Author: John Oh

National Preparedness Goal

“A secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.” FEMA has released the Second Edition of the National Preparedness Goal. The Goal “sets the vision for preparedness nationwide and...

Bipartisan Committee Releases Report on Foreign Fighters

The U.S. House of Representatives, Homeland Security Committee, released its final report, Final Report of the Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign fighter Travel. The Task Force conducted a six month review to “assess the severity of the threat from individuals who leave home to join jihadist groups overseas and...

Is Cyberspace Safer Than You Think?

The Centre for International Governance Innovation and Chatham House have released a paper titled, Global Cyberspace Is Safer than You Think: Real Trends in Cybercrime. With all of the recent media coverage on large-scale data breaches, a person could conclude that Cyberspace is a very unsafe place. The author, Eric Jardine, would disagree...

How’s WHO doing?

After the Ebola outbreak, experts are now assessing the handling of the situation by the World Health Organization (WHO). The panel found that there need to be significant changes made throughout all levels of WHO. The panel also found that there are many shortcomings in the International Health Regulations released...

Changing Threats of Domestic Security

The Business Executives for National Security released Domestic Security: Confronting a Changing Threat to Ensure Public Safety and Civil Liberties. This report includes 10 recommendations  to increase counterterrorism efforts through collaboration that enhances our safety and freedoms. “The threat of terrorism has not abated since the attacks on September 11, 2001, and...

America’s Got Talent?

The Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton have released a report, Cyber In-Security II: Closing the Federal Talent Gap. Though cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges in society today, the U.S. has a shortage of qualified experts in the field. This report examines some of the issues...

Military Response to Hurricane Sandy

The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) has released a new report, Toward a Unified Military Response: Hurricane Sandy and the Dual Status Commander, on the military response to Hurricane Sandy. In this study, conducted over a year, authors Ryan Burke and Sue McNeil discuss the dual status commander arrangement. “Military commanders authorized by law to...

Publicly Funded Islamic Education

The Brookings Project on U.S.. Relations with the Islamic World has released an Analysis Paper, Publicly Funded Islamic Education in Europe and the United States, by Jenny Berglund. From the Brookings website, “Islamic religious education in the United States and Europe has become a subject of intense debate after Muslims...

2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

 The 2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, was submitted to Congress.  Volume 1, Drugs and Chemical Control, describes steps taken by over 80  governments (from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014) to protect their citizens  from the harmful effects of drugs. The report covers different aspects of the fight, such  as...

2014 National Emergency Communications Plan

The Department of Homeland Security released the 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan, which replaces the 2008 version of the Plan. There have been ongoing changes in the communications landscape, most prevalent in policy, legislation, budget conditions, and technologies. “The National Emergency Communications Plan is a strategic national emergency communications plan that promotes...