• PORT SECURITYShoring Up Ports to Withstand Cyberattacks

    By Jeff Seldin

    There are more than 300 ports in the United States, employing an estimated 31 million Americans, and contributing about $5.4 trillion to the country’s economy The White House is moving forward with reforms aimed at shoring up cybersecurity at U.S. ports, some of which may already be in danger of falling under the sway of hackers linked to China.

  • MARITIME SECURITYCharting the Future of Maritime Security

    The United States is a maritime nation surrounded by 95,000 miles of shoreline. Changes in economics, geopolitics, society, demography, or other factors, pose varied and evolving threats to the country’s maritime space – its waterways, ports of entry, and coastline borders.

  • SATELLITE SECURITYCybersecurity for Satellites Is a Growing challenge, as Threats to Space-Based Infrastructure Grow

    By Sylvester Kaczmarek

    In today’s interconnected world, space technology forms the backbone of our global communication, navigation and security systems. As our dependency on these celestial guardians escalates, so too does their allure to adversaries who may seek to compromise their functionality through cyber means.

  • ARGUMENT: SEEDS OF SURPRISEHow Was Israel Caught Off-Guard?

    There were several reasons for Israel’s intelligence and operational failures on 7 October. But the context within which these failures occurred, what Ariel Levite calls “the intelligence-policy nexus,” was created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. For over a decade, he helped strengthen Hamas as part of his effort to prevent the emergence of a moderate and pragmatic Palestinian leadership. And, throughout 2023, he caused deep and bitter divisions in Israeli society and military by pursuing a regime-change legislative agenda aiming to hollow out Israel’s democracy. He was repeatedly warned by Israel’s military and intelligence leaders that both policies were weakening Israel and the IDF and making Israel more vulnerable to attack, but he rejected these warnings.

  • AI & ELECTION INTEGRITYAI & ELECTION INTEGRITY

    By Rehan Mirza

    We don’t yet know the full impact of artificial intelligence-generated deepfake videos on misinforming the electorate. And it may be the narrative around them — rather than the deepfakes themselves — that most undermines election integrity.

  • CYBERSECURITYCybersecurity and Data Protection: Does ChatGPT Really Make a Difference?

    Cybersecurity and data privacy have become central concerns, affecting business operations and user safety worldwide. A new analysis has looked at the various approaches to cybersecurity and data protection taken by key global players, namely the European Union, the United States, and China.

  • DISASTERSNew Detection Method Aims to Warn of Landslide Tsunamis

    Researchers have devised a way to remotely detect large landslides within minutes of occurrence and to quickly determine whether they are close to open water and present a tsunami hazard.

  • SECURITY OFFICERS: WEEKLY ROUNDUPViolence Against Hospital Security Officers | Senators Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Improve Security at Federal Buildings | Plan to End Mandated Hiring of LEOs as Security Guards in Chicago Schools, and more

    ·  CapMetro to Deploy Private Security Guards at Austin, Tx. Busy Bus Stops
    The guards would report incidents to the transit agency’s new public safety dispatch center

    ·  Enfield, Ct. Officials Debate Whether to Again Staff Schools with Armed Security Guards
    The plan that has divided the Town Council along party lines

    ·  Violence Against Hospital Security Officers Highlights Need for Retention Strategy Revisions
    Hospitals must regularly revisit their recruitment and retention strategies to best protect and keep their security employees

    ·  West Virginia Legislature Spars Over Language in School Security Officer Bill
    West Virginia House of Delegates spends hours debating an amendment to remove three words from a 14-page bill concerning the hiring of school security officers

    ·  Plan to End Mandated Hiring of LEOs as Security Guards Awaits Chicago School District Approval, Union Says
    Chicago Public Schools is seeking to remove the requirement that part-time security candidates “must have the legal authority to effectuate an arrest”

    ·  Concern Growing Over Armed Security Guards at Raleigh Bus Station
    Calls are growing to disarm security at the downtown Raleigh bus station after a private armed security team recently started patrolling the transit center

    ·  Senators Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Improve Security at Federal Buildings
    Legislation requiring agencies to respond to recommendations from the Federal Protective Service within 90 days, after a GAO investigation and congressional hearings revealed the vast majority of security recommendations go ignored

    ·  MCC to Arm College Security Officers with Rifles
    The Monroe Community College Board of Trustees has decided to arm college security officers with “rifles”

    ·  Oakland-Based Clorox Hires Security Guards to Escort Employees Downtown
    Clorox is the latest business downtown to take steps to protect its workers from crime

    ·  Halifax Alehouse Security Officer’s Actions Caused Death of Man, Lawsuit Alleges
    Family of Ryan Sawyer filed 2 lawsuits against the Halifax Alehouse, former security officer

