In the nineteenth century, American strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan helped define a new understanding of maritime security and the role of the U.S. Navy in ensuring American global influence. Mahan believed that a strong Navy and robust maritime trade were both integral to national and economic security. He also recognized the importance of port security, eloquently stating “the ships that thus sail to and fro must have secure ports to which to return.” In an age of profound and evolving cyber threats to critical infrastructure, Mahan’s philosophy takes on renewed importance. Port security must be reconsidered in all its facets to safeguard this cornerstone of global trade and national influence.
By: Paul Rosenzweig
Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are the next wave of policing. If law enforcement officials aren’t careful, however, the wave may drown them rather thancarry them to shore.In mid-January, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, SafeGov.org and the Police Foundation hosted a day-long review of the current state of deployment of BWCs at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. If the expert recommendations from that event could be summarized in a single phrase it would be: “Proceed with caution.”
On October 31, 2015, an international charter flight departing from Sharm el-Sheik International Airport disintegrated mid-flight en-route to Saint Petersburg, Russia, killing all passengers onboard. Two weeks later, a series of coordinated attacks led by a Brussels-based terrorist cell struck Paris, resulting in the death of over 130 people. Last week, a female shooter who arrived to the United States on a fiancé visa in 2014, along with her husband killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. It is evident that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reached beyond its own borders, claiming responsibility for attacks, inspiring others, and striving to continuously expand its influence and network.