Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security: Blog
The Department of Homeland Security’s Blog (hosted on the official government website) is our number one choice for homeland security blogs. The Department of Homeland Security’s mission is crucial: “to secure the nation from the many threats we face.” The blog features entries including the Department’s official statements, coverage of Department events, articles and how-tos (including a post published January 26, 2018, on how to “Take steps to ‘own’ your online presence”) and more. Website navigation is clear and specific posts can be easily accessed by searching month or year (archives date back to 2015) or browsing by topic.
Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security: Science & Technology Blog
Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Blog is a valuable resource for anyone interested in taking a closer look at our nation’s homeland security situation. Written primarily by William Bryan, the Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology, the blog features a wealth of articles and posts on a wide range of topics related to homeland security including (but not limited to) Aviation Security, Border Security, Combating Cyber Crime, Economic Security, International Engagement, Preventing Terrorism, Science and Technology and much more.. The website is also easy to navigate with simple but powerful search options that allow you to sort by date published (down to the month and year) and topics.
Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security: SAFECOM Blog
The Department of Homeland Security’s SAFECOM Blog is high on our list of preferred homeland security blogs for obvious reasons. SAFECOM is an organization formed in 2001 as part of the Presidential E-Government Initiative following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. SAFECOM’s mission is to “improve public safety interoperability, allowing emergency responders to communicate effectively before, during, and after emergencies and disasters.” The blog itself is easily navigable, publishing posts and articles on a wide range of topics including Academic Engagement, Biological Security, Chemical Security, Civil Rights Civil Liberties, and much more.
Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security: US-CERT blog
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) blog is a valuable online resource. Hosted by the official website of the Department of Homeland Security, the mission of US-CERT is to strive towards a “safer, stronger Internet for all Americans by responding to major incidents, analyzing threats, and exchanging critical cybersecurity information with trusted partners around the world.” The site features technical documents (“Cyber Threats to Mobile Devices,” “system Integrity Best Practices,” and “Basics of Cloud Computing,” to name a few), articles (including report summaries and how-to’s) and more.
Small Wars Journal
The Small Wars Journal (SWJ) is a private, multi-author blog run by the Small Wars Foundation, a non-profit corporation. Dave Dilegge serves as the Editor-in-Chief, and Bill Nagle is the blog’s publisher; the site is supported by an abundance of volunteers and guest authors who are passionate about the field. Designed to “facilitate the exchange of information among practitioners, thought leaders, and students,” the site seeks to “transcend any viewpoint that is single service and any that is purely military or naively U.S.-centric.” New posts are added to the blog regularly, and readers can easily search for topics and connect via social media (including Facebook, Twitter, and RSS Feeds).
InHomelandSecurity.com serves as a top online resource for breaking homeland security news and analysis. The site covers a range of security topics including border security, emergency preparedness, disaster response, terrorism research, military intelligence, cyber security and national security. Maintained by experts in the field, the website is hosted by the American Military University, the largest provider of online higher education to the U.S. military in the nation offering over 190 programs. Recent posts have covered topics ranging from Global News and North Korea to President Trump and cybersecurity. Readers can also subscribe to receive the blog’s daily newsletter which provides the latest breaking news and analysis from InHomelandSecuity.com.
Published by the Lawfare Institute in cooperation with the Brookings Institution, the Lawfare Blog is a site dedicated to highlighting national security issues. The site features articles on an abundance of security-related topics including foreign cyber security, laws of war, surveillance, military commissions, policy essays, privacy, declassified CIA documents, and much more. Visitors to the site can also listen to the Lawfare Podcast with subtopics including The Cyberlaw Podcast, Rational Security, Jihadology Podcast, The National Security Law Podcast and more. With archives dating back to 2010, readers can easily search the site by topic or date and can subscribe via email, Kindle, or RSS feed.
Coast Guard Compass
The Coast Guard Compass serves as the official blog of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Service’s flagship social media product. Described as the “centerpiece” of its effort to “engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about the Coast Guard’s people, missions and the issues that impact America’s maritime safety, stewardship and security,” the blog also allows the U.S. Coast Guard to “’listen’ to what you have to say.” The site holds an abundance of articles posted regularly and allows readers to share posts and connect easily on other social media platforms (including FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram).
With a vision of being “A Nation Prepared,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA, is known for its mission of “helping people before, during, and after disasters.” Operating under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA’s blog is a well-rounded site with several regular contributors and posts on topics ranging from preparedness to natural disasters, to search and response to the news of the day and much more. The site is simple to navigate and articles and posts can be searched easily thanks to its search engine which sorts posts by category, author and year and archived posts date back as early as 2013.
