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Obama Strategy Focuses on Local Connections to Combat Extremists
Bloomberg
December 8, 2011
The report sets out how the government is implementing the National Strategy for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States that was signed by President Barack Obama in August 2011. “As much as we can get to the point where we can unpack and expose the hypocrisy of al-Qaeda and the Jihadi narrative and facilitate its fall under its own weight is a good thing,” said Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University in Washington. Cilluffo said he worries that the administration hasn’t done enough to “push back” and “clean up” extremist information available on the Internet and hasn’t done enough to coordinate efforts to stop al-Qaeda related terrorists abroad. More

Lawmakers, Twitter locked in dispute over Taliban tweets
LA Times
November 23, 2011
This year, the ISAF began battling the pro-Taliban messages with tweets that countered insurgent claims. As a result, the two sides sometimes exchange a dozen tweets a day. "I applaud ISAF for stepping into the breach and not ceding the vacuum to the Taliban," said Frank Cilluffo, who was a domestic security advisor to President George W. Bush. U.S. intelligence agencies are also known to track suspect bloggers and tweeters on the Internet to help identify Taliban fighters or terrorist operatives. More

Can 'lone wolf' terror suspect claim entrapment? It will be hard to prove.
Christian Science Monitor
November 22, 2011
According to the complaint, the NYPD also recorded phone calls, videotaped efforts to make bombs, and read blogs and postings by the defendant, who had established a website, www.trueislam1.com. On the site, according to the filings, was a link to an article entitled, “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Home.” Terrorism experts say those Internet postings may make it difficult for his defense. “He left muddy footprints on the Internet. He made his intentions clear,” says Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington. “His intent was to cause harm.” More

Turning to the Netherlands for Counterradicalization Lessons
CQ Homeland Security
November 20, 2011
This week, The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute is looking to find out what lessons the United States can learn from its European ally. Erik Akerboom, the Netherlands’ national coordinator for counterterrorism and security, will appear at the institute Tuesday, as part of its ambassadors series, speaking about strategies for approaching counterterrorism and counterradicalization that his government recently released. “What I’d like to get a sense of is the challenges facing continental Europe, and the unique strategies that either coincide with our own, or that are worth looking at,” said HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo. More

Houston Muslims question FBI terror tactics
Houston Chronicle
November 20, 2011
Using informants as part of an aggressive pursuit of even low-level terrorism suspects stems from a concern around the country about the threat of an attack, said Ronald Marks, a senior fellow specializing in intelligence and terrorism at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute."The bottom line here is that the FBI is in a position, certainly in Washington, where they can't make a mistake," Marks said. More

Pilot Locked in Restroom Causes Mid-Air Terror Scare
ABC News
November 17, 2011
“What I’m being told is he’s stuck in the lav,” the co-pilot continued. “Someone with a thick foreign accent is giving me a password to access the cockpit, and I’m not about to let him in.” Not willing to take any chances themselves, air controllers on the ground ordered the plane, operated by regional carrier Chautauqua Airlines, to make an emergency landing. Before the co-pilot was forced to make that emergency landing, however, the pilot was able to open the bathroom door, and calm his anxious colleagues. “The captain, myself, went back to the lavatory and the door latch broke and I had to fight my way out of it with my body to get the door open,” he explained to air traffic control. “There is no issue, no threat,” he said. Frank Cilluffo of the Homeland Security Institute at George Washington University said that the first officer did the right thing. “At the end of the day it was an unknown person and an unknown voice trying to access the cockpit,” he said. “You don’t open the door.” Sources tell ABC News that fighter planes were alerted to the situation, but not called into service. More

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Security clearance holders could begin zipping through airport security
Homeland Security News Wire
November 15, 2011
With the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) moving towards a tiered airport security system, those holding federal security clearances could become the next in line for expedited screening at checkpoints. “Clearly, that is a category of people that we as a society know and trust more than others,” said John Pistole, the head of TSA, at a recent event held at George Washington University. According to Pistole, his agency is currently working with the director of national intelligence to explore a system that would allow those with security clearance to go through less intrusive screening measures at airports. More

Ten years on, TSA continues to evolve
Homeland Security News Wire
November 15, 2011
Addressing George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, Pistole praised a number of controversial programs which he said were successful in making airline security more effective. Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT), the full-body scanners which have been the subject of sharp criticism due to privacy concerns, “gives our officers the best opportunity to detect both metallic and non-metallic threats,” Pistole said. As evidence, the TSA chief showed a number of examples of items seized thanks to AIT scans, which have detected hundreds of prohibited and dangerous items since their deployment last year. In one slide, an individual had wrapped over 700 grams of cocaine around his legs using ace bandages. Pistole noted that the drugs could have easily been explosives. In another slide, a passenger at Miami International Airport was found with a nine-inch ceramic knife. In neither example would the contraband have been discovered using a standard metal-detector. In an effort to address privacy concerns associated with the full body scanners, TSA recently installed new software which replaces passenger-specific images with the generic outline of a person. More

Pistole: Security clearance holders could get expedited airport security
Fierce Homeland Security
November 13, 2011
Holders of federal security clearances could become the next class of individuals to receive expedited treatment in Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoints. "Clearly, that is a category of people that we as a society know and trust more than others," TSA Administrator John Pistole told a Nov. 10 audience at an event hosted by Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. More

TSA looks forward to happier Thanksgiving
Government Security News
November 11, 2011
In remarks on Nov. 10, 2011, TSA Administrator John Pistole said the agency had worked to alleviate some of the aggravations that fueled last year’s protests. New screening machines equipped with Automated Target Recognition software that produces only a generic outline of a person instead of the their physical image, are now widely installed at airports around the country, he said in remarks at a speech to the Homeland Security Policy Institute on Nov. 11. New screening procedures for children that allow more flexibility in how they are screened are also in place and trials of pre-screening programs have been expanded, he said. “We want to provide professional service without aggravation,” he said. Aggravation among passengers drove the protests last year, he said. Pistole hopes the agency’s continued shift towards a more risk-based security model, instead of the “one-size fits all” approach will help this year. More

Transportation Security Administration's John Pistole speaks at GW
GW Today
November 11, 2011
In his remarks in GW’s Marvin Center, Mr. Pistole highlighted the advances of TSA technology and layers of security over the last decade and noted several recent enhancements to security, including new privacy protections in advanced imaging technology (AIT) machines. Since its inception, TSA has screened more than 5 billion people. The address and a question-and-answer session was hosted by Homeland Security Policy Institute and moderated by its director, Frank Cilluffo, associate vice president for homeland security. In his introduction, Mr. Cilluffo noted that Mr. Pistole has one of the most “complex, challenging and difficult” jobs in Washington, D.C. As TSA administrator, Mr. Pistole oversees 60,000 employees; the security operations of more than 450 federalized airports throughout the U.S.; the Federal Air Marshal Service; and security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines. More

Passengers Continue to Pack Guns in Carry-on Luggage, TSA Says
CQ Homeland Security
November 10, 2011
Agents find four to five firearms every day, according to Pistole. During a speech Thursday, the administrator noted that nearly 1,100 guns were discovered in carry-on baggage from the beginning of the year through October, resulting in 689 arrests. In the past two weeks, TSA discovered 59 guns. Nine of them were detected Tuesday alone he told an audience at The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. Pistole has followed his firearm tallies with clarification that the agency does not believe the gun carriers are terrorists and that many passengers have said they simply forgot they had the weapons in their bags. But the number of discoveries, he has said, is indicative of the fact that travelers are not focused on airport security protocols. More (Please note: subscription required.)

TSA Confiscates More Than 1,000 Guns From Airplane Passengers in 2011
ABC News
November 10, 2011
Transportation Security Administration officers have confiscated more than 1,000 guns that were discovered by security personnel as passengers traveled through airport security screenings so far this year, the head of the TSA said. “More than 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, people are still trying to bring deadly weapons into the cabin of an airplane,” TSA administrator John Pistole said at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. “On Tuesday, just two days ago, we detected nine guns passengers had in their carry-on bags at various checkpoints around the country.” Pistole said. Pistole showed several slides of drugs and weapons that passengers were attempting to bring or smuggle on board aircraft. More

TSA: Be aware of security issues on mass transit
The Associated Press
November 10, 2011
Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole says his agency has reissued an intelligence bulletin to remind travelers to be aware of security issues around the nation's bus and mass transit systems as the country prepares for the busy holiday travel season. Generally, such bulletins are circulated among state and local law enforcement and others responsible for securing transportation systems. They are often reminders to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and are not always prompted by intelligence about a specific threat or plot. Speaking at an event Thursday at George Washington University, Pistole said it's important to remind people that terrorists here and overseas have targeted bus and rail systems, recognizing that more people travel by mass transit than by plane. More

Resilience Challenge Extends to Psychology, Experts Say
CQ Homeland Security
November 9, 2011
Al Qaeda has not carried out a major plot in recent years, and therefore public officials fear they will be perceived as alarmist if they warn of an imminent attack and none materializes, said Daniel J. Kaniewski, deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. That reluctance among government officials is growing, he added. “The further we get from 9/11 or another terrorist attack or a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina, the less a politician is going to risk his or her political position by crying wolf or unnecessarily scaring people,” Kaniewski said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s going to be an ongoing challenge.” More (Please note: subscription required.)

Is the TSA's 10th Birthday Cause for Celebration?
The Washington Post
November 9, 2011
Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, says the TSA deserves recognition for adapting to meet the terrorist threat since its creation in 2001. When it comes to aviation security, he says, there’s no quick and easy fix, and the agency’s approach of building a layered defense and using intelligence underpinned by technology and a well-trained workforce is keeping air travel safe. More

Counternarcotics Experts Call for United States to Boost Aid to Mexico
CQ Homeland Security
October 20, 2011
Former counternarcotics officials said Thursday that the idea of drug cartels pushing Mexico toward becoming a failed state is an exaggeration, but the problem posed by the drug organizations is serious and requires much more in the way of U.S. support for the Mexican government. Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who served as head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Bill Clinton, said the cartels are reaping the financial benefits of a multimillion-dollar illicit trade. That money is the source of their power, he said, allowing them to buy military-grade weapons and sow corruption throughout the Mexican government. "That amount of money is a blowtorch that melts Democratic institutions," he said during a forum hosted by The George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Yemen says Al Qaeda militants killed in drone strike
L.A. Times
October 15, 2011
Yemeni officials told reporters that nine members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were killed in the strike in southeastern Yemen, including Awlaki’s 21-year-old son, Abdul-Rahman Awlaki, and Egyptian-born Ibrahim Banna, whom officials described as the media chief of the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. “Now is the time when they [AQAP] are on their back heels and not the time to let up, so they don’t have the time, place and space to train, plot and execute attacks. It’s the right time to accelerate,” said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. More

GW Hosts Homeland Security Secretaries
GW Today
October 13, 2011
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and former secretaries Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge spoke Tuesday about the security challenges facing the nation in the “new normal” of a post-9/11 world. The discussion, called “A National Conversation on the Homeland Security Environment Looking Forward: The Secretaries’ Perspective,” was moderated by Admiral Thad Allen, M.P.A. ’86, distinguished professor of practice at GW, former commandant of the United States Coast Guard and national incident commander during the BP oil spill. The event was held in Jack Morton Auditorium. Frank Cilluffo, director of GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, which co-hosted the event with the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, said that speaking with all three secretaries at the same time was like seeing a decade of his life come together. Mr. Cilluffo served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush on homeland security and has published extensively on homeland security topics. “You don’t get better public servants than the three who are joining us today,” Mr. Cilluffo said. “I’ve had the privilege to work with all of them. We’ve had the privilege to host all of them, but never before simultaneously.” More

C-SPAN Coverage of "A National Conversation on the Homeland Security Environment Looking Forward: The Secretaries' Perspective"
C-SPAN
October 12, 2011
C-SPAN's coverage of the conversation between the Hon. Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, the Hon. Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Hon. Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security, hosted by HSPI on October 11, 2011. More

Three secretaries of Homeland Security address department's future
The Hatchet
October 12, 2011
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and former secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff convened Tuesday in the Jack Morton Auditorium to discuss national security in a post-9/11 world. The panel, composed of the only people to ever hold the secretary of homeland security post, was moderated by alumnus and professor Admiral Thad Allen and co-hosted by the University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. The relationship between the public and private sector in national security, a field the secretaries agreed is constantly evolving, was a central theme of the discussion. More

Homeland Security Bill Targets Homegrown Islamist Extremism
Huffington Post
October 11, 2011
But after the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee passed its first-ever authorization bill for DHS last month, the measure "actually stands a good chance of passage," said Daniel Kaniewski, a former special assistant for homeland security in the George W. Bush White House and a researcher at George Washington University..."Legacy committees continue to exert jurisdiction over many components of DHS," Kaniewski said. For example, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure retains broad authority over the Federal Emergency Management Agency, one of 22 federal agencies within DHS. More

Experts chide TSA for poor risk assessment of security measures
Nextgov
September 30, 2011
Seth Stodder, former policy and planning director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, objected to granting companies responsibility for selecting screening technologies at a time when Al Qaeda members, including those trained by recently assassinated Anwar al-Aulaqi, are still targeting commercial airlines. "That's essentially back to the future or back to the pre-9/11 world," he said. "The basic point is, after 9/11 we needed to have a TSA, because the airlines were not doing a good job, so we needed to have a federal presence to secure mass forms of transportation . . . There has to be a federal standard for what types of machines are used." While the agency may have made some bad choices along the way, it still is a relatively young agency and is trying to fix past errors, said Stodder, now a senior fellow at The George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. He pointed to common sense measures TSA Administrator John Pistole is taking at intake lines, such as letting frequent fliers keep on their shoes. More

Terror Blow: American Al-Qaeda
Associated Press
September 30, 2011
HSPI Director Frank J. Cilluffo advances his position on the propriety of targeting U.S. citizen and Al Qaeda ideologue Anwar Al-Awlaki, terming the radical "fair game" for his involvement in plots to attack the United States. More

"Revenge" Strike Feared after al-Awlaki's Death
ABC News
September 20, 2011
“This is not the end of AQAP, but this is big, this is significant,” said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. “It is especially significant because of Awlaki’s role in radicalizing and recruiting Westerners.” More

Anwar Al-Awlaki's Death: Is America Any Safer?
The Huffington Post
September 30, 2011
Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, had developed over the last two years "from an Internet ideologue to full-blown operational planner," wrote Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, in a recent report. "By no means is it the death knell of AQAP, but it is a significant blow, especially in terms of what he tried to export to the West," Cilluffo told The Huffington Post. "Awlaki was the primary proselytizer and mover and shaker trying to radicalize and recruit Westerners to the al Qaeda cause. With him out of the picture, that bodes well for the United States and national security." More

US must work with India
The Daily Pioneer
September 27, 2011
HSPI Director Frank J. Cilluffo comments on the need for closer U.S.-India cooperation on counterterrorism. While heightened cooperation with India will strain ties with Pakistan, Cilluffo argues, it is a necessary measure to better secure both countries against a repeat of the events of 9/11 or the 2008 attacks on Mumbai. More

The Gordian Knot of Disaster Funding
Security Debrief
September 26, 2011
Our Deputy Director discusses the current disaster funding challenges facing FEMA. More

Canada Command's Semianiw discusses Role in United States
Fierce Homeland Security
September 23, 2011
Canada actively works to combat security threats throughout the Western hemisphere including in the United States, said Lt. Gen. Walter Semianiw, the commander of Canada Command, at the Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington Sept. 23. "That frightens folks down in Washington, when I say that my area of responsibility [includes] the United States," but that approach is necessary, he said. He explained Canada Command's reach by saying that threats to North American security require all of North America to respond. More

What Happens if FEMA Runs Out of Money
NPR
September 23, 2011
If the disaster relief fund does run dry, officials at FEMA don't have much flexibility. Dan Kaniewski at George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute says FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is prohibited from shifting funds around. "What if there was a disaster tomorrow? We can't predict what's going to happen next — a terrorist attack, a hurricane or wildfires, whatever it may be," Kaniewski says. "He needs to be able to provide the victims of those disasters immediate assistance. And as of Tuesday, he's not going to be able to do that." More

Afghan Assassination Threatens Peace Talks, Pakistan Relations
Bloomberg Businessweek
September 21, 2011
First, said Cilluffo, peace negotiations are critical to the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce U.S. combat forces in Afghanistan. “I don’t see how we can successfully wind down our presence in Afghanistan without being able to point to a credible peace initiative,” he said. In addition, said Cilluffo and Fair, Pakistan’s unwillingness to combat the Haqqani network, which is based on its soil, reveals the bankruptcy of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. “The litmus test for Pakistan is whether they are willing to sever their ties with proxy groups such as Haqqani,” said Cilluffo in a telephone interview. “The U.S. and its coalition partners’ patience is wearing thin.” More

D.C. Evacuation Plans: No One In Charge Of Capital Emergency Response
The Huffington Post
September 20, 2011
Dan Kaniewski at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University agreed that no matter what local and state officials do, if the federal government decides to close, they will be left to deal with the consequences. "In any other part of the country the old saying that the federal government supports, not supplants, state and local officials, applies," he said. "But here we've turned the equation on its head." More

Haqqani Network receives protection from ISI, says Frank J Cilluffo, Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute in the US
The Economic Times
September 20, 2011
The Haqqani network, which is blamed for the recent attack on American embassy in Kabul, receives protection and support from the Pakistani spy agency ISI, an influential think-tank has told US lawmakers. "They receive protection and support from facets of Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI, which continues to drag its feet on taking action against the Haqqanis because they see the network as a useful proxy to expand their influence and establish footholds in Afghanistan," said Frank J Cilluffo, Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University. More

Time for Pakistan to Clean Up Its Backyard
Security Debrief
September 16, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo advocates closer contact between U.S. and Indian counterterrorism practitioners in order to combat Pakistan-based terrorist groups such as the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba. More pressure on Pakistan's government, Cilluffo argues, is needed to dislodge the extremist groups from their strategic safe havens. More

Troy: "Contagion" all too real
The Washington Times
September 15, 2011
HSPI Senior Fellow Tevi Troy comments on shortcomings in national and global preparedness for epidemics as identified in the recent film "Contagion." Troy notes that the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised director Steven Soderbergh, suggesting the reality of vulnerabilities identified in the film. More

Key US lawmakers demand Pak's action against LeT be assessed
Deccan Herald
September 15, 2011
Frank Cilluffo, Associate Vice President, Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University, said despite some recent promising developments, the US cannot allow its national security to be held hostage by nearly two decades of unfulfilled expectations in Pakistan. "It is vital that the United States now work to deepen America's cooperative relationships with India's internal security architecture to counter the terror threat that permeates and extends beyond the region," he said. More

Cybersecurity--Stop Attacking Pearl Harbor
Security Debrief
September 15, 2011
HSPI Senior Fellow Ronald Marks comments on misconceptions about the nature of cyber warfare, and the inapplicability of a "Pearl Harbor" or knockout-blow paradigm to today's cybersecurity threat environment. More

HSPI Director Cilluffo to testify before U.S. House of Representatives
September 13, 2011
Frank Cilluffo, Director of HSPI, will testify tomorrow before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. The hearing, entitled "U.S.-India Counterterrorism Cooperation: Deepening the Partnership," promises to shed light on an important bilateral security relationship. More

Lessons learned from 9/11: Looking back at the attacks ten years later
Capital Insider
September 12, 2011
The Department of Homeland Security was created in the wake of 9/11. Intelligence officials are constantly working to keep history from repeating itself and that means more communication and sharing between federal agencies. Of course, terror isn't the only threat. Our panel of experts, Rich Cooper, Col. Douglas MacGregor and Mickey McCarter walk us through what's changed in a decade and where the country is heading in terms of its national security. More

HSPI welcomes seven Homeland Security Leaders to its Senior Fellow cadre
September 12, 2011
HSPI today announced the addition of Chris Battle, Rich Cooper, Seamus Hughes, William McCants, Jeanne Meserve, John Paczkowski and Clinton Watts to the ranks of its 2011 Senior Fellows. More

Faculty reflect on how Sept. 11 changed teaching, careers
The GW Hatchet
September 12, 2011
Now the assistant vice president for Homeland Security and the deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at GW, Kaniewski developed an interest in the intersection of counterterrorism and first responder policy while studying the psychology of terrorism and working as a member of EMeRG as an undergraduate. During his time at the Homeland Security Policy Institute, Kaniewski said he has been able to more deeply analyze the underlying issues that drive homeland security policy through regular meetings with senior government officials. “For students, learning about 9/11 is imperative, because it is the history of the attacks that underpins the homeland security policies and governmental institutions that exist today,” he said. “Without a firm understanding of the history, it’s impossible to understand the reasons that such policies and institutions exist.” More

Homeland Security funds for Iowa running on empty
Quad-City Times
September 11, 2011
"Discussions in D.C. are raising important questions about national homeland security strategy and financing," said Scott Sommers, vice mayor of Mesa, Ariz., who also works as a public safety consultant and serves on George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. Sommers said the trend has been to push more money into high-population, high-risk cities such as New York or Washington, D.C. Places such as Waterloo, or even Des Moines, just don't rate high on the threat list. More

How 9/11 changed air travel
MSNBC Today Show
September 10, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo comments on post-9/11 changes to aviation security. More

Academics and researchers are a behind-the-scenes front in the war on terror
The Connecticut Post
September 10, 2011
Michael Balboni, who served as homeland security director under the last two New York governors, is a senior fellow at George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. There, he is a member of the Preparedness, Response and Resilience Task Force that looks at ways to help the country quickly recover from something like a massive terrorist attack. He also serves on the Counter-terrorism and Intelligence Task Force, which recently looked at the ways police departments view and handle information on terrorism. "New York City police as well as the state police in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, are very active in combatting terrorism," Balboni said. "But there are vulnerabilities elsewhere. The way we view and handle intelligence has got to be part of everyday life." More

Intelligent man's guide to fighting terror
The Hindustan Times
September 10, 2011
Says David Trulio, senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington, “The increased use of automated risk assessment (ARA) represents a significant advance in homeland security.” Trulio, a former Special Assistant to President George W Bush, notes that systems using ARA can identify border crossers and air travellers who pose a risk of terrorism, smuggling, or other crimes on the basis of rules developed over time. In 2003, a US border inspector in Chicago used PNR data and analytics to stop a traveller from entering the US. His fingerprints were later found on a suicide vehicle in Iraq. In 2006, another inspector at Boston’s Logan airport identified two passengers whose travel patterns indicated high risk. One claimed to be travelling on business for a group with suspected ties to Al Qaeda. Their baggage was opened and found to have images of armed men labeled ‘Mujahideen’. They were refused entry. More

Insight From 9/11 Witnesses and Analysis of How it Affects Some of Today's Industries
September 9, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo comments on Homeland Security funding at 11:04.

