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“The Future of Nursing 2020-2030”

In 2010, a landmark study, actually a call to action, was published by the then Institute of Medicine, now subsumed under the National Academies umbrella – The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health – that advocated for a more involved nursing corps at all levels, propounded that nurses assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations, promoted the need for a better educated nurses, and supported the call for a more diverse practitioner base.

Many programs/processes/procedures were initiated in response to this study. Where do we stand now? This 2019 examination of the nursing field and what progress has been achieved in light of the recommendations put forth by the above document presents a glass-half-full scenario. There have been positive steps but more than a few goals that were supposed to be reached in 2020 will fall short.

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030, a consensus study under the auspices of the National Academy of Medicine, is now underway with the goals of  garnering”… insights on how to advance the profession of nursing to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century. Each meeting featured panel discussions around a specific topic, followed by time for public comments.” The above link leads to video presentations of the town hall meetings as well as live Twitter channels.


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National Security Reports – September 2019 Update

Beyond Compliance: Cyber Threats and Health Care (FireEye); Public Document Clearinghouse: Congressional Russia Investigations (Just Security); NCHRP Research Report 930: Security 101: A Physical and Cybersecurity Primer for Transportation Agencies (National Academies Press); Disinformation and the 2020 Election (NYU); Are Spies More Trouble Than They Are Worth? (The New Yorker); Policing in the UK (UK Parliament Library); Computer Security Resource Center (NIST); Hostile Social Manipulation: Present Realities and Emerging Trends (RAND); U.S. Election Commission Cyber Hygiene Report (NormShield); Global Terrorism: Threat to the Homeland (House Committee on Homeland Security); Securing the Nation’s Internet Architecture (House Armed Services Committee); Another summer of flooding should be a wake-up call to redesign our communities (Brookings); Filling the Gap in Our Terrorism Statutes ;
(George Washington University); Other Travelers: American Jihadists Beyond Syria and Iraq (George Washington University);Surveying the Landscape of the American Far Right
(George Washington University); and Coordinated Strategic Plan to Advance Desalination for Enhanced Water Security(NIST).

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress; U.S.-China Strategic Competition in South and East China Seas: Background and Issues for Congress (major report); DHS Border Barrier Funding; U.S. – China Relations; Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons; Congress and the War in Yemen: Oversight and Legislation 2015-2019; and Defense Primer: Geography, Strategy, and U.S. Force Design(all CRS).


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The World’s Oceans Rising Faster Than Initially Thought Due to Climate Change

This new report – Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate  – predicts dire outcomes as the world’s oceans continue to rise due in large part to the ice melts of both Greenland and Antarctica. This report, heavily referenced, details changes in the oceans, polar regions, high mountain areas, and coastal communities. But according to the report, there is still time to avert climatic disaster:

The far-reaching services and options provided by ocean and cryosphere-related ecosystems can be supported by protection, restoration, precautionary ecosystem-based management of renewable resource use, and the reduction of pollution and other stressors (high confidence). Integrated water management (medium confidence) and ecosystem-based adaptation (high confidence) approaches lower climate risks locally and provide multiple societal benefits. [Section C2 of Headline Statements]

But the time is now. CNN provides an informative overview of this major report. And this series of reports should also be consulted to gauge the human impact of sea level rising.

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Computer Security Resource Center

NIST’s Computer Security Resource Center has been providing guidance for twenty years in the area of cybersecurity. It publishes extensively in this area, issuing guidelines in a wide variety of areas such as risk management, validation protocols, and the like. Consult its large library of publications, its glossary of 6700+ terms, and its newly reformatted blog that you can sign up for. For those interested in cybersecurity issues, this is a valuable site.

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National Security Reports – August 2019 Update

China Military Power (DIA); Challenges to Security in Space (DIA); Chairman Xi remakes the PLA : assessing Chinese military reforms (National Defense University Press); China’s other army : the People’s Armed Police in an era of reform (Institute for National Strategic Studies); China’s pursuit of emerging and exponential technologies : hearing before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, second session : hearing held January 9, 2018; The Department of Defense Indo-Pacific strategy report : preparedness, partnerships, and promoting a networked region (DoD); Report on the effects of a changing climate to the Department of Defense (DoD); Artificial Intelligence Prediction and Counterterrorism (Chatham House); Voting Machine Security: Where We Stand Six Months Before the New Hampshire Primary (Brennan Center); Survey Reveals 87% of Americans Consider Cybersecurity a Top Priority(Anomali/Harris); and Early Findings: Review of State and Local Government Ransomware Attacks (Recorded Future).

Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process; Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues;Selected Homeland Security Issues in the 116th Congress (updated August 14); Convergence of Cyberspace Operations and Electronic Warfare; U.S. – North Korea Relations;  Domestic Terrorism: Some Considerations;Renewed Great Power Competition: Implications for Defense–Issues for Congress; U.S.-North Korea Relations, and Russia’s Nuclear Weapons: Doctrine, Forces, and Modernization(all CRS).
























































































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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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