  • WORLD ROUNDUPThe Secret World of China’s Hackers for Hire | Taiwan’s Theory of the Fight | The Two-State Mirage, and more

    ·  Why Zelensky Replaced Ukraine’s Top General and What It Means for the War
    The civil-military rift became untenable, but the way ahead is not going to be easy

    ·  Germany Is Failing Ukraine—and Europe
    Berlin is scared of acknowledging Russia’s real threat

    ·  The Dragon Won’t Bring China a Baby Boom
    In the Chinese zodiac cycle, children born in the year of the dragon are considered lucky—but it’s unlikely to cause a bump in 2024

    ·  Taiwan’s Theory of the Fight
    In crowded field of work by scholars and officials exploring Taiwan’s security, Lee Hsi-ming’s Taiwan’s Plan for Victory stands out

    ·  The U.S. Is Playing the Wrong Game in the Competition with China
    Washington should take a page out of Beijing’s playbook and rebalance its investments and energy towards economic and diplomatic interactions while at the same time moving toward a smaller but still robust defensive capability

    ·  The Two-State Mirage
    How to break the cycle of violence in a one-state reality

    ·  Leaked Files Show the Secret World of China’s Hackers for Hire
    China has increasingly turned to private companies in campaigns to hack foreign governments and control its domestic population

  • THE IRAN CHALLENGEIran's 'Axis of Resistance': Different Groups, Same Goals

    By Kian Sharifi

    Iran’s so-called axis of resistance is a loose network of proxies, Tehran-backed militant groups, and an allied state actor. The network is a key element of Tehran’s strategy of deterrence against perceived threats from the United States, regional rivals, and primarily Israel.

  • ARGUMENT: JIHADIST TERRORISM THREATThe Israel-Hamas War and Resurgent Jihadist Threats to Europe and the United States

    The Hamas attack on Oct. 7, 2023, and the Israeli response have had dangerous echoes around the world. Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and unaffiliated terrorists have seized on the attacks in their propaganda and to conduct, or attempt to conduct, attacks.

  • SPACE WEAPONSIf Russia Is Developing Some Kind of Space-Based Weapon, Putin May Never Get to Use It. Here’s Why.

    By Tanner Stening

    Although it’s unclear exactly what the feared Russian capability is, the country may be too crippled by the war in Ukraine to ever test such a weapon, says an expert who focuses on space diplomacy.

  • NYC & MIGRANT BENEFITSNYC to Launch Debit-Card Pilot Program for Migrants

    New York City announced it was launching what it described as a cost-saving pilot program to provide 500 migrant families with prepaid debit cards to buy food and baby supplies. The debit-cards will be loaded with an average of $12.52 per person, per day, for 28 days, and the city says the program will save $600,000 per month and $7.2 million annually relative to the current system of providing boxes with non-perishable food.

  • NYC & MIGRANT BENEFITSNYC’s EBT System for Benefit-Delivery System: Backgrounder

    In choosing to use the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system to deliver benefits to migrants, New York City has chosen a tried and proven benefits-delivery system. Over the past two decades, the EBT system has become the cornerstone of efforts by the federal, state, and local governments to deliver social benefits effectively, efficiently, and at a lower cost to the tax payer.

  • CYBERSECURITYCollegiate Cyber Defenders Shine in Inaugural Conquer the Hill — Command Edition Competition

    By Michael Kooi

    Seventy-five college students competed to test their skills in the fundamentals of IT and cybersecurity infrastructure. The DOE’s CyberForce Program aims to help develop a pipeline of skilled cyber defenders for the energy sector through competitions, webinars, career fairs, and resources for building skills.

  • INFRASTRUCTUREBolstering the Safety of the U.S. Network of Pipelines Carrying Hazardous Materials

    More than a half million miles of pipelines are used to transport natural gas, crude oil, liquid carbon dioxide, refined petroleum products, and an array of other flammable, toxic, or corrosive gases and highly volatile liquids across the United States. New report assesses the need for new regulatory standards for automatic and remote-control shutoff valves on existing liquid and gas transmission pipelines.