FBI Official Website
The official website of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) contains a wealth of resources, including pages dedicated to the latest news with stories, videos, press releases, speeches, podcasts and more. With a mission to “protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States,” the FBI’s priorities are closely aligned with the concerns of homeland security. These priorities include protecting the United States from terrorist attacks, against foreign intelligence operations and espionage, against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes, and public corruptions at all levels. The site contains archived press releases, news stories, podcasts and more dating back to 2010, all of which are easy to find thanks to the convenient search engine which allows viewers to filter by categories, keywords, and year.
Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) Blog
High up on our list is the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) Blog. The HSDL holds the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, and the Naval Post Graduate School Center for the Homeland Defense and Security. The HSDL’s resources are extensive, and its blog covers a wide range of topics related to America’s home-front. In addition to its regular blog pots, readers have access to a long list of archived articles covering a variety of homeland security-related topics.
Schneier on Security
Schneier on Security is the blog of Bruce Schneier, an internationally renowned security technologist. The Chief Technology Officer of IBM Resilient, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, and a board member of EFF, Schneier has written about security issues since 1998, publishing books, articles and academic papers. With archives dating back to 2004, Scheier regularly posts on some topics related to homeland security. The website features links to the blog, Schneier’s newsletter, books, essays, news, talks and academics, and readers can easily subscribe via email, Kindle, FaceBook, Twitter or RSS.
The Defence Blog (DB) is an online military magazine which provides coverage of news, information, and marketing solutions in the military, defense, federal technology and C4ISR markets. An independent, professional news source, DB was founded in 2014 and is regularly quoted and referred to by several different media outlets (including, but not limited to CNN, BBC, and Interfax) as well as official web-portals of Ministries of defense and government agencies. In addition to the blog, which covers a wide range of topics including issues of defense and security, DB can also be found on social media including Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.
U.S. Naval Institute Blog
The U.S. Naval Institute Blog is an independent forum, hosted by the Naval Institute, an independent, non-partisan, professional military association. The site’s mission is to “provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security.” The website publishes posts and articles on a wide variety of military and homeland security-related topics, including all branches of the military, cyber security, foreign policy, homeland security, innovation, and much more. Besides featuring the writings of active-duty, and retired members of the armed services, contributors to the site include policy experts, public servants, and other leaders from across the U.S. national security community.
Homeland Security Watch
Homeland Security Watch is a non-partisan and non-commercial blog dedicated to posting breaking news, informed commentary, and rigorous analysis homeland security’s most critical issues. Founded in 2005 by Christian Beckner, the current Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Institute at George Washington University, the blog is now managed by Phil Palin and Christopher Bellavita. The blog takes a cross-disciplinary approach to homeland security and regularly posts on the issues of preparedness and response, border security, transportation security, infrastructure protection and more. Designed to appeal to both experts in the field and a broader general audience, the blog’s site is simple to navigate with an excellent search option and archives dating back to December 2005.
Global Guerrillas is the blog of John Robb, an American author, entrepreneur, and military analyst. Robb worked as the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as former U.S. Air Force pilot. The author of the book, Brave New War, Robb was named a “Best and Brightest” by Esquire Magazine. Robb has been blogging on Global Guerrillas since 2004, posting on a range of security-related topics including counter-terrorism, social technology, networks and much more. In addition to the blog, Robb also puts out the Global Guerrilla Report and Podcast to which viewers and listeners can subscribe.
War on the Rocks
War on the Rocks is a news site which offers coverage of political, business, and breaking news. Dedicated to serving as a “platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens,” the site includes articles and podcasts written and produced by experts in the field. The defining feature of War on the Rocks is the vast experience of the site’s producers and contributors. Included among the site’s 70+ contributors are intelligence professionals, NCOs, officers, former diplomats, and distinguished scholars. These men and women have negotiated treaties, led patrols, commanded ships, and managed alliances, all experiences which add to their credibility and insight when reporting and commenting on some of the post important issues surrounding our nation’s security.
Navy Live is the official blog of the U.S. Navy sponsored by the Navy Office of Information. Offering a wealth of resources with interesting articles, news reports, and live event coverage, the website itself is easy to navigate, and readers can connect via other forms of social media including Facebook and Twitter. The website’s intent is to “provide updated information and discussion on the U.S. Navy.” The site covers some military and defense-related topics, including Special Warfare, Technology & Research, Information Warfare and more.
Ranking high on our list is Wired News’ Threat Level blog. Threat Level is a Wired.com affiliated blog dedicated to explaining the privacy and security issues that face us in a post 9/11 era. The site is maintained by Wired News Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen (former hacker turned journalist), along with a small team of editors. The Threat Level blog features a wealth of resources with news stories, articles, and podcasts.