New York and Washington react to 9/11 threat with practiced seriousness
The Christian Science Monitor
September 9, 2011
Washington put police on 12-hour shifts Friday and New York began searching vehicles approaching the city’s bridges amid unconfirmed intelligence of a terror attack to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11. At the same time officials asked members of the public to keep their eyes open for anything unusual, a reminder of the “see something, say something” campaign that has existed for years. The heightened antiterrorism efforts in New York and Washington followed word Thursday of the unconfirmed plot, which was described as specific and “credible.” “This is from a single source right now,” says Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington. “But, at the end of the day you have to take it seriously.” More

Terrorist watch lists should be put in the cloud, analysts say
Nextgov
September 9, 2011
Although the mechanism for vetting suspects has grown significantly more robust since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, holes remain, partly due to international privacy concerns, according to researchers. In addition, each breakout list contains some disparities because of continued uneasiness about sharing sensitive information and challenges in updating the lists in real-time, they said. "9/11 was, by some accounts, an issue of false negatives, where the people who were not on watch lists should have been," said Seth Stodder, former policy and planning director for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Now, sometimes false positives create "too many John Smiths on the terrorist list." "One big institutional issue with regard to watch lists is essentially [defining] your tolerance for risk," he said. More

Law Enforcement Still See Problems with Intel-sharing; Perceive Extremists as Biggest Threat
Homeland Security Today
September 9, 2011
There is a consensus among the law enforcement intelligence commanders for the fifty-six largest cities in the United States that the US lacks an adequate understanding of the intelligence enterprise as it relates to counterterrorism and, that as a result, intelligence capabilities are lacking, collection is haphazard, resources are underutilized and the US has a limited ability to develop anticipatory knowledge concerning future attacks, mitigate risks or respond to emerging threats. Meanwhile, a survey of the section chiefs from the intelligence units of major metropolitan police forces in the United States found that homegrown and foreign-directed jihadi terrorism and radicalization are perceived as a real threat by local law enforcement. These were among the key findings of the new Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) report, Counterterrorism Intelligence Law Enforcement Perspectives. The research presented in the report is the first installment of HSPI’s new Counterterrorism Intelligence Research Survey (CTISR) program, which is the first attempt to systematically and routinely collect data from counterterrorism professionals at all levels of government. More

In the war against terror, the Northeast transit corridor seen as a vulnerable target
Connecticut Post
September 9, 2011
Michael Balboni served as the head of homeland security under two New York governors and is now a senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. He said that the size of the Connecticut, New York and New Jersey transit system, "the largest in the world," makes it hard to protect. "What would you do? Put guards on every train?" Balboni asked. "Prohibit backpacks? Use screening techniques?" More

Rise of the digital jihadists: Homeland Security says post 9/11 America has seen a new threat from the internet
The Daily Mail
September 8, 2011
Immediately after 9/11, experts believed people would only be radicalised by person-to-person contact. But now there are fears 'digital jihadists' living in the U.S. are being recruited online and are then able to be directed from abroad. A poll by the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University revealed a rise in homegrown terrorism cases. Conducted ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the survey found there were 21 homegrown terrorism cases between September 2001 and May 2009. The last two years have seen an alarming rise with 31 cases over the period and more than one every month, according to the Counterterrorism Intelligence: Law Enforcement Perspectives report. More

Jeanne Meserve Leaves CNN, Becomes Senior Fellow at George Washington University Institute
TV Newser
September 8, 2011
Longtime CNN correspondent Jeanne Meserve is leaving the cable channel. Meserve sent a note to colleagues yesterday afternoon announcing the news, as well as the fact that she would be joining George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute as a senior fellow. More

Report Shows Spike in Homegrown Terror Cases, but Intelligence Gaps Remain
Fox News
September 7, 2011
A spike in domestic terrorism and attacks by American citizens directed from overseas are top concerns for police departments across the country, according to a new survey by the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. “Homegrown and foreign-directed jihadi terrorism and radicalization are perceived as a real threat by local law enforcement in the United States,” the report, “Counterterrorism Intelligence: Law Enforcement Perspectives,” says. The survey covered the police intelligence chiefs for the 56 largest cities in the U.S. in advance of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. More

Study: Homegrown Terrorism on the Rise
Fox News
September 7, 2011
Fox News National Correspondent Catherine Herridge reports on the findings of HSPI's Research Brief, "Counterterrorism Intelligence: Law Enforcement Perspectives." More

Terror Threats After 9/11 Attacks
Fox 5
September 7, 2011
Fox News DC interviews HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo on the evolving terrorist threat to the homeland. More

Report: Nation's Top Cops Say U.S. Counterterror Effort is Lacking
ABC News
September 7, 2011
A survey of intelligence commanders from America's 56 biggest cities conducted by the Homeland Security Policy Institute found the police chiefs believe the nation's intelligence enterprise is less robust than it could be, and that 62 percent of the chiefs felt this lack left them "unable to develop a complete understanding of their local threat." "There is a consensus that the U.S. lacks an adequate understanding of the intelligence enterprise as it relates to counterterrorism," says the HSPI's research brief, slated to be released today. "As a result, intelligence capabilities are lacking, collection is haphazard, resources are underutilized, and the U.S. has a limited ability to develop anticipatory knowledge concerning future attacks, mitigate risks or respond to emerging threats." More

America safer after 9/11 but not fully secure
CBS Early Show
September 1, 2011
Frank Cilluffo, Director of HSPI, comments on preparedness as the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks approaches. More

Costs Of Irene Add Up As FEMA Runs Out Of Cash
NPR
August 30, 2011
Dan Kaniewski, who worked at FEMA during the George W. Bush administration and now teaches at George Washington University, says Fugate is making the right decision [in balancing FEMA priorities between responses to Irene and responses to previous disasters]. "He's got to deal with the cards he's been dealt," says Kaniewski. "He has a limited amount of money, and he realizes, rightly so, that money has to be allocated for the most pressing needs. And right now, it's those individuals who have been impacted by Hurricane Irene — they need to be provided the assistance to make sure they have a roof over their heads." More

Did U.S. trade freedom for security after 9/11?
Agence-France Presse
August 26, 2011
Increased surveillance was both inevitable and necessary in the face of ongoing threats, said Ron Marks, a former CIA official now at George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. "We're not going to go back to before 9/11. The genie is out of the bottle," he said. "We're going to have to be more intrusive. The question is the degree of intrusiveness and what is the oversight of that." There is "tremendous sensitivity" among federal investigators over the handling of data gathered in intelligence sweeps, Marks said. "I'm more concerned about public perceptions than what law enforcement do," he said, pointing to a "loss of flexibility" in tolerating divergent opinions and a deep mistrust of Muslims and Arabs. More

Aftershock
NBC Nightly News
August 24, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo comments on disaster preparedness and the response to the recent Virginia earthquake. More

Bin Laden movie consult has White House under fire
The Christian Science Monitor
August 11, 2011
"Taking responsible reporting beyond limits and/or sharing hot leads with the press before the intelligence community and special forces can fully exploit these leads is troubling," Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, wrote shortly after the raid. "Exposing tactics, techniques and procedures to the light of day before their time could end up hurting the very efforts and interests they are intended to further." More

By Federal Mandate, Attack Scenarios Keep Company Officials Up at Night
Roll Call
August 2, 2011
It did not take many days after Sept. 11 for officials at all levels of government to experience the same frightening epiphany: The potential for more attacks — perhaps even deadlier than those perpetrated by the al Qaeda hijackers — was embedded in the vast networks of utility pipes, power lines and other conduits that weave into every aspect of everyday American life. “The biggest concerns were ‘where were the gaps?’” recalls Michael Balboni, a senior fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Regulators to Keep Closer Tabs on Chemical Used in Bombings
Reuters
August 2, 2011
The Department of Homeland Security proposed new security measures on Tuesday to monitor sales of ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound widely used in fertilizer but also the key ingredient in some bombs. "With any of these initiatives, the key question is what is the threat and what's the vulnerability," said Michael Balboni, a senior fellow at the George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. "It's not so much the amount as who's purchasing it." More

San Diego Police Become Domestic Intelligence Players
Security Management
August 2, 2011
Security Management reviews HSPI's recent Issue Brief on the role of local law enforcement in counterterrorism. More

Debt Deal Leaves Homeland Spending Levels in Doubt
CQ Homeland
August 2, 2011
Frank Cilluffo, head of the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, said he hopes Aderholt’s panel focuses on risk and takes a focused and deliberative approach to the cuts it makes. Allocating for DHS is particularly difficult, Cilluffo said, considering there is little empirical evidence on what is working and the terrorism threat continues to evolve. More

Local Intelligence-Gathering Useful, but Largely Untapped
CQ Homeland
August 2, 2011
Department of Homeland Security officials have been saying for years that state and local law enforcement agencies are some of their best counterterrorism intelligence efforts. That attitude hasn’t translated into action, but it should, according to a new policy paper. “Despite a decade of political rhetoric, blue ribbon commissions, and grant-making on the part of Congress and the presidency, local police departments remain all but absent from the counterterrorism efforts of America’s intelligence community,” said the paper, by Andrew G. Mills, the commanding officer for criminal intelligence and counterterrorism at the San Diego Police Department and Joseph R. Clark, an analyst at The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Running a Three-Legged Race: the San Diego Police Department, the Intelligence Community, and Counterterrorism
HSPI Issue Brief
August 1, 2011
Today, HSPI released an issue brief on the role local law enforcement can play in the collection of counterterrorism related intelligence.  Taking as a case study the experiences of the San Diego Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU), Andrew G. Mills and Joseph R. Clark describe the organizational learning processes that changed CIU's approach to the intelligence enterprise.  The issue brief recounts the self assessment and cooperative dialogues that shifted CIU's counterterrorism approach from that of a consumer of intelligence products to that of an active participant in the intelligence community.  Although the efforts of San Diego's police department represent a step forward in the counterterrorism efficacy of local law enforcement, the authors contend that the lessons learned by the CIU will be of limited value to the US' national efforts unless local law enforcement agencies across the country adopt similar innovations. More

Defense Cyber Strategy Avoids Tackling the Most Critical Issues
National Journal
July 28, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo and Associate Director Sharon Cardash critique DoD's new cyber strategy. More

No copter, sinking boat: Norway police delay in stopping island massacre called 'unforgivable'
AP
July 26, 2011
As Oslo’s police force sounds an increasingly defensive note, international experts said Tuesday that Norway’s government and security forces must learn stark lessons from a massacre made worse by a lackadaisical approach to planning for terror. Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, said Norway has been victimized in the same way as all countries caught off guard by terror. More

Congress Demands Cyber Details While DOD Aims for Ambiguity
Stars & Stripes
July 21, 2011
Amid a rising din of reports of online incursions and Internet-based attacks, Congress wants to know why the Pentagon still hasn’t revealed its basic cyberdefense ground rules. Some Congressional concerns might have been allayed if the heavily defense-oriented Pentagon cyberstrategy had been more “muscular” and offense oriented, said Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. More

FEMA Wrestles With Building a Self-Sufficient Public
CQ Homeland Security
July 21, 2011
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has long pushed the public to prepare for disasters and to understand that those who can help themselves would be expected to do so. Under current circumstances, that’s not possible, said Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute.“Today, without intercontinental ballistic missiles pointed at us from Russia on a hair trigger, it’s hard to relay that risk to the American public and the many risks that they face everyday,” he said. More

Changing Power and Relationships
Government Executive
July 19, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo discusses changing power and relationships during an interview on cyber security with Government Executive. More

Working Towards Definitions
Government Executive
July 19, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo discusses definitions of terms during an interview on cyber security with Government Executive. More

Modernizing Partnerships
Government Executive
July 19, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo discusses public-private partnerships during an interview on cyber security with Government Executive. More

Al-Qaeda's Yemen Brand Has Aided Somalia Militants, U.S. Says
LA Times
July 18, 2011
Al-Qaeda's powerful branch in Yemen has provided weapons, fighters and training with explosives over the past year to a militant Islamist group battling for power in Somalia, according to newly developed American intelligence, raising concerns of a widening alliance of terrorist groups. "We are starting to see a conflation of jihadi conflict zones," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. More

Budget Wrangling Shows DHS is No Longer a Sacred Cow
Government Security News
July 15, 2011
Even though Congressional Republicans may eventually soften their proposed deep budget cuts for the Department of Homeland Security as they move forward with their belt-tightening crusade this summer, the reductions' mere presence suggests lawmakers have crossed a divide in their thinking about the agency. The overall reduction, said Mike Balboni, a senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University in an interview with Government Security News, starkly illustrates fault lines that have been building for some time in Congress over the department. More

Countering the Threat Posed by AQAP: Embrace, Don't Chase Yemen's Chaos
Security Debrief
July 14, 2011
Last week, Gregory Johnsen of the blog Waq-al-Waq crafted a thoughtful response to Frank Cilluffo and Clinton Watts' article "Yemen & Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Exploiting a Window of Counterterrorism Opportunity." Following is their response to further what HSPI believes to be a particularly important debate. More

Al Qaeda Looks to Implant Bombs in Humans
ABC 7
July 7, 2011
Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security. Dan Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, said an implanted bomb would be difficult to detect during security checks. More

As Anti-Terrorism Funding Shrinks, Controversy Grows Over How to Spend It
St. Louis Beacon
July 7, 2011
This year, St. Louis was the only city in Missouri to receive part of the $662.6 million allocated toward preventing or responding to terrorism... Scott Somers, a member of the preparedness, response and resilience task force at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, said the debate has often focused on whether funding should be "concentrated on larger cities that have greater risk or should be spread out." More

TSA Warns Airlines of Explosive Implants in People's Bodies
USA Today
July 6, 2011
The Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday urged foreign security agencies to ramp up security after receiving intelligence reports that terrorists might try to surgically implant explosives in the bodies of suicide bombers. "Unfortunately, it's not science fiction," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. More

Critics Say New Counterterrorism Strategy Has Weaknesses
CQ Homeland Security
June 30, 2011
The proposal laid out Wednesday was billed as consistent with many of the goals of the George W. Bush administration but unique in its mission to solely hone in on dismantling al Qaeda and related groups by applying targeted and surgical pressure. But there is a missing dimension to the plans for countering ideology, said Frank Cilluffo, head of the George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Nigerian Man Flies Across US with Invalid ID, Expired Boarding Pass
FOX News
June 30, 2011
Deputy Director Dan Kaniewski discusses aviation security in wake of recent security breach. More

Obama Counterterrorism Strategy Focuses on Threat 'From Within'
Bloomberg
June 29, 2011
The Obama administration’s new counterterrorism strategy is the nation’s first to focus on al- Qaeda’s ability to attack the U.S. “from within,” White House adviser John Brennan said. Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, said reworking the nation’s counterterrorism strategy in the post- bin-Laden era is an opportunity to underscore the changes in priorities and conditions since the previous plan and clarify for Americans and foreign nations Obama’s approach going forward. More

HSPI: Time to Move on Drone Strikes in Yemen
CQ
June 28, 2011
While the current upheaval in Yemen has emboldened the violent Islamist group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which bases its operations there, the situation also could provide the United States with a greater opportunity to conduct drone strikes, special forces operations and other counterterrorism efforts, according to a new policy paper from from The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Terror Plots Against Military on Rise
CNN
June 24, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo discusses two new suspected homegrown terror plots that both targeted US military installations. More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Security Experts Warn of Danger of Bioattack
BioPrepWatch
June 21, 2011
A panel called "The Threat of Bioterrorism: Improving America's Response Capabilities" held last Tuesday included national security experts, including Sen. Joe Lieberman, Rep. Mike Rogers, and two former senators. The panel, held at George Washington University in Washington, DC, was moderated by Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Nation-States and Electronic Espionage
Reuters
June 20, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo discusses the risks of state-sponsored electronic espionage with a panel of cyber-terrorism experts. More


 

 

 

 

Hackers Might Face Stiffer Sentences in U.S.
Reuters
June 18, 2011
Even before a loosely organized group of hackers broke into the CIA's and Senate's public websites, the White House asked for stiffer sentences for breaking into government and private computer networks. Last month the Obama administration pressed Congress to pass stronger cybersecurity measures, including a doubling of the maximum prison sentence for potentially endangering national security to 20 years in prison. More

 

Pentagon Terror Scare
ABC News
June 17, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo appeared on ABC News to comment on a terrorism scare near the Pentagon Friday morning, and its context in a post-bin Laden al-Qaeda. More arch2011_1

Kentucky's Terrorism Case Pits Sen. McConnell Against A.G. Holder
Examiner
June 17, 2011
The fierce debate of the status of Guantanamo and the venue for trying terrorist cases is playing itself outin a pitched political battle between the Kentucky Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Attorney General Eric Holder. Senate Minority Leader McConnell loudly attempted to rally citizens of Kentucky to send a clear message to the President and Attorney General Holder to send the Iraqi nationals arrested in Bowling Green, KY to the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More

Averting Attacks
GW Today
June 16, 2011
When Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute and associate vice president for homeland security, noted that the event at 1957 E Street featured "the titans of national security," he wasn't kidding. The June 14 event, titled "The Threat of Bioterrorism: Improving America's Response Capabilities," drew panelists Sen. Joe Lieberman, Rep. Mike Rogers, and former Senators Bob Graham and Jim Talent. More

BofA Says Wikileaks Threat Details Still Unknown
Reuters
June 16, 2011
Bank of America Corp still doesn't know exactly what damaging documents Wikileaks could have about it, the largest U.S. bank's chief information officer said on Thursday. More

Lieberman to Submit Reconfigured Biosecurity Bill
Global Security Newswire
June 15, 2011
U. S. Senator Joseph Lieberman on Tuesday announced he would reintroduce legislation intended to boost security measures at the country's biological research laboratories and strengthen federal efforts against potential bioterror attacks. "It doesn't take a very aggressive imagination, based on everything we know... to believe that nucleus of subnational groups that's venomously anti-American would be considering the use of biological weapons, bioterrorist attacks on us," he said during a panel discussion organized by George Washington Unviersity's Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Bioterrorism Bill Supporters Looking for Ways to Ensure Passage
CQ
June 15, 2011
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman laid out plans Tuesday for draft legislation to improve preparedness for biological attacks, outlining a strategy bypassing turf battles that have held up similar measures in the past. This time around, the independent senator for Connecticut wants to avoid that situation by codifying the advisory role assigned to DHS by a 2010 executive order, he told an audience at The George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Lawmakers to Discuss U.S. Response to Bioterrorism Threat
CQ
June 13, 2011
The Homeland Security Policy Institute and the WMD Center have invited Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., to discuss draft proposals to protect the United States. Former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla. (1987-2005), the WMD Center’s chairman, and former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo. (2002-2007), its vice chairman, will join in the discussion. The two served as the leaders of the Bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. More

Al Qaeda operative key to 1998 U.S. embassy bombings killed in Somalia
LA Times
June 12, 2011
Over the last 10 years, Al Qaeda has placed "great emphasis" on expanding its operations into ungoverned regions of East Africa, said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. "Mohammed found ways to take those [militant groups] with more nationalist regional aims and pull them into the broader global jihad," Cilluffo said. More

US Should Take Cues from UK Counter-Terror Strategy, Expert Says
Homeland Security Today
June 9, 2011
In focusing on ideology and radicalization, the Prevent Strategy supports a broader UK counter-terrorism strategy known as Contest. Frank Ciluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at the George Washington University, praised the strategy, noting it holds lessons for the United States. More

Terrorism Case Exposes Gaps in Refugee Screening
NPR
June 8, 2011
Frank Cilluffo, a homeland security expert at George Washington University, raises another troubling issue. "Here, as I understand it, the real intent was not just to come to the United States, but rather for Alwan to seek the so-called golden passport, the U.S. passport, so he could travel freely and raise fewer suspicions around the world," Cilluffo says. More

Yemen: "Perfect storm of problems" for West
CBS
June 6, 2011
As the Yemeni government disintegrates and the country edges closer to civil war, the threat of a new terror strike against America grows. "The threat posed by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is metastasizing and it is growing and it is morphing, and to some extent getting worse," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. More

New Storms, Prior Disasters Burden FEMA's Budget
NPR
June 6, 2011
Former FEMA official Dan Kaniewski says people in disaster struck areas shouldn't worry because the fund isn't going to run dry. "It's more of a cash flow issue," he says. "It's not something we should lay awake at night and say 'oh my God, the disaster relief fund is going to be emptied for these long term projects'." More

Yemen's future after Saleh worries U.S. officials
Washington Post
June 5, 2011
“We would be shortsighted to think this doesn’t pose short-term national security concerns,” said Frank J. Cilluffo, a former White House official who leads the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. “The likelihood is that [AQAP operatives] will be raising their heads.” But he said that could provide an opportunity for the United States to launch strikes against them. More

Black Swan in MA: How Elected Officials Can Contribute to Community Resilience
Security Debrief
June 3, 2011
Our ICF Resilience Scholar, Keith Stefanelli, writes on the important role elected officials play in promoting disaster resilience. More

Fingerprints in terror case unchecked for months
AP
June 1, 2011
A statement from the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that gaps prevented authorities from connecting the refugee fingerprints to the bomb until January 2011. "Rarely do you get that much evidence," said Frank Cilluffo, director of a homeland security studies program at George Washington University who also served as White House domestic security adviser to President George W. Bush. "It's that much more troubling that it wasn't caught." More

Two Iraqi refugees in U.S. charged in terrorism-related case
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2011
HSPI's Director Frank Cilluffo speaks to arrests of two suspected Iraqi insurgents in Bowling Green, Kentucky. "Experts said Alwan's and Hammadi's history of attacking U.S. troops should have been detected earlier. The FBI 'may have done a good job preventing an incident. But it should have never gotten to that status. I still don't understand how he was able to get into the country,' said Frank Cilluffo, who was White House domestic security advisor to President George W. Bush and is now the director of a domestic security studies program at George Washington University." More

Iraqi refugees indicted on U.S. terror charges
AFP
May 31, 2011
"I still don't understand how (Alwan) was able to get into the country," said Frank Cilluffo, who was White House domestic security adviser to President George W. Bush and is now the director of homeland security studies at George Washington University. The FBI "may have done a good job preventing an incident. But it should have never gotten to that status," Cillufo added. Alwan, who was being charged for crimes that occurred both in Iraq and the United States, entered the United States in April 2009 and moved to Bowling Green. More

Feds reconsider disaster management planning
American City & County
May 27, 2011
Paul Maniscalco, a George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute senior research scientist, comments on the need for tailoring disaster response to local conditions and President Barack Obama's new directive "calling for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a new national preparedness goal that enhances collaborations across state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as the private and nonprofit sectors and the public." More

