• AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWALFormer CENTCOM Commander: President Picked ‘Worst’ Choice in Afghanistan Withdrawal

    By Carla Babb

    President Joe Biden picked the “worst of all possible worlds” when deciding how to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, the former commander who oversaw the U.S. withdrawal there told VOA.

  • ARGUMENT: THE LIMITS OF CYBERWARFARECyber Conflict and Subversion in the Russia-Ukraine War

    The Russia-Ukraine war is the first case of cyber conflict in a large-scale military conflict involving a major power. Over the years, Russia-sponsored hacking groups have adapted their tradecraft to the war setting. “Contrary to cyberwar fears, most cyber operations remained strategically inconsequential,” Lennart Maschmeyer writes. “The case of Ukraine illustrates not only the limitations of cyber operations but also the relative superiority of old-school means of subversion.”

  • CLOAK & DAGGERSpies Are Not Who You Think They Are

    By Tony Ingesson

    For the vast majority of the public, their perception of intelligence work has been shaped by the ever popular genre of spy fiction – Ian Flemin’s invention, James Bond, is but one example. This archetype, familiar from spy novels, films, and TV series, is completely misleading, and at the same time not entirely removed from the truth.

  • CRITICAL MINERALSCan Europe Secure Its Own Critical Raw Materials?

    By Mathis Richtmann

    With the EU’s Critical Raw Materials’ Act coming into force, the 27-nation bloc is looking to diversify its supplies of minerals away from China. But can it source enough of it at competitive prices?

  • TECHNOLOGYFool’s Gold: Overhyped Tech Startups Distract from Military Innovation

    By Joseph Buccino

    Technology startups almost never live up to all the hype they generate. Much of this innovation is fool’s gold. Often, these solutions are not developed beyond an initial concept. It’s a missed opportunity for the U.S. military. Startup companies often present the Pentagon with more cost-effective, swift, and adaptable solutions compared to the weapons systems typically provided by the handful of major contractors the Pentagon usually turns to.

  • INFRASTRUCTUREA Section of Critical Highway Collapsed in Wyoming. Could It Happen Anywhere?

    By Tanner Stening

    The partial collapse of a roadway in Wyoming as a result of a landslide that occurred over the weekend raises serious questions about the state of the nation’s infrastructure. “These failures don’t happen everywhere. The conditions have to be right,” says one expert.

  • CLIMATE CHALLENGESWhy This Summer Might Bring the Wildest Weather Yet

    By Sachi Kitajima Mulkey

    Summers keep getting hotter, and the consequences are impossible to miss: In the summer of 2023, the Northern Hemisphere experienced its hottest season in 2,000 years. Forecasts suggest that this year’s upcoming “danger season” has its own catastrophes in store. El Niño has been rough, but its departure could be even rougher.

  • OUR PICKSThe Terrorism Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again | What Americans Really Think About Immigration | Releasing Migrant Linked to Terrorism into the U.S.

    ·  The Terrorism Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again
    Echoes of the run-up to 9/11

    ·  Trump’s Vows of ‘Revenge’ Against His Opponents Gain Volume
    “This is really unprecedented for a president to be doing this, and really, the historical precedents are quite the contrary,” says a history professor. “You could easily imagine it leading to real harm.”

    ·  California Public University Academics End Pro-Palestinian Strike Under Court Order
    Unionized academic researchers, graduate teaching assistants and post-doctoral scholars walked off the job over the Gaza war

    ·  Biden Administration Tries to Plug Loophole That Released Migrant Linked to Terrorism into the U.S.
    An Afghan migrant on the terrorist watchlist was released on bond by an immigration judge in Texas

    ·  What Americans Really Think About Immigration
    The many factors that determine public opinion on the subject

  • WORLD ROUNDUPHow Safe Are Fans at Euro 2024? | Boko Haram Terrorists Now Use Elon Musk’s Starlink | Al Qaeda Calls on Fighters to Return to Afghanistan, and more

    ·  “Everyone Is Absolutely Terrified”: Inside a U.S. Ally’s Secret War on Its American Critics
    A foreign government is trying to silence US critics of its authoritarian turn — and it’s succeeding

    ·  Al Qaeda Calls on Fighters to Return to Afghanistan to Create a Terrorist Safe Haven Once Again
    Al Qaeda leader calls for fighters to train in Afghanistan before launching attacks on “Zionists” and the West

    ·  How Safe Are Fans at Euro 2024? A Security Expert Is Worried
    Fears of a terrorist attack on the Euros have increased since an attack on a concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow

    ·  Boko Haram Terrorists Now Use Elon Musk’s Starlink for Internet Connection
    Starlink announced its presence in Nigeria in January 2023

    ·  Trump Is Not America’s Le Pen
    He’s worse

  • IRAN’S NUKESAnalysis of the IAEA’s Iran NPT Safeguards Report - May 2024

    By David Albright, Sarah Burkhard, and Andrea Stricker

    For the second time in its quarterly safeguards reports on Iran’s compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has drawn attention Iran’s current ability to make nuclear weapons. Without strong and decisive action y the IAEA, Iranwill succeed in steadily augmenting its nuclear program penalty-free, enabling it to build a nuclear weapon more quickly than Western powers could detect and stop.

  • NUCLEAR FUELWith Russian Nuclear Fuel Ban, U.S. Also Tries to Fix a (Self-Inflicted) Problem

    One of the major achievements of U.S. post-Cold War policies was to get Russia to downgrade tons of highly enriched uranium – enough to arm around 20,000 Russian warheads — and turn it into power-plant fuel. The policy had collateral damage, though: The U.S. enrichment industry ended up gutted, unable to compete with cheap Russian uranium. Today, 80 percent of all nuclear fuel used the United States — which has more operating atomic plants than any other country — is foreign.

