The NRHA Border Health Initiative

National Rural Health Association (NRHA)

The Chairman of American Defense International, Inc., Van Hipp is a military veteran who draws upon his experience to write articles for online publications that include Newsmax and Fox News. Van Hipp is also a member of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), a nonprofit organization that serves 21,000 members on issues related to rural health.

In 2008, the NRHA implemented its Border Health Initiative (BHI) in recognition of the fact that the majority of counties along the border between the United States and Mexico have rural populations. As such, the NRHA aims to meet the healthcare needs of these rural communities.

Since its inaugural meeting in June 2008, the BHI has met every year, bringing together border health representatives and relevant state officials. The BHI has ensured greater border community representation on the NRHA Health Equity Council and supervised the implementation of numerous health tracks to benefit border communities. Further, the BHI advocates on behalf of the Border Health Security Act, which establishes grant programs to aid those in border communities.


How the United States Can Combat Cyberterrorism

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American Defense International

A United States Army veteran, Van Hipp is the chairman of American Defense International, Inc., and an author who contributes to various news outlets such as Fox News. In a May 2017 article, Van Hipp highlighted the increasing threat of cyberterrorism, paying particular attention to a global ransomware attack that affected more than 200,000 computers. Mr. Hipp offered several recommendations on ways the US can confront the issue:

1. Add more cyberterrorism experts. At present, the US has only 1,000 professionals capable of tackling cyberterrorism threats. A strong global recruitment drive should raise this number to between 20,000 and 30,000 in accordance with the recommendations of James Gosler, a leading security expert.

2. Wage a preventative campaign using cyber-attacks on identified enemies in an effort to protect the US economy.

3. Provide nationwide scholarship programs focused on security to the nation’s leading data security and computer science majors.

4. Create relationships between US Cyber Command and private sector technology experts, allowing for coordination during cyber-attacks.

5. Understand how to distinguish cyber-attacks from Islamic regimes, which generally focus on sabotaging systems, from those from China, which typically affect economic systems and are aimed at espionage.

Salvation Army Commissions Day of Prayer for Famine Relief

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Salvation Army

A well-known political analyst and military expert, Van Hipp serves as the Chairman of American Defense International (ADI) based in Washington, DC, where he is responsible for the firm’s consulting operations in the government and business sectors. When he isn’t working, Van Hipp supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army recently declared a Global Day of Prayer, calling upon churches and other faith-based relief organizations to turn their thoughts toward Africa and southern Arabia, facing severe drought conditions. According to the most recent data, upwards of 20 million people could be at risk of dying from lack of food in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen alone.

The humanitarian repercussions stemming from the drought-related famine have the potential to be among the worst in memory. That’s why the Salvation Army is recommitting its efforts to help bring food to those in drought-affected areas as well as to raise awareness of the situation through events like the Day of Prayer, in the hope that other groups will be moved to act as well.

The Seven Core Values of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity

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Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity

A United States Army veteran and the Chairman of American Defense International, Inc., Van Hipp is also a published author and political commentator whose insights have appeared on Newsmax and Fox News. Prior to beginning his career, Van Hipp studied at Wofford College, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Pi Kappa Phi operates on seven core values:

1. Personal responsibility. Members must live their lives according to their personal values and the values they commit to as part of Pi Kappa Phi’s Ritual of Initiation.

2. Accountability. All must abide by Pi Kappa Phi’s standards of conduct and hold themselves accountable for their actions. Beyond this, members must uphold respect for any fraternity brother who fails in his duties.

3. Loyalty. All commitments to Pi Kappa Phi must supersede personal desires.

4. Achievement. Each Pi Kappa Phi member must excel in the areas he has a passion for.

5. Citizenship. Members must take seriously their duty to serve and lead in order to create a better world.

6. Campus involvement. Members must engage in campus activities and become full members of their college’s community.

7. Lifetime membership. Alumni commit to retaining involvement in Pi Kappa Phi following graduation and doing what they can to create a better fraternity.