Headley is a rare breed among admitted terrorists
AP
May 26, 2011
HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo and HSPI Senior Fellow Juan Zarate comment on the case of David Coleman Headley and what it tells experts about homegrown terrorists and foreign fighters. "'There are terrorists, and then there are terrorists,' said Juan Zarate, a senior counterterrorism official in the Bush administration." "'Those that actually have training overseas, those that actually have connections to sophisticated terrorist organizations are going to be more lethal,' said Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. But, he said, terrorists and recruitment methods come in various shapes, sizes and forms. While terror organizations are still able to blossom in areas with little or no effective government, the Internet has become yet another ungoverned space — and it's easier to get to. 'We can't ignore or discount those that are literally turning to the Internet and being radicalized and recruited,' Cilluffo said. "They can cause harm." More

After String Of Disasters, FEMA Fund Gets A Boost
NPR All Things Considered
May 25, 2011
As FEMA begins to help the mid-west respond and rebuild after this spring's historic storms, and Congress grapples with how to pay for such, HSPI's Deputy Director Daniel Kaniewski questions whether or not the US should reexamine the threshold for federal funding - perhaps limiting federal assistance to only the most severe events: "Some disasters are obvious, where state and local governments are overwhelmed and federal assistance is warranted. But others, frankly there's snowstorms and other incidents where many feel it's not appropriate for the federal government to be involved." More

Resilience Needs Must Be Defined, Operationalized, Report Finds
CQ Homeland Security
May 19, 2011
HSPI's Deputy Director and co-author of a recent HSPI report on resiliency, Daniel Kaniewski speaks to the importance of actually operationalizing the concept: "What we want is to take the concept of resilience and turning it from a word we all throw around into something that means something." More

Spies at War: The New Era of the CIA
Popular Mechanics
May 19, 2011
HSPI's Director Frank Cilluffo speaks to the changing role of the CIA. "'What you're seeing now is an evolution, and it's predicated on the threat environment we face,' says Frank Cilluffo, former White House special assistant to the president for homeland security. 'During the Cold War, it was spy versus spy. There were some small, hot wars, but it was country on country. The threats today are very different.'" More

 

Iran Could Play Role in Al-Qaida, Post-Bin Laden
Fox 5 News
May 18, 2011
HSPI's Director, Frank Cilluffo appeared on Fox 5 News to discuss the implications of the Bin Laden's death, his likely heir apparent, and the potential role of Iran may play in al-Qaida's future. More

Raise Your al-Qaida IQ With Suggested Reading; Start With These Books To Learn More About The History of the Terrorist Organization Founded by bin Laden
Roll Call
May 17, 2011
HSPI's Director, Frank Cilluffo, comments on "The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright. "'Not only does [the book] give insight into al-Qaida and bin Laden, but it does so in a way that's a genuine pleasure to read,' Cilluffo said." More

Think Tank Examines Opportunities to Advance National Resilience
Homeland Security Today
May 17, 2011
The White House and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must advance US capacity for resilience else a loss of momentum will result in "resilience" being little more than a buzzword, warned a task force convened by the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI). More

Task force urges policy makers to ‘operationalize’ the concept of resilience
Government Security News
May 16, 2011
A task force set up by the Homeland Security Policy Institute has issued an interim report which observes that it is time for the concept of “resilience” to move beyond semantic definitions and into the realm where federal, state and local governments – as well as private citizens – take concrete actions to brace themselves for “low probability,” but “high consequence” disasters. More

Becoming Resilient: GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute examines the U.S.’s ability to recover from catastrophic events.
GW Today
May 16, 2011
If another major terrorist attack or a natural disaster hit U.S. soil, how quickly could the American public recover? Daniel Kaniewski, assistant vice president and deputy director of GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, thinks most Americans are ill-prepared for a catastrophic event. More

Officials: Bin Laden Eyed Small Cities as Targets
CBN
May 12, 2011

U.S. investigators say handwritten journals and computer files kept by Osama bin Laden while he was hiding in Pakistan showed he was still actively involved in plotting terrorism and wanted the next attack in the U.S. to be bigger than 9/11. "I think the reality is we do have a real threat and need to pay attention," said Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Closing the Circle on Security Loopholes
Jewish Family Weekly
May 11, 2011

Cilluffo calls intelligence America’s most important national security weapon: “That’s the only security measure that’s there before the bomb.” He mentions the Internet as one medium that deserves particular scrutiny, as terrorists, including the harder-to-detect lone wolves and homegrown ones, interact on and/or gather information from the Web. Cilluffo also praises the New York City police department’s large, autonomous intelligence and counterterrorism unit, and he recommends that other state and local agencies, who best understand the local dynamics and risks, should likewise expand their capabilities. More

Frightening Incidents in U.S. Skies
ABC World Newsarch2011_2
May 11, 2011

HSPI's Director, Frank Cilluffo, comments on the uptick in airline security threats in the wake of Bin Laden's death. More

Recent flight incidents amplify safety fears
ABC-7
May 11, 2011

Frank Cilluffo, a Homeland Security expert, offers an explanation for the recent mid-flight scares. "We're more attended because we are entering a legitimate threat period," Cilluffo said. "We are clearly paying close attention, but you also have individuals who are trying to exploit the situation." More

Barack Obama's hard cell
Boston Herald
May 11, 2011

The alerts, which would override regular cell traffic, are free. “This is a big step forward,” said Daniel Kaniewski of the Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington. “This will enable citizens to have more information when they need it most.” More

Cell Phone Alert System Announced
Fox5

May 10, 2011

HSPI's Deputy Director, Daniel Kaniewski, comments on PLAN, the new emergency alert system for mobile devices. More

Bin Laden fallout: Do US trains need a 'no-ride list'?
The Christian Science Monitor
May 9, 2011
“In the case of a train, you can walk to a kiosk, slide a credit card and you’re on a train,” says Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington. “Will it deny boarding?” Mr. Kaniewski points out that airplanes have been diverted if security operations discover someone on the no-fly list is on the plane. More recently, passengers have to enter their sex, middle name and date of birth to get a ticket. Many people also take trains because they don’t have to go through long security lines, take their shoes off and submit to intrusive pat-downs. “Rail would no longer be desirable from a users’ standpoint,” says Kaniewski. Although Al Qaeda has conducted operations against trains in Europe, he says there does not appear to be any specific evidence the terror group actually took any action to implement the plan in the US. “This was just one item that was disclosed and it may not be the most credible,” he says. More

Intelligence Gains from Osama bin Laden's Compound
The Diane Rehm Show
May 9, 2011

HSPI Director, Frank Cilluffo, comments on the newly gathered intelligence from the bin Laden raid and how it will make America safer. More

Have We Forgotten that Loose Lips Sink Ships?
by Frank J. Cilluffo and Sharon Cardash
Security Debrief
May 7, 2011

HSPI Director, Frank Cilluffo, and Associate Director, Sharon Cardash, discuss the 'treasure trove' of intel emerging from bin Laden's compound. More

Al-Qaida threatens U.S. with retaliation
Newsday
May 6, 2011

The message didn't carry the usual logos used by al-Qaida, said Frank Cilluffo of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. "The question is who really speaks for al-Qaida," he said.Al-Qaida is scrambling to determine who will lead it now, especially as U.S. forces step up the hunt for known leaders, Cilluffo said. Al-Awlaki and bin Laden's No. 1, Ayman al-Zawahri have been mentioned as possible replacements. More

Al Qaeda Confirms Osama bin Laden's Death
Fox5
May 6, 2011

HSPI Deputy Director, Daniel Kaniewski, comments on the District's preparedness measures after the death of Osama bin Laden. More

Info from Osama Raid Shows Interest in US Trains
F
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May 5, 2011

HSPI Director, Frank Cilluffo, comments on intelligence coming out of the Osama raid. More

U.S. to Move Against Al-Qaeda's Central Command
Global Security Newswire
May 4, 2011

Those extremists with attack plans already in the works will seek to ratchet up their execution, George Washington University terrorism expert Frank Cilluffo said. "Yes, there is an immediate window," the director of the university's Homeland Security Policy Institute said. "But you cannot assume, if there is a window, they intend to strike (at that moment)." More

The Aftermath of Osama
GW Today
May 5, 2011

A former top homeland security adviser to the Bush administration, Frank Cilluffo had long dreamed of the day that Osama bin Laden would no longer be a threat to the United States.When that dream became reality Sunday night, Mr. Cilluffo, now the director of GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, joined the crowds at the White House along with his family. “We went not necessarily to celebrate but to mark the occasion,” he said. “It is hard to conceive of a more fitting closing chapter.” More

Bank of Terror: Will it Run Dry?
CNBC
May 4, 2011

HSPI Director, Frank Cilluffo, comments on the death of Osama Bin Laden and its effect on al-Qaeda fundraising. More

Is it time to revisit scope and cost of war on terror?
McClatchy Newspapers
May 3, 2011

"Money for emergency response programs by state and local governments should be protected, said Frank Cilluffo, a former Bush administration counterterrorism adviser. If Congress trims homeland security, he said, "maybe it means less money on trinkets and more money on building out intelligence." More

Revenge for Bin Laden killing: How worried should Americans be?
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2011

Any terrorists who have plans to strike will now fast-track them, agrees terrorism expert Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. Still, if there's no attack within several months, he warns, “from a security standpoint, you can’t go to sleep.”“Yes, there is an immediate window,” he says, “But you cannot assume, if there is a window, they intend to strike [at that moment].” In the past, he notes, Al Qaeda has looked for large-scale types of attacks. More

Terrorism Concerns Prompt Security Measures
LA Times
May 3, 2011

Frank Cilluffo, who was White House domestic security advisor to President George W. Bush, said U.S. officials were concerned that the next attack could be against a "soft" target like a crowded mall or restaurant, and the shooter could be an American who never had to leave the U.S. to link up with a terrorist organization. "Something more quick-moving and fluid, soft targets," Cilluffo said. More

Bin Laden dies, but the terror threat lives on
AP
May 2, 2011

"We should expect them to fast-track any and all plots that have the chance to produce high-visibility, mass-casualty attacks against U.S. targets overseas or on the homeland," said Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. Cilluffo, a former special assistant to the president for homeland security, said terror leaders "will be motivated to prove they are relevant, that they can continue to pose a threat and most of all that they deserve to be the heir apparent to bin Laden." More

Security to be heightened at ballparks, arenas due to potential of retaliation to Bin Laden death
NY Daily News
May 2, 2011

"Leagues and law-enforcement agencies need to take potential threats seriously," says Frank Cilluffo, the director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. "An attack on a stadium means you will hurt lots of people and get lots of attention for doing it." More

Lack of Middle East support for the killing of Osama bin Laden
Bloomberg

May 2, 2011
HSPI Director, Frank Cilluffo, comments on the lack of Middle East support for the killing of Osama bin Laden. More

Could bin Laden’s death increase risk of domestic terrorism attacks?
Yahoo News
May 2, 2011

Still, counter-terrorism experts see the possibility of an increased threat level in the immediate wake of bin Laden's death. "There is a window of vulnerability in the short term," Frank Cilluffo, a former special assistant for homeland security to President Bush who now runs George Washington University's Homeland Security Institute, told The Lookout in an interview. But he stressed that for several years, terror groups and individual actors have been trying to launch attacks on the United States--almost all unsuccessful--so bin Laden's death may not be a game changer. More

After bin Laden the Threat Remains – Drones, CIA and SOF Still the Only Game in Town
Security Debrief
May 2, 2011
HSPI director Frank Cilluffo comments on the remaining al-Qaeda threat. More

Travelers warned following death of bin Laden
USA Today
May 2, 2011
"The successors to the leadership of al-Qaeda, an increasingly fractured group spread around the world in places such as Yemen, may well try to launch an attack to avenge bin Laden's death, said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. "I think you will see the need for al-Qaeda senior leadership and others to demonstrate a capacity to hit," Cilluffo said. "You do have a window of vulnerability, but it's a window that we have had open for a long time." More

U.S. Faces Broad Terror Threat After Bin Laden, Analysts Say
Bloomberg
May 2, 2011
"Anwar al-Awlaki, who has been tied to several terrorist attacks, including a Nigerian suspected of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day, 2009, may also be a candidate. That's because he's working with the most active branch of the group, Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, said Frank Cillufo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington...While dealing with a decentralized al-Qaeda, the U.S. will need to redouble its efforts to confront the radical Islamic philosophy that fuels al-Qaeda and like-minded groups, Cilluffo said. More

Osama Bin Laden - FOX 5 Reaction

Fox-5

May 2, 2011
HSPI director Frank Cilluffo comments on the death of Osama bin Laden. More

Bin Laden’s Death Met with Praise, Calls for Vigilance
CQ Homeland Security
May 1, 2011
“This was huge,” said Frank Cilluffo, head of the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. “It has an impact on counterterrorism policy and strategy. It’s a major victory.” More

For Indonesia, Counter-Radicalization a Delicate Balance
CQ Homeland Security
April 28, 2011
"Groups including the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute have also recognized the Indonesian government for creating social programs to combat the threat of Islamist radicalization. Yudhoyono said he believes that empowering religious leaders can allow his government to control the activities of radical groups." More

Clear and Present Dangers
Security Debrief
April 28, 2011
HSPI deputy director Daniel Kaniewski comments on the "The Great Central U.S. Shakeout" excercise and next month's National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE-11). More

New Terror Alert System Earns Mostly Praise From Security Experts
CQ Homeland Security
April 24, 2011
"The public often sees the department in an unfavorable light because its mission requires it to act during the country’s most catastrophic events, such as Hurricane Katrina," said Daniel J. Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. "Furthermore, most citizens only interact with DHS during airport screening," he said. More

Homeland Security scrapping color-coded alert system
LA Times
April 20, 2011
"Any alert system is only as good as the intelligence that goes into it," said Frank Cilluffo, a former domestic security advisor to President George W. Bush. "This is an imperfect business," Cilluffo said. "Risk communications is more of an art than a science." More

Five-level security alert system goes to two
Washington Times
April 20, 2011
"'Very little though had been given … to how to communicate with state and local governments' about terror threats, Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, told The Washington Times. Mr. Kaniewski served in the White House from 2005 to 2008." More

Coming soon on Facebook and Twitter: terror threats from Homeland Security
Christian Science Monitor
April 20, 2011
“This is a common sense evolution of the system,” says Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington. “She has basically removed the lower levels and acknowledged we are at a certain level all the time.” More

New Terror Alerts Will Be Specific and Short-Lived
Fox-5
April 20, 2011
HSPI deputy director Daniel Kaniewski comments on the reorganization of DHS terror alerts. More

White Swan at the Waterfront
Security Debrief
April 19, 2011
HSPI deputy director Daniel Kaniewski comments on the recent flooding of the Georgetown Waterfront. "Yesterday marked the first time that I was involuntarily displaced from my workplace since 9/11. Thankfully, it wasn’t the imminent threat of an attack this time; rather, the overflowing Potomac River was to blame…or was it?" More

Streamlined approach to U.S. preparedness
Homeland Security Newswire
April 13, 2011
Brian Kamoie, senior director for preparedness policy on the White House National Security Staff, told a group of stakeholders at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute on 8 April that many incidents were examined during the directive’s development, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, as well as Hurricane Katrina. The federal government included twenty-four national associations representing a range of stakeholders and disciplines in the review of the national preparedness policy. More

Preparing for the Unexpected
GW Today
April 8, 2011
"The Obama Administration announced a new presidential policy directive on national preparedness at the George Washington University Friday that aims to strengthen the security and resilience of the U.S.. The new mandate, which was unveiled during an event sponsored by GW's Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI), calls for a system that will guide the way the nation responds to major emergencies including terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters." More

New Presidential Directive Takes Aim at Cross-Government Preparedness
CQ Homeland Security
April 8, 2011
"Brian Kamoie, the senior director for preparedness policy on the White House’s national security staff, outlined the purpose of the directive during a Friday forum hosted by The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. PPD-8 outlines Obama’s vision for an “all-of-nation” approach that leverages the private sector, nonprofits, individuals, families and government at all levels, he said." More

New National Preparedness Presidential Policy Focuses on Capabilities
Emergency Management
April 8, 2011
"Brian Kamoie, senior director for preparedness policy on the White House National Security Staff, told a group of stakeholders at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute on April 8 that many incidents were examined during the directive’s development, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 as well as Hurricane Katrina. The federal government included 24 national associations representing a range of stakeholders and disciplines in the review of the national preparedness policy." More

White House Releases New Guidelines on Preparedness for Disasters
C-SPAN
April 8, 2011
"Brian Kamoie, Senior Director of Preparedness Policy on  the White House National Security Staff publicly unveiled "Presidential Policy Directive -8: National Preparedness" at the George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute earlier today.  Last week Pres. Obama signed a new Presidential Policy Directive on national preparedness outlining the administrations vision to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to threats such as terrorism, pandemics and catastrophic national disasters.More

For FEMA Earthquake Exercise, Honesty Is Key
CQ Homeland Security
April 6, 2011
"The exercise will demonstrate the ability of multiple jurisdictions of response teams to communicate, provide food and shelter, and put recovery measures in place. But Daniel Kaniewski, formerly senior director for response policy during the Bush administration, said FEMA cannot stop there. Beyond planning for a scenario where state and local response agencies work in coordination, FEMA must devise a strategy for situations that leave those emergency responders so debilitated that the federal government must step in, Kaniewski said. If a catastrophic earthquake were to occur in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, it would destroy all local response efforts in the area, he said. “What would be beneficial at this point would be to acknowledge that might happen and to plan for such scenarios where local and state governments are not able to carry out their missions,” said Kaniewski, who is currently the deputy director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. “It is the third rail of disaster response, because no political figure is going to be able to say that the federal government is going to take over the response, right now, before an event happens.” More

Libyan Conflict Could Complicate Terrorism Picture
CQ Homeland Security
March 21, 2011
With a large share of America’s counterterrorism and intelligence attention now dedicated toward trying to prevent an attack from Qaddafi, the United States is increasingly vulnerable to violence waged by other sources. “There’s a potential for vulnerability — that our eyes and ears are focused on so many issues and not necessarily in tune to al Qaeda itself,” said Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. “So they may seize the opportunity as a window of vulnerability and one that they will clearly try to influence.” More

 

Scenes of Destruction After Japan's Tsunami, Quake
Fox 5
March 11, 2011
Daniel Kaniewski, Deputy Director at The George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Instiitute, appeared on Fox 5 to discuss disaster recovery and US efforts in response to Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

Experts, Muslims worry about fallout from hearing on radicalization
CNN
March 10, 2011
"Frank Cilluffo of George Washington University has studied radicalization. He says one of the most important things the King hearings could produce is a commitment to better understand how radicalization occurs, who is susceptible and how the jihadist message can be neutralized. 'We don't have a full honest-to-goodness, methodological approach that is empirically sound yet,' Cilluffo says. Cilluffo is not alone in thinking the hearings could have a positive impact. Other experts agree they have to the potential to build understanding. But, they warn, the tone as well as the substance will be key." More

U.S. Muslim groups slam radicalization hearings
CNN
March 9, 2011
Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, told CNN Wednesday that the threat of radicalized Americans "continues to metastasize (and) comes in varies shapes, sizes, and forms." "To suggest that we don't face a threat is wrong," Cilluffo noted. "But to look for a single profile, unfortunately that doesn't exist right now." More

Peter King's Muslim hearings: A key moment in an angry conversation
The Washington Post
March 9, 2011
Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, also said the hearings were worthwhile. "From my perspective, there is an opportunity to be able to discuss in an open kind of way: Who is being radicalized? Why? What potential indicators are [there]? How can communities be better prepared to police themselves?" Cilluffo said. More

Self-Radicalization: A Key Term as King's Muslim Hearings Set to Start
International Business Times
March 8, 2011
Radicalization does not only take place at in-person meetings, but can also happen through online interactions, according to Frank Cilluffo, the director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. He says the Internet has empowered terror networks to expand their reach beyond national borders. "Internet chat rooms are now supplementing and replacing mosques, community centers and coffee shops as venues for recruitment and radicalization by terrorist groups like al Qaeda," he said in testimony in 2007 at a U.S. Senate Committee hearing investigating the Internet as a "portal to violent Islamist extremism." Cilluffo said at the time that while the Internet was once used primarily to support operations, it had been increasingly used "to spread radical ideologies faster, wider, and more effectively than ever before possible." More

Obama meets with Calderon at critical juncture in U.S.-Mexican relations
CBS News
March 3, 2011
Defeat of the cartels is Calderon's top priority. Nearly 35,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since the Mexican leader ordered a military offensive against criminal gangs shortly after taking office in 2006. But a longtime observer of the situation says the cartels are winning the war. Ronald Marks, a senior fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, says the gangs are "looking to neutralize the (Mexican) government and create effectively a lawless state in the areas that they're working in." The former CIA officer told CBS News, "Mexico is in a downward spiral." He said the drug lords "have the capability to intimidate in the long term, and they certainly have the money to bribe people. More

U.S. intelligence taxed by Middle East unrest
LA Times
February 16, 2011
Having to commit more energy and analysts to understanding the political instability in the region has the "potential to take our eye off the ball with regards to the jihadi terrorists themselves," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. Also, the unrest in the region means that local security services the U.S. depends upon for counter-terrorism information will be preoccupied with their nations' own internal strife, Cilluffo said. More

America's New Number One Threat?
 

