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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.