraq, Kuwait and the Gulf become de facto buffer zones.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

An explosion in Taiyuan, China killed one and injures eight others this morning. The attack was right outside the Communist Party office for the Shanxi province.

This is the second political terrorist incident reported in the news. The previous was cited as an unsuccessful plot in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, last week.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Pyongyang recently announced that one of its naval vessels had sunk and all crew members were lost. The announcement was accompanied by a photo of Kim Jong-un visiting a newly built memorial for the sailors who perished in mid-October. Reuters reported that 19 markers were visible in the photo, though a higher casualty count is possible.

Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — When the White House called some of the nation’s major law enforcement associations with a heads-up that the president would tap Jeh Johnson to run the Homeland Security Department, the response on the other end of the line was brief: Who?

The former Pentagon lawyer and longtime Barack Obama supporter is not a household name throughout the 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the country — agencies that are considered among the Homeland Security Department’s most important partners.

Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
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WARSAW—The United States welcomes conversations with allies to alleviate their concerns about National Security Agency spying, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said here Tuesday.

“We’re all in this together . . . and we have to strike the right balance between protecting our citizens and obviously protecting the privacy of our citizens,” Kerry said at a news conference with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.

Dominic Basulto, The Washington Post
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The number of confirmed cyber attacks reported by federal agencies has skyrocketed over the past six years, from 5,503 in 2006 to 48,562 in 2012. The U.S. Defense Department claims there are 10 million attempted cyber intrusion attempts made against it every single day , as does the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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