  • OUR PICKSFBI’s Informant as a Russian Agent | DOD’s Industrial Base Problems | Investigating Neo-Nazis, and more

    ·  Solzhenitsyn’s Warning
    His excoriating critique of Western liberalism is more relevant than ever

    ·  A Reporter Investigated Neo-Nazis. Then They Came to His House in Masks
    The chilling visit to Raw Story reporter Jordan Green’s home represents an increasingly common tactic by extremist groups

    ·  The US Recovered Over $600 Million in ISIS-Linked Funds – They Should Go to Syrian and Iraqi Victims
    Legal remedies that provide compensation to victims for serious violations of international law by non-State armed groups remain extremely scarce

    ·  How Many Sentinel Missiles Does the United States Need?
    One might question why the Air Force requires 400 missiles armed with nuclear warheads today

    ·  Shining a Light on the Defense Department’s Industrial Base Problems
    The Defense Department has acknowledged the urgency of strengthening the linkages between a healthy defense industrial base and U.S. military power

    ·  The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether to Let Civilians Own Automatic Weapons
    Garland v. Cargill asks whether gun makers can evade the ban on machine guns with a device called a bump stock

    ·  Ex-FBI Informant Charged with Lying About Bidens Had Russian Intelligence Contacts, Prosecutors Say
    To help Trump, Russian FBI-Informant Gave the FBI False Information Concocted by Russian Intelligence About Non-Existent Joe Biden’s Relations to Hunter Biden’s business

    ·  How TikTok’s Lack of Trust & Safety Enforcements Are a Danger for Germany’s and the World’s Democracy
    TikTok did not remove content which explicitly or through dog whistles support the ideology and actions of German neo-Nazi and far-right extremist groups

  • WORLD ROUNDUPHow Israel’s War Went Wrong | Washington’s Ability to Pressure Maduro is Limited | What the Western Media Gets Wrong About Taiwan, and more

    ·  How Israel’s War Went Wrong
    The conflict in Gaza has become “an era-defining catastrophe.” It’s increasingly clear what — and who — is to blame.

    ·  Measles: A Deadly Disease That Can Be Prevented
    The World Health Organization says low vaccination rates against measles mean more than half the world is at risk of outbreaks by the end of 2024

    ·  Turkish Police Arrest an Islamic State Suspect Who Worked at a Nuclear Power Plant, Reports Say
    The Russian national had been working at the Akkuyu nuclear facility under false identity papers

    ·  Washington’s Ability to Pressure Maduro is Limited
    Venezuela’s return to democracy will depend more on what happens inside the country than outside

    ·  What the Western Media Gets Wrong About Taiwan
    Journalists flocking to cover life inside a geopolitical flash point often distort the reality on the ground

    ·  What the Ukraine War, Taiwan, and Gaza Have in Common
    In confronting all three foreign policy dilemmas, Washington needs to incorporate an understanding and acknowledgment of the things the United States has done that contributed to them

    ·  China’s Rush to Dominate A.I. Comes with a Twist: It Depends on U.S. Technology
    China’s tech firms were caught off guard by breakthroughs in generative artificial intelligence. Beijing’s regulations and a sagging economy aren’t helping

  • GERMAN NUKESGermany and Nuclear Weapons: A Difficult History

    By Volker Witting and Rina Goldenberg

    Donald Trump’s suggestion that, should he become president again, the U.S. will no longer abide by NATO’s principle of collective defense, has sent shockwaves through Europe. German politicians have been discussing whether French and British nuclear weapons would suffice as a protective shield or whether Europe needs new nuclear weapons.

  • DRONES & WARCult of the Drone: At the 2-Year Mark, UAVs Have Changed the Face of War in Ukraine – but Not Outcomes

    By Paul Lushenko

    Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have been central to the war in Ukraine. Some analysts claim that drones have reshaped war, yielding not just tactical-level effects, but shaping operational and strategic outcomes as well. Mounting evidence, however, suggests that drones have delivered some tactical and operational successes for both Ukraine and Russia. Yet they are strategically ineffective.

  • DRONES & WARAre Drones Revolutionizing Warfare? They Do Not, Skeptics Argue

    Drones have been employed by both sides to the Russia-Ukraine war on unprecedented scale. The prevalence of drones in Ukraine and other recent conflicts has led some observers to conclude that drones are revolutionizing warfare, while other analysts argue that drones are incremental improvements to existing technologies. These drone-skeptics contend that drones are not fundamentally shifting the character of war.

  • ARGUMENT: HAMAS (RE)-FILLS GAZA VACUUM Hamas Is Returning to Northern Gaza Because Israel Has No Plan for the “Day After”

    Israel’s lack of coherence with regard to the future administrative governing of the Gaza Strip, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to articulate a “day after” vision for Gaza – he is worried that the far-right elements in his coalition would bolt if he allowed the Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza – have resulted in Hamas’s assuming, again, the role of governing Gaza. Rob Geist Pinfold writes that in the absence of any clear political vision for capitalizing on its military successes, Israel is allowing Hamas, which is the only party that is willing and able to provide these essential services, to assume many of its pre-7 October responsibilities.