TSA Official Blog
The official blog of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a succinct mission: “To communicate with the public all things TSA related.” Hosted by the official website of the Department of Homeland Security, the blog features travel tips, the “TSA Week in Review” series which provides a summary of firearm discoveries and other finds and messages from the TSA Administrator. Bob Burns, a U.S. Army veteran, and Social Media Analyst, serves as the primary blogger. With archives dating back to 2008, readers can easily search among the site’s extensive articles, and the website also allows readers to connect on social media (including Youtube, FaceBook, and Twitter).
Official Blog of CIA
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States publishes an official News & Information Blog. With a mission to “preempt threats and further US national security objectives,” the CIA’s inclusion on this list of top blogs is fairly obvious. The site features offers concerned citizens the most up-to-date CIA news with press releases and statements, speeches and testimony, and access to its featured story archive which dates back to 2007.
Sponsored and produced by Catalyst Partners, Security Debrief is a blog dedicated to homeland security, intelligence, law-enforcement, and terrorism and counter-terrorism. Its mission is to provide “context on the debates, policies, and politics that are playing out in Washington, DC.” Contributors to the site come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from special agents to executive-level government leaders, to respected national security scholars to heads of federal law enforcement agencies and more. Security Debrief was founded by Chris Battle and the late Adfero Group and is currently edited by Justin Hienz, owner of Cogent Writing, LLC. The site publishes articles and essays on a wide range of topics related to homeland security including cyber security, Congress and politics, immigration and visa policy, maritime and seaport security, border security and more.
Secrecy News Blog
Secrecy News Blog is the blog of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). A 501 organization, the FAS’ stated intention is to use science and scientific analysis to make the world more secure. Founded in 1945 (originally named the Federation of Atomic Scientists), the organization seeks to provide “science-based analysis of and solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security,” specifically to “reduce the spread and number of nuclear weapons, prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism, promote high standards for nuclear energy’s safety and security, illuminate government secrecy practices, as well as prevent the use of biological and chemical weapons.” The FAS’ Secrecy News blog covers a range of issues all related to security, including government secrecy, nuclear weapons and education, terrorism, and more.
Disaster Zone (blog of Emergency Management)
Disaster Zone is the blog of the award-winning Emergency Management website. Written by Eric Holderman, the Disaster Zone blog is “dedicated to sharing information about the world of emergency management and homeland security.” Holderman is a nationally known expert and thought leader in the area of emergency management; is recognized for his work in building regional coalitions of organizations and people; and has worked professionally at the Federal, State and Local levels of government. Emergency Management and Disaster Zone cover a wide range of areas pertaining to homeland security including disaster preparedness and recovery, public safety and homeland security, critical infrastructure protection, public health and preparedness, grants and funding and more.
Checkpoint is a military blog by Dan Lamothe sponsored by The Washington Post. A journalist for The Washington Post since 2008, Lamothe covers national security with an emphasis on the Pentagon and the U.S. military. Checkpoint is updated regularly covering all of the latest news pertinent to the military, government and security issues. While Lamothe is the main contributor, the blog also features articles by other reporters for The Washington Post. Many of the blog’s articles and features can be accessed for free, although a subscription service is available.
National Guard official website
The National Guard’s official website ranks high on this list for obvious reasons. The Guard’s core mission is to defend the United States and its interests, specifically by “providing trained units to the states, territories and the District of Columbia and keeping itself equipped to protect life and property.” The site features news on the Guard, Overseas Operations, and more, with archives dating back to 2006, as well as special features on issues such as identity theft and diversity and additional resources including social media, videos, state websites and more.
The MilitaryTimes.com (also published as a print edition, Military Times) serves as a trusted, independent source of news and information for Service Members and their families. Published by the Sightline Media Group, the purpose of MilitaryTimes.com is to provide “quality, unbiased reporting on the important issues for the military community.” A “one-stop shop,” the site publishes content on all military-related issues including news and resources on homeland security. The Defense News link allows readers to sort the news stories to fit that category and features an abundance of news articles as well as quick links to trending topics.
Task & Purpose
Task & Purpose is a news site for veterans covering a variety of issues and topics relating to all aspects of veteran lifestyle. Launched in 2014 by Lafayette Media Group, the site’s intention is to “provide authentic and unfiltered perspectives on military and veterans issues in the post 9/11 era.” Staffed by a team of veterans, military family members, and journalists, Task & Purpose is currently the fastest-growing military news and lifestyle website. The site covers an abundance of issues and topics related to military, veteran and national security including News, Gear & Tech, Opinion pieces and more.
SOFREP.com is a news site written and curated by former CIA and Special Ops veterans for the purpose of providing Americans with the best coverage and content of news and Intel. Dedicated to providing accurate, hard-hitting, and reliable news, all foreign policy, domestic security, and military news is written and curated by veterans for the benefit of the American people. SOFREP offers a subscription service that provides a wealth of resources and access including Daily Insider Intel on the Latest Domestic & Foreign Policy Intel, a Personal Safety & Prevention newsletter, and a Daily Resource to help readers stay up to date on world events.
