Author: Scott Harvey

ICT’s International Conference on Counter-Terrorism

The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism will open their 16th International Conference: World Summit on Counter-Terrorism on the evening of September 11th, 2016 with a ceremony to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The conference, being held in Herzliya, Israel, will continue through the 15th with the overall theme of “Unpuzzling Terrorism,”...

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Preventing Violent Extremism with Community Policing

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) along with the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS) released a step-by-step guide to using community policing practices and outreach to prevent violent extremism. The guide, titled “Promising Practices for Using Community Policing to Prevent Violent Extremism: How to Create and Implement...

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So, Brexit is Happening. What’s Next?

On the heels of the ‘Brexit’ referendum, world markets plunged, Britain’s credit rating dropped, the EU told the UK to ‘get on with it’, David Cameron decided he wanted nothing to do with it, and apparently so did Gibraltar. And that is just the beginning. Scotland appears as though it...

Whole Community, Any Hazard: The Updated National Planning Frameworks

FEMA’s newly updated National Planning Frameworks were released late last week, including updates to comply with PPD-21, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, and EO 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, among others. The five frameworks, Prevention; Protection; Mitigation; Response; and Recovery, were last updated in May of 2013 and aim to foster a...

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New Report on School Crime and Safety

The Institute for Education Sciences, the National Center for Education Statistics, the US Department of Education, and the US Department of Justice have released their 18th annual Indicators of School Crime and Safety. This 2015 edition provides statistics of criminal acts of violence in schools and how they relate to...

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DARPA Wants to Prevent Your Car from Killing You

DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) aims to turn zero-day exploits into zero-second exploits with computers that detect and fix security gaps before they can be widely exploited by troublemakers. It’s not just important for securing sensitive information, it could save lives. In May of 2015, a simple text message (effective....

US Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism: Who Is Friend and Who Is Foe?

On March 24th, the Administration released its Strategy for the Middle East and to Counter Violent Extremism. This document, intended to fulfill the requirements of section 1222 of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), outlines US objectives in the Middle East then provides a very broad outline of the strategy...

Terrorism and the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University recently published a report, Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: Continuous Improvement or Dangerous Decline? The report discusses the potential outcomes of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit beginning March 31st in Washington D.C. The report paints two extreme potential paths to be taken at the end of...

Going, Going, GTMO?

President Barack Obama’s administration released its Plan for Closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, renewing the fight over the controversial prison in southeast Cuba. Proponents of the plan point to billions of dollars of potential savings while opponents cite security concerns involved with imprisoning terrorists in the US as well...

Outbreak! What’s the State of Your State?

In a recently released report on America’s ability to effectively respond to an outbreak of infectious disease, the Trust for America’s Health ranked all 50 states based on 10 criteria ranging from public health funding to syringe exchange programs. The 10 indicators were chosen, according to the report, “after consulting...