Fox News
February 10, 2011
Frank Cilluffo, Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, appears on Fox News with Martha MacCallum to discuss the threat posed by Anwar al-Awlaki and the growing danger posed by home grown jihadists." More

U.S. Lags Behind Allies on Combating Extremism, Report Says
CQ Homeland Security
February 6, 2011
Although other countries involved in counterterrorism operations have set up programs that attempt to counter violent, extremist interpretations of Islam, the United States has been hesitant to wade into such ideological issues — to its detriment, according to a new paper from The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. “While many of our allies recognize the need to contest the violent Islamist narrative used to radicalize at-risk youth and justify acts of terrorism, Washington remains hesitant to acknowledge its significance and rhetorically engage the ideology at the heart of the threat,” said the report. More

Napolitano announces alert system at GW
GW Hatchet
January 31, 2011
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano formally announced the color-coded national security alert system currently utilized by the country will be replaced with a new, two-tiered alert system. Outlined in the first-ever "State of America's Homeland Security" address, Napolitano said the new system will alert those potentially affected by a threat, and label that threat as elevated or imminent. Napolitano, speaking in the Jack Morton Auditorium, also said a joint effort among the government and the public is essential to protect American soil. More

Transforming Terror Alerts
GW Today
January 31, 2011
The United States is replacing its color-coded terror warning alerts with a system designed to deliver detailed advisories to potential targets. Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, made the announcement at the George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium in the School of Media and Public Affairs. Secretary Napolitano recognized Mr. Cilluffo for his leadership in directing HSPI. “Under his leadership, HSPI has been at the vanguard of treating homeland security as its own discipline that demands serious study. Because of this institute and other efforts emerging at colleges and universities across the country, homeland security is taking its place among longer-standing fields – like international affairs and criminal justice – as an area where major global challenges are being studied and addressed,” she said. More

Napolitano: Einstein 3 coming in 2011
Federal News Radio
January 28, 2011
The Homeland Security Department is in the final stages of deploying version 2 of its intrusion protection system, known as Einstein, across the government, and already is making plans for version 3. Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday during a speech at the George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington that DHS would finish development of and begin deploying Einstein 3 in 2011. Einstein 3 "will provide DHS with the ability to automatically detect and disrupt malicious cyber activity," she said. More

U.S. eyeing a global 'trusted shipper' program
The Washington Post
January 28, 2011
The United States is in talks with its allies, airlines and maritime groups about creating a global vetting system for international cargo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday. The so-called "trusted shipper" program is part of a wider effort to boost the safety of air cargo, whose vulnerability was exposed when terrorists in Yemen hid two powerful bombs inside printers and shipped them aboard cargo planes to addresses in Chicago late last year. More

State of Homeland Security
C-SPAN
January 28, 2011

Secretary Napolitano gave her first annual state of U.S homeland security address. In her remarks she said the department would end its color-coded alert system created in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. More

Obama administration to replace color-coded terror alerts with new warning system
The Washington Post
January 27, 2011
"The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will scrap the color-coded terror threat alert system that was put in place after Sept. 11, 2001, and that became a symbol of the nation's anxiety after the attacks. The change was announced by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a speech at George Washington University. It marks the demise of one of the signature post-Sept. 11 initiatives of the George W. Bush administration." More

U.S. Will Scrap Color-Coded Terror Alerts, Napolitano Says
Bloomberg
January 27, 2011
"The U.S. is abandoning the color- coded terror-alert guide adopted by the Bush administration in favor of a system designed to provide more specific warnings, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. The new system will recommend what actions should be taken to guard against a specific threat, Napolitano said in a speech today at George Washington University in Washington. The department will begin phasing out the color codes today and end the system in April, she said." More

New US terror alert system replaces color code
AFP
January 27, 2011
"The United States announced Thursday an end to the color-coded alert system drafted in the wake of 9/11, citing the need to keep citizens better informed in the event of a terror threat."This new system is built on a clear and simple premise: when a credible threat develops that could impact the public, we will tell you and provide whatever information we can so that you know how to keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe," Napolitano said in a speech at George Washington University that she described as her debut "state of homeland security" address." More

U.S. replaces color-coded terror alerts
CNN
January 27, 2011
"The United States is replacing its much-mocked system of color-coded terrorism alerts with detailed advisories about specific threats, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Thursday."The alerts will be specific to the threat. They may recommend certain actions or suggest looking for specific suspicious behavior. And they will have a specified end date," Napolitano said in a speech at George Washington University." More

U.S. to provide specifics in future terrorism alerts
Reuters
January 27, 2011
"The old approach was criticized because it lacked specifics about threats, prompting people to ignore the warnings. The new approach will tell the public whether the threat is "imminent" or if there is an "elevated" risk of threat. 'The new system reflects the reality that we must always be on alert and be ready,' Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a speech to George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. 'The alerts will be specific to the threat posed. They may recommend certain actions, or suggest looking for specific suspicious behavior. And they will have a specified end date,' Napolitano said." More

Obama ends color-coded threat warnings
Politico
January 27, 2011
"The Obama administration plans to replace the widely mocked color-coded terror warnings with a simpler, two-tier system: “imminent threat” or “elevated threat,” with more detailed information. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano planned to make the announcement Thursday in a “State of America’s Homeland Security” address on at The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

U.S. scraps color-coded terror alerts
UPI
January 27, 2011
"The nationwide color-coded, terror-alert scale is out and a point-specific system is in, U.S. Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Thursday. The new National Terror Advisory System Napolitano unveiled during a speech at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute will focus on specific terror threats to potential targets." More

DHS to Phase Out Color-Coded Alerts
CQ Homeland Security
January 26, 2011
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Color-coded threat system to be replaced in April
CNN
January 26, 2011
"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to announce Thursday that the almost 9-year-old threat alert system will go away in April. It will be replaced by the new National Terror Advisory System that will focus on specific threats in geographical areas, a department source said Wednesday. The source did not provide details of the new system, which Napolitano will unveil at what the department is calling "the first annual 'State of America's Homeland Security' address" at George Washington University." More

Color-coded terror warnings to be gone by April 27
AP
January 26, 2011
"By the end of April, terror threats to the U.S. will no longer be described in shades of green, blue, yellow, orange and red, The Associated Press has learned. The nation's color-coded terror warning system will be phased out beginning this week, according to government officials familiar with the plan. The officials requested anonymity to speak ahead of an announcement scheduled Thursday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano." More

DHS to Scrap Color Code Terror Alerts by April
ABC News
January 26, 2011
"Tomorrow Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano will announce that the much maligned color-code threat level, formally called the Homeland Security Advisory System, will be replaced with a more specific public alert system according to officials briefed on the issue. While DHS officials declined to comment on the changes, which will be detailed Thursday by the Secretary in a speech at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, officials briefed on the issue say the new system will resemble terrorism alerts that are used by the United Kingdom." More

Australia Confident Uranium Would Not Reach Pakistan, Official Says
Global Security Newswire
January 20, 2011
"The Australian government is not worried about recent claims that a portion of its uranium exports to China might wind up in Pakistan, a senior official said here yesterday. "No, we're not concerned about that at all," Bill Paterson, Canberra's ambassador for counterterrorism, told Global Security Newswire after an event sponsored by George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

For Australia, Counterterrorism Concerns Fall Close to Home
CQ Homeland Security
January 19, 2011
"Although it’s located on the other side of the earth and in a different hemisphere, the counterterrorism view from Australia looks remarkably similar to the U.S. vantage point, Bill Paterson, Australia’s ambassador for counterterrorism, said Wednesday. Speaking at The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, Paterson said that his country — one of the closest U.S. allies in global counterterrorism operations — remains committed to the cause. Like their American counterparts, he said, Australian officials are concerned about militant groups in Pakistan, Yemen and Lebanon. They’ve set a top priority on keeping terrorist groups away from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, even though they know there is a low probability of such an attack. And they worry about domestic radicalization and groups such as al Qaeda spreading their message through the Internet and in prisons." More

The Week in Homeland Security: Lessons From Australia
CQ Homeland Security
January 17, 2011
"America could learn a lot about counterterrorism from Australia — both in terms of government strategy and in dealing with the kind ofbrewing threat environment that Southeast Asia presents, according to Frank Cilluffo, director of the The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. To that end, the institute will host a roundtable with Bill Paterson, Australia’s ambassador for counterterrorism, on Wednesday. “The Australians are not only one of our closest partners, but they’ve been one of the most active globally in dealing with counterterrorism issues,” Cilluffo said." More

RCMP probe report saying Canadians training with al-Qaida in Pakistan for jihad
The Canadian Press
January 15, 2011
A report released in October by George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and the Swedish National Defence College's Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies warned that radicalized Westerners who easily travel around the world represent a growing terrorism threat. And the report urged the U.S. and its European allies to work together to confront this new threat. More

What is the profile of a US terrorist?
CNN
January 4, 2011
Frank Cilluffo, Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, appears on CNN with Jeanne Meserve to discuss the critical need to understand the process of radicalization. More

2010

Holiday anti-terrorism focus is on 'soft targets'
LA Times
December 30, 2010

Soft targets aren't new targets, said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University. "The fact is, our surface transportation is not as secure as our air transportation," said Cilluffo, who added that random searches, increased police presence and bomb-sniffing dogs can go a long way toward deterring attacks. "But all of this is predicated on good intelligence. Good intelligence is the lifeblood. As much as we can invest in that environment is money well spent." More

Are airport X-ray machines catching more than naked images?
The Washington Post
December 26, 2010

"Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, said that the technology expands the TSA's security toolbox. 'It is not going to solve the problem, but it certainly comes a long way from where we were before,' Cilluffo said." More

Terrorists' Cyberattack Strategy
MyFoxNY
December 17, 2010

"Frank Ciluffo is one of the country's leading homeland security experts. He predicts cyberspace will be used by terrorists to maximize the impact of future attacks. 'I think al Qaeda is going to look at it as a means to enhance their lethality as a force multiplier,' Ciluffo said." More

Holiday Terror Warning Cites Car Bombs and Small Arms Attack
ABC News
December 17, 2010

"While terrorists will strike when and where they can, holiday periods do pose a particular window of vulnerability and are appealing targets of opportunity for terrorist attacks," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. "This is underscored in the recent failed attempts in Oregon and Sweden and [accused underwear bomber] Abdulmutallab's attempt last Christmas."More

New nuclear attack guide causes fallout flashback
NBC Nightly News
December 16, 2010

Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, discusses the administration's messaging regarding what to do following a nuclear attack. More


Preparing for the Worst
Fox News
December 16, 2010

Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, appears on Fox News to comment on government messaging regarding large-scale disasters.

 

Report Outlines Potential Pitfalls for Countering Radicalization
CQ Homeland Security
December 15, 2010

Frank Cilluffo, head of The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, appeared on a panel discussion hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace regarding the challenges of implementing a comprehensive counter-radicalization strategy. “One of the primary reasons we are reactive . . . is that we haven’t addressed the elephant in the room: the ideology issues,” he said. “One can say ‘What counterterrorism efforts in America,’” Cilluffo said. “We have a lot of tactics masquerading as strategy.” More

U.S. Rethinks Strategy for the Unthinkable
The New York Times
December 15, 2010

Daniel Kaniewski, Deputy Director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, comments on the importance and challenges of crafting the public's role in disaster preparation, “Public education is key, but it’s easier for communities to buy equipment — and look for tech solutions — because there’s Homeland Security money and no shortage of contractors to supply the silver bullet.” More

Walmart Shoppers: Homeland Security Wants You
NPR
December 11, 2010

Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, comments on the DHS "See Something, Say Something" campaign. "I think having Secretary Napolitano on screens throughout the country provides a bit of a creepy feeling," he says. "That shouldn't be from Washington." Cilluffo also questions the simplicity of "See Something, Say Something." "I think the message is long on nouns, short on verbs. I think we need some specificity," he says. "Ultimately, what are people looking for, what sort of suspicious activity, what actions should they take, and who do they specifically turn to?" More

HSPI Director, Frank Cilluffo, named one of "Most Influential People in Security"
Security Magazine
December 8, 2010

"Each year, Security magazine honors top security executives who positively impact the security industry, their organization, their colleagues and their peers. They change the security landscape for the better. They are nominated by their colleagues and associates, and they are chosen based upon their leadership qualities and the overall positive impact that their security projects, programs or departments have on their shareholders, organizations, colleagues and general public. Frank J. Cilluffo directs the multi-disciplinary Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at The George Washington University, where he also serves as an associate vice president. HSPI is a nonpartisan “think and do tank” that builds bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security." More

Secrecy's role in security

Newsday
December 3, 2010

Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, and Michael Balboni, HSPI Senior Fellow, former New York State deputy secretary for public safety, and principal at the security consulting group Cardinal Point Strategies, pen an op-ed on the critical need to safeguard senstive national security information. More

Threat Profiling: Security Solution or Fuel for More Backlash?
CQ Homeland Security
November 30, 2010

"Security should always be intelligence-led. The actions of the TSA are still, by and large, the last line of defense, not the first line of defense, so intelligence is paramount." Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. More

Security Increasing at Transit Hubs
CBS Evening News
November 29, 2010

Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, appears on CBS Evening News to comment on the need to maintain vigilance during the holidays. More

Busy travel day starts smoothly despite risk that scanner protests could cause delays
The Washington Post
November 24, 2010

"People don't see the intelligence. The threat is real and persistent," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. "There is no single silver bullet. It's a complex environment." More

Enhanced Airline Security
Hardball
November 15, 2010

Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, appears on MSNBC to comment on the use of body scanners at airports. More

Extremist Calls for Attack on Americans
CBS News
November 8, 2010

Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, comments on threats made by American-born radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on extremist websites. More

Former White House official speaks about security risks

The GW Hatchet
November 4, 2010

"Days after explosives were found on cargo planes bound for the United States from Yemen, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge emphasized the importance of open communication and sharing information among allies at the University's Homeland Security Policy Institute on Monday." More

TSA to overhaul screening methods after bomb attack

LATimes
November 2, 2010

"'It is evident that had we not had the intelligence, our security countermeasures would not have identified these improvised explosive devices,' said Frank Cilluffo, the director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University." More

Ridge speaks out about cargo bomb

Security Director News
November 2, 2010

"Also on Nov. 1, Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, discussed the event and aviation security in general, at an event hosted by the Homeland Security Policy Institute. “The fact of the matter is that two IEDs on planes means they managed to get through technological or visual inspection detection systems,” Ridge said." More

D.C. Metro plot reminder of inherent threats to public transportation
Security Director News
November 2, 2010

"Ridge, the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, discussed the public transportation security during an event hosted by the Homeland Security Policy Institute event on Nov. 1. “I think public transportation has been and will continue to be a challenge,” Ridge said." More

Threat from Yemen
CBC News
November 1, 2010

"Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, talks about the threat of Yemen as a hub for al-Qaeda" More

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Weighs in on Terror Plot
Fox 5
November 1, 2010

"'Any cargo that goes on passenger planes should be not only be screened for what is already being screened, but also screened for PETN,' said Frank Cilluffo, Director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and moderator of the forum." More

Threat Is Here To Stay, U.S. Must Remain Vigilant, Says Ridge
Talk Radio News Service
November 1, 2010

"Ridge, who spoke at a forum held by the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, said that terrorist threats to the United States are still very real and prevalent, but that does not mean Americans should be losing sleep at night." More

Ridge: Attempted Attacks Part of Post-9/11 Reality
CQ Homeland Security
November 1, 2010

"Congress has built so much process into intelligence that it’s replaced good judgment,” he said during a forum hosted by the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

Former DHS Sec. Offers Insights as Agency Deals with Latest Terror Plot
CSPAN
CSPAN
November 1, 2010

"His remarks at the Homeland Security Policy Institute went over the recent terror alerts overseas in the United Kingdom and Europe." More

The Week in Homeland Security: Ridge Address Likely to Focus on Package Bombs

CQ Homeland Security
November 1, 2010

Institute Director Frank Cilluffo said he expects Ridge to focus on the bombing attempt, and that the former secretary is in a good position to put the event in context. "He’s always well-versed on these issues, but he’s outside the bubble, so he can take a step back to really think about think about it and explain it," Cilluffo said. More

Muslim-Police Community Partnerships Will Thwart Homegrown Terrorism
The Huffington Post
November 1, 2010

"There was a time when United States counterterrorism agencies believed that homegrown terrorism arising from a radicalized minority in the Muslim community was a British problem that would not pose any serious threat in the United States. The events of the past year, most dramatically the failed attempt to detonate a bomb in Times Square in New York, proved this optimism to be misplaced. On October 1, 2010 George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute released a widely publicized report about terrorism, Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories & Conflict Zones." More

Experts: Improvised explosives still main terror weapon
USA Today
October 30, 2010

"Terrorist are constantly adapting their tactics in their cat-and-mouse game, with the U.S. government and no one can rule out an attempt to use weapons of mass destruction or an unforeseen attack such as the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings, said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University." More

Bomb Discovery Prompts Further Looks at Cargo Screening, Yemen
CQ Homeland Security
October 29, 2010

"You do need to start asking hard questions throughout the supply chain," said Frank Cilluffo, head of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. "If you’ve got a vulnerable part of the system, that’s an entry point for terrorists." More

Arrest in Alleged D.C. Terror Case Touches on Congressional Concerns About
Security
CQ Homeland Security
October 28, 2010

"Aviation is still a significant target for terrorists, but surface mass transit is in need of additional resources including explosive-sniffing dogs, random security screenings and technological investments, according to Frank Cilluffo, director of The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

Va. Man Charged After Working on Fake Metro Bomb Plot
MyFoxDC
October 28, 2010

Deputy director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, Daniel Kaniewski, comments on the recent terror plot on the DC metro system.

US Citizen in Plot to Attack DC Subway Fits Domestic Terror Pattern
HSToday
October 28, 2010

"Homeland security analysts have been concerned about the emergence of homegrown terrorism for years but US policymakers only recently have turned their attention to the growing problem due to incidents in the past two years, Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, told HSToday.us." More

Domestic terrorists get more perspective
GSN
October 14, 2010

"The Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) released a study Oct. 1 called Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories & Conflict Zones contended that terrorists returning from combat zones overseas and spreading their experiences with others in their home country often provided the catalyst for domestic radicalization." More

Miracle at the Mine
20/20
October 13, 2010

HSPI Deputy Director, Daniel Kaniewski, comments on the rescue mission of the miners in Chile. More

Chile's Successful Rescue Sets Example for Other Countries
ABC News
October 13, 2010

"Chile has done this much better, frankly, than we've done in the United States recently by effectively marshaling and mobilizing all resources, whether they be foreign governments or private sector organizations from all over the world," said Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

Army tribunal to consider mass killing at U.S. base

Reuters
October 11, 2010

"Since the September 11 2001 attacks using hijacked planes in Washington and New York, U.S. security officials have focussed on attacks from Al Qaeda that originate overseas, said Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

Terror Warnings
Voice of America
October 9, 2010

HSPI Director, Frank Cilluffo, debates the recent terror warnings in Europe with Benjamin Friedman, a Research Fellow, at the CATO Institute on VOA's Encounter. More

Europe hamstrung on terrorism
Global Post
October 7, 2010

"Frank Ciluffo, director of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, calls it a “sea change” in the way terrorism is viewed. Presenting a report on the need for improved transatlantic counterterrorism cooperation last week, Ciluffo said it’s hard to gauge the size of the contingent of potentially violent jihadists traveling freely on European and American passports." More

Operation RAILSAFE To Begin Friday

Fox 5
October 5, 2010

HSPI Deputy Director, Dan Kaniewski, discusses AMTRAK's new high security exercise. More

Familiar, well-traveled, native-born terrorists new threat
GSN
October 4, 2010

"Terrorist groups are looking to “clean skins” -- sympathetic native Westerners -- to carry their fight to the West, said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC. Cilluffo, along with a group of experts from other notable security policy institutes, released a study, Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories & Conflict Zones." More

What’s the goal of issuing travel alerts?
MSNBC
October 4, 2010

HSPI Director, Frank Cilluffo, discusses recent terror threats and travel alerts issued inEurope on MSNBC. More

Report Examines Terrorists Journey to Jihad
CQ Homeland Security
October 3, 2010

"After being trained, usually in the Middle East, most foreign fighters take one of two paths, according to the report, which the George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute released Friday." More

Vagueness of Alert Leaves Travelers Frustrated

New York Times
October 3, 2010

"Frank J. Cilluffo, a former Bush administration homeland security official now at George Washington University, said the State Department was wise to issue the alert. “I err on the side of sharing the information, since a vigilant citizenry can help prevent an attack,” he said." More

Analysis: Terrorism alerts reflect evolving militant threat
Reuters
October 3, 2010

"Some of those who travel are struggling novices, who view the trips as rites of passage, said an October 1 joint report by the Homeland Security Policy Institute at America's George Washington University and the Swedish National Defense College.Others are die-hard militants seeking mortal combat and martyrdom against non-Muslim militaries, it said." More

Growing threat from Westerners training as 'foreign fighters,' says study

Edmonton Journal
October 2, 2010

"While some so-called Western "foreign fighters" may take up arms and fight battles in foreign conflict zones, such as the
Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Somalia and Yemen, others may be turned back home following their training, said the study by George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and the Swedish National Defence College's Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies." More

Western passports coveted by al Qaeda
AFP
October 2, 2010

"A new report by American and Swedish researchers out Friday warned that Western intelligence services' knowledge of the threat may 'only touch the tip of a much larger, undocumented and undetected problem.'" More

Threat of Homegrown Terrorism
CSPAN
October 2, 2010

HSPI Director, Frank Cilluffo, discusses HSPI's new report "Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories, and Conflict Zones" and fields questions on CSPAN. More

Westerners training as 'foreign fighters' a growing threat, study says
National Post
October 1, 2010

"The threat from radicalized Westerners who travel to terrorist training camps around the world is "growing in size and prominence" and stopping them is of the "highest priority," according to a joint American-European study releast Friday." More

Report: US, EU must join to stop homegrown terror
The Associated Press
October 1, 2010

"The new report, being released Friday by The George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and the Swedish National Defense College's Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies, said radicalized Westerners who easily travel around the world represent a growing terrorism threat." More

New focus on Europeans who have traveled to Pakistan to train at militant camps
The Washington Post
September 30, 2010

"One of it members, Eric Breininger, was killed this year in a gun battle with Pakistani forces. According to "Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories and Conflict Zones," which will be released Friday by the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and the Swedish National Defense College, his example spurred the recruitment of other Germans." More

PG&E Cites Terror Threat in Refusal to Disclose Pipeline Routes
SF Weekly
September 16, 2010

"Frank Cilluffo, the director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, compared disclosure of pipeline locations with labeling toxic content in rail tank cars or public databases listing exactly where and how much of certain toxic chemicals are being stored." More

Inside al-Shabab's Media Strategy
ForeignPolicy.com
September 3, 2010

Senior Fellow Daniel Kimmage comments on al-Shabab's media strategy and their practice of tailoring their message to specific audiences. More

Limited spiritual support in Virginia prisons as number of Muslim inmates grows
The Washington Post
August 22, 2010

"In a separate report, terrorism experts at George Washington University and the University of Virginia said: 'In the absence of qualified Muslim religious services providers, inmates can become attracted to radical views and the politico-religious messages coming from other inmates.'" More

End of Iraq Combat Operations Presents Crossroads for Al Qaeda

CQ Homeland Security
August 20, 2010

“We need to make sure it stays off kilter,” Frank Cilluffo and Sharon L. Cardash, the director and associate director of The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI), wrote on Friday. “While a goal of zero violence is a pipe dream...the aim should be to consolidate gains and prevent an increase in popular support” for al Qaeda in Iraq or Iranian-backed militias that operate in the country. More

14 indicted in connection with Somalia conflict
CNN
August 6, 2010

HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo discusses bridge figure and jihadist "rock star" Omar Hammami.
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U.S. charges 14 with giving support to Somali insurgent group
The Washington Post
August 6, 2010

