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Record Number Of Firearms Found At TSA Security Checkpoints

The air travel safety system in the United States is about to set a dubious record, for the number of firearms discovered in carry-on baggage at airport security checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration reports that the previous record for violations was 2,212 for all of 2014. As of August of this year, officers had found 1,898 firearms in 2015 alone.

Solving and Leading on Global Pandemics: Part of the Commander in Chief Test

Global pandemics such as the Ebola crisis of 2014 are a question of “when” not “if,” and the United States and the world are not fully prepared. Failing to contain pandemics like Ebola will have massive implications for U.S. foreign policy, U.S. homeland security, global economic growth, and U.S legitimacy as a global leader. These were the big takeaways from the Global Pandemic Policy Summit held by the Scowcroft Institute at the George H.W.

Airframe Parachutes Might Have Prevented Germanwings Crash

The founder of an aerospace company dedicated to manufacturing airframe parachutes for general aviation and legacy aircraft, says that eventually such technology could even guard against sabotage — virtually preventing catastrophes like this week’s Germanwings A320 crash.

Even though IATA, the global trade association for the airline industry, reassured a jittery flying public that air remains the safest way to travel, perhaps it’s time to take a hard look at airframe parachutes for commercial aircraft.

DHS Leaves Federal Facilities Open to Cyber Attacks

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

Amid reports that US Central Command’s social media accounts were attacked by hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an audit report indicating DHS is unprepared to address the increasing vulnerability of federal facilities to cyber attacks.