The Trump Administration is defunding the nation’s primary anti-domestic terror program at the Department of Homeland Security and DHS’ Office of Terrorism Prevention has removed any reference to future funding from its website.  This decision does not reduce the threat but does give opportunity to re-examine the fundamentals of strategies ...

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a 23-page report in October outlining proposed major changes for how it wants to screen passengers at airports to help keep them safe from terrorism.  The changes include far greater reliance on biometric technology and intelligence analysis to move people through screening points more ...

A five month-long outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached dangerous levels and the risk of further spread is high. Thirty-six new cases were reported during the week of November 21 – 27. The U.S. and the international community are assisting in response and containment, but ...

  Bottom Line Up Front On November 7, a man with a handgun murdered 11 people inside a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. The Thousand Oaks shooting is the fourth such case in the U.S., with ten or more killed, since the start of 2018. The rate of these high-fatality ...

The President’s recent tweet storm threatening to close the U.S.’s land border with Mexico and order military action to counter a “dangerous” caravan of asylum seekers, highlights his interest in making border security a key issue in the midterm elections.  Rhetoric aside, the Republican-controlled Congress continues to reject his effort ...

  Bottom Line Up Front Immigration remains a major issue for the Trump administration, with stories emerging recently about White House infighting about whether or not the current head of the Department of Homeland Security is ‘tough enough on migrants heading to the southern border.’ In January, the Trump administration ...

‘The Homeland’ is bringing you a series of candid, intimate interviews with former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security throughout the month of October.  DHS was born out of 9/11, when 23 different agencies were pulled into one department in an effort to provide greater organization and communication in ...

The Homeland is bringing you a series of candid, intimate interviews with former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security throughout October.  DHS was born out of 9/11, when 23 different agencies were pulled into one department in an effort to provide greater oversight and communication to help better address ...

From wildfires to terrorist plots, to the arrest of individuals with IEDs, the State of California is constantly under threat.  With more than 38 million residents (equaling roughly 12 percent of the nation’s population), it is the most populous state in the U.S.  California manages the threat preparedness and response ...

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Neilsen, along with several of her Department of Homeland Security senior leaders held a conference in New York this week, sending a clear statement that cyber is a national security issue that impacts all of us, and highlighting the real impact of issues like software ...

The number one “terrorist” threat faced by Americans comes from within, with all of the lethal attacks in the U.S. since 9/11 carried out by a U.S. citizens or legal residents. But the U.S. still lacks a domestic federal terrorism law that would help target U.S.-based terrorists like they do ...

U.S. officials are working to protect the continental U.S. from possible chemical attack by ISIS followers in the Mideast, who are plotting to bring chlorine or other “simple” weapons of mass destruction to America’s shores, U.S. officials told The Cipher Brief Wednesday. The U.S. has intercepted “chatter” by ISIS followers ...

The assumption that a longer, higher wall along the U.S. border with Mexico will improve the nation’s security is wrong. Extending the nearly 700 miles of existing wall will help reduce the number of economic migrants entering the United States, but it will do little to stop the flow of illicit ...

President Donald Trump invoked the deadly deeds of the violent street gang MS-13 in his State of the Union address, and again this week when addressing law enforcement officials at the White House. He spoke of closing loopholes to keep members of the Salvadoran gang out, and he has also ...

A failure to shut down North Korea’s nuclear program would not only pose a threat to U.S. territory, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told a congressional panel. It would encourage other countries to develop their own atomic arsenals, perpetuating a dangerous spread of the world’s deadliest weapons. “If North ...

Cipher Brief expert and former DHS official Todd Rosenblum says the Trump administration used incomplete and cherry-picked statistics in a new report that says three out of four individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges since the 9/11 attacks were “foreign-born,” as opposed to born U.S. citizens. The report from the ...

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday an updated version of the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin. The move comes in the aftermath of the Halloween vehicle attack in New York City that left eight dead. By updating the terror alert system, DHS signaled the threat to the United States ...

The Cipher Brief asked network expert Charlie Allen, former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, to react to the deadly vehicle attack on pedestrians near the World Trade Center Memorial in New York Tuesday. Charlie Allen: The attack has all of the hallmarks of ...

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to run the Department of Homeland Security, taking on the job at a time when the agencies under its umbrella are at the center of national political controversies. Nielsen has close ties with White House chief of staff John Kelly, who previously ...

The massacre at the Las Vegas country music concert last week has left security professionals with a grim new checklist of tactics to watch for: military-style sniper attacks from high above, and casualties so numerous, they overwhelm area hospitals’ ability to treat them. The shooting last Sunday left 58 dead ...

Renewed calls for more stringent gun control legislation echoed throughout Washington on Monday, following Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. “It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something,” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said Monday. Murphy has been one of the most vocal advocates for gun ...

The worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history raises tough questions about how to guard against attacks on open crowds – and puts more responsibility on the crowd itself to look out for threats and escape routes in any public setting, former NYPD Detective Sergeant Joseph Giacalone told The Cipher ...

Firing from 32 stories up at a crowd a block away, a lone gunman killed at least 59 people and injured hundreds more, in a devastating attack that has law enforcement rethinking how to keep Americans safe. The 64-year-old retiree opened fire on a Las Vegas country music festival, from ...

U.S. immigration authorities will soon start to catalog social media handles from permanent residents and naturalized citizens. The new information requirements expand “categories of records to include the following: country of nationality; country of residence; the USCIS Online Account Number; social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results.”  ...

It will become much more difficult, or even impossible, for citizens of eight countries to enter the United States under new rules announced Sunday by the Trump administration, the third edition of its controversial restrictions on travel. The national security implications of the new ban remain unclear, experts said. Whatever ...