Like Anwar al-Aulaqi, the Muslim cleric in Yemen tied to recent terrorist plots, Hammami is seen as a "bridge figure" who uses his familiarity with U.S. culture to appeal to Western audiences. But Aulaqi is known primarily for his radical online sermons, whereas Hammami has earned credibility as a fighter in Somalia's civil war, counterterrorism experts said. "This guy actually has operational experience," Cilluffo said. "He is one of the top jihadi pop stars."
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Despite new toughness, Obama faces hurdles in spill
Miami Herald
July 12, 2010

“When the administration saw this was much worse than was envisioned, the first reaction shouldn’t have been ‘Let’s deliberate,’ ” said Daniel Kaniewski, a special assistant for homeland security under President George W. Bush and the co-author of an analysis of failures in the Hurricane Katrina response. “It should have been, ‘Let’s do this, and BP is paying for whatever it is we're doing.'"
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How to improve our nation's response to catastrophe
Security Director News
June 25, 2010

"There will be no shortage of future disasters and it’s critical that the nation be properly prepared to respond to those impending events, said Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, during an event hosted by the Homeland Security Policy Institute. 'Events of a very large scale, that’s what keeps me up at night,' he said during a June 17 seminar, “Strengthening Unity of Effort: Challenges and New Directions.” 'Because it’s not a question of if, but when – we’re overdue.'"
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Lessons from Israel on preparing for a deadly bio-attack
Global Security Newswire
June 25, 2010

"In an effort to draw inspiration from the pace-setting Orange Flame 4 exercise, and to discuss the steps necessary for the U.S. to better prepare its citizenry for a similar bio-attack, a group of physicians, think-tank scholars and would-be policy makers met in a conference room at the George Washington University Hospital, in Washington, DC, on June 23 to discuss such nightmare bio-terror scenarios."
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Israeli Biodefense Excercise Serves Up Valuable Lessons, Says Panel
CQ Homeland Security
June 24, 2010

"The largest-ever Israeli biodefense exercise has important implications for the rest of the world — most of them dire, a panel of medical and legal experts said Wednesday. One of the most significant lessons from “Operation Orange Flame 4” is just how ahead of the curve Israel is, panelists told an audience of experts in domestic and international security at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. Israel has one of the most capable bioterrorism-response systems in the world, which throws the deficits of its neighbors into stark relief, they said."
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Al Qaeda’s Demise Likely, but Not Imminent, Former Intel Official Says
CQ Homeland Security

June 21, 2010

"The group’s decline is due both to problems inherent in its violent ideology and the increased sophistication of U.S. counterterrorism efforts since 2001, said Philip Mudd, the first deputy director of the FBI’s National Security Branch and former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center. 'I think we’ve learned a lot, and I think in some ways we’ve gotten a lot more professional about how we handle the threat from those days when we were looking at the threat colors,' said Mudd, who now serves as a fellow at The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, during a discussion the institute hosted."
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Phil Mudd remarks on counterterrorism at HSPI
C-SPAN
June 21, 2010

Full video of HSPI's Policy & Research Forum Special Event featuring Former CIA and FBI official Phil Mudd.
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Ex-official sees progress against al-Qaida
CongressDaily
June 21, 2010

"I think the movement is dying," Mudd told an audience at George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. "We succeeded in slowly, slowly stemming the tide of a revolution."
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Daoud Sultanzoy Remarks on Afghanistan at HSPI
C-SPAN
June 18, 2010

Full video of HSPI's Ambassadors Roundtable featuring Afghan MP Daoud Sultanzoy.
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Canadian Ambassador Predicts G-8 Nonproliferation Program Will Be Extended
Global Security Newswire
May 25, 2010

"The Group of Eight industrialized nations' Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction will be extended beyond its original end date of 2012 during the annual summit being held this year in Huntsville, Ontario, according to Gary Doer, Canada's ambassador to the United States. 'I think it's going post 2012,' he said during a round-table discussion sponsored by George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. When asked specifically if he was confident the program would be renewed, the diplomat responded: 'Yes.' A key message out of last month's Global Nuclear Security Summit in Washington was: 'We're not stopping after 10 years in 2012,' Doer added."
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CNN Newsroom: Terror Threat at Home
CNN
May 20, 2010

HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo comments on the homegrown jihadi threat.
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Failure to Communicate?
Fox News
May 19, 2010

Report: U.S. intelligence could have stopped Christmas bomb attempt. HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo comments.

After Times Square bombing, should New York get more anti-terrorism funding?
Christian Science Monitor
May 19, 2010

"Underlying this spending – and Bloomberg's assertion – is a basic issue: Should the money be spent where terrorists have struck before or anywhere a potential target exists? 'This is a politically charged issue,' says Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington. 'It's easy to make the argument that rural states and the Midwest should not get as much funding, but they need some level of funding to support their unique security challenges.'"
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Lessons learned from Times Square bombing attempt
Newsday
May 10, 2010

"What have we learned from the attempted attack on Times Square about where anti-terror spending should be raised? 'The primary lesson is the reminder that intelligence continues to be the lifeblood of our counterterrorism and homeland security efforts. The danger has metastasized and includes threats emanating from overseas as well as homegrown threats and the increasingly blurring of the two. This new reality demands an enhanced domestic intelligence capacity driven by state and local law enforcement.'"
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Obama Officials: Times Square Case Shows Value of Community Involvement
CQ Homeland Security
May 4, 2010

"But New York’s example is largely the exception in the United States, said Frank Cilluffo, director of The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. The city’s efforts, along with programs in the United Kingdom and Israel, could hold lessons for the U.S. government, he said. 'We really need to get to the point where we can define the intelligence requirements for federal, state and local agencies,' Cilluffo said."
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Survey: Majority of U.S. Citizens Expect Terrorists to Attack With IEDs
CQ Homeland Security
April 6, 2010

"Americans believe there’s a good chance terrorists will use an improvised explosive device to strike the homeland within the next two years — just not in their backyards. Of 25,000 respondents to a Gallup survey on IEDs, 61 percent said they think the United States will suffer an attack within two years, but only 9 percent think that their communities are at risk, an official from the polling center said during a Tuesday panel discussion at the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute."
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Moscow Aftermath: Will the U.S. step up mass transit security for good?
Security Director News
April 5, 2010

"Kip Hawley, the former administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, similarly noted the challenges of securing transit systems and also compared it to airlines in a co-authored commentary sponsored by The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. In the paper, Stopping Terror in and on its Tracks, Hawley cited a lack of funding for mass transit as a significant contributing factor for the lack of security."
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Stuck With a Patchwork System
CQ Weekly
April 5, 2010

"Cilluffo said the most important question that officials are tackling now is, “How do you make data useful?” He said government agencies had plenty of disparate pieces of data about Abdulmutallab, but that information wasn’t pieced together. Intelligence officials, for their part, said the community has shifted funding in its classified budget in response to the alleged airline bombing attempt and that the National Counterterrorism Center sped up changes to its computer systems geared toward improving analysts’ ability to search for information."
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A New Approach to Transportation Security
The Diane Rehm Show
National Public Radio
April 5, 2010

Frank Cilluffo,director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, discusses the new security measures announced by the Transportation Security Administration.
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Investigating American Jihadists
CBS Evening News
April 4, 2010

Frank Cilluffo,director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, comments on homegrown terrorism.
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US aviation security stepped up
BBC World News America
April 2, 2010

Frank Cilluffo,director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, discusses the new security measures announced by the Transportation Security Administration.
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US Ups Airport Security
CBS Evening News
April 2, 2010

Frank Cilluffo,director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, discusses the new security measures announced by the Transportation Security Administration.
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National disaster exercises, called too costly and scripted, may be scaled back
The Washington Post
April 2, 2010

"They're wondering: What is the outcome of the review?" said Daniel J. Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and a White House homeland security official from 2005 to 2008. "Will they be changing or doing an about-face on exercises? . . . Nobody seems to know."
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Congressional Agenda for TSA Likely to Flounder Without Agency Leader
Congressional Quarterly
March 30, 2010

"But a full-time leader wouldn’t just influence the implementation of Congress’ agenda for the agency. It would give the agency a voice in Congress as well, said Frank Cilluffo, the director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, adding that a full-time leader has been through the Senate confirmation process and therefore has more clout on the Hill. “Who’s the quarterback?” Cilluffo said. “Who can go to the Hill as an equal and have authority and accountability?”
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Terrorism Threatens Domestic Security
Fox 5
March 30, 2010

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Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, comments on the Moscow bombings and militia arrests and how they could affect domestic security.

Analysis: Collecting and Sharing Is Not Enough
Emergency Management Magazine
March 23, 2010

As Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, pointed out with Abdulmutallab, “There was a failure to properly account for the credibility of the father as a source and the gravity of the warning he provided regardless of corroborating evidence.” More

Al Qaeda on the Run?
Fox News
March 18, 2010

HSPI's Frank Cilluffo comments on whether US pressure has forced Al Qaeda leaders deeper into hiding. Video

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American took a twisted trail to terror
CNN
March 18, 2010

"The Headley case is unique for many reasons, experts say. 'It reads like a spy novel more than your typical terrorism cases,' said Frank Cilluffo, who heads the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. He says Headley was a sophisticated and valuable asset for anyone in the terrorist world, because of his ability to move easily between the East and the West." More

Senate chided for slow OK of border chief
Washington Times
March 15, 2010

"Daniel J. Kaniewski, former homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush, said the real problem is that Finance Committee is too preoccupied with health care reform to efficiently handle Mr. Bersin's nomination. 'What you're seeing, in my view, from a policy perspective is a reflection of a dysfunctional oversight system,' he said." More

Uncovering Homegrown Terror
Fox News
March 12, 2010

HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo was interviewed on the Fox News Channel concerning the arrest of Sharif Mobley, the alleged al-Qaeda suspect born in New Jersey. Video

 

Belief in U.S. War With Islam Permeates Homegrown Terrorism Cases, Report Says
CQ Homeland Security
March 11, 2010

“All of us have come to conclude we’re never going to be able to kill and capture our way to victory,” said Frank J. Cilluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Amatör – men det gör henne farligare
Aftonbladet
March 11, 2010

Jihad-Jane är en amatörterrorist. Men det gör henne bara farligare.– Terrororganisationerna vill ha helt vanliga människor. De upptäcks inte lika lätt, säger experten Frank Cilluffo. More

Interview on "The World Today"
BBC World Service
March 10, 2010

HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo assesses the broader implications of the 'Jihad Jane' arrest, focusing specifically on the use of the internet to connect terror organizations and facilitate radicalization. Audio

Stalled border security nomination worries former commissioners
GovExec.com
March 2, 2010

"Unfortunately, this is another example of ineffective congressional oversight and how oversight is actually hobbling the department and potentially harming homeland security, rather than helping it," said Daniel J. Kaniewski, deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University. More

Debating Domestic Terrorism
Homeland Security Today
February 22, 2010

"...Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo called Stack's suicide attack a single criminal act that did not qualify as terrorism. But Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, disagreed, saying that Stack clearly qualified as a domestic terrorist under the FBI's definition of terrorism." More

Kaniewski: Congress Should Consider Its Own Failures in Attempted Bombing
Roll Call
February 19, 2010

"It is time for the umbilical cord to be cut from the legacy committees who today do not place sufficient priority on the homeland security missions of the agencies under their jurisdiction. For example, no matter how important health care reform may be to the Senate Finance Committee, it should not trump our nation’s safety and security. The near miss on Christmas and the common judgment of nation’s top intelligence officials that an attempted terrorist attack will occur on U.S. soil in the next six months should serve as reminders of our continued vulnerability to a terrorist attack and an impetus to finally reform Congressional oversight of homeland security." More

Kaniewski discusses Quadrennial Homeland Security Review
C-SPAN
February 10, 2010

HSPI Deputy Director Daniel Kaniewski explored the findings of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review and the administration's next step in its efforts to redefine its homeland security mission. Video

 

DHS completes roadmap for change
Federal News Radio
February 4, 2010

"To provide some analysis, and to remind us all what the QHSR is all about, we turned to Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University, and a White House homeland security official from 2001 to 2003. Cilluffo: 'First, it's important to note that it was Congressionally mandated, requiring the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to report to Congress every four years. Its vision, mission, strategy, priorities, goals, and subsequent and future QHSR budget priorities in more specificity. Being the first one, this was obviously a herculean lift for the department. I think it did put together a structure and a framework that elevates questions in a positive kind of way, providing a kind of 'roadmap' in being able to delineate the important from the super-important from the not-so-important.'" More

Obama officials present a strategic redefining of Homeland Security's mission
The Washington Post
February 2, 2010

"Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and a White House homeland security official from 2001 to 2003, said that although the new report raised important questions, 'what I don't think it did is answer those questions in terms of brass-tacks priorities.' Cilluffo said a forthcoming 'bottom-up' review by the department intended to direct its 2012 budget a year from now might move it 'closer to the goal line.'" More

Taking Refuge Where His Woes Began
Boston Globe
February 1, 2010

"Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, said chat rooms have replaced mosques as places where extremists scout for new recruits. 'The Internet has created a borderless world,' said Cilluffo, adding that Al Qaeda and its affiliates put a premium on recruiting Westerners who have no criminal backgrounds and 'aren’t on anyone’s radar screen.'" More

Cilluffo Discusses Elevated Terror Threat Level in UK
Fox News Channel
January 25, 2010
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Cilluffo Comments on UK Terror Threat Level
Fox 5
January 22, 2010
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To Survive After Quake, the Desperate Target Haiti's Orphanages
CNN.com
January 21, 2010

"Security needs to be made a higher priority, said Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council approved a proposal to send an additional 2,000 soldiers and 1,500 police officers to Haiti. 'Providing security resources is as equally important as providing all of the other kinds of aid in the country,' Kaniewski said. 'Without security, you won't be able to effectively distribute to the most needed areas in Haiti.'" More

Clinton, Warning China, Urges Internet Freedoms
Chicago Tribune
January 21, 2010

"Frank Cilluffo, a former White House counter terrorism official now at George Washington University, said sometimes U.S. officials believe they need to monitor, or block, email traffic of suspected terrorists. 'We've created a global village without a policeman,' he said." More

1,415 Canadians Still Missing Days After Earthquake, As Loved Ones Fear Worst
The Globe and Mail
January 18, 2010

"Given the earthquake's debilitating blow to Haiti's telecommunications, it's possible the thousands of those missing simply haven't found a way to phone, text or e-mail loved ones, said Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. 'That missing number, it's a very squishy number because some of those people, it could simply be a communications challenge, or it could be that they don't want to be found because they're so focused on their mission. [But that possibility is] quickly diminishing,' he said." More

Experts Question U.S. Terror Alert System
CNN.com
January 15, 2010

"Frank Cilluffo, associate vice president of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, said that in order for the system to be effective, specific and concrete actions need to be given. 'It is simply too broad and vague,' he said. 'Moreover it clearly suffers from public cynicism and indifference, and its ability to communicate to and serve the general public and American citizen has been woefully inadequate.'" More

Helping Haiti
GW Today
January 15, 2010

"GW expert Daniel Kaniewski discusses the magnitude of the disaster in Haiti and the myriad challenges facing the international relief effort." More

Experts Ponder Expanded Role for FEMA in Foreign Disasters
CQ Homeland Security
January 15, 2010

"Daniel Kaniewski, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, said he sees the logic of arguing for greater FEMA involvement. 'The urban search-and-rescue teams deployed for this are trained and equipped by FEMA. . .,' he said. 'And the parallels between Haiti and Katrina should be apparent to everyone.' But Kaniewski added that even in Katrina, civilian forces and agencies were overwhelmed and only the military had the necessary resources in place to grapple with the catastrophe. 'Only the military has the resources to respond to something like this,' he said." More

How to Fix Airport Security: The Results of Slate's Reader Contest
Slate
January 14, 2010

"We received more than 375 submissions, which were evaluated by Slate associate editor Chris Wilson and our all-star panel of judges: Frank Cilluffo, the former special assistant to the president for homeland security; Clark Ervin, the first inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Douglas R. Laird, the former security director for Northwest Airlines; and renowned security expert Bruce Schneier." More

Passenger Manifest Rules Get Their Own Screening
Homeland Security Today
January 14, 2010

"In the recent Homeland Security Policy Institute paper, 'No Longer on Auto Pilot: Aviation Security and Intelligence Reform,' the authors noted that while Abdulmutallab 'was reportedly targeted for secondary screening by Customs and Border Protection in Detroit … by the time this occurred it was too late as he was already in mid-air. This layer of protection should never have been reached in this instance; but making improvements here may be crucial in helping us next time to interdict individuals with no criminal background or known affiliation with any terrorist or extremist organization.'" More

Haiti a Nation In Ruins, Crying for Help
The Globe and Mail
January 14, 2010

"What would be a large-scale disaster at the best of times is made far worse because Haiti lacks any emergency responders of its own, says Daniel Kaniewski, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. 'The citizens are the first responders. … The unfortunate reality is that the citizens of Haiti are largely going to be on their own for the next several days.'" More

Dan Kaniewski TV Appearance regarding response to Haiti
CBC
January 14, 2010

Challenges Unlike Anything in U.S. Await Teams in Haiti
CQ Homeland Security
January 13, 2010

HSPI Deputy Director Dan Kaniewski commented on the international response to the earthquake in Haiti: "...Kaniewski said all of that outside help could be limited in its effectiveness. 'They’re not going to get there on time,' he said. 'There are inherent delays with an international response. If we remember how hard it was to send disaster assistance after Hurricane Katrina, imagine sending it to a foreign country — one that, on a good day, cannot handle large aircraft and trucks.'

Part of that problem could be solved if the United States gave its aid teams more discretion about when it can begin preparing for international operations, Kaniewski said. The military is the federal entity best equipped to provide assistance, but it needs instructions before it can mobilize. 'It should be a proactive response,' he said. 'It shouldn’t have to wait for these requests to come in and work their way up the chain of command.' Kaniewski said the federal agencies typically involved in overseas aid should automatically begin preparations after learning of a disaster, not wait for an order. 'My view — at the risk of not having 100 percent coordination, I would prefer a proactive response,' he said." More

US Speeds Disaster Response, Recover to Haiti
Homeland Security Today
January 13, 2010

"Daniel Kaniewski, a former White House special assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Response Policy, said the Obama administration must respond quickly with as many assets as they can put on the ground to help Haiti. 'Haiti at this point needs anything and everything that the US government can provide. The one recommendation I would give the Obama administration is don't wait for specific requests from Haiti. With the communications challenges and with the sheer overwhelming nature of this disaster, Haiti is not going to be in a position to tell the United States what exactly they need,' Kaniewski told Homeland Security Today." More

Making Them Talk
CQ Weekly--Cover Story
January 11, 2010

"Making matters worse, the current workforce of intelligence analysts suffers from a distinct shortage of expertise in sorting out all that information. A major percentage of the intelligence community joined after 2001, driven in large measure by the need to beef up personnel after the Sept. 11 attacks. 'To some extent, you’ve got a very young analytical corps in the intelligence community,' said Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. 'We’re not at the point where we were during the Cold War, where he had numerous seasoned veterans with scar tissue and who spoke Russian fluently.'" More

Many Top Security Spots Still Empty
CQ Weekly--Cover Story
January 11, 2010

"Security experts say there are several factors behind the White House’s slow pace on security nominations. First, they note, there is the notoriously slow vetting process, especially at the start of an administration, which requires extensive security background checks for people being considered for the most sensitive positions. Then there is the question of the president’s priorities. With issues such as economic recovery and the health care overhaul initiative dominating Obama’s first-year agenda, finding people for some national security posts has unavoidably slipped in importance, says Daniel J. Kaniewski, deputy director of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

International Cooperation a Challenge for Air Security
The Washington Post
January 9, 2010

Commenting on airport security and intelligence sharing in the wake of the Christmas terror plot: "While machines are 'potentially helpful' as a last line of defense, they cannot replace good intelligence, effective use of watch lists and human vigilance, W. Ralph Basham, who stepped down last year as head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said in a report issued Friday by George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

TV Appearance
WUSA-TV (CBS)
January 8, 2010
Frank Cilluffo discusses Amwar al-Awlaki and the Christmas terror plot. Video

Basham, HSPI: State and DNI Also Responsible for Dec. 25
CQ Homeland Security
January 8, 2010

"Although the White House and Department of Homeland Security were represented at a Thursday press conference concerning the failed Christmas Day bombing plot, leadership from the State Department and Director of National Intelligence’s Office were conspicuously absent, according to former Customs and Border Protection head Ralph Basham and officials from the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

TV Appearance
Fox 5
January 8, 2010
Dan Kaniewski discusses the Christmas terror plot. Video

Obama Orders Security Upgrade
USA Today
January 8, 2010

Frank Cilluffo, of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, said the report on the alleged attack "compiles everything and puts it on one page which is obviously something they could not do on the 25th of December." More

Homeland Security Experts Weigh In: Obama’s Biggest Challenge in 2010?
CQ Homeland Security
January 8, 2010

"Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University: “Determining, setting and maintaining genuine priorities (which should be underpinned by a risk-assessment process) — a difficult challenge given that we have unlimited vulnerabilities, limited resources and a thinking adversary that bases their actions on our defenses. Two aspects play a pivotal role in successful security prioritization — and themselves represent a challenge in 2010. First, information sharing; this must go beyond coordinating intelligence within and among U.S. agencies — it must incorporate the timely sharing of information among the so-called 5 ‘I’s (the security services of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). A point reiterated by the Christmas Day attempt to bring down Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines Flight 253. More

TV Appearance
Fox 5
January 7, 2010
Dan Kaniewski discusses the Christmas terror plot. Video

Radio Appearance--"The Daily Debrief"
WFED-AM 1500
January 7, 2010
Dan Kaniewski discusses the Christmas terror plot. Audio

Analysis: President Proposes Changes to Info-Sharing Tactics
Federal News Radio
January 7, 2010

Dan Kaniewski provides analysis on the Christmas terror plot: "If we call this a failure by one particular person or several particular people, that’s not going to solve the problem here. This is not a human failure, this is a systemic problem, and that’s what we need to focus on. Let’s not do any finger pointing, especially to the career civil servants that are out there making these decisions, these tough calls on a daily basis, especially in the intelligence community. Because think about it, we can’t make them risk averse. If they think their heads are going to roll every time they make a wrong decision…We need them to understand that we support them." Audio

Homeland Security Experts Weigh In: Obama's Worst Move in 2009?
CQ Homeland Security
January 7, 2010

"Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University: 'In Secretary Napolitano’s inaugural testimony before Congress, the words ‘terror,’ ‘terrorist,’ or ‘terrorism’ were not part of her remarks. This despite the fact that the first three items in the department’s mission — as specified in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 — deal directly with this subject. Though the department’s mission extends beyond counterterrorism, we cannot forget that it was a terrorist attack that precipitated its creation.

