Domestic Terrorism: Determining the Scope of Localized Threats

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.

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North Korea’s Heated Rhetoric

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.
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Separating Fiction from Reality in Homeland Security

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.

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Maritime Security: Still An Issue That Should Not Be Ignored

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.

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Cyber Security and National Interests

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.

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Venezuela After Chavez

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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