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Category Archives: Defense

New GAO Reports – Coast Guard, Combating Nuclear Smuggling, Federal Reserve Banks’ Information Systems Controls

Coast Guard: Timely Actions Needed to Address Risks in Using Rotational Crews, GAO-15-195: Published: Mar 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2015. Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS Research and Development on Radiation Detection Technology Could Be Strengthened, GAO-15-263: Published: Mar 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2015. Management Report: Areas for Improvement in the Federal ReserveContinue Reading

Brookings Essay – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorists

The Big Snoop – The divergent views of four respected experts help frame the debate over the future of the NSA in the Snowden Era – Stuart Taylor, Jr.:  “With the approach of the first anniversary of the most copious and sensational leakage of intelligence secrets in history, the consequences of his actions continue toContinue Reading

DARPA – Breakthrough Technologies for National Security

Breakthrough Technologies for National Security: “For more than fifty years, DARPA [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency] has held to a singular and enduring mission: To make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security. The genesis of that mission and of DARPA itself dates to the launch of Sputnik in 1957, and a commitment byContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Federal Chief Information Officers, Homeland Security

Federal Chief Information Officers: Reporting to OMB Can Be Improved by Further Streamlining and Better Focusing on Priorities, GAO-15-106: Published: Apr 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2015: “Federal agencies annually invest over $80 billion on IT. As part of overseeing this spending, OMB directs federal CIOs to report on their management of IT inContinue Reading

CRS – Cyberwarfare and Cyberterrorism

Cyberwarfare and Cyberterrorism: In Brief, Catherine A. Theohary, Specialist in National Security, Policy and Information Operations. John W. Rollins, Specialist in Terrorism and National Security. March 27, 2015. “Recent incidents have highlighted the lack of consensus internationally on what defines a cyberattack, an act of war in cyberspace, or cyberterrorism. Cyberwar is typically conceptualized asContinue Reading

The United Kingdom: Background and Relations with the United States

CRS – The United Kingdom: Background and Relations with the United States, Derek E. Mix, Analyst in European Affairs. March 27, 2015. “Many U.S. officials and Members of Congress view the United Kingdom (UK) as the United States’ closest and most reliable ally. This perception stems from a combination of factors, including a sense ofContinue Reading

White House Announces A New Tool Against Cyber Threats

“It’s one of the great paradoxes of our Information Age — the very technologies that empower us to do great good can also be used by adversaries to inflict great harm. The same technologies that help keep our military strong are used by hackers in China and Russia to target our defense contractors and systems that supportContinue Reading

POGO – Watchdog Scrutinizes Pentagon Spending in Afghanistan

POGO – “Part of something is better than all of nothing. Keep this proverb in mind while reading the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) top-level analysis of Department of Defense (DoD) reconstruction spending in Afghanistan. Between FY 2002 and FY 2014, Congress appropriated $104 billion for Afghanistan reconstruction, 80 percent of which isContinue Reading

Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2015 Action in the 114th Congress

CRS – Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2015 Action in the 114th Congress, William L. Painter, Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy. March 16, 2015. “This report provides a brief outline of the FY2015 annual appropriations measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its enactment by the 114th Congress. It serves as aContinue Reading

US leads upward trend in arms exports, Asian and Gulf states arms imports up

“The United States has taken a firm lead as the major arms exporter globally, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Overall, the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons grew by 16 per cent between 2005–2009 and 2010–14. The volume of US exportsContinue Reading

New Memoir by Participant in U.S. H-Bomb Program Sheds Light on the Making of First Test Device

National Security Archive: “A new scientific memoir by one of the few surviving participants in the U.S. H-bomb project provides fresh information and insights into the production of the world’s first thermonuclear device. In an exclusive essay and selection of declassified documents provided to the National Security Archive and posted today on the Archive’s website,Continue Reading

Progress Report Panel Conducts Review of FBI Since 9/11 Commission Report

“A congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the FBI’s implementation of recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 today issued its findings. The release of the 9/11 Review Commission’s report, The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century, followed 14 months of research, interviews, briefings, and field visits by commissioners and theirContinue Reading