Not since Katrina has the United States been struck by a hurricane as devastating as Harvey. Both inflicted unprecedented damage from floods and wind. Harvey and Katrina differ, however, in a crucial respect: response operations today reflect a little-known transformation in the way the U.S. military serves at home. Citizens, ...

The State Department circulated a cable last week, outlining new guidelines concerning passport, security measures, and biographical information for visa applications from certain foreign countries. The Trump Administration has said these new measures are necessary to update the outdated security and identification processes of some foreign governments. However, some are ...

The revised ban on travel and immigration from six Muslim-majority countries ordered by President Donald Trump on March 6 now sits before the Supreme Court, waiting for a final decision on its legality. However, the court’s decision in June to reinstate the executive order until a decision is made – ...

The U.S. State Department recently released a new set of guidelines for foreign nationals seeking to travel to the U.S., requiring their countries of origin to provide additional data and information. The Cipher Brief spoke with Todd Rosenblum, former Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for ...

On June 28, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced enhanced security measures for all flights coming into the United States. Calling for additional “screening of electronic devices, more thorough passenger vetting, and new measures designed to mitigate the potential threat of insider attacks,” Kelly pointed to ...

The Department of Homeland Security has unveiled new aviation security measures for all international commercial flights bound to the United States, a move that could potentially lead to either the lifting or expansion of the laptop ban currently in place for direct flights of foreign airlines from 10 airports in ...

Twenty-one state election systems were targeted by Russian hackers during last year’s presidential election, a Department of Homeland Security official told the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday. While Russian attempts to infiltrate state voting systems have been widely reported, this appears to be the first acknowledgment of the scope of the ...

Heads of government from Central America, Mexico, and the United States convened in Miami on June 15 and 16 to discuss security in the Americas, while the Trump Administration plans to cut aid to Central America. “President Trump has made clear our commitment to this region by requesting an additional ...

As the Trump Administration proposes cutting aid to Central America – and as American, Central American, and Mexican leaders met in Miami last week to discuss development and security in the region – The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder asked Michael Shifter and Ben Raderstorf of the Inter-American Dialogue why Central ...

Central America, particularly the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, is notorious for violence and drugs. The region acts as a transit point for drugs going from South America to the United States, and the flow of drugs northward shows no signs of easing as U.S. demand ...

After violence broke out between white nationalist protestors and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, a 20-year old man from Ohio drove his vehicle into a crowd, killing one counter-protestor and injuring several others. The echoes of a terrorist tactic the ...

The process of radicalization, by which disaffected members of society are convinced to embrace violent means to pursue the goals of a terrorist ideology, has been intensely studied since the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Since then, the threat of international terrorism has become one of the ...

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly warned against the “real” and increasingly sophisticated threat from the nexus between criminal and terrorist networks as he advocated for more aggressive immigration policy enforcement. Kelly laid out on Tuesday a vision of a world that is increasingly dangerous and fraught with security ...

In this year’s finale, all the tangled strands of the plot against the President-elect converge in a thrilling resolution—but, as always in Homeland, the season ends with unexpected plot twists. As more details about Dar Adal’s plot were discovered by our heroes and relayed to the incoming President, the plotters ...

Viewers can’t step out for popcorn while watching Homeland, or they might miss a fleeting glimpse of a person or object in a scene that foreshadows a later plot twist. Last week, while Dar toured the domestic propaganda operation, he noticed a photo on the computer of his co-conspirator, right ...

The Trump administration is building up American ground forces available in Kuwait to fight against Islamic terrorists in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. At the same time, the White House is stepping up its activities here at home to deal with President Donald Trump’s hyped-up concern with undocumented immigrants coming to ...

The Trump administration is reportedly eyeing cuts to the Transportation Security Administration and other Department of Homeland Security agencies in an attempt to pay for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. A draft plan by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would slash TSA’s funding about ...

The prospect of foiling the plot against the President-elect appears even bleaker as the CIA’s Dar Adal stymies our heroes at every turn. By the end of this episode, Saul’s planned meeting between President-elect Keane and Iran Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) chief Javadi backfires miserably, and Quinn is almost murdered by ...

President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order on Monday, temporarily halting entry into the country for people without valid visas from six predominantly Muslim countries and suspending the United States’ refugee program. This is a somewhat narrower version of the travel ban the President signed just a week after ...

The central plot of this season’s Homeland has now been revealed to be a full-blown right wing conspiracy against an incoming President considered soft on terrorism. To strengthen the U.S. fight against terrorism, our conspirators have committed a terrorist act themselves and routinely murder anyone who could expose their plot. ...

Prepare yourselves. The travel ban fiasco is just the beginning. Ignored so far in last week’s Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Security is the Trump administration’s requirement for a major expansion of federal detention facilities to house the first of the two million to three million illegal ...

President Donald Trump has wrapped his initial actions in office in the name of keeping the United States safe, but several experts and former top U.S. officials say they worry his moves on refugees, immigration, and reorganizing the National Security Council could hurt the country’s national security. On Friday, Trump ...

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday temporarily banning all refugees and suspending entry for 90 days for citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the name of protecting the United States. But experts say his claim is not backed up by data, and the order will likely ...

Many of us have seen decades of sporadic attention given to the security of our border, but I believe we are now better positioned to not only define what we mean by border security but identify the appropriate measures of performance and effectiveness that have long seemed unreachable.  To begin ...

As the Obama Administration enters its final week, the President’s foreign policy and security legacy is closely tied to two major themes: counterterrorism and cybersecurity.  The Cipher Brief’s Fionnuala Sweeney asked Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism about these two critical elements and what she ...