Bill Roggio, a widely published journalist who authors the Fourth Rail blog, debates Kathy Gannon, author of I is for Infidel and a longtime AP correspondent, about whether Pakistan is doing all it should to secure its Afghan border.
New legislation seeks to increase oversight of the House panel at the center of the Dubai Ports controversy amid concerns that the bill could scare off foreign investment.
Backgrounder: The new Congress shares President Bush's reform approach but new legislation is by no means assured.
One year after the Dubai Ports World controversy, Congress is pushing legislation to reform the committee that reviews foreign investments in American companies. But some business groups think proposals for increased oversight go too far.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine performs an audit of freight rail security and finds large stores of hazardous chemicals left completely unguarded in the heart of major cities.
Congressional Democrats, in power for the first time in twelve years, quickly passed homeland security measures long stymied by Republicans. Experts give mixed reviews to the proposals, and some Republicans complain about a lack of debate.
This International Crisis Group report examines the rise of militants in Pakistan's tribal areas.
Experts warn there is slim hope to control this area given its long history of resisting intervention.
Paul Ekman, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California at San Francisco, explains Screening Passengers by Observational Techniques, or SPOT, a form of behavioral observation that could help secure U.S. airlines.
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This legislation calls for the establishment of standards and equipment to scan for radiation all imported containers entering US ports. It includes protocols for emergency response, involving cooperation between local, state, and federal governments and the private sector. The act also calls for the inspection of "high-risk containers" before arrival to the US, and a strengthening of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program.
A group of experts advises everything from joint Afghan-Pakistani-NATO border patrols to more efficient reconstruction aid to help secure Afghanistan, as it marks a violent fifth year since the fall of the Taliban.
The air travel system remains one of the most high-profile targets for terrorists. This backgrounder examines efforts to improve aviation security since the 9/11 attacks.
This report focuses on information sharing in the federal effort to secure US ports against a potential terrorist attack. The Coast Guard has lead responsibility in coordinating maritime information sharing efforts. The Coast Guard has established area maritime security committees--forums that involve federal and nonfederal officials who identify and address risks in a port. The Coast Guard and other agencies have sought to further enhance information sharing and port security operations by establishing interagency operational centers--command centers that tie together the efforts of federal and nonfederal participants. This testimony is a summary and update to an April 2005 report, and identifies barriers that have hindered information sharing.
According to this July 2006 report, the GAO conducted an investigation testing whether radioactive sources could be smuggled across US borders. GAO purchased a small amount of radioactive sources and one secure container used to safely store and transport the material from a commercial source over the telephone. GAO's investigators, using counterfeit documents, were able to enter the United States with enough radioactive sources in the trunks of their vehicles to make two dirty bombs. GAO investigators were able to successfully represent themselves as employees of a fictitious company present a counterfeit bill of lading and a counterfeit NRC document during the secondary inspections at both locations. The CBP inspectors never questioned the authenticity of the investigators' counterfeit bill of lading or the counterfeit NRC document authorizing them to receive, acquire, possess, and transfer radioactive sources.
The United States launched the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) in 2003 to help curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Since then, PSI membership has expanded sevenfold, and the program has contributed to significant seizures of WMD shipments.
This report from the GAO examines the systems used by the Transportation Security Administration to screen all checked baggage for explosive devices or traces. The report finds that the TSA did not follow sound contracting practices in administering contracts for explosive screening. As a result, the TSA does not have reasonable assurance that contractors are performing as required and that full payment is justified based on meeting mean downtime requirements.
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The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
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