Some Coast Guard annual mission performance goals are "virtually impossible" to meet given the service's declining budget, a high-ranking Coast Guard official told a House panel. The metrics for those goals--which measure program performance, such as the interdiction rate of drugs or migrants--were "made on an assumption that you were funded at a higher level," said Vice Adm. John Currier. He testified before a Dec. 11 hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on the Coast Guard and maritime transportation.
For the first time, the Homeland Security Department has achieved a clean audit opinion on all its financial statements, the department announced Dec. 12.
The nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas for deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department advanced to the full Senate after a party-line vote Dec. 11 in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The committee's Republicans all voted "present" and had boycotted the confirmation hearing held in July for Mayorkas, currently the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Sea-level rise as a result of climate change will make tropical storms more destructive even if the storms themselves don't increase in frequency and power, an article in the Dec. 5 issue of Nature says.
Eleven percent of recently deported Mexican migrants said they suffered physical abuse while in U.S. custody, and 34 percent said one of their possessions was stolen, a report from the Immigration Policy Center says.
Public diplomacy does not have a clear way to measure its effects, said Walter Douglas, minister counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. U.S. public diplomacy has in recent years focused heavily on countering anti-American views in Muslim-majority countries. One lesson Douglas said he has drawn from his experiences is that it helps to discuss the importance of religion to Americans.
Free, over-the-air terrestrial television and radio broadcasting is a key element of disaster response, the International Telecommunication Union says in a draft report released in late November.
The USCGC Polar Star, the service's one and only operational heavy icebreaker, set out from Seattle, carrying onboard eight million gallons of fuel for delivery to McMurdo Station and other U.S. scientific outposts in the Antarctic. The 6 foot icebreaking capability ship recently underwent an overhaul intended to give its 37-year-old hull another seven to 10 years of service.
The Homeland Security Department took first public steps in development of a research and development strategy for strengthening the security and resilience of critical infrastructure in the Dec. 5 solicitation of public comment.
Research into the process of radicalization via the Internet has largely studied the content that is available rather than how terrorists actually make use of it, a study from the Rand Corporation says.
Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees say they're concerned that jihadist groups are gaining new strength, partly due to the conflict in Syria.
Airport security X-ray screeners are trained to spot dangerous objects in luggage--but a new study finds that humans doing image-based item recognition tend to overlook unusual items, letting them slip by. What they found, based on more than 20 million examples, is that ultra-rare prohibited items--30 of the total items, which showed up less than .15 percent of the time in the game--were detected only 27 percent of the time.
The House passed three bills regarding the Transportation Security Administration Dec. 3. all with broad bipartisan support.
There are ways a diversifing Coast Guard can avoid the negative consequences on group dynamics such as interpersonal conflict and personnel turnover that diversity can cause, writes Cmdr. Laura Collins, currently a Coast Guard fellow at the Rand Corporation.
Whoever stole a truck carrying radioactive material in Mexico Dec. 2 probably did not know what was inside, said experts on terrorism and smuggling from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
The Coast Guard issued a final rule Nov. 19 clarifying that Transportation Worker Identification Credentials cannot be shown to employers as evidence of resident alien status.
A federal judge ordered (.pdf) in November the case to go to public bench trial. Ibrahim, an observant Muslim who wears a hijab, seeks her removal from the watchlist. She is also suing under the First Amendment, asserting that the government burdened her exercise of religion.
Terrorist organizations value lone wolves for their ability to carry out the goals of the organization with lower costs, little or no need to plan, and a lower probability of detection, Amit Kumar of Georgetown University said during a recent event at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
The National Security Agency considered exposing the pornography viewing habits of Muslim "radicalizers," according to documents that the Huffington Post obtained from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.