Issue Brief Series

Issue Briefs are intended to promote better policy by providing context and evidence to help assess current, past, and potential future approaches to issues of ongoing strategic and tactical significance.  Designed to be timely and relevant, Issue Briefs aim to help leading policymakers, academics, and observers better understand important debates, frame key questions, and challenge underpinning assumptions. Comments should be directed to cchs@gwu.edu.

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Cloud Computing Risks and National Security: Keeping Pace With Expanding Technology (PDF)

September 09, 2010

While cloud computing offers limitless possibilities in terms of collaboration and access to data, the indefinable structure of this advanced technology raises several security concerns. The George Washington Policy University Homeland Security Policy Institute hosted a recent forum sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and Cisco Systems to address the myriad security concerns that arise as cloud computing deployments expand.

East African Piracy (PDF)

July 08, 2009

East African Piracy, thrust into American political discourse by the dramatic rescue of merchant Captain Richard Phillips, represents a small but growing challenge to the United States and larger international community. The recent introduction of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives suggests that despite the absence of continued media attention, the issue has not disappeared.

Dependence on Non-Profits During Major Disaster Relief: A Risky Dilemma (PDF)

January 30, 2009

Non-profits have been a key resource for survivors of disasters in the United States and around the world for many years. People depend on them and expect them to be there when a disaster strikes. But what happens when the disaster is too large and beyond the capability of local communities and non-profits to manage?

Hey Good Samaritans—Get A Lawyer! (PDF)

January 30, 2009

We cannot afford to have volunteers sit on the sidelines when disaster strikes. In the event of a major disaster such as a terrorist attack, law enforcement and emergency response personnel will be overwhelmed—and, if anything, Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that we cannot wait around for FEMA to show up.

Serving America's Disaster Victims: FEMA, Where Does It Fit? (PDF)

January 13, 2009

As the debate regarding the bureaucratic placement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the executive branch intensifies, we implore pundits and policymakers alike to pause and consider more broadly the implications of any reshuffling. Serving America’s disaster victims must be the primary focus of any discussion regarding FEMA.

Poverty and Terrorism (PDF)

August 21, 2007

Does poverty cause terrorism? The short answer is: no. The long answer, however, is a little more complicated: poverty might not turn anyone into a terrorist, but it often makes the terrorists’ goals easier to achieve.

Consolidating the House's Homeland Security Efforts: The Time to Act is Now (PDF)

December 29, 2004

No longer do 22 separate agencies myopically view homeland security. Instead, they work together as a unified whole, addressing the pressing homeland security needs in the best interests of the nation, rather than in the interests of a particular agency.

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