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GAO: Homeland Security: Challenges in Creating an Effective Acquisition Organization

Author: Michael J. Sullivan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has some of the most extensive acquisition needs within theU.S. government. This report summarizes GAO reports and testimonies, which have reported on various aspects of DHS acquisitions. It examines areas where DHS has been successful in promoting collaboration among its various organizations, challenges it still faces in integrating the acquisition function across the department, and DHS' implementation of an effective review process for its major, complex investments. Since its establishment in March 2003, DHS has been faced with assembling 23 separate federal agencies and organizations with multiple missions and cultures into one department. This mammoth task involved a variety of transformational efforts, one of which is to design and implement the necessary management structure and processes for the acquisition of goods and services. The report highlights the need for improved oversight of contractors and adherence to a rigorous management review process.

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Op-Ed

Of Polarity and Polarization

Authors: Charles A. Kupchan and Peter L. Trubowitz
International Security

Charles A. Kupchan and Peter L. Trubowitz respond to Joseph M. Parent and Joseph Bafumi’s criticism of their article “Dead Center: The Demise of Liberal Internationalism in the United States”

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Op-Ed

The Heir Up There

Author: Max Boot
New York Times

Eevry chief-of-staff of the Air Force for the past quarter century was first a fighter jet pilot. Last week, however, there was a changing of the guard as Gen. Norton A. Schwartz took over the position. Max Boot discusses the implications of having a Chief that does not come from a fighter jet background and the effect this will have on the appropriation of the Air Force budget.

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Department of Defense: Report on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

In December 20, 2013, the Department of Defense was tasked with reporting improvements on the prevention and response to sexual assault in the military. It released its report on November 25, 2014. NY Senator Karen Gillibrand responded, saying data from the study that indicated that sixty-three percent of victims report being retaliated against for coming forward about their assault.

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U.S. Department of Justice Memo: Applicability of Federal Criminal Laws and the Constitution to Contemplated Lethal Operations Against Shaykh Anwar al-Aulaqi

This U.S. Court of Appeal's Second Circuit ruled that this redacted version of a 2010 Justice Department memo, which "signed off on the effort to target Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American citizen deemed a terrorist, for killing without a trial," had to be released, in response to FOIA requests filed by the New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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