From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: DHS intelligence framework | Y-12 Complex security improving | Egypt's Gaullist option
Date: Tue Jun 10 11:05:03 MDT 2014
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Tuesday 10 June 2014 vol. 8 no. 133

In Today's Issue

Information sharing
DHS’s intelligence framework and analytic planning process ineffective: GAO

A new Government Accountability Office(GAO) reportsays DHS’s intelligence framework and analytic planning process are ineffective, raising concerns about the department’s ability to coordinate and prioritize intelligence strategies despite having systems put in place for integrating intelligence and analytic activities.

Nuclear operations
NNSA says security at Y-12 National Security Complex has improved

Retired Air Force lieutenant-general and now National Nuclear Security Administration(NNSA) chief Frank Klotz asserted last week that security at the Y-12 National Security Complexat Oak Ridge National Laboratory(ORNL) has improved significantly since a 28 July 2012 break-inat the plant when three aging peace activists, led by an 82-year old nun, managed to breach the facility’s supposedly impregnable perimeter security systems.

Quick takes // by Ben Frankel
Egypt: The Gaullist option (update)

On Sunday, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in as Egypt’s president. On 3 July 2013, Sissi, then the commander of the Egyptian army, ousted President Mohammed Morsi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s experience with former generals as heads of state is not reassuring. Sissi’s predecessors -- Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956-70), Anwar Sadat (1970-81), and Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011) – did little to modernize Egypt and make it economically self-sufficient and politically stable. In 1958, when General Charles de Gaulle was called back to lead France, he conditioned his return on deep structural reforms, reforms which replaced the inherently ungovernable Fourth Republic with the stable and effective Fifth Republic. The United States should encourage President Sisi to consider de Gaulle’s example and use his authority and broad powers in ways that Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak did not – to modernize Egypt and put it on a path leading to economic prosperity, political stability, and social cohesion.

N.Y. terrorist likely lone wolf

Mufid Elfgeeh has been charged in federal court in Rochester for plotting to buy weapons to kill American troops returning from war, as well as Shi'ite Muslims. In 2003, his uncle,Abad Elfgeeh, was convicted of illegally funneling more than $22 million overseas, and helping prominent Yemeni cleric and former spiritual adviser to Osama Bin Laden, Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan al-MoayadLike. As with the case a decade ago, law enforcement authorities now question whether Mufid Elfgeeh was working on behalf of a terrorist network.

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Recession-related cost measures blamed for U.S. infrastructure lagging development

In an alarming fall, the United States is currently ranked 19th in the quality of its infrastructure, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. Additionally, the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given the country a D+ on its annual Infrastructure Report Card, arguing that $3.6 trillion is needed by 2020 for maintenance and upgrades.

Infrastructure protection
Connecticut preparing for sea level rise, adapting to climate change

Earlier this year the University of Connecticut announced the creation of the Institute for Community Resiliency and Climate Adaptation. the Institute is designed to increase the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities and individuals along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways as they are affected by the growing impact of climate change on the environment.

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Connecting dead ends increases power grid stability

Climate change mitigation strategies such as the German Energiewende – the post-Fukushima German policy of phasing out nuclear power -- require linking vast numbers of new power generation facilities to the grid. As the input from many renewable sources is rather volatile, depending on how much the wind blows or the sun shines, there is a higher risk of local power instabilities and eventually blackouts. Scientists now employed a novel concept from nonlinear systems analysis called basin stability to tackle this challenge.

Also noted

Could University of Northampton Professor Dr. Mils Hills proved savior for airport security? | GAO suggests better port cybersecurity protection | U.S. federal agencies recommend measures to improve chemical safety | Lawmakers want to overhaul pay and benefits for Border Patrol, firefighters | In terrorism case, defense challenges being barred from secret session on access to surveillance records | Analysts see threat of terrorism attacks at World Cup screenings in Africa and Iraq | Terrorism trial in Tampa draws to a close | Hackers have been changing digital road signs and DHS is not amused

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Legion of the Rearguard - Dissident Irish Republicanism from ISBS
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Progress and Modernity in Arab Societies
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