Op-Eds & Commentaries



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.

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