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Intelligence Solutions Involved in the Response to the Boston Marathon Bombing

By Richard Pera, Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University

Looking back on the 2013 Boston Marathon event is painful for many: Two pressure-cooker bombs were detonated near the finish line, killing three and injuring 264. Americans were shocked yet again as Muslim extremists—in this case the two foreign-born, Americanized Tsarnaev brothers from suburban Boston—committed an unspeakable act of terror against innocent civilians during an event which coincided with “Patriot’s Day,” commemoration of the start of the American Revolutionary War in nearby Lexington and Concord.

Draft Report on Intelligence and Communications Technology for Privacy and National Security Recommends Changes

By Jamie Smith, faculty member in the National Security Studies program at American Public University

This year, the issues of the right to privacy and the need for the government to collect information in the interest of national security came to a head when Edward Snowden revealed information related to the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) surveillance program.

Behind the Scenes: Preparing for Hurricane Isaac to Make Landfall

By Leischen Stelter One of those closely monitoring Hurricane Isaac is Dr. Christopher Reynolds, interim Program Director for Emergency & Disaster Management at American Public University System. Reynolds is currently on active duty with the U.S. Air Force as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO) assigned to the National Security Emergency Preparedness Directorate (NSEP) at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida. Read what his team has done to prepare for Hurricane Isaac and how emergency preparedness has changed dramatically since Hurricane Katrina.

The Increasing Threat of the Mexican Drug Cartel in the United States

By James Deater Recently there have been horrific events unfolding in small towns throughout the United States, where the loss of life has been unimaginable. As we continue to fight terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, utilizing our intelligence agencies and U.S. military to their fullest extent, there is a time-bomb ticking in our own backyard. Read more about the impacts of Mexican drug cartels and why, as a country, we need to recognize this is an imminent threat and do more to motivate and educate policy makers to respond.