• Vaccine cards black marketMandates Give Rise to Booming Black Market for Fake Vaccine Cards

    By Dora Mekouar

    As more organizations demand proof of inoculation against COVID-19, the black market for fake vaccine cards appears to be booming. Legal experts compare phony vaccine cards to counterfeit money or fake drivers’ licenses.

  • Aviation securityPilot Association Calls for Flight Deck Barrier Regulation

    The world’s leading air-line pilots association has called on the U.S. government to issue a final secondary flight deck barrier regulation which was mandated by Congress nearly three years ago.

  • EncryptionPreventing Abuse in Encrypted Communication

    By Tom Fleischman

    Mitigating abuses of encrypted social media communication on outlets such as WhatsApp and Signal, while ensuring user privacy, is a massive challenge on several fronts, including technological, legal, and social.

  • Climate challengesDHS, EPA to Enforce Phasedown of Climate-Damaging HFCs

    DHS and the EPA will collaborate on guarding against the illegal importation of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  HFCs are potent greenhouse gases with global warming potential that can be thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide.

  • EarthquakesEarthquake Expert Who Advised the Haiti Government in 2010: “Why Were Clear Early Warning Signs Missed?”

    By Luigi Di Sarno and Adam Mannis

    There have been very few improvements in Haiti’s seismic early warning systems between the 2010 and the 14 August 2021 earthquakes. For example, a seismic network was installed in some private residences in different locations in Haiti. These data can be easily and freely accessed online. But this network has not been efficiently used for early warning alerts. A quick examination of the data revealed that at least two strong motions (with magnitude 4.0 or above) were recorded before August 14 along the Enriquillo Plantain Garden Fault. So the warning signs were there, but nobody – it seems – was looking out for them.

  • Energy securityPowerful Clean Energy Available in Our Oceans

    Marine energy—clean power generated from ocean currents, waves, tides, and water temperature changes—is still young, but it has the potential to deliver clean, renewable electricity to coastal communities where nearly 40 percent of Americans live. Before that can happen, scientists need to pinpoint which oceanic arteries host the most reliable energy.

  • Water securityLowering the High Cost of Desalination

    Removing salt and other impurities from sea-, ground- and wastewater could solve the world’s looming freshwater crisis. A suite of analytical tools makes it easier for innovators to identify promising research directions in making saltwater potable.

  • Our picksPrivate Eyes in the Sky | Record Increase in Murders in 2020 | Risky Chinese Drones, and more

    ·  U.S., Russian Military Officials Meet amid Concerns about Terrorism Fight

    ·  Extremists Using Video-Game Chats to Spread Hate

    ·  Private Eyes in the Sky

    ·  From 9/11 to 1/6

    ·  FBI Report Likely to Show Record Increase in Murders in 2020

    ·  DHS Launches National Climate Resilience Prize Competitions

    ·  U.S. Government Buying Risky Chinese Drones

    ·  Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard against Prolific Ransomware Strain

    ·  2nd Ransomware Attack on Agricultural Cooperative Points to Food Safety Threat

  • ExtremismU.S. Domestic Terrorism Caseload “Exploding”

    By Jeff Seldin

    U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies are battling what they describe as a “significant jump” in threats from domestic terrorists, many of whom are acting on their own and motivated by racial animosity or anti-government ideology.

  • ExtremismThe Role of Trust in Deciding Which Terrorist Faction to Join

    Research based on interviews with Irish Republican activists has shown that trust plays a greater role than ideology in how members pick sides when terrorist groups splinter. If commitment is primarily social rather than ideological, then counter-narrative or ideological “deprogramming” strategies may not help lure someone away from a group of individuals with whom he or she feels a close personal bond of trust.

  • ARGUMENT: Nuclear threshold stateIrreversible: Iran’s Nukes

    In 2018 the Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran, which the Obama administration had signed in 2015. David Albright and Sarah Burkhard of Institute for Science and International Security write that Iran’s nuclear capabilities now greatly exceed their status in early 2016, when the nuclear deal was implemented. Iran’s breakout time, namely the time needed to produce enough weapon-grade uranium for a single nuclear weapon or explosive device, is on order of one month, which was Iran’s breakout time in late 2014, before the nuclear deal was signed.