Secondly, the administration’s caving in to political pressure regarding the nomination of Phil Mudd as undersecretary of Intelligence and Analysis at DHS was very unfortunate and will have negative repercussions moving forward. Phil was the best person for the job, drawing on his experience at both CIA and FBI. Not only did we as a country lose a key public servant in homeland security, but the episode established a litmus test implying that anyone involved in the formulation or execution of counterterrorism policy post-9/11 is not suitable for confirmable positions, or at the very least faces an extremely difficult road to confirmation. This is especially troublesome given the threats we face from terrorism and radicalization both domestically and overseas.'" More

TV Appearance
Fox Business Network
January 6, 2010
Dan Kaniewski discusses the Christmas terror plot.

TV Appearance--"Happening Now"
Fox News Channel
January 6, 2010
Frank Cilluffo discusses the Christmas terror plot. Video

Airport Security Measures Draw Accusations of 'Profiling'
FoxNews.com
January 6, 2010

"Frank Cilluffo, former special assistant for homeland security under President George W. Bush, said airports need to be 'profiling' based on behavior even though it's become a 'dirty word.' He cited a slew of signs that would have set off alarm bells about Abdulmutallab if security officials had profiled him better. 'We should have seen bells ringing. When you have an individual paying cash for a one-way ticket, no luggage - that should have been bing bing bing bing bing,' he said. 'It shouldn't be the first line of defense, but rather the last line of defense.'" More

Homeland Security Experts Weigh In: Obama's Best Move in 2009?
CQ Homeland Security
January 5, 2010

"Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University: 'The best move may have been no move at all. During the pre-election period and subsequent transition, debate raged about whether the country would be better served by restoring FEMA’s pre-9/11 status as an independent agency or to keep it within the Department of Homeland Security. At the end of the day however, sound policy prevailed over politics and the administration held firm against political pressure from its own party.'" More

2009 (back to top)

Safety First
The New York Times
December 29, 2009

"Daniel J. Kaniewski, deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, points out that degrees in any number of disciplines — emergency management, law enforcement, engineering, even zoonotics (the study of the transmission of disease from animals to humans) — can lead to jobs in the field. 'Having been on the other side,' Mr. Kaniewski says, 'when I look at a résumé the first thing I look for is not the master’s in homeland security but has the applicant demonstrated expertise in the area I need?'" More

Nigerian National Charged in Jet Bombing Attempt
Newsday
December 26, 2009

"Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University , said the incident in Detroit raised many questions, including whether the attempted explosion was an experiment or part of a coordinated attack. A key question is whether the suspected terrorist was acting alone or connected to a group, such as al-Qaida . If he was not acting alone, he raises serious questions. 'Was this a dry run?' Cilluffo asked. 'Were they testing to see what they could pull off?' Or, he said, it must be asked if the Detroit incident was just one of a series of planned attacks. 'These things often happen in twos and threes,' he said. 'Was this part of a broader plot?'" More

Homegrown Terror on the Rise in 2009
FoxNews.com
December 17, 2009

"Frank Cilluffo, director of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, says American prisons have become a breeding ground for this kind of radicalization. 'Just as young people may become radicalized by 'cut-and-paste' versions of the Koran via the Internet, new inmates may gain the same distorted understanding of the faith from gang leaders or other influential inmates,' he said." More

HSPI Statement on Nidal Hassan
November 19, 2009

Read statement here

HSPI Statement on Nidal Hassan
November 6, 2009

Read statement here

Fort Hood Attack is 3rd This Year by Antiwar Radicals Targeting Military on U.S. Soil
The Washington Post
November 6, 2009

HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo comments on the Fort Hood attacks. More

Fort Hood Misinformation
ForeignPolicy.com
November 6, 2009

"Last night, the popular blog Gawker and a few other sources reported that Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, participated in advising the White House on the transition via a George Washington University think tank on homeland security. It turns out, it was all wrong. Last night, I spoke with Frank Cilluffo, the director of G.W.'s Homeland Security Policy Institute and a Foreign Policy contributor, who explained the errors." More

Fort Hood Gunman Attended HSPI Events as an Audience Member
The GW Hatchet
November 6, 2009

"U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan – the military psychiatrist accused of opening fire at the Fort Hood army base in Texas – attended “a number” of events at GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, according to HSPI’s director, but only attended the events as an audience member." More

Put Cybersecurity Chief in DHS not the White House, Senator Says
Computer World
November 3, 2009

"Delivering a speech on cybersecurity issues at George Washington University on Monday, Collins rejected the idea of a White House led cybersecurity effort and insisted the leadership would have to come from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)." More

Senate's Cybersecurity Legislation Faces a Tangled Organizational Web
CQ Homeland Security
November 3, 2009

"Cybersecurity is so broad a subject that any legislation raises questions of economics and trade, technology and regulation, government structure and privacy, foreign policy and national security. 'The issue itself transcends and touches almost everything we as a government do,' said Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

Conference Brings Deterrence Into the Cybersecurity Conversation
CQ Homeland Security
November 2, 2009

"For an event dealing with the digital world, there were a lot of concepts addressed at a Monday Homeland Security Policy Institute forum on “cyberdeterrence” that seemed rooted in Cold War-era discussions about nuclear weapons. Organizers at The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute said they hosted the forum because cyberdeterrence — an idea within the broader topic of cybersecurity that suggests a more proactive approach than pure defense, including the use of statecraft — is often neglected. But for eight hours, everything, beginning with the very definition of cyberdeterrence itself, was on the table." More

Collins: DHS Is Where Cybercoordinator Belongs
CQ Homeland Security
November 2, 2009

"Collins has 'serious questions' about the effectiveness of any cybercoordinator in the White House, regardless of the position’s relationship with Congress, staff said. 'We don’t need yet another White House czar, a czar that would conflict with duties established elsewhere,' she said at a forum hosted by The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. Instead, she said she wants to see a cybersecurity center within the Department of Homeland Security with an 'empowered' director that could have a broad range of new authority." More

Sen. Collins Says No to WH Cybersecurity Coordinator
FederalNewsRadio
November 2, 2009

"Collins addressed the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, where she announced that she and Lieberman, for the moment, are agreeing to disagree on the cybersecurity coordinator job: 'Now some have suggested that this effort can best be led from the White House. I've reached a different conclusion. Truly securing our nation's information technology infrastructure will require more than high-level strategy and coordination.'" More

Collins Details Plan for Cybersecurity Director
NextGov
November 2, 2009

"Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ranking member Susan Collins today called for creating a Senate-confirmed director of federal cybersecurity who would be based at the Homeland Security Department rather than the White House. 'Some have suggested that this effort can best be led from the White House. I've reached a different conclusion,' Collins said told an audience at an event hosted by the George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

Eye Opener: The Cybersecurity Debate Intensifies
The Washington Post
November 2, 2009

The Federal Eye Blog previews some of Senator Susan Collins remarks at HSPI's Cyber Deterrence Symposium. More

Cybersecurity Symposium to Kick off Week in Homeland Security
CQ Homeland Security
November 2, 2009

While most of the cybersecurity discussion in Washington focuses on protecting computer networks from foreign enemies and domestic hackers, a Homeland Security Policy Institute symposium on Monday will attempt to steer the conversation toward building an infrastructure that can deal with digital threats proactively.

“Security in itself is insufficient,” said Frank Cilluffo, director of the HSPI, a nonpartisan think tank at George Washington University. “We can’t build a moat. . . . The reality is that the capacity to attack our infrastructure is within the grasp of some of our potential attackers, so we need to examine our defenses while making sure that we’re not hamstringing our offensive capabilities.” More

Gaa Explains RP Fight Against Terrorism
Manila Mail
October 30, 2009

At HSPI’s Ambassadors Roundtable Series on International Collaboration to Combat Terrorism and Insurgency, “Gaa delivered a presentation highlighting the important lessons learned by the Philippine government in its decades-long struggles against both communist and Islamist insurgencies, including the National People’s Army (NPA), the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF); and against international terror groups such as Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf Group.” More

WMD Commission: "More Needs To Be Done to Counter Bio Threat"
Counterterrorism Blog
October 22, 2009

"To help counter the threat of bioterrorism attacks, a special Congressional Commission is advocating stronger NSC leadership, better funding and reform of the fragmented Congressional oversight. These were among the recommendations in an interim “The Clock is Ticking” report issued at a briefing yesterday...hosted by the George Washington University Institute for Homeland Security Policy, which has a long history of interest in biological and other WMD threats." More

WMD Commission Says U.S. Has Failed to Address Bioterror Threats
Global Security Newswire
October 22, 2009

"'We hope [the interim report] will be a wake-up call to action so that our final report will be as both accurate and as positive for the American people in terms of what their government is doing for their security,' Graham said yesterday during a panel discussion at George Washington University. The session was hosted by the school's Homeland Security Policy Institute." More

Former Senators Warn of Biological Weapon Attack
GW Today
October 22, 2009

The United States today is more vulnerable to an attack by weapons of mass destruction than it was on Sept. 11, 2001—and that attack is more likely to come in the form of a biological weapon, cautioned former Sens. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and Jim Talent (R-Mo.) at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs on Oct. 21. The former senators, who chair the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation & Terrorism, presented the bipartisan commission's interim progress report in an event sponsored by GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) and Elliott School of International Affairs. More

Transitions Announced for Two GW Safety and Security Leaders
The George Washington University
October 19, 2009

Daniel J. Kaniewski will serve as interim associate vice president of safety and security
More

Ambassador Gaa: “In Fighting Terrorism, It is in our Best Interests to Work Together”
Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines
October 12, 2009

"Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa delivered a presentation highlighting the important lessons learned by the Philippine Government in its decades-long struggles against both communist and Islamist insurgencies. Ambassador Gaa made the presentation at the Ambassadors Roundtable Series on International Collaboration to Combat Terrorism and Insurgency hosted by the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at George Washington University on October 6." More

New York to fight terrorism with more street-corner cameras
The Christian Science Monitor
October 5, 2009

'There are legitimate arguments on all sides here," says Frank Cilluffo, head of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington. "What I would like to see is a broader discussion that brings in the average citizen." More

Storm Surge
ForeignPolicy.com
October 5, 2009

HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo and Associate Director Sharon Cardash write in their op-ed: "As the Philippines struggles to address the damage wreaked by Tropical Storm Ketsana, a political storm is also brewing. Filipino senators are currently calling on the government to renegotiate the country's Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States." More

"LTTE lost the War, and now pro-LTTE diaspora is trying to defeat the peace"
The Sri Lanka Guardian
September 1, 2009

Speaking before the Homeland Security Policy Institute of The George Washington University, Ambassador Wickramasuriya described a number of key developments that led to the government’s successful conclusion of the 25-year-long conflict with the LTTE. More

A Stronger, More Resilient Future
The Times-Picayune
August 28, 2009

"...the design process should place people at its heart. Baking safety and security into our communities from the get-go would not only mitigate damage when events come to pass; secondary returns would also be realized, such as a renewed sense of civic duty and ownership..." More

Reckless Neglect: A Disaster Waiting to Happen…Again?
CNN's AC360° Blog
August 28, 2009

"While Katrina serves as a forceful reminder of the inevitability of natural disasters, it underscores another important lesson: the risk we will become victims will rise dramatically if we neglect infrastructure. In the end, it was not an Act of God that doomed so many New Orleanians. It was the neglect of man." More

Cilluffo Appointed Chairman of Homeland Security Review Panel

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has named Frank J. Cilluffo, Associate Vice President for Homeland Security and Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at The George Washington University, as Chairman of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Advisory Committee of the United States. The panel will examine long-term strategy and priorities for homeland security, and offer guidance on the Department of Homeland Security’s programs, assets, capabilities, budget, policies, and authorities. More

To Beat Terrorists, Use Judo, Not Boxing
AsiaTimes Online
August 13, 2009

HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo and Associate Director Sharon Cardash discuss using judo, not boxing, strategies to defeat terrorists. Doing so, they argue, "will help keep the adversary off balance by turning the adversary's strength against itself, causing it to collapse under its own weight. Softer moves and methods, rather than the direct application of force, can also be deadly for a target." More

Experts Differ On Terror Suspect's Value As Informant
Newsday
July 25, 2009

Frank Cilluffo, the director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, believes that whatever value Vinas, 26, had to investigators has probably been exhausted. "My gut tells me that he was deemed valuable enough that they kept this sealed for a while so they could get every bit of information from him," said Cilluffo, who is originally from Port Washington. More

Janet Napolitano's Tough Job at Homeland Security
U.S. News and World Report
July 24, 2009

"She was able to step up and focus on the swine flu rather than fight the interagency turf wars that emerge during high-profile events," says Daniel Kaniewski, who served as President Bush's special assistant for homeland security." More

GW Fellow Completes NNSA Nuclear Nonproliferation Program
GWUMC News
July 6, 2009

“This experience will benefit my ability to contribute to the mission of the Homeland Security Policy Institute,” said Evert. “We consistently engage domestic and international policymakers and practitioners on a wide range of security issues, including nuclear security. Hopefully my added experience will be of use as we continue to develop strategies and solutions to the current and emerging threats facing the United States.” More

Metro's Crash Reveals Gains in Preparedness
The Washington Post
June 28, 2009

Daniel Kaniewski, Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, identifies one good piece of news to emerge from the Metro crash on the Red Line. He argues, "The response to the tragedy demonstrated that an increased focus on local and regional readiness since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has better prepared the Washington area not only for acts of terrorism but also for the full range of emergencies that can strike a region." More

A Metro Crash Revelation: Progress on Preparedness
The Washington Post
June 25, 2009

There was one good piece of news to emerge from Monday’s horrific Metro crash on the Red Line: The response to the tragedy demonstrated that an increased focus on local and regional preparedness after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has better prepared the Washington area not only for acts of terrorism but also for the full range of unexpected emergencies that can strike a region. More

Emergency response to Metrorail crash shows post-9/11 gains
The Christian Science Monitor
June 24, 2009

"The regional response that is required during extraordinary incidents (Hudson and Metro being two good recent examples) has, in my opinion, significantly improved since 9/11," Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, wrote Wednesday in an e-mail interview. He served in the Bush White House as special assistant to the president for homeland security and senior director for response policy. More

Crash Warning System Probed in D.C.
Fox News Channel
June 23, 2009

Daniel Kaniewski, Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, discussed Monday's Metrorail incident, the deadliest in Metro's 33-year history. More

FBI: Shooting Was Domestic Terrorism
Fox 5
June 11, 2009

Experts in Homeland Security say there are thousands of hate groups across the country but in the case of the shooting at the Holocaust Museum, it appears von Brunn acted as a lone wolf. "When they start acting on their own that's very tough to get on the radar screen to know when, where and how," said Frank J. Cilluffo Director of Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Museum Guards Trained for Tragedy
Fox 5
June 10, 2009

George Washington University's Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute says the Feds learned a lot about securing federal buildings after the domestic terrorism attack in the Oklahoma City bombings back in 1995. Dan Kaniewski says those plans were revamped after the 911 attacks, too. Officers of multiple agencies train and run drills on scenarios just like the Holocaust attack. More

Holocaust Museum shooting: A spike in domestic extremism?
The Christian Science Monitor
June 10, 2009

"He's a well-known right wing extremist," says Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. "It's tragic. The fact that you had someone in their '80s doesn't fit the demographic most people would think you'd have to worry about as far as terrorism is concerned." More

Nominee Declines Position Over Interrogation Programs
The New York Times
June 6, 2009

“He’s not just an ops guy,” said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. “He’s probing. He asks questions. And he’s open-minded, and I don’t see that every day with this community.” More

Message on Obama Attributed to bin Laden
The New York Times
June 4, 2009

Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, said the new statements attributed to Mr. bin Laden showed “perhaps more Al Qaeda’s fear that they are increasingly becoming marginalized in the eyes and minds of some key constituencies in the Middle East, and their need to show they are still relevant.” More

How to Beat Al Qaeda at Its Own Game
Homeland Security Inside & Out
May 26/28, 2009

Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, discusses how to retool the US counterterrorism strategy to expose Al Qaeda's "bankrupt ideology." More

Obama Integrates Security Councils, Adds New Offices
The Washington Post
May 27, 2009

"It doesn't bury the homeland equities," said Frank J. Cilluffo, director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, who served as assistant to the president for homeland security in 2003. More

GOP Expresses Concerns that Homeland Security May Be Diluted
CQ Homeland Security
May 27, 2009

“Let’s say there’s an event here like H1N1 where it really requires sort of focused attention and effort,” Brennan said at a Homeland Security Policy Institute event Wednesday. “I convene the Homeland Security Council. And there’s some things going on with North Korea . . . and [national security adviser Gen.] Jim Jones will convene the National Security Council — the principals level. We can continue to . . . work that in sort of tandem.” More

The Chinese Hand Proved Decisive
Daily News & Analysis (India)
May 24, 2009

HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo comments on the Sri Lankan government's military defeat of the LTTE, the role of China in the campaign, the future of the LTTE, and the prospects for reconciliation. More

Failed New York Terror Plot Widens Debate Over Closing Guantanamo
Fox News
May 22, 2009

But Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, told FOXNews.com that any risk of bringing detainees into the federal prison system can be contained. "If they had access to the general population, there's huge concern for radicalization," he said. "If they're isolated, I think that concern exists, but I think it can also be handled and addressed." More

Plot renews fears of radical Islam in prison
Associated Press
May 22, 2009

Just as young people can be radicalized by "cut-and-paste" readings of the Quran on the Internet, new inmates may get a distorted view of Islam from gang leaders or other influential inmates, according to "Out of the Shadows: Getting Ahead of Prison Radicalization," a 2006 report by the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute and the University of Virginia Critical Incident Analysis Group.  Several imams used the term "Jailhouse Islam" to describe a form of Islam in prison that incorporates gang loyalty and violence, the report said. More

Homegrown Terror Suspects Turned Toward Radicalism in U.S. Prisons
Fox News
May 22, 2009

Prison Islam is "the convergence of prison culture and violence into religious practice," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. Often lacking an imam or other religious leader to instruct them, inmates will distort Islam for themselves to embrace prison values like violence and gang loyalty.  And while religious conversion is rehabilitative for the vast majority of inmates, Cilluffo said, Prison Islam can lead them down a much more dangerous path. Charismatic leaders can recruit prisoners to their cause and further swell the ranks of the radicals. Cilluffo noted that conversion is a positive experience for the vast majority who take up the religion. But it doesn't take large numbers to pose a substantial threat to America, he said.  "The reality is you don't need many people. One is arguably too much." More

State prisons are major breeding ground for Islamic radicalization
New York Daily News
May 22, 2009

The four men accused of plotting to blow up synagogues and shoot down a plane all did stretches in state prisons - a major breeding ground for Islamic radicalization.  2006 study called "Out of the Shadows" found "tight-knit communities of Muslims in prison are ripe for radicalization, and could easily become terrorist cells." More

Getting inside the terrorist cell
WABC-TV
May 21, 2009

“Prisons have been breeding grounds for radical thoughts and views for centuries," said Frank Cilluffo of the Homeland Security Policy Institute.  "You have a captive audience, you have a group more susceptible to extremists views and those who can manipulate that environment can do an awful lot...I'm more concerned about a charismatic leader who can distort a religion and sadly when dealing with terrorism the numbers don't have to be high.” More

Homeland Security Policy Institute Addresses National Threats
ByGeorge!
April/May 2009

“'Universities have a responsibility to shed more light than heat on these pressing issues facing us and to provide insights into the way forward,' says Cilluffo, an international counterterrorism expert who joined GW from the White House, where he served as special assistant to the president for homeland security. 'We pride ourselves on being the first ‘think and do tank’ in the country specializing in building bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security.'” More

Homeland Security Expert Discusses Pandemic Preparedness
FireChief.com
May 2009

In this podcast, Daniel Kaniewski, HSPI Deputy Director, discusses how pandemics can adversely affect first-responders, specifically firefighters, as well as the nation's homeland security operations. More

Dynamic Swine Flu Threat Will Persist Through 2010, Experts Say
Security Management
May 14, 2009

"The timing of H1N1 'swine' flu’s arrival makes it too late to include in the 2009-2010 seasonal flu shot, which could mean two separate flu shots over the coming winter for many Americans and as many as three for children, whose immune systems have developed minimal resistance to influenza and may thus require two shots of the novel strain, according to a leading vaccinologist. Maj. Gen. Philip Russell U.S. Army, Ret., a physician and former head of the branch’s infectious disease program, participated in a panel discussion on H1N1 this week hosted by the George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services and the Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington, D.C." More

Heyman Wins Praise at Confirmation Hearing for DHS Policy Spot
CQ Homeland Security
May 13, 2009

"Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, said Heyman grasps the full spectrum of domestic security issues. 'Traditionally, that position has focused on just a few issues, and I think what he’ll bring to the table is a broader perspective,' Kaniewski said. 'I’ve always known him to speak his mind and I think that is a great quality for someone in that position to have.'"
Note: David Heyman is an HSPI Senior Fellow. More

Lady Liberty to reopen her crown, as the US gets comfortable with post-9/11 security
Christian Science Monitor
May 8, 2009

"The fact that Al Qaeda had held her hostage was symbolically the wrong message to send," says Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, whose father felt welcomed to the US when he saw the statue from his plane on arriving from Italy. "All that said, hopefully it doesn't mean we're lulled into a sense of complacency, rather that freedom comes with risks and we are learning to manage them accordingly." More

Homeland Security Implications for Pandemic Influenza
Fox 5 News
April 30, 2009

HSPI Deputy Director Daniel J. Kaniewski discusses the homeland security implications for pandemic influenza including the potential impacts to the nation's critical infrastructure. He also highlights the role of the Secretary of Homeland Security in coordinating the Federal government's response to the swine influenza outbreak. More

Experts Offer Advice for Incoming FEMA Chief
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
April 29, 2009

In this article, HSPI Deputy Director Daniel J. Kaniewski is one of 15 experts who provide advice to incoming FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. Kaniewski offers that rather than focus on what Administrator Fugate should address, he would instead want DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the FEMA administrator in her department and with respect to the federal government writ large. More

Heightened security at U.S.-Canada border catching few terror suspects
Hearst Newspapers
April 19, 2009

HSPI director Frank J. Cilluffo is interviewed in a feature report regarding how the U.S. government, despite an injection of resources to guard against terrorists crossing the Canadian border, is mostly catching ordinary illegal immigrants — creating a backlog of court cases and a flurry of protest from the public about random highway stops and bus or train inspections. More

Counter-narrative vital to fight terrorism
United Press International
April 15, 2009

This report on a recent ForeignPolicy.com essay by HSPI director Frank J. Cilluffo and senior fellow Daniel Kimmage highlights the need for Washington and the international community to make a concerted effort to control the narrative in the battle against al-Qaida in the information age. For example, the report notes the authors back a "strong counter-narrative" to highlight the destruction that terrorist acts causes not only to their victims but to society as a whole. More

