By John Ubaldi
Contributor, In Homeland Security

With the attention focused on Jonathan Gruber’s testimony and the recent Senate CIA torture report, missing was the coverage of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee seeking renewed authorization to use force against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

From The Associated Press

Top lawmakers Tuesday released a massive 1,603-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill funding every government agency but the Homeland Security Department through Sept. 30, 2015. The measure also contains dozens of policy provisions affecting financial regulations, the environment, school lunches and regulations requiring truckers get more rest.

By Amanda Vicinanzo
Senior Editor of Homeland Security Today
Special to In Homeland Security

Just days after the FBI alerted U.S. businesses to be on the lookout for malicious malware like the kind that took down the internal network of Sony Pictures, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced plans to create a cyber crime unit to advise on electronic surveillance in cyber investigations and work with the private sector to prevent online crime.
By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The Cryogenic Computer Complexity Program (C3) is a supercomputer attempt to break the exaFLOP barrier. The exascale is measures in quintillions of calculations per second. The C3 Program is being run by the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
By Amanda Vicinanzo
Senior Editor of Homeland Security Today
Special to In Homeland Security

Iranian hackers have penetrated the computer networks of government agencies and major critical infrastructure companies in the United States and 15 other countries over the past two years in a campaign that could eventually cause physical damage, according to a report by cybersecurity company Cylance.
By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Today, President Barack Obama nominated Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense. This comes after mounting speculation of an unwanted, undesirable and difficult position to fill challenged the administration’s recent efforts.
By Kylie Bull
Managing Editor of Homeland Security Today
Special for In Homeland Security

The al-Qaida Somalia-based affiliate Al Shabaab, which has attracted radicalized Somalis from the U.S. and Western Europe to join its jihad, launched a terrorist attack in Mogadishu Dec. 3 that damaged a convoy of United Nations vehicles and killed and injured several Somali bystanders and security personnel.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

A vehicle borne improvised explosive device was detonated just outside the residence of Iran’s ambassador to Yemen today killing two and wounding seventeen. The al-Qaeda franchise in Yemen, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after the explosion. Hossein Niknam, Iran’s Ambassador and target of the attack, was not home at the time, but had only left ten minutes prior to the attack.

By Amanda Vicinanzo
Senior Editor of Homeland Security Today
Special to In Homeland Security

Just three hours after Newsday reported how easy it would be to take steak knives with 5-inch serrated steel blades from two restaurants inside the "sterile" area past the security checkpoint at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, the Port Authority banned the metal steak knives from restaurants inside the secure areas.