Intelligence has been called the world's second oldest profession, and it is certainly a function that has been employed by all nations and governments since nations and governments have existed. From the spies sent by Moses to "spy out the land of Canaan" (Numbers 13:17 King James Bible), to the advice of Sun Tzu (trans. 1901) to be subtle and "use spies for every kind of business" (chap. 13), the use of intelligence to pursue national and government policies and to extend national strategic influence has been a constant factor throughout history.
Federal veterinarians are vital to America’s security. They are at the forefront of protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure in the food and agriculture sector through their inspection of slaughterhouses, veterinary research, and response to animal disease outbreaks. Their work is high-stakes, and failure could lead to significant economic damage, illness, and even death. Despite this, Federal veterinarians are in short supply and are an often overlooked participant in homeland security. As a result of a 2009 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report and a U.S. Senate hearing, the Federal government has taken initial actions to address these issues. This article will explore what has been done and offer recommendations that could reduce damage to America in the event of a serious animal disease outbreak
As a symbol of modern India, Mumbai highlights India’s successes with both democracy and capitalism. In addition to its preeminence as a financial, entertainment, and cultural center, Mumbai is India’s largest city and one of the most densely populated cities in the world. All this, as well as its accessibility and assailable security, combined to make Mumbai an ideal target for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists on November 26, 2008 (Forster, 2012, p. 1). While this particular event was confined to India, this type of devastating attack could occur almost anywhere in the world, including the United States. The successful LeT attack on Mumbai provides both instruction and inspiration for future acts of terrorism, but also it presents significant opportunities to inform global counterterrorism efforts. The Mumbai event and its lessons can be analyzed by considering the traditional elements of terrorism, identifying the unique aspects of this attack, assessing India’s response relative to the mission areas of Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8), and understanding implications for U.S. homeland security.
This article discusses the emerging profession of sport chaplaincy as one of the many faces within chaplaincy. Academics have paid little attention to the relevance, function, and vitality of chaplains working within sports, despite the profession's growth at both credentialed and volunteer levels. The vast and rapid development of organizations such as Athletes in Action, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Institute of Sport Professionals reveals the need for such a specialized field within chaplaincy at the national level. I approach this topic by explaining the six primary roles of sport chaplains: Sport plays a powerful role in bringing Americans together, and sport chaplains in particular can help foster a sense of community that can even act as a new face of homeland security chaplaincy.
Inside Homeland Security® visited National Defense University (NDU) to gain a first-hand view of this institution whose vision is to "be the premier national security institution focused on joint education, leader development, and scholarship" (NDU). The university, located on Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. and in Norfolk, Virginia, with other campuses on Fort Bragg, North Carolina and in Tampa, Florida, provides the highest level of higher education for military leaders and other national security professionals, emphasizing critical and strategic thinking and leadership development. NDU's mission "supports the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others to develop leaders that have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world" (NDU).
Special agents of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are reaching across the globe and through cyberspace to crack down on child exploitation in all its forms. In physical and digital realms, these crimes have become international in scope and without boundaries.
HSI creates partnerships with other nations, nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s), and multinational networks to investigate child-sex tourism and related crimes. The agency also explores the darker areas of the Internet to find purveyors and collectors of child pornography, and it analyzes contraband images for clues to the locations of exploited children.
In the United States, HSI leverages its nationwide network of special agents to pursue predators in physical and digital space.
The biggest game of America's biggest sport rolls out on the biggest stage with the highest stakes for teams, spectators, and fans.
It's also a pretty big deal for professionals in homeland security and other fields who are charged with securing the build-up, the surrounding festivities, and the big game.
Three officers from different security realms shared their insights into preparing and executing plans to keep the Super Bowl safe and lawful. Although their responsibilities are different, all of them pointed to long periods of lead time and thick networks of partners as keys to success. All three officers explained how their roles extend widely in space and time beyond the game and the stadium.