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NATO Eyes E-3 AWACS Aircraft Deployment for Islamic State Fight

NATO wants to send E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft to the Middle East in October to aid the US-led coalition’s counterterrorism efforts against the Islamic State militant group, Defense News reported Monday. Valerie Insinna writes NATO Deputy General Alexander Vershbow told reporters the alliance’s fleet of 16 E-3 AWACS planes can help coalition members conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance …

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Lisa Monaco: DHS Offers Cybersecurity Support to State Election Administrators

Lisa Monaco, the president’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, said the Department of Homeland Security has reached out to state election administrators to offer cybersecurity support and boost public confidence in voting systems, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jared Serbu writes Monaco told a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum audience the …

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FEMA Report Underscores DHS’ Interagency Emergency Response Efforts

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released the 2016 National Preparedness Report which highlights the Department of Homeland Security‘s efforts to prepare emergency first responders through interagency cooperation. DHS said Monday that FEMA’s report tracked progress from the last five years in prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery initiatives. DHS and interagency partners continue to …

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Motherboard: NSA’s Iraq War Documents Detail Surveillance Expansion in Counterterrorism Efforts

Internal National Security Agency documents on the Iraq war have revealed that former NSA director Michael Hayden called for cooperation within the agency to support surveillance efforts as part of an “intelligence-driven” initiative against terrorism, Motherboard reported Tuesday. Jason Koebler writes a 2008 Freedom of Information Act request led to the publication of …

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Sean MacFarland: Army Training, Equipment Assistance to Iraq Supports Counterterrorism Push

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, head of the country’s anti-Islamic State group campaign, said in his final Pentagon press briefing that the liberation of the Iraqi city of Ramadi served as the turning point of the effort, DoD News reported Wednesday. Terri Moon Cronk writes MacFarland noted the Army’s training, equipment, advisory …

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Army Gen. John Nicholson: US Forces in Afghanistan Cut Islamic State Group’s Territory

Army Gen. John Nicholson Jr., commander of the U.S. Forces Afghanistan, has highlighted significant reductions in Islamic State group-held territories in Afghanistan since U.S. troops  there received counterterrorism authority in January, DoD News reported Thursday. Terri Moon Cronk writes Nicholson told Pentagon reporters the militant organization’s regional affiliate in Afghanistan has …

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John Adams, Robert Jones to Take New Roles With FBI’s Intelligence, WMD Directorates

FBI Director James Comey has selected John Adams, special agent in charge of the Norfolk division, and Robert Jones, the counterintelligence division’s deputy assistant director, to serve under new roles within the bureau beginning August. FBI said Tuesday Adams has been appointed as assistant director of the directorate of intelligence and Jones …

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Ashton Carter: US-Led Coalition Partners Reaffirm Commitment to Anti-IS Group Efforts

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group has formed new plans and commitments to support counter-IS efforts during a meeting at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, DoD News reported Monday. Terri Moon Cronk writes Carter told reporters the defense ministers’ meeting focused on missions to destroy …

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Report Outlines Priority Tech Areas for DHS’ Integrated Product Teams

The Department of Homeland Security has published a report that outlines 24 focus areas of  technology research-and-development initiatives by DHS’ integrated product teams in fiscal year 2016. DHS said Monday it categorized the IPTs’ technical focus areas into aviation security, biological threats, border security, cybersecurity and counterterrorism. “Threats to our homeland are …

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Meagen LaGraffe: State Dept’s Global Engagement Center Seeks Global Partners in Anti-IS Messaging Effort

The State Department‘s newly-established Global Engagement Center wants to create a global network of third party partners to support its messaging campaign against the Islamic State militant organization, C4ISR & Networks reported Monday. Meagen LaGraffe, chief of staff to the coordinator and special envoy of the GEC, told a New America Foundation event Thursday that GEC …

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