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Learn from France's Counter-Extremism Push

February 02, 2015

France is trying to fight fire with fire. On the heels of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, French officials are dedicating resources and marshaling instruments intended to pack a powerful counterterrorism punch. Among these is a website designed to blunt the appeal of violent Islamist ideology and thwart the Islamic State recruitment efforts that accompany it.

How Dangerous Is Vladimir Putin?

January 01, 2015

Western experts have offered various explanations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in recent years. Some suggest Putin has been merely reacting to NATO and EU enlargement.

The Homegrown Jihadist Threat Grows

October 23, 2014

Wall Street Journal op-ed on countering online radicalization in the United States written by Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner.

Seven Cybersecurity Questions Bank Boards Need to Ask

October 10, 2014

Recent cyberattacks against several big businesses show that a wide variety of industries are engaged in a nearly nonstop battle against hackers who seek to steal intel

US needs to be prepared for Russian cyber-retaliation

September 23, 2014

The latest chapter in the conflict over Ukraine involves the imposition of sanctions by the United States and the European Union against Sberbank, and against Rosneft, the heavyweight among Russia'

“Takedown: From Capo to `Chapo’ – Show Me The Money”

May 07, 2014

Just days ago, the head of the fearsome and staggeringly profitable Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was captured by Mexican and US authorities acting in concert.

Congress Should Consider Its Own Failures in Attempted Bombing

December 30, 2013

As Congress critiques the Obama administration’s response to the Christmas bomber attack, it should pause and address its own culpability. To understand why, first consider the role of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Chinese Telecom Firms Pose a Threat to U.S. National Security: Huawei and ZTE could be vehicles for Chinese espionage

December 30, 2013

The investigation by the House Intelligence Committee into whether Chinese firms should be blocked from the U.S. telecommunications market was appropriate because they had an obligation to shed light on a growing and significant set of national security issues facing our country today and into the future.

On 9/11, DHS is missing in action

December 30, 2013

On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the United States finds itself without a secretary of homeland security in place, or even nominated.

NATO Meeting to Address Alliance Cybersecurity and Defense

July 01, 2013

At the beginning of June, NATO marked a first — namely the “first-ever” Alliance meeting of ministers dedicated exclusively to the subject of cyber defense. For months, if not years, cyber threats have seized prime space above the fold and around the world. From Manhattan to Paris and beyond, the fifth domain after land, sea, air, and space has brought us vulnerabilities, as well as amazing advances. And just as NATO has grappled with re-defining its mission and revisiting its capabilities to deal effectively with threats in the post-Cold War world, the Alliance now faces the vexing challenge of figuring out how best to secure itself while its constituent members — including those most militarily powerful — each tackle the same question from their respective national perspectives. All of this comes at a time when countries are strapped for funds and citizens have little appetite for additional defense expenditures.
In the months ahead, NATO will decide how to support members that are the target of cyber attack and request aid.

It's the Ideology, Stupid

June 03, 2013

In his counterterrorism address earlier this month, President Obama said the United States would need to use “all elements of national power to win a battle of wills and ideas.” Yet a strategy to counter Internet-facilitated radicalization remains the biggest missing dimension of U.S. counterterrorism statecraft to date.

While Congress Dithers, Cyber Threats Grow Greater

July 24, 2012

Cybersecurity is an urgent priority -- national and economic security are at stake -- yet we do not yet have in place the legislation needed to deal with the threat. From network attacks to network exploitation the threat is real and emanates from a range of sources, including China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, transnational criminal organizations, and hackers for hire. Now is the time to act.

Educating Our Guardians (PDF)

July 18, 2012

As the recent storms that led to widespread power and communications outages demonstrate, disaster preparedness in the public and private sectors is lacking in the Washington area. The long-term solution to this problem is neither political nor technological. Rather it is education that will improve the nation’s resilience for disasters in the future.

Is America's View of Iran and Hezbollah Dangerously Out of Date?

March 20, 2012

For the past decade, U.S. Government analysts have understandably focused on Al Qaeda, resulting in a lesser reservoir of U.S. intelligence on, and perhaps even a bit of a blind spot about, Hezbollah. Yet Hezbollah’s activities have grown global, ranging from West Africa to the Tri-Border Area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

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