Paul Rosenzweig

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Paul Rosenzweig is the founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC, a homeland security consulting company and a Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute. He is also a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. Mr. Rosenzweig formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security. He is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University and a Board Member of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.

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‘Securing the Vote’: A Report From the National Academies of Sciences

With so much happening in the world it is easy to miss when American institutions continue to go about their business for the people and do good work. A case in point involves a report issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled “Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy.” This elegant study focuses on the science of election security—without partisan bluster and without political preconceptions.

Aviation Screening

Fearing Risk; Fearing Reality

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, I attended a conference in Bozeman, Mont. Bozeman is a delightful place in the southeast corner of the state. It's home to a university and close to Yellowstone National Park. In late summer (when I went) it's a magical area of the country. But it is also (forgive me for saying so) pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Flights go from Bozeman to Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Denver—maybe a few other places as well, but you get the idea. The jets that fly there are generally smaller, and they don't go too far away.

Executive Power

Revoking Security Clearances—A Short Update

Yesterday, Bradley Moss penned an excellent explainer of how the security process works and how revocation of security clearances are handled. In particular he explained how one Supreme Court case, Department of the Navy v. Egan, is generally read to preclude judicial review of the substance of a security clearance determination.

Cyber & Technology

War of the Twitter Bots

Nations are always fighting the last war. The Roman legions eventually fell victim to the unconventional tactics of the Visigoths. The British fleet sank off of Singapore because it couldn’t comprehend air power.

Today, the United States is at risk of fighting the last war again. Americans need to realize that the next war may very well be fought with data and information, rather than guns and planes, and come around to the idea that the battlefield is not a public space (like the seas or the air) but a private one, managed and controlled by private actors.

International Governance

Can the UK Rescind Its Withdrawal from the EU?

Events in Washington may overshadow what's happening around the world, but nobody can miss the confusion that attends the British government right now. Two ministers have resigned over Brexit, and the furture of Britain’s negotiations with the European Union is radically uncertain. All of which led me to an odd musing—what if Britain changed its mind? Not that it is terribly likely to happen, but what would be the result if the U.K. decided it wanted to stay in the EU?