The website of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) is another valuable resource, producing online content including news articles, press releases, and videos. The official mission of USCENTCOM is to “direct and enable military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring U.S. interests.” Readers will especially be interested in the site’s media page which features of resources, articles, and reports on a variety of issues related to U.S. homeland defense.
The Strategy Bridge
The Strategy Bridge is an online publication published by a non-profit organization focused on the “development of people in strategy, national security, and military affairs.” Run entirely by volunteers; the site publishes both a podcast and a journal which discusses national security, military affairs, strategy, war, conflict, veterans, and writing. With archives dating back to 2013, the site also allows readers to connect via social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Privacy Lives is a website dedicated to educating and reporting on the issues of privacy and security that affect the lives of average individuals. With the tagline of “monitoring the pulse of privacy,” the site publically rejects fear mongering and seeks to chronicle and analyze attacks on privacy (constant video surveillance, tapped phone calls, access to private emails, etc.) that are committed under the flag of national security. The site is published by Melissa Ngo, a Privacy and Information Policy Consultant and a former journalist at USATODAY.com and The Washington Post who appears regularly in print and broadcast stories about civil liberty and privacy issues.
Skating on Stilts
Skating on Stilts is the blog of Stewart Baker, former government official and the first Assistant Secretary for Policy within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. Author of the book, The Limits of Trust: Cryptography, Governments, and Electronic Commerce, another book based on Baker’s blog was also published in 2010, titled Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism. Baker’s blog, Skating on Stilts, is regularly updated and touches on many pertinent security issues.
Military.com features an abundance of articles, news reports and opinions focused on (as the name would suggest) the latest military-related news. Covering news from all military branches, readers can easily sort to see the news highlights from each branch, be it army, marine corps, navy, air force, national guard, or coast guard. Founded in 1999, Military.com’s mission is to “revolutionize the way 30 million Americans with military affinity stay connected and informed.” A free membership which connects servicemembers, military families and veterans to all the benefits of their service, today Military.com is the largest online military and veteran membership organization with 10 million members.
Army Technology.com is a valuable site for anyone interested staying up-to-date with breaking news and homeland security and defense. A sister site of navel-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, the site is staffed by a team of journalists from around the globe. Focusing on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in the field, the site seeks to serve as a key point of reference for the defense industry, keeping its readers up-to-date with international news reports, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more within the army sector.
FBI Retired Blog
The FBI Retired site is the only online directory which showcases the skills and writings of “retired” FBI Agents/Analysts. The mission of the website is plainly stated under the “About” page; the site was “exclusively designed and maintained so Member ‘retired’ FBI Agents/Analysts can list and showcase their investigative/analytical skills to promote business opportunities, pursue academic advancement and secure continued economic success.” Posts on the blog are somewhat sporadic. However the blog’s archives date back to 2014, and published content covers a wide range of categories including cyber security, terrorism, security services, media commentary, domestic terrorism, and much more.
The Military Newsfeed (abbreviated MILFEED) is an apolitical, non-partisan, private website. Maintained by a team of U.S. military veterans, the primary purpose of the site is to inform (as well as entertain) “America’s great men and women in uniform” with the hope of also interesting “other members of the public with a general curiosity about or professional interest in military affairs.” The site is regularly updated and features new stories and videos on some military and defense-related issues, including homeland security. Readers can subscribe to the site’s daily email updates to help them stay up-do-date with the latest from MILFEED.
Arms Control Wonk
Arms Control Wonk, founded by Dr. Jeffry Lewis in 2004, was the first blog dedicated to posting on arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation. Since then, it has morphed to encompass all subjects that are considered “’too wonky or obscene’ for publication about nuclear weapons.” Written by over 30 regular contributors, the site’s archives feature over three thousand articles on some subjects including those related to homeland security including intelligence, missile defense, nuclear terrorism, and more.
The Bouhammer.com Blog is a private blog dedicated to military issues, domestic policy, foreign policy, security with a sprinkling of politics. Maintained and written by four retired military veterans, the Bouhammer.com Blog was founded in 2005, initially focused on the trials of daily living as a First Sergeant deployed in Afghanistan. Since that time, the blog has expanded and grown in its scope and purpose, and the site has gone on to win several awards and recognitions. The site features semi-regular blog posts and publishes a ‘Daily Digest ePaper.’
Eagle Speak is the blog of Mark Tempest, a retired Navy Reserve Captain, and retired attorney. The blog’s main focus is on maritime security, though Tempest occasionally touches on other related issues as well. With archives dating back to 2003, the Eagle Speak blog is regularly updated, and readers are encouraged to participate in a healthy debate.