Homeland Security


America the Vulnerable

Author: Stephen E. Flynn

Three years after September 11, the United States is still dangerously unprepared to prevent or respond to another attack on its soil. Faced with this threat, the United States should be operating on a wartime footing at home. But despite the many new security precautions that have been proposed, America's most serious vulnerabilities remain ominously exposed.

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Russian Plane Crash Over Egypt

Speaker: Steven Cook
Speaker: Graeme Wood
Speaker: Anya Schmemann

A Metrojet Airbus, bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in the Sinai desert shortly after take-off from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Saturday. All 224 people on board, mostly Russian citizens, were killed. Could the self-proclaimed Islamic State have bombed flight 9268? As the investigation continues, please join CFR experts Steven A. Cook and Graeme Wood to discuss the potential implications of the tragedy for Egypt, Russia, and the United States.

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Homeland Security in Transition: Rebuilding Critical Infrastructure

Speaker: Everett Ehrlich
Speaker: Stephen Flynn
Speaker: Frances Townsend
Presider: Massimo Calabresi

With the Department of Homeland Security in the midst of its first presidential transition, what changes can the nation expect? President Obama’s economic stimulus plan suggests nearly 400,000 jobs would be created for critical infrastructure repair projects. How should these projects and other homeland security matters be prioritized in a new administration? Please join Everett Ehrlich, Stephen E. Flynn, and Frances Townsend to discuss these critical issues.

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Threats to The Nation's Capital: Are We Safe?

Speaker: Thomas Lockwood
Speaker: Edward Reiskin
Presider: Stephen Flynn

The nation's capital is a target-rich area by both absolute and symbolic measurements. This meeting will assess the unique threats to security in the Washington area, and the necessary responses. The discussion will evaluate steps already taken, determine what more needs to be done, identify resources, and analyze the challenges facing a coordinated response given the federal, local, and state entities involved.

8:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. Meeting

Please Note: Special location

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Civilian Power for Security in the 21st Century

Speaker: Maria Otero
Presider: Glenn Kessler

Please join Maria Otero to discuss progress made on implementing recommendations outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review toward advancing American "civilian power."

**For information on the relative urgency and importance of competing conflict prevention demands, please see the 2012 Preventive Priorities Survey from CFR's Center for Preventive Action.**

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International Security Partnerships and Our Shared Responsibility: A Conversation with Janet Napolitano

Speaker: Janet Napolitano
Presider: Terry Moran

Upon her return from the G6+1 meeting of interior ministers in Paris, as well as visits with counterparts in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, please join U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano for a discussion about the Department of Homeland Security's work with international partners to strengthen global travel and trade networks, secure cyberspace, and address shared threats.

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