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Permanent Eemergency by Kip Hawley

MAY Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security

Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security
By Kip Hawley and Nathan Means

Since 2001 the TSA has accepted responsibility for protecting over two million people a day at U.S. airports and managing transportation operations around the world. But how effective is this beleaguered agency, and is it really keeping us safe...

Border management modernization

MARCH Border Management Modernization

Border Management Modernization
Edited by Gerard McLinden, Enrique Fanta, David Widdowson & Tom Doyle

Border clearance processes by customs and other agencies are among the most important and problematic links in the global supply chain. It takes three times as many days, nearly twice as many documents, and six times as many signatures to import goods in poor...

extremely loud book

FEBRUARY Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer

If you can't join us for the film, and even if you can, take a few hours to read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Jonothan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness...

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WHS University: OIG Report on DHS Management Challenges

DHS OIG:  Major Management Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security The DHS Office of the Inspector General issued its latest look at the Department's management challenges last month.  While the document did not hold any surprises it reinforced the numerous department-wide and operational challenges faced by Janet Napolitano's management team.   Acquisition management, information technology management, grants and financial management, critical...

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December Book Club: Homeland Security Assessing the First Five Years by Michael Chertoff

Homeland Security:  Assessing the First Five Years by Michael Chertoff In anticipation of the Secretary's talk with WHS on January 12, we invite you to read his book.  As we approach the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, have we done enough?  How have recent attempts been thwarted and what can we do better? In 2003, the President and the U.S....

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WHS University: The DHS Risk Lexicon

DHS Risk Lexicon  (click pic to read) The DHS Risk Lexicon makes available a common, unambiguous set of official terms and definitions to ease and improve the communication of risk-related issues for DHS and its partners. It facilitates the clear exchange of structured and unstructured data that is essential to the exchange of ideas and information amongst risk practitioners by fostering...

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February Book Club: Skating on Stilts by Stewart Baker

In the years after 9/11, officials scrambled to rethink security at the border and in the air-while privacy groups and foreign governments did their best to stop and then roll back security measures. As a result, we have only partially closed gaping security holes. Worse, the resistance has made it all but impossible to head off other disasters that are...


Learn From Reading

LEARN FROM READING The papers and reports below have been featured in WHS' monthly newsletter and reflect a variety of topics and reports from numerous sources. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Unclassified Executive Summary of Committee Report on 1225 Bombing Conclusions of the Senate Select Committee's investigation of the 1225 Bombing attempt. ...