Heritage’s Homeland Security team is leading the conversation

After September 11, 2001, Heritage was the first think tank to create a homeland security research team. Sixteen years later, that team is still at it.

“There have have been many sunshine homeland security programs in think tanks since 9/11,” said James Carafano, Vice President of The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and E. W. Richardson Fellow. “Most drifted away as the passion of 9/11 faded but not Heritage.”

Heritage is also the first and only organization to track and compile all Islamist terror plots and attacks against the U.S. homeland since 9/11.

“We have the most robust and respected program in town,” said Carafano. “Much of the credit goes to David Inserra and his consistent work with the House Homeland Security Committee over the years.”

Inserra has been leading the charge behind conservative homeland security issues. He joined Heritage in 2012 and focuses on how to improve the refugee programprivatize the TSA, and improve cybersecurity by instating a system of active cyber defense.

In the next five years, Inserra sees home grown terrorism as one of the biggest threats to homeland security. He is also very concerned with the growing severity of cyber attacks and has published several reports on this threat.

Inserra recently testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee as part of a hearing on the radicalization and rise of terrorism in the United States.

“Heritage is well positioned to continue to advance cost-effective, risk-based solutions to the Trump Administration and Congress,” said Inserra.

Read more of Heritage’s homeland security research and commentary here.

What do you see as the greatest threat for America’s Homeland security?  Do you have any questions for Heritage’s Homeland Security team?

What’s happening with North Korea?

Heritage experts have been working around the clock these last few weeks in order to stay on top of the developing North Korean threats and the path forward for the U.S. and their work has been featured in numerous media outlets.

To summarize the latest developments in North Korea, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow, Bruce Klingner, and policy analyst for the Asian Studies Center, Olivia Enos, went on this week’s episode of Mass Ave–Heritage’s latest podcast series–to explain the impact these developments will have.

In the podcast they take a deeper look at:

  • What an attack on Guam would look like
  • How China is not supporting the U.S.–and what can be done about it
  • Would Kim Jong Un really fire a nuclear missile at the U.S.?
  • The reliability of intelligence gathered from North Korea and
  • What should be done to help the roughly 100,000 North Koreans who are currently being held in prison camps–including three Americans

You can listen to the full podcast here >>

In addition to Klingner and Enos’ analysis, you can also find numerous media appearances by other Heritage experts discussing different aspects of the North Korea threat by going here.

How should the U.S. respond to the increasing threats and nuclear tests by North Korea?

White House pushes Heritage research

Your voice continues to be heard in the Trump administration.

Tuesday, the White House pushed out a statement on the RAISE Act–directly quoting and linking to Heritage research.

The RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act would limit the future of low-skill immigration which could save taxpayers trillions of dollars.

Here is the White House statement:

The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector and Jamie Bryan Hall recently analyzed the economic benefits of the Trump-backed RAISE Act and found that “the RAISE Act has the potential to save U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars in future years.”

Rector and Hall noted that a number of studies have shown that low-wage immigration reduces the wages of U.S.-born workers, with some studies showing “wage losses as high as 17 percent.”

You can read the full article that the White House linked to here >>

Because of your support, Heritage experts are able to continually share their research, plans, and conservative solutions with the administration.

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