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News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

June 24, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on June 24, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

June 17, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on June 17, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

June 15, 2016

President Obama addresses the phrase “radical Islam”

Filed under: General Homeland Security,Radicalization — by Arnold Bogis on June 15, 2016

President Obama, in remarks following a meeting of his National Security Staff regarding anti-ISIL efforts, addresses the criticism about his refusal to use the term “radical Islam.”

(You can rewind the video I’ve posted below to the beginning to hear all of the remarks — I started it at the point of addressing the “radical Islam” issue simply for this particular post).

 

June 14, 2016

Clinton and Trump on terrorism – in their own words

Filed under: Events,General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on June 14, 2016

Following the horror in Orlando, I feel it is appropriate to share the entire reaction speeches of the two individuals running to be our next president without comment or analysis.

In chronological order:

 

 

 

June 10, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on June 10, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

June 3, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on June 3, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

May 26, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on May 26, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

May 20, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on May 20, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

May 13, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on May 13, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

May 6, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on May 6, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

April 29, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on April 29, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

April 22, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on April 22, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

April 15, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on April 15, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

April 8, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on April 8, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

March 28, 2016

Risk management or why we can’t expect to be 100% safe

Filed under: General Homeland Security,Resilience — by Arnold Bogis on March 28, 2016

This past weekend homeland security expert Juliette Kayyem had an op-ed in The Washington Post unfortunately titled (by the editors I’d assume…), “No, America isn’t 100% safe from terrorism.  And that’s a good thing.

Obviously provocative but, in my view, unnecessarily vague in regards to the point of the piece.  But whatever.  The important thing is the message:

Is my family safe?The answer is both simple and liberating: No, not entirely. America was built vulnerable, and thank goodness for that.

The flow of people and things, the movement to and within cities, the congregation of the masses that makes our lives meaningful, whether at church or at Fenway Park, are inherently risky. Our system (a federal government with limited powers, mayors overseeing police departments, governors directing National Guards) wasn’t designed to produce a seamless shield against every conceivable threat. Every day, more than 2 million passengers board planes at U.S. airports. The movement of goods and services — the expectation that everything from airline tickets to groceries can be purchased with just a few mouse clicks — is our lifeline. We’ve traded a measure of safety for convenience. And in our America, there are sometimes monsters under the bed.

Kayyem identifies the problem as the unwillingness of our leaders to speak the truth about our situation:

Threats constantly change, yet our political discourse suggests that our vulnerabilities are simply for lack of resources, commitment or competence. Sometimes, that is true. But mostly we are vulnerable because we choose to be; because we’ve accepted, at least implicitly, that some risk is tolerable. A state that could stop every suicide bomber wouldn’t be a free or, let’s face it, fun one.

And she suggests a path forward:

Yet we still live, often joyfully, in a world with gun violence. And drunk drivers. And disease. We implore government to allocate resources as best it can to minimize those risks. Once we move past our angst, this becomes the most rational way to approach terrorist violence.

Accepting these vulnerabilities means our safety can be measured and evaluated on three core premises: how well we minimize our risks, maximize our defenses and maintain our spirit.

The entire piece is worth your time reading, and worth sharing with friends, family, and loved ones who might not have a grasp on the concept of risk management.

March 25, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on March 25, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

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