Author: Jason Altwies

Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant & Refugee Integration

On April 14, 2015, the Task Force on New Americans’ Strategic Plan was submitted to the President. In this plan, the Task Force depicts the vast amount of immigrants who are U.S. residents as well as the have come to the United States. This report also shines light to how...

Thucydides Was Right: Defining The Future Threat

During this past month, the Army War College of Strategic Studies Institute prepared a monograph that examined the difficulty of creating a definition for “future threat”. The author, Colin Gray, draws from Thucydides’ thoughts on the Peloponnesian War, and offers an assessment to particular conclusions regarding four key concerns –...

Forward, Engaged, Ready: A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower

The United States Navy recently released their Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower report. Since their last issue from 2007, there has been a boatload of changes regarding security, environment and strategy. Referencing the 2014 Quadrennial Defense and Homeland Security Reviews, maritime strategy continues to, “advance our national interests in an...

LEOKA – Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted – 2013

The Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted (LEOKA) webpage composed by the F.B.I. illustrates the risks Law Enforcement Officers take, knowing that they may be killed, assaulted, or both while on duty. The categories which the FBI has listed are: Officers Feloniously Killed; Officers Accidentally Killed; Officers Assaulted; and Federal...

Obama’s Immigration Plan: Deport Felons, not Families – Criminals, not Children

On November 20, 2014, President Obama stood before the Nation and spoke about the present and future plans regarding immigration (view video here). In his speech, President Obama announced how America’s borders will advance with, “[…] additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow...

Hot off the Press – The 2014 Global Terrorism Index

The Institute for Economics and Peace released their 2014 edition of the Global Terrorism Index [GTI]: Measuring and Understanding the Impact of Terrorism (which can be found on the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) website as well, along with the 2012 GTI). Claimed to be the, “…most comprehensive dataset on...

Climate Change and the Path that Lies Ahead

The Department of Defense released an “Adaptation Roadmap” which establishes three goals: 1) Identify and assess the effects of climate change on the Department; 2) Integrate climate change considerations across the Department and manage associated risks; and 3) Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on climate change challenges. Yesterday, October...

Resilience: Always Be Prepared…

Sea levels rising, typhoons in the Pacific while hurricanes roam the Atlantic; both cause havoc in this unpredictable world. Countries that have planned safety precautions in advance “snap back” faster than other countries that have not planned for the worst. The OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) has created...

Operation Z: If and When Zombies Attack

The hype of a zombie attack has come back to the news after being dormant for some time. The Pentagon is prepared for such a threat (and, “would like to stress that they [The Pentagon] don’t actually think that this zombie apocalypse is going to happen”). Drafted in 2011, CONPLAN...

Major Overhaul to Hurricane Sandy Recovery in the Works

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy made a devastating impact to the east coast, “caus[ing] more than $19 billion in damage and lost economic activity[.]” Since then, there have been several relief programs that have helped in rebuilding the communities that were affected. A recent Press Release given by Mayor de...