NEWS & ANALYSIS

Ambushes By Mexican Cartels Use Military Tactics

A San Diego fusion center bulletin says ambushes on law enforcement personnel show high levels of sophistication and training.

Homeland Security Announces Preparedness Grants for FY 2011

Grant awards are less than last year, but Secretary Napolitano is confident fiscal responsibility will allow the country to do more with less.

Afternoon Security Brief: Police Scandal Brews in the U.K., U.S. Sued for Torture, and Union Pacific Upgrades Security

U.K. Police are accused of mishandling data, U.S. contractors can sue the U.S. for torture, and Union Pacific agrees to upgrade security on trains originating in Mexico.

Spain Considering UAVs To Supplement Its Maritime Border Security Lineup

Around the waters of Spain, electro optic coverage can detect vessels approaching by sea as far as 10 nautical miles away. Additional radar coverage extends 25 nautical miles. But with increased need for surveillance because of migration and drug trafficking, the Spanish government is testing unmanned aerial vehicles to supplement their current border surveillance capabilities.

Morning Security Brief: Government Surveillance, Counterfeiting, Border Security, and More

The government won't give Congress numbers on how many wiretaps it has used. DHS seizes 16 Web sites. Government agency social media sites are vulnerable. And more.

Lawmakers Introduce Several Border Security Bills

Border security got a lot of attention this week. On Tuesday, the Department of State released a document annotating its efforts to check growing violence attached to drug cartels and drug and human trafficking. Meanwhile, several lawmakers introduced legislation that would help attack the issue.

A Look at Mexican Drug Cartel Membership Trends

Experts’ concerns about the increased use of child soldiers by Mexican drug cartels were affirmed Wednesday after a bloody confrontation between members of Los Zetas and Jalisco State Police at a cartel training camp resulted in the arrest of 10 members, five of which were in their teens. There also appear to be more female members.

Customs Attributes Counter-Tunnel Successes to Increased Collaboration

Strategies for combating illegal tunnels on the Southwest border, including increased collaboration between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement agencies, are producing positive results, a top-level Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official testified before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on Wednesday.

Morning Security Brief: ATF Criticized, Hospital Identity Theft, New Top at Al-Qaeda, and More.

Fallout continues over ATF's "Gunwalker"program. A nurse who orders credit cards using patient intake information. A new top at al-Qaeda. And other news.

Morning Security Brief: Lawmakers Discuss Border Issues, DHS Warns Oil Industry, and the Patriot Act Extended

Lawmakers discuss border security issues, DHS issues a warning to the energy industry, and Congress agrees to extend the Patriot Act.
 




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