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February 27, 2015

Weekly Recap: Jihadi John, Homeland Security Department, Afghanistan

Acrobatic pilots perform on the first public day of the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield near Lara southwest of Melbourne on Feb. 27. (Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)

Aerobatic pilots perform on the first public day of the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield near Lara southwest of Melbourne on Feb. 27. (Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Department of Homeland Security. The big newsmaking security fight this week has been about whether, and how, DHS would run out of money because Congress hasn’t passed a short-term funding measure before Friday’s deadline yet. For as much as the two parties are at each others’ throats, some Republicans were willing to not assume the worst about Democrats on one part of the debate.
  • ISIS. There are a lot of cyberspace components to the fight between the Islamic State group and its nemeses. Here are some of them.
  • Security at the Oscars. National security made more than just a cameo at the Academy Awards.
  • Afghanistan. Views are shifting among Democrats, at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, about the wisdom of the Afghanistan troop drawdown timeline.
  • Elsewhere. Who knows what to make of the story about Chicago’s mini-Gitmo; here’s the original story and some pushback. The Central Intelligence Agency wants to expand its cyber operations. And “Jihadi John” was unveiled.

 

February 26, 2015

In Threat Report, Right-Wing Extremists or ‘Right-Wing Extremists?’

Reason has shared an intelligence assessment from within the Department of Homeland Security this month that CNN had reported was about the potentially dire threat posed by right-wing extremists.

The publication challenges some of the conclusions of that CNN reporting, about a group known as “sovereign citizen extremists”:

In short, the DHS report presents sovereign-citizen violence as a fairly rare risk that officers should nonetheless be prepared for should it arise. It does not claim that the threat to police is growing, it does not conflate the sovereigns with other anti-government groups, it makes no broad claims about terror on the right (the word “right-wing” appears nowhere in the document), and it does not compare the sovereigns to ISIS or to any other foreign terrorists.

It should be noted that the “SCEs” overlap with some views of right-wing extremists, but otherwise, the report indeed doesn’t seem to view these types as a severe threat. “Sovereign citizen” groups and individuals deny the authority of federal, state or local governments.

By Tim Starks Posted at 12:42 p.m.
Homeland Security

February 25, 2015

Amid Homeland Security Funding Dispute, Inflated Mall of America Scare?

Security K9 teams are presented to the media during a tour of the Mall of America security systems on Feb. 23 in Bloomington, Minn. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Security K9 teams are presented to the media during a tour of the Mall of America security systems on Feb. 23 in Bloomington, Minn. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Some journalists have questioned the White House about whether administration officials have overhyped a potential terror threat against shopping malls like the Mall of America in Minnesota at the same time it is trying to end a congressional standoff over homeland security funding.

At least some Republicans said Tuesday that they bought the legitimacy of that threat. Full story

February 20, 2015

Weekly Recap: Presidential Politics, Weaponry, Viagra (Again)

Syrian scholar and Muslim cleric Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi listens as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism Feb. 19. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Syrian scholar and Muslim cleric Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi listens as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism Feb. 19. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • Weaponry. Armed drone exports are an area for congressional intervention, but maybe not like you think. And the technical capabilities of other countries bombing the Islamic State group might be one of several problems with others getting involved.
  • Politics. We’ve spent some time on the other GOP presidential candidates’ foreign policy views, and turned our attention this week to Jeb Bush‘s.
  • Viagra. People seriously can’t seem to get enough of us writing about the Pentagon Viagra budget so it keeps making the weekly recap.
  • Elsewhere. There’s a permanent Secret Service boss on tap. Here‘s what the Atlantic says ISIS is about, and a counterpoint. And here‘s what a Russian cybersecurity firm says about the United States spying on foreign computers.

February 17, 2015

Violent Extremism, Space, Cyber in the Week Ahead

President Barack Obama walks off Air Force One as it snows at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland upon his return from a four-day trip to California on Feb. 16. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama walks off Air Force One as it snows at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland upon his return from a four-day trip to California on Feb. 16. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night can stop Washington on a congressional recess week. Full story

February 9, 2015

ISIS and the Law, Military Benefits & Afghanistan in the Week Ahead

Putin places a blanket around German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Peterhof garden during the G20 summit near Saint Petersburg on Sept. 5, 2013. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin places a blanket around German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Peterhof garden during the G20 summit near Saint Petersburg in 2013. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s a slow stretch at the beginning of the week, unless you’re keen on German-U.S. relations, which is a perfectly fine thing to be. (In case you’re wondering about that photo, here you go.) Full story

