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Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence: “The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare, written at the invitation of the Centre by an independent ‘International Group of Experts’, is the result of a three-year effort to examine how extant international legal norms apply to this ‘new’ form of warfare. The Tallinn ManualContinue Reading

DHS IG Report – Border Patrol Use of Drones Ineffective

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations, December 24, 2014 OIG-15-17. “Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years, CBP cannot prove that the program is effective because it has not developed performance measures. The program has also not achieved the expected results. Specifically, the unmanned aircraftContinue Reading

Challenges at the Intersection of Cyber Security and Space Security

“This research paper is part of Chatham House’s Project on Cyber Security and Space Security, a multiyear research project within the International Security Department examining the security challenges at the intersection of cyber security and space security. The paper aims to identify and raise awareness of the challenges common to both domains through a compilation of articles byContinue Reading

Sales by largest arms companies fell again in 2013 but Russian firms’ sales continued rising

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute: “This is the third consecutive year of decline in the total arms sales of the 100 largest arms producers and military services providers. With a decrease in sales of 2 per cent in real terms compared to 3.9 per cent in 2012, the pace of the decline has slowed slightly.Continue Reading

Big Data Strategy and Metrics in U.S. Border Patrol Reports

“U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher is pleased to present the U.S. Border Patrol publication Holding the Line in the 21st Century, a trilogy of articles that outline the evolution of the Border Patrol’s border-security mission and strategy to achieve its goals. The first article, A Strategic Evolution: A Path to Border Security, explains theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Base Act Insurance, Troubled Asset Relief Program

Defense Base Act Insurance: State Department Should Evaluate Its Open Market System and Incorporate Leading Practices into Any Future Single Insurer Solicitation, GAO-15-194: Published: Jan 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2015: “The Department of State (State) did not follow leading acquisition practices in transitioning from a single insurer Defense Base Act (DBA) program to anContinue Reading

Federal Reinsurance for Terrorism Risk: An Update

“The federal program that provides insurance against the risk of terrorism expired at the end of 2014. Without such a program, taxpayers will face less financial risk, but some businesses will lose or drop their terrorism coverage and economic activity might slow if a large terrorist attack occurs. Last year, the Congress considered legislation toContinue Reading

U.S. Air Force Strategic Deterrence Analytic Capabilities

Committee on U.S. Air Force Strategic Deterrence Military Capabilities in the 21st Century Security Environment; Air Force Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council, 2014 “Since the early 1960s, the U.S. strategic nuclear posture has been composed of a triad of nuclear-certified long-range bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.Continue Reading

Department of Defense Suicide Event Report Data Quality Assessment

“The Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) is the system of record for health surveillance related to suicide ideations, attempts, and deaths. This assessment focused on decreasing the number of “don’t know” responses on suicide death submissions by identifying changes to policy, training, or oversight. We also examined the sharing of DoD medical information with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Inspector General Report,Continue Reading

NSA Reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board

Bloomberg – U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans “Following a classification review, the National Security Agency (NSA) is releasing in redacted form NSA reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB). The release includes quarterly reports submitted from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second quarter of 2013. The materials also includeContinue Reading

Evaluation of DHS’ Information Security Program for Fiscal Year 2014

December 12, 2014 OIG-15-16: “DHS has taken steps to improve its information security program. For example, DHS expanded the ongoing authorization program to improve the security of its information systems through a revised risk management approach. Additionally, DHS developed and implemented the Fiscal Year 2014 Information Security Performance Plan, which defines the performance requirements, priorities, and overall goals for the Department. DHS has alsoContinue Reading

The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11

CRS – The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11, Amy Belasco, Specialist in U.S. Defense Policy and Budget. December 8, 2014. “With enactment of the FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act on January 1, 2014 (H.R. 3547/P.L. 113-73), Congress has approved appropriations for the past 13 years of war that total $1.6 trillion for military operations,Continue Reading