The current issue of Inside Homeland Security has an article about smuggling tunnels, which are a security concern on the U.S. southwestern border. In "Smuggling Tunnels: The Need for a Transnational Analysis," Terrance G. Lichtenwald and Frank S. Perri warn about the ease with which a tunnel for smuggling drugs could easily become a conduit of terror.
The writers compared the use of tunnels in other security hot spots across the globe and found that terrorists and criminals may share tunnels, and that one type of smuggler may coexist or cooperate with the other. Conditions are right for hybrid tunnel use on our southwest border, they conclude.
Illegal tunnel activity has been on the rise since the first documented tunnel was discovered in 1990. Since then, 154 tunnel attempts have been discovered, all but one of which were located along the southwest border, James A. Dinkins, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Executive Associate Director, told senators...
On Tuesday January 14th The House of Representatives passed a 2014 Defense Appropriations bill to the tune of $486.9 billion. Included in the appropriations bill was $447
million for Cyber Command, $157 million for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs, and an additional $25 million to expand the Sexual Assault Victims’ Counsel
program to all the military services. Last year cyber command received $191 million. The bill also provides a 1% raise for the military.
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Daily Times reports: National legislation designed to bolster the nation’s defense against the types of cyber attacks that devastated Target is expected to receive a markup in subcommittee this week.
The National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act was introduced last month by a bipartisan group of legislators, including U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby.
The bill is designed to strengthen efforts to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. It establishes an equal partnership between private industry and the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to mitigate damage from cyber attacks. It also prohibits any new DHS regulations.
Meehan serves as the chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.
“The cyber bill is one of the things that can be of significant assistance in terms of enabling us to work collabo...