  • SCIENTISTSReports: Russian Physicists Being Denied Entry to U.S.

    By Daniil Sotnikov

    After Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the US government attempted to make it easier for Russian scientists to enter the United States. But there are reports that it has actually become more difficult.

  • ELECTION INTEGRITY2020’s ‘Fake Elector’ Schemes Will Be Harder to Try in 2024 – but Not Impossible

    By Derek T. Muller

    Electors will gather across the United States in December 2024, just weeks after the election, and formally cast votes for president and vice president. They will send their votes to Congress, which will count them and determine who received the most votes. Typically, the casting of electoral votes is little more than a ceremonial process. But the last time this process happened – in 2020 – it was anything but typical.

  • TRUTH DECAYThe ‘Dead Internet Theory’ Makes Eerie Claims About an AI-run Web. The Truth Is More Sinister

    By Jake Renzella and Vlada Rozova

    Is most of the content on the internet fake? Here’s what the dead internet theory really means – and why we should be warier of how we’re manipulated for profit and political gain.

  • WIRELESS NETWORK SECURITYDiscovery Highlights ‘Critical Oversight’ in Perceived Security of Wireless Networks

    By Marcy de Luna

    Researchers have uncovered an eavesdropping security vulnerability in high-frequency and high-speed wireless backhaul links, widely employed in critical applications such as 5G wireless cell phone signals and low-latency financial trading on Wall Street.

  • DISASTER INSURANCEStates Beg Insurers Not to Drop Climate-Threatened Homes

    By Alex Brown

    In the coming years, climate change could force Americans from their homes, not just by raising sea levels, worsening wildfires and causing floods — but also by putting insurance coverage out of reach.

  • OUR PICKSWhy California Is Swinging Right on Crime | Ransomware Is ‘More Brutal’ Than Ever in 2024 | How Game Theory Can Make AI More Reliable, and more

    ·  Why California Is Swinging Right on Crime
    Viral videos and their outraging, perception-changing, galvanizing effects may have propelled both outraged skepticism of tough-on-crime tactics and the backlash to it

    ·  How Washington Missed the Boat on AI Regulation
    The U.S. Congress missed an opportunity. Instead, it published a road map that fails to address the key challenges posed by new technologies

    ·  Ransomware Is ‘More Brutal’ Than Ever in 2024
    As the fight against ransomware slogs on, security experts warn of a potential escalation to “real-world violence.” But recent police crackdowns are successfully disrupting the cybercriminal ecosystem

    ·  How Game Theory Can Make AI More Reliable
    Researchers are drawing on ideas from game theory to improve large language models and make them more correct, efficient, and consistent

    ·  Hackers Impersonating As Fake Toll Payment Processor Across The U.S.
    Hackers have been actively impersonating fake toll payment processors across the U.S.

    ·  The Race to Get Ahead One of the Deadliest Natural Disasters
    Japan’s early-warning system shows a few extra seconds can save scores of lives

  • WORLD ROUNDUPThe EU Is Taking on Big Tech. It May Be Outmatched | Did Kim Jong-un Really Seek to Denuclearize? | Why Modi Underperformed, and more

    ·  How ECOWAS Lost Its Way
    An inability to stand up to constitutional coups—most recently in Togo—has undermined the bloc’s credibility

    ·  Why Modi Underperformed
    India’s prime minister will balk at needing allies to stay in power, but coalition rule has proved to have benefits for large democracies

    ·  The EU Is Taking on Big Tech. It May Be Outmatched
    From the Digital Services Act to the AI Act, in five years Europe has created a lot of rules for the digital world. Implementing them, however, isn’t always easy

    ·  Terrorist Threat Assessment: Boko Haram and ISWAP in Nigeria
    The African continent is grappling with a notable increase in terrorist activities, marked by the presence of various ethnonationalist and jihadist groups

    ·  Joe Biden Is Walking Down the Path to a Nuclear War with Russia
    During the Cold War, all sides have studiously avoided supplying lethal aid to proxy forces to attack directly on the territory of their nuclear-armed adversaries. Until now

    ·  Did Kim Jong-un Really Seek to Denuclearize?
    We will never know for sure, but evidence suggests Kim was hardly sincere

  • MIGRATIONNumber of Foreign-Born People Hits Record in U.S., Despite Slow Population Growth

    By Dora Mekouar

    The number of foreign-born people in the United States rose more than 15% from 2010 to 2022, to just more than 46 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s more foreign-born people — those who were not U.S. citizens at birth — than ever before, despite slow population growth.

  • MIGRATIONBiden’s Immigration Order Won’t Fix Problems Quickly – 4 Things to Know About What’s Changing

    By Jean Lantz Reisz

    Biden’s executive order prevents everyone who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border without a visa, and not passing through an official port of entry, from seeking asylum. It goes into effect when the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border each day exceeds an average of 2,500. Effectively, this is a ban on asylum.

  • BIOSECURITYHow Secure Is Gene Synthesizing Research?

    Critics warn that the benefits of gene synthesizing research are undermined by security measures which are not sufficiently tight to prevent such research form being used by bad actors to do harm. One expert writes: “The problem is that governments don’t mandate security across the industry — and even though it’s a crime to ship DNA sufficient to generate the entire infectious 1918 influenza, there’s no law against shipping pieces of it.” The International Gene Synthesis Consortium disagrees.

  • DOMESTIC TERRORISMBeyond The ‘Incel Attacker’: Media Reporting on Cases of Misogynist Violence

    By Allysa Czerwinsky

    Incidents of misogynist violence are often tenuously linked to the wider incel community in media reports, most notably in the immediate aftermath of attacks carried out by lone male perpetrators. But it is important clearly to separate cases of misogynist violence from the wider incel community.  and offers recommendations to journalists who report on such violence.