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New report recommends US strategy to prevent Americans traveling overseas to fight for ISIS

More than 250 Americans are going overseas to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups and the United States has largely failed to stop most of them, in part, because it lacks a national strategy, the House Homeland Security Committee said in the new bipartisan report.

Expert: Highly effective Islamic State's digital messages inspired by modern popular culture

Deeply adept at using digital communication tools to spread its terrorist messages, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is not just "socializing terror" through public opinion but also "making terror popular, desirable, and imitable," an expert said.

GAO: Federal integrator of biosurveillance activities should be strengthened or eliminated

The National Biosurveillance Integration Center, which was established through the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, faces many challenges in its roles as analyzer, coordinator and innovator.

State Department's proposed diplomatic security facility meets needed criteria, GAO says

While a State Department plan for a diplomatic security training facility is expected to cost more than $140 million more than an alternative proposal, congressional investigators recently concluded that it was the better of the two options because it met four needed critical elements.

TSA reportedly ends practice of selecting non-enrolled travelers to use PreCheck security lanes

The Transportation Security Administration will no longer funnel regular travelers at participating U.S. airports to use designated PreCheck security lanes unless those travelers are actually enrolled in the program.

Research paper describes new methodology for identifying potential school shooters

One of the researchers, Prof. Yair Neuman, a member of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Homeland Security Institute, said that both forensic psychiatry and law enforcement agencies have difficulty identifying potential school shooters since there's no agreed-upon clinical diagnosis nor screening.

Islamic State inspired, directed nearly 5 dozen attacks against the West in 2015, report says

Chairman Michael McCaul said there have been twice as many Islamic State-linked plots against the West in 2015 as there were all of last year, according to the most recent monthly report issued by House Homeland Security Committee.

International police agencies focus on countering growing threat of IEDs to civilians

Improvised explosive devices aren't just a significant threat to soldiers on the battlefield, but they're also a leading killer of civilians worldwide, Interpol's secretary general said this week in Australia where the first-ever international forum to counter such threats was held.

DHS selects University of Texas at San Antonio to develop standards for more flexible ISAOs

The university will work with existing information sharing groups, critical infrastructure owners and operators, federal agencies and other stakeholders to "identify a common set of voluntary standards or guidelines" for forming such information sharing and analysis organizations.

Brookings chronicles Baghdadi's rise to lead the Islamic State and his motivations

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria since 2010, is described in a new Brookings Institution essay as a politically cunning, religious scholar – and "soccer star" – able to ally himself with powerful friends while imposing a harsh and brutal rule over millions of his subjects.