  • Land minesHarnessing Drones, Geophysics and Artificial Intelligence to Remove Land Mines

    By Kevin Krajick

    Mines and other unexploded ordinance are a worldwide menace; about 100 million devices are thought to be currently scattered across dozens of countries. Aside from putting both wartime and postwar areas off limits to travel, agriculture or anything else, they caused at least 5,500 recorded casualties in 2019; totals in many previous years have been much higher. Some 80 percent of the victims are civilians, and of those, nearly half are children.

  • Water securityChanging Climate Increases Need for Water Diplomacy

    The dispute between Ethiopia and its neighbors over the massive Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile is but one example of how the climate change-driven growing scarcity of water may soon lead countries to engage in what, a decade ago, British intelligence called “water wars.” These growing tensions need to be tackled in new ways.

  • Climate challengesBlocking the Sun to Control Global Warming

    By Nancy Bazilchuk

    It sounds like something out of a bad science fiction movie — artificially blocking sunlight to keep global warming from overheating the Earth. Nevertheless, a small cadre of researchers is studying the option — so that if humankind ever needs to use it, it will be an informed decision.

  • Planetary securityHitting a Bullseye with Closed Eyes

    Recently NASA updated its forecast of the chances that the asteroid Bennu, one of the two most hazardous known objects in our solar system, will hit Earth in the next 300 years. New calculations put the odds at 1 in 1,750, a figure slightly higher than previously thought. Two statisticians put into perspective the chances of asteroid Bennu striking Earth in next 300 years.

  • Our picksDHS in an Evolved Threat Landscape | The Myth of Moderate Jihadists | Who’s Behind Proud Boys

    ·  Wuhan Scientists Planned to Release Coronavirus Particles into Cave Bats, Leaked Papers Reveal

    ·  Huge Hack Reveals Embarrassing Details of Who’s Behind Proud Boys and Other Far-Right Websites

    ·  The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Control Killing Machine

    ·  Could Somalia Be the Next Afghanistan?

    ·  How America Wasted Its Unipolar Moment

    ·  The Myth of Moderate Jihadists

    ·  Charting a Strategic Path Forward for DHS in an Evolved Threat Landscape

    ·  Islamic Terrorists or Chinese Dissidents? U.S. Grapples with Uyghur Dilemma

    ·  Pharma Companies Defend Dismissal of Terror Case at D.C. Circuit Hearing

  • Iran’s nukesAs the West Watches, Iran Enriches Uranium

    By Kersten Knipp

    Iran may now be capable of producing enough weapons-grade uranium for a single nuclear warhead within just a month. While Iran continues to make progress enriching uranium, nuclear diplomacy seems to be stalled.

  • RansomwareU.S. Sanctions Russian-Based Cryptocurrency Exchange for Laundering Ransomware Money

    A Russian-based cryptocurrency exchange has been sanctioned by the U.S. over its role in facilitating illegal payments from ransomware attacks. U.S. Treasury officials said it was the first sanctions leveled against a cryptocurrency exchange laundering money for cybercriminals.

  • Cybersecurity educationNortheastern University Wins New CyberForce Conquer the Hill competition

    Critical U.S. infrastructure is increasingly dependent on the internet, making security a high priority. But about 500,000 cybersecurity jobs went unfilled from April 2020 through March, according to CyberSeek, a project from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. To fill that skills gap, CyberForce challenges college teams to build and defend a simulated energy infrastructure from cyberattacks.

  • TerrorismAl-Qaida, Islamic State Group Struggle for Recruits

    By Charles Kurzman

    As strange as it may sound, revolutionary Islamist groups suffer from recruitment problems as any other organization does. My research on Islamist terrorism has found that al-Qaida and its rival offshoot, the Islamic State group, have long had chronic difficulties replenishing their ranks.

  • ResilienceImproving Florida’s Hurricane Resilience: Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Infrastructure

    When events like tropical storms or other unforeseen crises disrupt a state’s primary supply of gasoline and diesel, emergency fleet efforts can become hampered as access to fuel is restricted or completely unavailable.

  • FloodsHurricane Ida and Deadly Flash Floods in New York City

    By Elise Gout

    On August 29, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. In New York City, water inundated subways and basements in a matter of hours. So far, at least 82 storm-related deaths have been reported. Experts are now trying to make sense of Hurricane Ida, its damages, and just how unexpected they were.