National Security Strategy

  A National Security Strategy has been produced every few years going back to 1987, under the Reagan administration.  The latest NSS was published in 2002 and 2006 by President Bush, and in 2010 and 2015 by Barack Obama. The purpose of the NSS is to communicate a President’s vision to the Congress as well as…

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Role Playing for Red Team Testing

A key element of security training is testing.  And the best testing is in the form of red teaming or simulated adversarial tests.  You may already be familiar with the kind of red teaming that the TSA does, where for example, their agents try to infiltrate a weapon onto a flight.  There is much more…

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No Such Term as Active Shooter

The term Active Shooter is not used in Israel. That might seem surprising to hear, given the terrorist threats against that country.  Although there is an ebb and flow in violence, terrorist attacks in the form of knife stabbings, Molotov cocktail throwing, car and truck ramming and of course shootings are an intermittent reality there. …

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Border Security that Trumps

Some people are comparing Trump’s vision for a fence along the Mexico-U.S. border with the Security/Separation Fence that runs along the West Bank in Israel.  A far better example that more closely reflects the respective borders is a very different fence.  It’s in a place where ISIS enjoys its second largest stronghold in the world. …

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The Method to the Madness of Criminal Intent

Late in the summer of 2015, open source news reporting indicated that Chinese hackers may have been to blame for the breach of information at USIS, which is the major U.S. contractor for security background investigations for the U.S. Government. Initial estimates indicate that the cyber security hacking included more than 25,000 private records. Investigators…

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Trump’s Homeland Security Efforts Fall Short

With any large influx of people or for that matters goods, our ability to control and identify the traffic is challenged.  Through the decades, anyone involved in securing these flows – be it a large retail distribution center or a customs agency at a busy border – continually tries to improve on the process.  Tracking…

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The Controversy around the Real ID Act

The Real ID Act was first enacted back in 2005, in response to recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission to combat fake IDs, a critical terrorist tool. Starting in 2015, you needed a state-issued REAL ID to enter a federal facility or military base or, to fly.   Non-compliant states were given an extension by the…

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Women in Security

Ninety percent or more of the attendees at our security executive seminars are men.  And those women who attend our training are usually security executives working at the highest levels in their respective company or agency, or they play an active role in government or academia and are leaders in their field.  They come to…

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Mandating Security to Help Prevent Attacks

New Jersey Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) has introduced a bill that requires local law enforcement to work with various state and local agencies to develop security protocols to preserve public safety during events that attract large crowds. Under the Community Protection Act, agencies such as Homeland Security would work directly with local police to…

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A Good Year

Chameleon Associates had a great 2016 and we’re looking forward to an even better 2017. Our Quality Assurance services have been retained this year by more clients in sectors including real estate, non-profit, government and retail. Guardian by Chameleon is an innovative software application that we developed and launched in 4Q in support of our…

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