The chair of the House’s Homeland Security Committee warned the nation on Monday during a wide-ranging address on national security matters, “We are a nation at war.”
On Sunday, Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Tex.), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that the greatest threat facing the United States is from individuals who self radicalize and independently carry out attacks against the West.
The Department of Homeland Security is struggling to handle a “mass exodus” of some 52,0000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have illegally crossed the U.S. border in record-breaking numbers over the past several months, according to testimony Tuesday by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.
Experts on Capitol Hill Thursday warned that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack aimed at the nation’s electrical grid could leave the majority of Americans dead.
Lawmakers and military officials extended condolences to those impacted by the recent shooting at Ft. Hood on Sunday and addressed factors that may have played a role in the attack.
“We have challenges that we have to address as a result of this incident,” said Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.