February 2, 2015

Obama Budget Day Highlights: DOD, VA, Intel, State, DHS

(Donald Rumsfeld, CQ Roll Call file photo)

(Donald Rumsfeld, CQ Roll Call file photo)

Here are your highlights for President Barack Obama‘s fiscal 2016 budget proposal for defense, security and foreign policy. This is the opening bid. Expect a lot of debate and reaction from the GOP-controlled Congress in the weeks and months to come. Full story

January 30, 2015

Weekly Recap: White House Drone, Super Bowl Drones, Budget Red Zone

A Kurdish fighter walks with his child in the center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on Jan. 28. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

A Kurdish fighter walks with his child in the center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on Jan. 28. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The re-taking of Kobani was one of the things we didn’t cover this week. It wasn’t alone. Let’s catch up on our hits and misses. Full story

January 29, 2015

Security Takeaways From the Loretta Lynch Hearings

(Bill Clark/Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The transcripts of the Senate Judiciary nomination hearings for Loretta Lynch from Wednesday alone run 63,928 words. Although immigration has been the top issue the attorney general nominee has faced, she also has talked about torture, cybersecurity, surveillance and terrorism suspect detention in military vs. civilian courts.

Here are the highlights, with one of her answers in full: Full story

Military, Homeland Security Focuses of Obama Budget Pitch

Obama delivers the State of The Union address on Jan. 20. (Credit: Mandel Ngan / Pool)

Obama delivers the State of The Union address on Jan. 20. (Credit: Mandel Ngan / Pool)

Barack Obama is making defense and homeland security big parts of his pitch on the budget when he speaks to House Democrats Thursday at their retreat in Philadelphia. Full story

January 26, 2015

Acquisition Overhaul, Benghazi, Bobby Three Sticks in the Week Ahead

Mueller (aka "Bobby Three Sticks); Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; and CIA Director Brennan testify at a House Intelligence hearing in 2013. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Mueller (aka “Bobby Three Sticks”); Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; and CIA Director Brennan testify at a House Intelligence hearing in 2013. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Busy, busy week. Full story

Weekly Recap: Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia

  • State of the Union. We wrote many, many things about the State of the Union address. One was a more in-depth exploration of the Pentagon’s role in cybersecurity legislation.
  • Yemen. Yemen was thrust into turmoil last week. We warned you early that it would be a big deal for the United States if there was a coup, and brought you a variety of congressional perspectives just before everything fell apart.
  • India. There are some very significant ramifications for the U.S. defense industry to President Obama‘s trip to India; read our interview with the Wilson Center’s Michael Kugelman for what they are.
  • CQ.com. Subscribers got a glimpse into House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry‘s (R-Texas) thinking on ground troops in Syria and minimizing Pentagon budget woes. They also read about foreshadowing for the fight over the House GOP border security plan. And CQ.com had a story on movement for a veterans suicide prevention bill.
  • Elsewhere. The death of Saudi King Abdullah must be mentioned, although it looks like it won’t change much geopolitically. Japan might’ve botched its handling of the Islamic State group kidnapping. Iran sanctions legislation had a rough week. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s trip to the United States in March has gotten awkward.

January 12, 2015

North Korea, the Navy & Henry Kissinger in the Week Ahead

Deborah Lee James speaks during the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Sept. 15. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Deborah Lee James speaks during the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Sept. 15. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The first security legislating of 2015 is on deck in the House this week, with a homeland security funding bill the vehicle for a rollback of President Obama‘s immigration executive order. A congressional GOP retreat after that will slow action on the Hill, leaving the rest of Washington to carry the burden of news events. Full story

January 5, 2015

Navy Procurement, the Asia ‘Pivot’ in the Week Ahead

FALFURRIAS, TX -- The shadow of a helicopter from U.S. Office of Air and Marine passes a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle as agents search for undocumented immigrants in September. (John Moore/Getty Images)

FALFURRIAS, Texas — The shadow of a helicopter from U.S. Office of Air and Marine passes a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle as agents search for undocumented immigrants in September. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Congress returns this week, all-GOP now, just not with any fuss right away; everyone’s still going to be getting settled in with new committees leaders, new lawmakers, all of it. In the meantime, here are the highlights of a slim schedule around town. Full story

December 15, 2014

National Security Work Done, and Still Undone, in Congressional Stretch Run

It’s been an exceptionally hectic stretch run for Congress. For such an unproductive 113th session, a great deal has sped up as the finish line nears, likely this week. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened on the national security and foreign policy fronts, and some of what still hasn’t happened, with links to CQ.com ($) stories. Full story

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