GW institute releases game to aid first responders
The GW Hatchet
April 6, 2009

In a report on the launch of “Zero Hour,” a video game that will allow emergency workers to hone their skills on virtual scenes of large-scale crises, HSPI senior policy advisor Gregg Lord notes the uniqueness of utilizing gaming as a methodology to increase the response rates to large-scale incidents among responders of various backgrounds and abilities. More

Future of the Homeland Security Council
Chemical Facility Security News
April 3, 2009

A post on the debate about whether the White House Homeland Security Council should be folded into the National Security Council highlights an HSPI Task Force document “The Homeland Security Council: Considerations for the Future,” which the author notes may influence the outcome of this debate. More

Sober Game for First Responders
The Washington Post
March 31, 2009

In a Health section article on “Zero Hour,” a video game for emergency workers to hone their skills on the virtual scene of large-scale incidents, HSPI senior policy advisor Gregg Lord discusses the various scenarios presented in the game, and how paramedics, EMTs and other users will learn about equipment, what questions to ask victims, as well as triage and treatment. More

Obama to speak at Lisner Friday
The GW Hatchet
March 26, 2009

In a preview of President Obama’s visit to GW’s campus for a ceremonial swearing-in of Attorney General Eric Holder, the report notes that Holder was a member of HSPI’s steering committee until his appointment. More

People on the Move
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
March 13, 2009

A column highlighting those entering or leaving senior homeland security positions within government, the non-profit and private sectors lists the names and affiliations of all 31 of HSPI’s 2009 senior fellows. More

Public Diplomacy in the Digital Age, Part 2
MediaShift (PBS)
March 5, 2009

In a report on how public diplomacy may be one avenue to prevent large scale online attacks, HSPI director Frank J. Cilluffo notes that without effectual public diplomacy gains, the specter of cyber-terrorism will grow more vivid as a new digitally savvy generation of would-be terrorists comes of age. More

As Talk of Reorganization Moves Forward, Congress Prepares to Stake Claims Over FEMA
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
February 27, 2009

In a report on Congressional debate regarding whether the Obama administration should pull FEMA out of the Department of Homeland Security, HSPI director Frank J. Cilluffo notes that the debate misses the larger question of whether FEMA has an adequate capacity level and is capable of carrying out its mission. Deputy director Daniel J. Kaniewski predicts that a bill to remove FEMA from DHS would almost certainly die in committee, even if Obama supported it. More

Rewriting the Narrative: An Integrated Strategy for Counterradicalization
Counterterrorism Blog
February 27, 2009

A post by HSPI Senior Fellow Matthew Levitt of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) notes that HSPI director Frank J. Cilluffo endorsed “Rewriting the Narrative: An Integrated Strategy for Counterradicalization,” the final report of WINNEP’s Task Force on Confronting the Ideology of Radical Extremism. The report is the result of a bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission of diplomats, legislators, strategists, scholars, and experts in which Cilluffo served on. More

Lawmakers, Experts Endorse Divide and Conquer With Taliban
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
February 25, 2009

This report highlights “Micro-Diplomacy in Afghanistan,” a HSPI Issue Brief by director Frank J. Cilluffo and policy analyst Joseph R. Clark as part of a discussion on Congressional debate on how best to use non-military methods to stabilize Afghanistan. More

Homeland Security Panels Working to Streamline Department Oversight
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
February 20, 2009

This report highlights a point of discussion from HSPI’s Policy & Research Forum on “Homeland Security Priorities for the 111th Congress,” in which panelists predicted Congress isn’t likely to move toward consolidating the dozens of committees with jurisdiction over homeland security issues anytime soon. More

Authorization and chemical security bills top panel agendas
Government Executive
February 20, 2009

Discussing HSPI’s Policy & Research Forum on “Homeland Security Priorities for the 111th Congress,” the report highlights that speakers noted plans for moving on a Homeland Security authorization bill and legislation regulating security at the nation's chemical facilities, while acknowledging some potential obstacles ahead for Congress. More

26/11 aftermath: Pakistan's major PR effort in US
Rediff India Abroad
February 12, 2009

This report discussing HSPI’s Ambassador's Roundtable Series event with Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani highlights the Ambassador’s comments on his country’s resolve to fight terrorists and terrorism wherever it may lie. More

Pakistani ambassador talks security
The GW Hatchet
February 9, 2009

In discussing HSPI’s Ambassador's Roundtable Series event featuring Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani, HSPI director Frank J. Cilluffo notes the timeliness of the roundtable and unique qualifications of the Ambassador. More

House Chairman Warns of Consequences After Pakistani Scientist’s Release
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
February 6, 2009

This report discusses HSPI’s Ambassador's Roundtable Series event featuring Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani, and focuses on his comments regarding the recent release of A.Q. Khan, as well as U.S. assistance to Pakistan. More

What Happens When You Call 911 in Washington, DC
Washingtonian
February 1, 2009

HSPI senior policy advisor Gregg Lord discusses the deficiencies of the Washington, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services department, as well as the difficulties of integrating emergency medicine within the fire department as part of a lengthy report on the state of the agency. More

Informed Citizenry Is Indispensable in Responding to Disaster, Says Author
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
January 30, 2009

In a report highlighting HSPI’s Presidential Transition Task Force series event on citizen preparedness, HSPI director Frank J. Cilluffo discusses how to frame the preparedness debate, and how President Obama can best engage citizens to act against current threats. More

Al Qaeda suspect, held in U.S. for 7 years, became recruitment tool for terror group - officials
New York Daily News
January 28, 2009

HSPI director Frank J. Cilluffo is noted among a group of intelligence and counterterrorism experts for signing a brief filed with the Supreme Court in the case of Ali Saleh al-Marri, accused of acting as an Al Qaeda “sleeper” agent within the U.S. More

9 alumni of rehab for jihadists re-arrested
The New York Times
January 27, 2009

In discussing Saudi Arabia’s terrorist rehabilitation program, HSPI director Frank J. Cilluffo notes a program that doesn't work all the time is better than none because the alternative is an extended prison sentence, which only further radicalizes a person. More

Mr. Professor Goes to Washington
The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 16, 2009

A cover story featuring HSPI deputy director Daniel J. Kaniewski discusses the transition for academics and other policy experts to senior positions within the White House and presidential administration. More

Paulison: Access to President Key to FEMA Prospering Inside DHS
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
January 13, 2009

This report highlights the discussion from HSPI’s Policy & Research Forum, “FEMA: Capabilities, Coordination and Capacity for the Future,” with FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison. The report focuses on the debate of whether FEMA should continue to be part of the Department of Homeland Security. More

Obama plans to overhaul counterterrorism apparatus
Associated Press
January 9, 2009

Deputy director Daniel J. Kaniewski is interviewed regarding how to structure the homeland and national security policy process within President Obama’s White House. More

Hamas’s 400-Plus Rocket, Mortar Attacks Triggered Israel’s Defensive Response, Ambassador Says
Cybercast News Service
January 7, 2009

Discussing HSPI’s Ambassador's Roundtable Series event with Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor, the report notes Meridor’s position that Israel’s military incursion into Gaza is in response to sustained rocket attacks against Israel by the ruling Hamas party that in December 2008 – marking the end of a ceasefire between the two countries that Meridor said allowed the terrorist organization to regroup. More

Israeli Ambassador: 'No Grand Political Scheme in Gaza'
U.S. News & World Report
January 6, 2009

Discussing HSPI’s Ambassador's Roundtable Series event featuring Israel's Ambassador to the United States Sallai Meridor, the article notes the Ambassador called for international support for his country's effort against Hamas militants, describing the conflict as a purely military move on Israel's part, aimed at eliminating the group's capacity to fire rockets into Israel. More

We have no grand political scheme
ForeignPolicy.com
January 6, 2009

Prof. Marc Lynch discusses and analyzes HSPI’s Ambassador's Roundtable Series event featuring Israel's Ambassador to the United States Sallai Meridor. More

2008 (back to top)

Border, Internet cited in U.S. terror threat assessment
Associated Press
December 26, 2008

The terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security, and increasing Internet savvy, according to a new federal intelligence assessment obtained by the Associated Press. More

Homeland Security Council Out?
National Journal
December 13, 2008

Another former White House official said that if he were advising Obama, he would suggest redefining the NSC's role. "I would look at it more as our nation's security, beyond what is traditionally seen as the mission," said Frank Cilluffo, who was a special assistant to the president for homeland security and was a principal adviser to Gov. Tom Ridge, Bush's first homeland security adviser. Cilluffo and Jackson favor appointing two principal deputies -- one each for domestic and foreign issues -- both of whom would report directly to Jones. More

Report Sees Need for New Independent Voice on Public Diplomacy
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
December 5, 2008

George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute invited Kristin Lord and a panel of experts last week to present their ideas for change and explore some key questions from the institute’s task force on the presidential transition: How can America overcome the charge that foreign aid is a façade for counterterrorism goals? How can the nation engage productively with international organizations to build security and stability around the world? These were questions, in large part, of public diplomacy. More

President-elect Obama's National Security Team
Bloomberg Television
December 1, 2008

"These men and women represent all of the those elements of American power and the very best of the American example. they have served in you uniform and as diplomats. They have worked as legislators, law enforcement officials, and executives. They share my pragmatism about the use of power and my sense of purpose about America's role as a leader in the world," Obama said, "I'm going to be welcoming a vigorous debate inside the White House. But understand I will be setting policy as president. I will be responsible for the vision that this team carries out, and I expect them to implement that vision once decisions are made. So as Harry Truman said, the buck will stop with me." More

Time to ‘Reset Our Thinking’ Says HS Policy Institute’s Cilluffo
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
November 24, 2008

Frank Cilluffo is optimistic about the new administration. “I get the sense we have a chance to reset our thinking and win over some of our friends and future friends,” says the director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Experts Warn Against Upheaval With FEMA & DHS
National Journal
November 19, 2008

"You can't take FEMA out now without doing too much damage to the system," said Daniel Kaniewski, former special assistant to the president for Homeland Security and senior director for response policy. Kaniewski, now a counselor at the Homeland Security Policy Institute, worked extensively on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts during his time at the White House. He stressed that if FEMA were taken out of DHS, the department would simply develop its own disaster-response capabilities, so, in practice, nothing would substantially change. More

History and Geography Help Guide Spain’s Anti-Terror Policies
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security (Registration required)
November 12, 2008

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U.N. Officials Say Body Has a Key Role to Play in Fight Against Terrorism
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security (Registration required)
November 7, 2008

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Classification System a Challenge for the Next DHS Secretary
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security (Registration required)
November 3, 2008

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LAPD Chief: No more Brownies in new administration
Associated Press
October 23, 2008

The head of the country's third largest police department says the next U.S. president needs to appoint people with experience to serve in important homeland security positions. "We don't have time on these critical issues to engage in political payback: 'You supported me. You have no skills. But I'm going to give you this big job,'" Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton said Thursday at a George Washington University policy panel. More

Outlining DHS Priorities: Better Communication, Smarter Hiring, Defining Tasks
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security (Registration required)
October 23, 2008

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L.A. Police Chief Has ‘No Interest At All’ in Top Job at DHS
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security (Registration required)
October 23, 2008

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New National Alert System Is Set Back
The Wall Street Journal
October 22, 2008

Daniel Kaniewski, a former aide at the White House's Homeland Security Council, said it was disappointing that Homeland Security's system wasn't in better shape following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which he said exposed gaps in methods of getting information to local officials. More

How Long Does the Window of Vulnerability Stay Open in a New Administration?
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security (Registration required)
October 21, 2008

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Next president must outline homeland security aims
Associated Press
October 15, 2008

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Lack of Campaign Focus on Homeland Security Could Leave Winner Unprepared
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security (Registration required)
October 15, 2008

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Ex-Bush Adviser Cites Need For New Security Apparatus
Congress Daily
October 15, 2008

One of the top priorities for the next president, regardless of who wins the White House, will be quickly creating a management structure for making homeland security and national security decisions, a panel of experts said today. "I don't think either candidate has spoken clearly and articulately about their vision on this issue," said Frances Townsend, who served as President Bush's senior homeland security adviser. "And God help them if something happens before they've done that," Townsend added during a forum on the upcoming presidential transition hosted by the George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. More

Terrorist Financing: 'They've Picked Up on Globalization Faster Than We Have'
Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security
October 7, 2008

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Overlooked: The Littlest Evacuees
Newsweek
September 27, 2008

"There are myriad issues with children, from preparedness and recovery to repatriation to communities" that remain unaddressed, says Gregg Lord, a senior policy analyst with the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. More

Grabar-Kitarović: 'Hrvatsko-američki odnosi dostigli razinu partnerstva'
Voice of America (Croatian Service)
September 17, 2008

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YouTube bans terrorism training videos
Associated Press
September 12, 2008

"The reality is by shutting it down, it is more or less a game of whack-a-mole — it pops up somewhere else," said Frank Cilluffo, homeland security director at George Washington University. However, he said, forcing extremists to find other ways to post videos could give officials a better opportunity to monitor them. More

Candle Vigil Lights Way for Comfort during 9/11 Memorial Service
The Daily Colonial
September 12, 2008

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McCain, Obama largely agree on anti-terror issues
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2008

"The process of political campaigning has exaggerated the differences of the two candidates on trivial issues," said Brian Michael Jenkins of the Rand Corp., who is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on terrorism. He has studied the issue in the last seven presidential races. "But when it comes to where the campaigns have outlined their platforms on Iraq, Afghanistan and national security, there isn't a great deal of difference." More

Intelligence agencies leaning more heavily on open source data
Federal News Radio
September 11, 2008

Frank Cilluffo, director of Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University, says open source "must be demystified. It is an enabler to other collection disciplines," he says. "The greatest role open source can play is to decipher trends and analysis." More

FEMA Plays the Anticipation Game
The Wall Street Journal
September 4, 2008

The biggest challenge will come if later storms follow the same paths of Gustav or Hanna, said Daniel Kaniewski, who recently left his post as a top White House homeland-security aide. "My biggest concern is a one-two punch," he said. More

Gustav Response; Learning From Katrina
Bloomberg News
September 2, 2008

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FEMA Chief Praised for Cool Head, Preparation as Gustav Approached
The Wall Street Journal
September 2, 2008

As FEMA turns to the Gustav recovery and prepares to contend with Tropical Storm Hanna, officials say much of the credit for the turnaround goes to agency Administrator R. David Paulison. More

Bush focuses on Gustav instead of convention
USA Today
September 1, 2008

Daniel Kaniewski, special assistant to the president for homeland security until this month, said no potential disaster has received as much focus as another New Orleans hurricane. "For three years, they've been planning for this," Kaniewski said. "That's what the president wanted." More

Response to Hurricane Gustav
Fox News
September 3, 2008

The storm that struck the U.S. on Monday largely spared New Orleans and Louisiana, but neighborhoods remained without power and community water and sewage systems were not all working. Bush, who visited two Texas emergency command centers on Monday as Gustav lashed the coast, has declared a major disaster exists in Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal claims the state is at "halftime" in the Gustav ordeal. More

What Should We Tell The Public? (featuring Alan McCurry, HSPI Steering Committee member)
In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog
August 24, 2008

Alan McCurry, an emergency management consultant, is the former Chief Operating Officer of the American Red Cross. In this “What Should We Tell The Public?” segment, McCurry draws from his experience as a U.S. Navy nuclear submariner. He says that the more prepared you are in an emergency the more ready you will be to handle the always fluid conditions. More

Rethinking the post-9/11 Strategy
The Christian Science Monitor
August 1, 2008

"The adversary's real center of gravity is its narrative and we have to find ways to facilitate it falling on its own weight," says Professor Cilluffo. He agrees with the Heritage's Carafano that Al Qaeda is indeed losing some popular support in the Muslim world. But Cilluffo believes Al Qaeda itself is responsible for that. "Al Qaeda has made its colors very clear – people see it for what it is: a violent ideology that will kill anything and everything in its way to meet its so-called objective," he says. "It's unraveling. Even some of the intellectual thinkers [within the movement are] peeling away the justification and credibility of Al Qaeda's narrative." More

What Should We Tell The Public? (featuring Jan Lane, HSPI Deputy Director)
In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog
July 31, 2008

In this segment, Jan Lane says citizens need to realize that they will likely be their own first responders in the first 72 hours after a disaster, and therefore it is in their best interest to prepare themselves and their families for that possibility. And she also makes the excellent point that sometimes fear, if warranted, can be a good motivator for getting some people to act and take those first steps towards personal preparedness. More

Brazilian Ambassador Plays Down Terror Threat From Tri-Border Area
Congressional Quarterly
July 29, 2008

Speaking at a Tuesday roundtable hosted by the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, (Ambassador) Patriota called those conclusions “myths,” saying the “Three Plus One” initiative that pools intelligence resources from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the United States has turned up no evidence to support them. More

Security chief decries 'war on terror'
Financial Times
May 28, 2008

Frank Cilluffo, a terrorism expert at George Washington University and former special assistant to Mr Bush for homeland security, says the US government can take a series of steps to help counter al-Qaeda. He agrees that the US should abandon the concept of a “war on terror” – which “fuels the adversaries narrative” – and “decouple religion from ideology.” More

A media-distribution enterprise for global terror
Globe and Mail
May 22, 2008

"I look at al-Qaeda as a brand. ... What makes brands grow and what makes brands atrophy?" said Mr. Cilluffo, now at George Washington University. "The real centre of gravity is the narrative: They are fighting a media campaign." More

World Food Crisis Worsening
Voice of America
April 25, 2008

Jan Lane is with the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. “People aren't pushed into radical ideology," she says. "They are pulled into rebellion through those social networks." More

The Agenda with Steve Paikin
TV Ontario
March 26, 2008

The Debate: Muslim Extremism Online hosted by Graeme Smith (Frank J. Cilluffo as one of five guests on program)- The digital battleground: How are Muslim extremists using the Internet to further their aims and what's being done to stop them? More

SXSW 2008 - Day One: The Web Just Got Really Really Scary
E-Gear
March 14, 2008

Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, introduced some of the most refreshing thought on the topic, stating, “We can’t simply kill and capture our way to victory.” He said that we need credible Muslim voices (Islamic scholars, for example) who can show how tenets are being misinterpreted by jihadists. “We need to decouple religion from ideology.” More

SXSW: How to Fight Online Jihadism
AppScout
March 8, 2008

Frank Cilluffo was the next speaker, a Homeland Security expert from George Washington University, formerly a White House advisor. Cilluffo spoke about the need for a paradigm shift in the way we deal with terrorist ideas online. "We need to think about Al Qaida as a brand that is franchising," as well as thinking about it as an Internet-fueled, leaderless movement, he said. And the way to deal with the movement is to stop the indoctrination of new recruits. We can't capture and kill our way to victory... We need to be attacking their ideas instead of their structures," he said. Anti-terrorism needs to be a media campaign to undo the seduction of a violent point of view." More

SXSW Live Blogging: Online Extremism - And the Muslims Who Fight It
UnMassed
March 8, 2008

Frank Cilluffo- We can’t kill and capture our way to victory. We have to attack their ideas. This is really about ideas. We’re dealing with a media campaign; a multimedia approach. It’s not so much about the websites, it’s about the chat rooms. Our emphasis must be on where we can engage others. It’s about people. More

Reverse Radicalization
Time Magazine
March, 2008

"We've been fighting the wrong battle," says Frank Cilluffo, a former White House Homeland Security official who is researching deradicalization at George Washington University. "The real center of gravity of the enemy is their narrative. It is ideologically bankrupt." More

Iran Raises the Heat in Afghanistan
Time Magazine
February, 22, 2008

All of this leaves Afghanistan caught in the middle. The country needs Iran's help developing its infrastructure in the eastern provinces and has a long-term interest in maintaining friendly relations, but Kabul knows it can't be at the cost of distancing itself from the U.S. and NATO. The last thing Karzai wants is to be forced into making a choice between Iran and the U.S. "Iran has played both a constructive and destructive role in Afghanistan," said ambassador Jawad. By playing it both ways, Iran is trying to back Kabul into a corner. That's not neighborly. More

Key Voices Weigh In on Homeland Security Dept.
National Public Radio
January 14, 2008

Frank Cilluffo, former White House aide on homeland security issues: Cilluffo, who now heads George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, says that the Bush administration's proposal to merge two dozen agencies into a new Homeland Security Department arose from necessity. There was a belief inside the White House that the government had to be more unified, but he notes that the plan was hatched by a very small group of White House insiders. According to Cilluffo, the creation of the department was very ambitious; no one would expect such a huge merger in the private sector to succeed in less than five years. More

2007 (back to top)

Senior Qaeda Theologian Urges His Followers To End Their Jihad
The New York Sun
December 20, 2007
The director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, Frank Cilluffo, said, "Here you have someone with the stature and credibility, who more or less wrote the book on jihadism and is oft cited by other jihadists, making the case against it. This is someone with the heft on legal and religious grounds to make the counter argument that we can't." More

A State Department Official Praises Saudi on Terror
The New York Sun
December 13, 2007
The director of the Homeland Security Policy Initiative at George Washington University, Frank Cilluffo, however yesterday said he was keeping an open mind. "These kinds of programs could have great significance," he said. "But we need greater empirical data. We need to know greater transparency, we need to track it further for recidivism."
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Surging campus interest in homeland security
Medill Reports
October 23, 2007
Students at George Washington University are just part of a growing trend of students interested in a national security career path.
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Analysis: New homeland security strategy
UPI
October 15, 2007
Frank J. Cilluffo, a former homeland security adviser in the Bush White House, says there has been a wrong-headed mindset within the administration, dating back to the post-Sept. 11 era, “that we can kill and capture our way to victory.” And, he says emphatically, “That’s simply not the case.”
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New Security Strategy Emphasizes Disaster Preparedness
Washington Post
October 10, 2007
"It reads more like a legacy document than a forward-leaning strategy," said Frank J. Cilluffo, a former Bush adviser now head of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. "To some extent, it was a missed opportunity," he said.
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A New Push For Change In The War On Terror
The Christian Science Monitor
August 22, 2007
"Once you strip the adversary of their extremist message of religion, there's nothing left but criminality and thuggery," says Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. "There's growing recognition this needs to be done, but we haven't marshaled and mobilized those resources as much as we ought to." Some scholars believe a comprehensive strategy should include a massive economic and social investment similar to the Marshall Plan after World War II. They also think it's crucial to develop a strategy of deterrence.
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Terror Goes Digital. With Canadian Help
Globe and Mail
August 18, 2007
“If you look at the messaging and narrative, it's aimed at a Western audience,” says Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, and a former special assistant on security to the president. “I look at al-Qaeda as a brand, and you have to look at what makes brands flourish – there has been a big improvement in use of symbols.”
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How to Look at Homegrown Terror
Time Magazine
August 16, 2007
The National Intelligence Estimate did put more emphasis on the threat of al-Qaeda, but both reports stressed the danger of radical, self-generating cells. The federal Estimate is put together by people whose focus is overseas, says Frank Cilluffo at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. The feds will never be as well-positioned as NYPD to understand the homegrown threat. "Ultimately, state and local authorities know their communities best."
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NYPD Warns of Homegrown Terror Threat
AP
August 15, 2007

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Terror Videos Flood Internet
Newsday
August 12, 2007

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Call 4 Action: Terrorists Using Internet To Get Personal Info.
Pittsburgh Channel.com
July 26, 2007

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Al-Qaeda May Use Iraq Tactics in U.S., Report Says
Bloomberg
July 17, 2007
Frank Cilluffo, head of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, said the report shows ``unequivocally'' that more resources must be devoted to defeating al-Qaeda in this region.

