Author: Scott Harvey

Iran Nuclear Deal: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

After a 17 day marathon of negotiations, an agreement has finally been made between the P5(plus)1 and Iran regarding the Iranian nuclear program. Since 2002 when the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an Iranian opposition group, revealed to the world the Arak heavy-water production facility, the world nuclear powers have been...

Increasing Accountability at Our Borders

In late June, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its Interim Report of the CBP Integrity Advisory Panel, detailing shortfalls in the agency and recommendations to overcome them. The three recommendations are titled Assuring Integrity, Preventing Unauthorized Use of Force, and Improving Transparency. The report details the lack of...

From Islam to Conspiracy Theories: Bin Laden’s Bookshelf Has It All

Fulfilling President Obama’s promise of greater transparency, this week the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified and released a portion of Osama Bin Laden’s books and documents recovered following the 2011 raid at a compound in Abottabad, Pakistan that resulted in the death of the infamous jihadist. The eclectic...

From Under the Rubble: DHS and NASA developed FINDER System Saves the Lives of Four Earthquake Survivors in Nepal

Last month’s disastrous earthquake in Nepal set the stage for massive recovery efforts and put to the test the skills and techniques practiced by emergency responders through countless hours of exercises. Aiding the workers in the grueling task of digging survivors from the wreckage was a state-of-the-art system called FINDER,...

Sound of Influence: The Potential Use of Music in Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism

Al Teller, former CEO and Chairman of MCA Music Entertainment group and former President of CBS Records, recently sat down with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Heather Issvoran for an interview on “Viewpoints” regarding the influence of music on youth and its possible use to counter violent extremism. When asked...

The Future, Now. DARPA on the Front Lines of US Technological Superiority

Spurred by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik in 1957, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has endeavored since its creation to develop breakthrough technologies for the United States to ensure we are “the initiator and not the victim of strategic technological surprises.” With many of its technologies standing at the forefront of...