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National Security Reports – July 2019 Update

International Relations Committee Report: Rising Nuclear Risk, Disarmament and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (UK Parliament Library); Developments in Violent Extremism in the Middle East and Beyond: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief (NAS); Defending Elections (Brennan Center); Thematic Bibliography: Information Warfare (NATO); Active Cyber Defence – The Second Year (UK National Cyber Security Center); Conflict: Watch List-2019 Second Update (International Crisis Group); Issue Brief: State Cyber Disruption Response Plans (NGA); State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 (UNICEF); Securing 5G Networks (CFR); 5G Wireless Networks: Market Penetration and Risk Factors (DHS); National Best Practices for Implementing and Sustaining a Cold Case Investigation Unit (OJP); Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance 2018 Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report; FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands(GAO); Mass Attacks In Public Spaces – 2018 (US Secret Service); and Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2019 (Europol).

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Tehran’s Compliance with International Obligations; U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America: An Overview; DOD’s Cloud Strategy and the JEDI Cloud Procurement; Caribbean Basin Security Initiative; Iran Sanctions (major 100+ pages report); Hypersonic Weapons: Background and Issues for Congress; The Current State of Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform and Management; Campaign and Election Security Policy: Brief Introduction; and Military Installations and Sea-Level Rise.(All CRS)

 

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National Security Reports – June 2019 Update

Cyber Readiness Institute; Encryption Working Group (Carnegie Endowment); Quantum gate teleportation between separated zones of a trapped-ion processor (preprint; published in Science; here is a press release on this); EU defence: where is it heading? (UK Parliament Library); DOD Needs to Assess Risk and Provide Guidance on Use of Climate Projections in Installation Master Plans and Facilities Designs(GAO); Web Attacks and Gaming Abuse (Akamai “State of Internet” Report); Trends in Armed Conflict, 1946-2018 (PRIO); AMBER Alert Field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers (DOJ); Encrypted Extremism Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram (GWU); From Battlefront to Cyberspace: Demystifying the Islamic State’s Propaganda Machine (Combatting Terrorism Center, West Point); Overview: Building Strong Cybersecurity in the European Union (European Commission); The National Security of Climate Change: Statement For the Record by Peter Kiemel Counselor, National Intelligence Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (House Select Committee on Intelligence); Peace and Security in 2019: Overview of EU Action and Outlook for the Future (European Parliamentary Research Service); How can city governments protect themselves against ransomware attacks? (Brookings); and Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the Intelligence Community (DNI).

Bahrain: Unrest, Security, and U.S. Policy; Honduras: Background and U.S. Relations; North Macedonia: In Brief; The Federal Bureau of Investigation: Just the Facts; National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies; U.S. Overseas Diplomatic Presence: Background and Issues for CongressCentral American Migration: Root Causes and U.S. Policy; and Maintaining Electric Reliability with Wind and Solar Sources: Background and Issues for Congress(all CRS).

 

 

 

 

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GAO Report On Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

This report – Education Should Take Immediate Action to Address Inaccuracies in Federal Restraint and Seclusion Data – echoes yesterday’s posting on educational equity in that this procedure “…disproportionately affects students with disabilities and boys in general.”(1) This brief report lists school districts with more than 100,000 students and the occurrences of restraint/seclusion. So many districts report zero instances that the GAO lists four recommendations to ameliorate the dismal reporting system.

 

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A Call for a National Plan To Measure Educational Equity

This report from the National Academies – Monitoring Educational Equity – calls for a nationwide system that “…can help convey why disparities arise, identify groups most affected by them, and inform policy and practice measures to improve equity in pre-K through 12th grade education.” (news release) Sixteen indicators are listed, many of which deal with student outcomes. This report traces developments from pre-k through 12 grade in an attempt to find out why the educational system fails so many of its students.

This document mirrors the 2018 UNESCO title – Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education –  that stated “Greater equity and inclusion in education cannot be achieved without increased efforts to collect and analyse data on the most excluded segments of the population.”(11)

 

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National Security Reports – May 2019 Update

Revealed: The U.S. military’s 36 code-named operations in Africa (Yahoo News); The New Revolution in Military Affairs(Foreign Affairs); The China Challenge (Reuters); Internet Health Report 2019 (Mozilla); Planning for Natural Disaster Debris (EPA); A Conversation With [FBI Director] Christopher Wray (Council on Foreign Relations); Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2018 (SIPRI); Evaluating UK natural hazards: the national risk assessment (UK Parliament Library); Cybersecurity, cybercrime and cybersafety: a quick guide to key internet links (Australia Parliament Library); Beyond the Ballot: How the Kremlin Works to Undermine the U.S. Justice System (CSIS); The BSA Framework for Secure Software (BSA Software Alliance); Securing Edge Devices (Cyber ThreatAlliance); Internet Risk Surface Report (RiskRecon; free registration required); Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019 (DOD); 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report (Verizon); Doxing and Defacements: Examining the Islamic State’s Hacking Capabilities (CTC Sentinel); Science and Security Resources (AAU); and Proscribed Terrorist Organisations (UK Parliament Library).

 

Terrorism, Violent Extremism, and the Internet: Free Speech Considerations; Iran Sanctions; Digital Trade and U.S. Trade Policy; Navy Lasers, Railgun, and Gun-Launched Guided Projectile: Background and Issues for Congress; Military Personnel and Extremism: Law, Policy, and Considerations for Congress; The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); U.S. Airborne Electronic Attack Programs: Background and Issues for Congress; Iran’s Nuclear Program: Status; and Iran’s Foreign and Defense Policies. (all CRS)

 

 

 

 

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Recent Reports on China

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National Security Reports – April 2019 Update

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