Such a renewed push ``should be part of a broader effort to win hearts and minds, remove terrorist masterminds, and provide opportunities for those who may be seduced by the jihadi ideology,'' he said. More

Should US cities try a London-style camera network?
Christian Science Monitor
July 11, 2007

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Terrorism's Hook Into Your Mailbox: U.K. Case Shows Link Between Online Fraud and Jihadist Networks
The Washington Post
July 5, 2007
"We need to better understand who the primary actors are on these sites and chat rooms, as well as the nexus between where these people are in the cyber and physical world," said Frank J. Cillufo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University. "Sure, people will say and do things in the cyber environment that they probably wouldn't do face-to-face, but the question is when does it morph from talk into action? We need to better understand the trigger points that move these participants from sympathizer to activist to indiscriminate violence." More

Internet a Front Line in Terror War, Reports Warn
Cybercast News Service
June 27, 2007

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Experts Advise on Combating Radicalization
New York Times
June 15, 2007
“We have to stop attacking only the structure and start attacking their strategy,” the director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, Frank J. Cilluffo, said. Terrorist organizations, for example, use the Web to glorify the people who carry out attacks as serving God. But, Mr. Cilluffo noted, there is no effort to use video from gruesome attacks like the slaughter of Russian schoolchildren or the bombing of a wedding at a Jordanian hotel to underscore that terrorists are cold-blooded murderers. More

Defense Against Extremist Use of the Internet
The Hill
June 5, 2007
George Washington University’s Frank Cilluffo explained that Internet chat rooms and password-protected forums are being used as tools for recruiting and coordinating terrorists.
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Tuberculosis Patient's Voyage Stirs Debate Over Security Issues
Wall Street Journal
May 31, 2007
"It was the fact that he was just sick that is part of the problem," said Frank Cilluffo, the director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Institute. "This incident clearly points to the need to recognize that public-health matters are national-security matters and we need to widen the net in a way which respects people's privacy and doesn't treat sick people as criminals," he added.
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Newly Nasty
The Economist
May 24, 2007
For most governments, defending their national security against cyberwarfare means keeping hackers out of important government computers. Much less thought has been given to the risks posed by large-scale disruption of the public internet. Modern life depends on it, yet it is open to all comers.
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US Gets Creative in Online Battle Against Al Qaeda
Kuwait Times
May 4, 2007

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Report Says Internet a Key Tool for Extremists
USA Today
May 3, 2007
"There's only one side on the battlefield, and it isn't us," says Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, who will testify Thursday on the Internet-Facilitated Radicalization report in the Senate. "We've created this global village — the Internet — without a police department."
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Senators Voice Alarm Over Terrorist Net Presence
ZDNet News
May 3, 2007

"Internet chat rooms are now supplementing and replacing mosques, community centers and coffee shops as venues for recruitment and radicalization by terrorist groups like Al-Qaida," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. He co-authored a report released Thursday (PDF) that details the use of the Internet by radical groups, some of whom live by the slogan "keyboard equals Kalashnikov." More

Virginia Tech Shootings Raise Question of Which Facilities Are Vulnerable to Copycats
Congressional Quarterly
April 23, 2007

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Transit Security Requires Chaotic Approach
USA Today
March 1, 2007
From Moscow, Madrid and Mumbai to London, Tokyo and Paris, trains and subways have provided ideal targets for terrorists. Given the low security measures, high numbers of passengers, and mass transit's critical economic significance, attacks on these transport systems potentially have the biggest impact for the lowest cost.
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Targeting Terror at the Mall
Access Control and Security Systems
February 1, 2007
A 14-hour program has been developed by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a trade group, and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. It is the first standardized anti-terrorism curriculum written for the nation's estimated 20,000 mall security guards.
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Prison Jihad
CNN
January 23, 2007

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Advisers urge DHS chief to seek intel community's support
GovExec
January 11, 2007
Frank Cilluffo, associate vice president for homeland security at The George Washington University, said at the meeting that national security agencies and DHS are "inextricably intertwined" and that Chertoff should push to "remove the artificial bifurcation" among them.
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Beefing up the mall guard
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 10, 2007
You see, the fidgety guy in the heavy coat fits the profile of a suicide bomber, according to the training program developed by George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. The training also teaches guards about terrorist groups, types of attacks and how they can help police and emergency workers in the event of an incident.
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2006 (back to top)

Lawmakers study terror insurance renewal
Boston Globe
September 27, 2006

Experts Seek More Clues About Root Causes of ‘Homegrown’ Terrorist Movement
CQ
September 20, 2006
One way to prevent these ideologies from spreading is if more strong Muslim leaders take a role as Muslim service provides in prisons, where a great deal of radicalization is cultivated, says Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. It’s natural for inmates to seek religion for direction, he said. But Muslim leaders with radical beliefs are often able to influence the prison population because there are not enough qualified imans to work in prisons, Cilluffo said. Furthermore, U.S. officials need to have more interaction and communication with the Arab and Muslim communities across the world to cultivate mutual trust and understanding, Cilluffo said. Confining discussions with these groups to counterterrorism will create a defensive atmosphere, he said.

Plots traced to prison
Newsday
September 19, 2006
"Prisoner radicalization is a potentially significant threat to U.S. national security," said the head of the panel, Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Secu- rity Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. "The U.S., with its large prison population, is at risk of facing the sort of homegrown terrorism currently plaguing other countries."

D.C delinquent in EMS oversight, task force reveals
The Washington Times
September 15, 2006

Chemical-plant security vexes Congress
The Christian Science Monitor
September 15, 2006

Masters of the Ordinary
EMS Responder Magazine
September 11, 2006

Prisons are a potential recruiting ground for extremists
LA Daily News
September 9, 2006

3,000 evacuate in downtown drill
The Chicago Daily Herald
September 8, 2006

Homegrown terror suspects raise concern
AP
August 30, 2006

Bomb plot spurs a 'new normal' for flying
The Christian Science Monitor
August 18, 2006

Terror Focus Stays Fixed on Aviation
CQ Weekly
August 14, 2006

Sharing of intelligence a weak point
Baltimore Sun
August 12, 2006

Officials see plot as worst threat since 9/11
Guardian Unlimited
August 11, 2006

Key Legislation, Committee Rank Open-Ended
CQ Homeland Security
August 9, 2006

Disaster Preparedness
McClatchy Newspapers
July 23, 2006

Disrupted Plot in New York City
Newsday
July 8, 2006

Homeland Security Enters the Classroom
Baltimore Sun
July 7, 2006

Can Congress Rescue FEMA?
Washington Post
June 26, 2006

Recent arrests in terrorist plot in Miami
Bloomberg
June 23, 2006

Insurgency in Iraq
Radio Free Europe
June 16, 2006

The role of the internet in fighting terrorism
Canadian Broadcasting Company
June 6, 2006

Senate Katrina report
Biloxi Sun Herald
April 28, 2006

Balance between security and free trade
Financial Times
February 25, 2006

White House proposes Katrina fixes
Houston Chronicle
February 24, 2006

Cilluffo discusses WH lessons learned review
Baltimore Sun
February 23, 2006

United Arab Emirates port security deal
Christian Science Monitor
February 22, 2006

Cilluffo discusses House Katrina report
NPR "To the Point"
February 15, 2006

Insurance role in homeland security
Newhouse News
January 19, 2006

HSPI Director discusses new risk based DHS grant formula
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2006

2005 (back to top)

Cilluffo discusses the 9/11 Commission report card
Fox News Channel
December 5, 2005

HSPI Director discusses intelligence sharing
Christian Science Monitor
October 20, 2005

Homeland security expert Frank Cilluffo discusses disaster relief
Council on Foreign Relations
September 23, 2005

Poor communications slowed military's hurricane response
National Journal
September 19, 2005

A Crisis Agency In Crisis
US News & World Report
September 19, 2005

Cilluffo comments on selection of King to head House homeland committee
Newsday
September 15, 2005

HSPI Director, Senior Fellows send letter outlining criteria for new Homeland chair
CQ Homeland Security
September 14, 2005

HSPI Director comments on Katrina response and National Response Plan
Knight-Ridder Tribune Newspapers
September 13, 2005

Cilluffo discusses federal Katrina response
C-SPAN "Washington Journal"
September 12, 2005

HSPI Director comments on preparedness four years after 9/11
Bergen County Record, NJ
September 11, 2005

Cilluffo comments on federal disaster response
Dallas Morning News
September 11, 2005

Cilluffo comments on appointment of Admiral Allen to head up Katrina response
Baltimore Sun
September 10, 2005

Improvements Needed in Government Communication
WTOP Radio News
September 6, 2005

HSPI director assesses national preparedness
Fox News "Special Report"
September 5, 2005

HSPI director assesses national preparedness
Reuters
September 2, 2005

Was FEMA ready for a disaster like Katrina?
NBC Nightly News
September 2, 2005

HSPI director addresses FEMA/Katrina
Baltimore Sun
September 2, 2005

HSPI leader discusses new 'smart mob' homeland technology
Congressional Quarterly
July 26, 2005

HSPI Director comments on transportation security measures
Christian Science Monitor
July 25, 2005

HSPI Director speaks to the need to counter the psychological impact of terrorism
Baltimore Sun
July 22, 2005

HSPI Director highlights intelligence restructuring at the Department of Homeland Security
Christian Science Monitor
July 15, 2005

HSPI Director speaks on overhaul of the Department of Homeland Security
Associated Press
July 14, 2005

HSPI Director comments on role of intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security
Baltimore Sun
July 13, 2005

HSPI Director speaks on Secretary Chertoff's plan to restructure the Department of Homeland Security
Bloomberg News
July 13, 2005

HSPI Director comments on post-9/11 preparedness efforts
Christian Science Monitor
July 12, 2005

HSPI Director discusses War on Terror
BBC Radio
July 11, 2005

HSPI Director reacts to President Bush's War on Terrorism speech at FBI Academy
Radio Free Europe
July 11, 2005

HSPI Director speaks to British audience on terrorist attacks
BBC
July 8, 2005

HSPI Director comments on the value of intelligence for preventing future terrorist attacks
Christian Science Monitor
July 8, 2005

HSPI Director discusses London bombings
NPR
July 7, 2005

HSPI Director speaks on terrorist attacks in London
The Financial Times
July 7, 2005

HSPI Director highlights Congressman Curt Weldon as possible House Homeland Security Committee chairman
Associated Press
June 10, 2005

HSPI Director comments on FedEx efforts to bolster homeland security.
Fox News Channel
May 30, 2005

HSPI Deputy Director speaks on need for rapid sharing of information during a potential terrorist incident
"Questions Raised About D.C.'s Alert System"
WTOP radio
May 17, 2005

HSPI Deputy Director cites recent response in DC as an opportunity to test plans
"D.C. Official: ‘Bad Decision’ Not to Send Emergency Alert During Plane Incident"
Congressional Quarterly
May 17, 2005

HSPI Deputy Director discusses response to aircraft that entered restricted DC airspace
"The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer"
PBS
May 12, 2005

HSPI Director comments on aviation security at Reagan National Airport
"Nightly News with Brian Williams"
NBC
May 11, 2005

HSPI EMS report stirring national discussion on EMS
"Brewing National Debate: Move EMS from DOT to DHS?"
Journal of Emergency Medical Services
May 3, 2005 (Posted with the permission of JEMS, Copyright 2005, www.jems.com)

HSPI EMS report draws national attention
"Ambulances, paramedics shut out of funding"
United Press International (UPI)
May 3, 2005

HSPI Deputy Director comments on HSPI EMS report
"Study: Emergency Medical Services Should Move From DOT to DHS"
Congressional Quarterly
May 3, 2005

HSPI Director comments on university homeland security education, training programs
Fox News Channel
May 2, 2005

HSPI Deputy Director discusses homeland security education
Fox News Channel
May 1, 2005

HSPI Director comments on homeland security education
"Colleges' Hottest New Major: Terror"
The Washington Post A01
April 30, 2005

HSPI Director's comment is The Washington Post's "Quote of the Day"
"There is a larger, compelling calling here. This is our generation's war -- it's not going away."
The Washington Post
April 30, 2005

HSPI Deputy Director comments on the debate over federal homeland security funding
"Security Spending Initiates Disputes"
The Washington Post

April 13, 2005

A Doomsday Priority
The Washington Times

April 6, 2005

HSPI Director proposes that US-Canadian border security efforts serve as example for North American strategy
"Don't rush toward a trinational security strategy"
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
March 21, 2005

HSPI Director comments on building the business case for homeland security
"Insurance discounts eyed for security"
The Washington Times

March 6, 2005

HSPI Director comments on building the business case for homeland security
"Government Sees Insurers as Tool to Encourage More Security
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Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News
February 28, 2005

HSPI Director comments on building the business case for homeland security
'US sees insurers as possible tool in terror fight”
The Boston Globe, A01
February 22, 2005

2004 (back to top)

HSPI Director comments on the future of DHS after the departure of Secretary Tom Ridge
"Newshour with Jim Lehrer"
PBS
November 30, 2004

  • Was quoted in a December 27 UPI story about the challenges a new DHS secretary faces.
  • "Computing insecurity ; The trigger finger is on the mouse," Sarasota Herald Tribune , December 19, 2004 . Discussed cybersecurity and cyber-terrorism.
  • "Ridge agrees to review color-coded terror alerts" Associated Press , December 14, 2004 . Was quoted about the debate over the color-coded DHS alert system.
  • "Bill gives tourism, travel industries more input on homeland security," Stephens Media Group , December 8, 2004 . Commented on a House intelligence bill that reformed the job description of the DHS special assistant who handles relations with the private sector
  • "Homeland choice faces tough job ; Bush's nominee for top security post came up the hard way," Christian Science Monitor , December 6, 2004 . Commented on the nomination of Bernard Kerik.
  • " Helping everybody get along," Federal Computer Week, December 6, 2004 . Discussed the implementation of the National Incident Management System.
  • Appeared on CNN on December 3 to discuss the appointment of Bernard Kerik as DHS secretary.
  • Appeared on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. November 30, 2004 Discussed the legacy of Secretary Tom Ridge .
  • "Analysis: President Bush nominates Bernard Kerik to head the Department of Homeland Security" NPR: "All Things Considered," December 3, 2004 . Discussed the nomination of Bernard Kerik and challenges facing DHS.
  • "Kerik Picked by Bush for Homeland Security Post," Bloomberg News, December 3, 2004 .
  • "Bush taps ex-NYC police chief," Chicago Tribune, December 3, 2004 . Discussed the Kerik nomination.
  • "Next Homeland Security Chief Must Confront Public Complacency," Newhouse News Service, December 2, 2004 . (Ran in New Orleans Times-Picayune and Cleveland Plain Dealer). Discussed the Kerik nomination and challenges facing DHS.
  • "Ridge to leave post as first US Director of Homeland Security," Boston Globe, December 1, 2004 . Discussed the departure of Tom Ridge and his accomplishments at DHS.
  • "Ridge leaving cabinet," Washington Post, December 1, 2004. Discussed the departure of Tom Ridge.
  • "Hutchinson mentioned for cabinet," Arkansas Democrat Gazette, December 1, 2004 . Discussed Asa Hutchinson as a possible DHS Secretary nominee.
  • " Hutchinson on short list to replace Ridge," Stephens Media Group , December 1, 2004. Discussed the potential nomination of Asa Hutchinson as DHS Secretary.
  • " Police, fire departments see shortages across USA ; Fiscal woes biggest factor in substandard staffing," USA Today , November 29, 2004 . Discussed the importance of training and exercises in emergency preparation.
  • "War on Terror, Phase Two," National Journal, November 20, 2004 . Discussed the future of the war on terrorism and upcoming challenges.
  • "First Responders seek common lingo," Federal Computer Week, November 15, 2004 . Discussed the importance of interoperability.
  • "Asa Hutchinson ponders future," Associated Press , November 11, 2004 . Discussed Hutchinson 's prospects for DHS top job.
  • Wrote an op-ed on the flu vaccine shortage. "Developing new flu vaccines must become a priority," Asbury Park Press , October 15, 2004 .
  • "U.S. cybersecurity chief abruptly resigns, cites frustration," Associated Press, October 1, 2004 . Discussed the resignation of Amit Yoran.
  • "Hurtling Toward an Intelligence Overhaul," National Journal , September 18, 2004 . Discussed the upcoming intelligence overhaul bill.
  • "A false sense of insecurity," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , September 12, 2004 . Discussed terrorist capabilities and the increasing sense of public fear.
  • Was quoted by The Boston Globe on the Federal Emergency Management Agency, September 5, 2004.
  • "Recruiting spies: tricks of a murky trade; The CIA makes progress, but critics say it is hampered by Muslim bitterness against the US and other challenges," Christian Science Monitor, September 2, 2004 . Discussed the difficulty to recruit spies and plant them in terrorist organizations.
  • " Bomb screening gaps make US planes vulnerable," Reuters, September 1, 2004 . Discussed the inability to detect explosives in hand luggage.
  • Appeared on ABC News World Tonight, August 27, 2004 . Discussed airport baggage screening capabilities.
  • "New chief for an embattled CIA ; Bush's pick, Rep. Porter Goss, brings inside experience as a former operative. But he's recently been a harsh critic of the agency," Christian Science Monitor, August 11, 2004 . Discussed the appointment of Rep. Porter Goss to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • " Dangers from terrorism are scant compared to other risks, experts say; Campaign rhetoric may fuel concerns, Sense of insecurity is out of proportion, observers contend ," Seattle Times, August 8, 2004. Commented on the ability of terrorists to cause fear in society.
  • "How big Al Qaeda's footprint is in the US ; Intelligence revelations this week suggest that operatives remain active here, though the number of cells is uncertain," Christian Science Monitor, August 6, 2004 . Commented on the transformation of Al Qaeda.
  • "Confusion Mounts Over Threat; U.S. Seeks Balance Between Raising Alerts, Protecting Sources," Washington Post, August 6, 2004 . Commented on the terrorism threat alert system.
  • "Few city anti-terror cops; U.S. House panel told that Chicago has `less than 10,'" Chicago Tribune, August 5, 2004 . Commented on the need for local intelligence efforts.
  • "Experts caution rest of nation: Be vigilant, too - Officials fear the temptation to think terrorists are eyeing only the coasts," Newhouse News, August 3, 2004 . Commented on the raising of the terror threat alert system.
  • "9-11 Commission stresses info sharing," Federal Computer Week , July 26, 2004 . Discussed possible ways to increase intelligence efforts.
  • "A dream with a fatal end Journalist dies trying to cleanse Russia 's soul," Cleveland Plain Dealer , July 22, 2004 . Discussed the murder of an American journalist in Washington.
  • " Public Less Fearful Of Terrorist Attack; Trend Worries Preparedness Officials," Washington Post, July 21, 2004. Discussed public preparedness.
  • Appeared in a Voice of America story about creative brainstorming and red cell work at DHS. June 28, 2004.
  • " A different perspective to help fight terrorism," Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 2004 . Commented on his work with the DHS Red Cell team.
  • "Canada still not winning over most Americans with anti-terror efforts: analyst," Canadian Press, June 3, 2004 . Commented on Canadian anti-terror efforts.
  • "All quiet on the border? New book warns of the harsh impact stepped-up American security has on the lives of Canadians," Toronto Star, May 8, 2004 . Commented on US/Canada border security measures.
  • "Second-Class Security," National Journal, May 1, 2004 . Defended administration achievements in first two years since 9/11.
  • "Bioterrorism Procedures Are Outlined; Bush Directive Specifies Agency Responsibilities," Washington Post, April 29, 2004 . Commented on biological terrorism preparedness efforts.
  • "Cities grumble about terror money," Des Moines Register , April 25, 2004 . Commented on homeland security funding for localities.
  • "On Guard, But How Well?" National Journal, March 6, 2004 . Commented on post-9/11 administration preparedness efforts.
  • "Ridge praises department's first year of work, progress," Newsday, February 24, 2004 . Commented on progress at DHS in its first year of existence.
  • "Terror alert level toned down; Ridge says risks remain; critics question timing," Chicago Tribune, January 10, 2004. Commented on the lowering of the terror threat alert level.

2003 (back to top)

  • Appeared on NPR Newsline on December 22, 2003 to discuss the decision to raise the national terror threat alert level.
  • Was featured in an Associated Press story on December 8, 2003 for is appointment by Tom Ridge to an advisory council that recommends security measures.
  • Was featured in a CQ Weekly story on December 8, 2003 for his appointment to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
  • "Programme aims to bridge the communications gap - PRIVATE-PUBLIC SECTOR RELATIONSHIPS - Businesses will be involved in counter-terrorism," Financial Times, December 3, 2003 . Commented on the important of working with the private sector on homeland security.
  • Appeared on NBC Nightly News on October 6, 2003 to discuss a major Pentagon oversight that allowed individuals to purchase dangerous weapons off the Department of Defense's homepage.
  • "US said still not prepared for major attack," Reuters, October 2, 2003 . Comented on U.S. preparedness for another 9-11 like attack.
  • "Shaken, Not Stirred," National Journal, September 13, 2003 . Commented on national terrorism preparedness.
  • "Terrorism fight gets fed funds," Raleigh News and Observer , September 7, 2003. Commented on DHS state terrorism preparedness funding.
  • "Lest we forget ... ; Complacency over terrorism worries experts," Newhouse News, May 24, 2003 . Commented on public preparedness efforts.
  • "Fear Factor," National Journal, May 10, 2003. Commented on the importance of psychologically preparing the public for terrorist attacks.
  • Mutiple Cilluffo CSIS papers on the importance of targeting Saddam Hussein's finances were featured in a March 26, 2003 Boston Herald article, "Smartest bombs would hit at Saddam's wallet."