Author: James Kent

The U.N. Security Council Needs Your Help!

In 2004, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), concerned over the threat of illicit trafficking of nuclear material and technology, passed Resolution 1540. The resolution, seeking to prevent non state actors from acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), requires states to penalize parties attempting to proliferate WMD and install domestic...

Cybersecurity National Action Plan

Cybersecurity is quickly becoming the most pertinent issue in the field of Homeland Security. The digital age continues to expand into every aspect of our daily lives.  Businesses, social connections, and the economy flourish due to the increasing inter-connectivity; however, this connectivity presents a multitude of threats that continue to...

Collaboration Efforts in the U.S. Intelligence Community

Collaboration is the heart of Homeland Security. At the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL), resources from numerous government agencies, private sector entities, think tanks, nonprofits, and universities are collected, organized, and presented to strengthen the national security of the United States.  The task would be impossible without the support, hard...

Terror Threat Snapshot: New Year, Same Story

Though early into 2016, Terrorism has already impacted the new year. Recent attacks, such as the officer shooting in Philadelphia, explosions in Jakarta, and a suicide bombing in Istanbul, demonstrate that few changes are in store for 2016 when it comes to the use of terror as a strategy. With...

HHS Launches System to Improve Disaster Preparedness

 Disasters can strike in an instant.  While impossible to prevent, preparation can decrease the amount of suffering and increase the ability to bounce back.  In light of this, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HSS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has launched a new...

Police Use of Force: Improving Policies, Training, and Police “Culture”

In the past few years, the American law enforcement profession has been in the spotlight over controversial incidents involving the use of deadly force.  The incidents, and subsequent public reactions, received national and international coverage leading to calls for change in police tactics. In response, the Police Executive Research Forum...

The National Security Implications of a Changing Climate

The subject of climate change and its implications are continuously disputed. The global warming repercussions are downplayed or exaggerated depending on one’s perspective and news source. As the country moves towards a new election, the prioritization of this issue will be hotly debated. Candidates will provide their various perspectives and...

2015 National Preparedness Report

In 2011, President Obama issued the  Presidential Policy Directive 8/PPD-8: National Preparedness with the goals of “strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation.” The President’s directive, summed up in...

Cyber Attacks Take Flight

As technology becomes more prevalent and convoluted in American society, responses by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must adapt to the ever-changing threat of cyber attacks.  In the wake of the Sony breach by North Korea and the Islamic State (IS) hack of the Centcom twitter feed, awareness of...

From the Boston Marathon to the Islamic State: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s counterterrorism lecture series has organized numerous discussions focused on terrorism as a critical factor shaping and affecting U.S. Middle East policy. Since its inception in December 2007, the Institute’s lecture series has featured numerous officials from a diverse assortment of government agencies providing...