By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Max G. Manwaring’s Strategic Studies Institute Publication, “Street Gangs: The New Urban Insurgency” is an excellent thought-piece that shows some fundamental similarities between criminal street gangs and urban insurgency environments. His application is applied mainly to foreign crisis states, particularly in Latin America, but the a similar approach might be used within the USA.

By Donald Sassano
In Homeland Security Guest Contributor

David Kirkpatrick’s December 26th New York Times article entitled “Deadly Mix in Benghazi: False Allies, Crude Video” should be required reading at AMU. It manages to be both comprehensive (about 8,000 words) and readable.  It is as good an exploration of the dramatis personae and ensuing events one is likely to ever see.  

By Donald Sassano
In Homeland Security Guest Contributor

All conservatives should immediately read Lou Cannon’s definitive biography of Ronald Reagan.  Although I look forward to spending time with the second volume devoted to his presidency and foreign-policy, Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power provides a well-rounded measure of the man wholly absent from today’s Republican circles and the conservative media circus that encumbers it.

By Donald Sassano
In Homeland Security Guest Contributor

Hats off to Doug Bandow.  Bad me for not discovering his work earlier.

Writing in 2005 concerning the strategic relationship between Australia and the U.S. Bandow proposed the following:

“The greatest challenge facing the two nations is likely to be China.  America’s highest priority in the region is likely to become containing Beijing, and particularly defending Taiwan. 

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

At the end of the day, it is all about power, command and control. Al Qaeda corporate has severed ties to its ex-Syrian counterpart, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) because the group continues to defy their influence, orders and strategic objectives.

Al Qaeda:

“[Al-Qaeda] has no connection with the group called the ISIS, as it was not informed or consulted about its establishment.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In a Chinese article entitled, “Electromagnetic Pulse Bombs Are China’s Ace,” Lou Xiaoqing describes the PLA’s preferred method of disabling the US military, Taiwan and potentially Pacific ally cities.

The Washington Times reported the Chinese were building an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and High-Powered Microwave (HPM) weapons in July of 2011.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

November of 2013 saw clashes between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, and though clashes between the two sects are nothing new the violence that occurred at that time was remarkable. Since the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Pakistan has faced increasing violence among different religious sects and different ethnic groups.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The American public’s health is directly related to its national security. The problem with obesity (being 20 percent over natural weighted BMI) is that it has been a silent mortal enemy and epidemic.

Obesity rates are currently at 35.7 percent for adults and it is also about thirty percent for children, according to the CDC.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

One week after signing a peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Kuala Lampur, the Philippine military struck a hold out splinter group in Maguindanao province. According to the military, 37 fighters belonging to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were killed in recent fighting, though one soldier was killed near a mosque in a retaliatory bombing.

William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

During a recent visit to the U.S., French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed the successes and set backs of the French led intervention in Mali. Dubbed Operation Serval, French forces backed by U.S. support and other regional militaries managed to eject al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists and Tuareg separatists that had seized much of northern Mali.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

After suffering casualties, detainment, possible abduction and a few fatalities, the Ukrainian political opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych won some political ground at the home front. After a score of condemnation and mounting pressure at the international level, as well as the toll domestically, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government have just stated their resignation before a no-confidence vote.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

It is certainly an interesting time where personal data is increasingly being sucked up everywhere. This is instigated against the general public by governments, thieves and crackers and hackers; and sometimes all of them together simultaneously.

NSA leaks covered the USA but overlook the many more sinister programs in operation by foreign governments.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Since the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; Public Law 108-79), an annual statistic review is conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to provide transparency and reform against sexual violence in correctional facilities.

According to the BJS website, the review must include: “the identification of the common characteristics of both victims and perpetrators of prison rape; and prisons and prison systems with a high incidence of prison rape.”

“PREA applies to all correctional facilities, including prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, military and Indian country facilities, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities.”

The BJS created the National Prison Rape Statistics Program (NPRSP) to conduct four data collection points: “the Survey of Sexual Violence (SSV), the National Inmate Survey (NIS), the National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), and the National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS).”

Any sexual contact whatsoever between an inmate and a corrections officer is illegal.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Chinese President Xi Jinping has just created a new national security body called the National Security Commission.

President Xi has already asserted control of the National Military Commission that leads the armed forces. This position was once held by predecessor Secretary-Generals of the CCP and last week took over a reform commission giving him total control of the economy.

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