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National Security Reports – June 2018

Biodefense in the Age of Synthetic Biology; Assessing the Risks of Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (National Academies Press); Intelligence Community Spending: Trends and Issues; Canada-U.S. Relations; The June 12 Trump-Kim Jong-un Summit; North Korea: Legislative Basis for U.S. Economic Sanctions; An Overview of U.S. Immigration Laws Regulating the Admission and Exclusion of Aliens at the Border; The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) (CRS); Cyberspace Operations (Joint Chiefs of Staff); Terrorism in Great Britain: the statistics (UK Parliament Library); and Artificial Intelligence: Emerging Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications for Policy and Research(GAO).

 

 

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National Security Reports – May 2018 Update

Gina Haspel’s CIA Torture File (National Security Archive); Rare Earth Elements – Recent Developments; The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for CongressNavy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress, A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress , Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress, Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community: Selected Definitions in Brief, Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: Background and Issues for Congress, CRS Reports on the “Iran Deal”,(all CRS); Artificial Intelligence and National Security; Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines (Combating Terrorism Center); 2017 Internet Crime Report (FBI); Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences (Chatham House); Data Breach Trends – Year End 2017 (Risk Based Security); 2018 Special Operations Command Fact Book  (SOC); Privacy & Data Security Update: 2017 (Federal Trade Commission); Pre-Radicalization Criminal Activity of United States Extremists (START); Global Risks Report 2018 (World Economic Forum); Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers: We Need to Change the Way We are Doing Business (UN Secretary-General); and Global Food Security: A Primer (JSTOR).

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CRS Reports on the “Iran Deal”

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Artificial Intelligence and National Security

This recent CRS report highlights the challenge of utilizing AI in military situations and analyses since much of the development is fostered in the civilian sphere. This documents also points out that China intends to be a world-player in this sector by 2030. (For more on this see this threat, please consult this 2018 House Hearing – China’s Pursuit of Emerging and Exponential Technologies as well as this 2017 Economist article – China may match or beat America in AI.

AI presents a two-edged sword: “Although AI has the potential to impart a number of advantages in the military context, it may also introduce distinct challenges. AI technology can facilitate autonomous operations, lead to more informed military decision-making, and will likely increase the speed and scale of military action. However, it is also unpredictable, vulnerable to unique forms of manipulation, and presents challenges to human-machine interaction.”(2)

Other reports of interest include: DOD Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud Taxonomy (govinfo, 2018); Artificial Intelligence and National Security (Belfer Center, 2017); Game Changers: Artificial Intelligence, Part 1 (House Subcommittee on Information Technology, 2018); Artificial Intelligence: Emerging Opportunities, Challengers, and Implications (GAO, 2018); Strategic Robotpower: Artificial Intelligence and National Security (US Army War College, 2017); and The Risks of Artificial Intelligence to Security and the Future of Work (RAND, 2017).

 

 

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National Security Reports – April 2018 Update

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Looks Like Eating Pasta Is Healthy For You

Worried about weight gain while indulging in one of your favorite foods? You may not have to fret about that at all if you go along with the conclusions contained in this article – Effect of pasta in the context of low-glycaemic index dietary patterns on body weight and markers of adiposity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials in adults.  Finisci di mangiare!

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National Security Reports – March 2018 Update

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