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National Security Reports – March 2019 Update

National Emergency Communications Plan 2019(DHS); Gender Dimensions of the Response to Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters (UN); Perspectives on the Future of Women, Gender and Violent Extremism (George Washington University); Internet Security Threat Report (February 2019, Symantec); U.S. Dept. of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy; Violent Extremism and Terrorism Online in 2018: The Year in Review (VOX); Presidential Security: Vetting of Individuals and Secure Areas at Mar-Lago (GAO); 2019 Cost of Cybercrime (Accenture); Beyond Parallel (CSIS); Confronting the Domestic Right-Wing Terrorist Threat (Center for American Progress); What’s Next for Aerospace and Defense: A Vision for 2050 (Aerospace Industries Association); and Returning Terrorist Fighters (UK Parliament Library).

Defense Primer: Electronic Warfare; and Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress(CRS).


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Forensic Science – Some Recent Works

“Furthermore, forensic science, as currently practiced, is stressed and inadequately supported. The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ latest census of publicly-funded crime laboratory[sic] reports significant casework backlogs. Important discussions on DNA mixture deconvolution, statistical interpretation, and language for reporting and testimony need Federal attention.”

– Victor Weedn, Professor of Forensic Science, George Washington University, in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, March 28, 2017 entitled To Examine the State of Forensic Science in the United States.

A generally acknowledged landmark study was issued by the National Academies Press in 2009 – Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. Called a “blockbuster” in one publication, this highly influential document has been cited numerous times in the literature.  Additional forensic-related reports have been published by NAP

The FBI Laboratory Services contains valuable documentation, among them the Handbook of Forensic Services (Revised 2013).

The Government Accountability Office offers many reports/testimonies on forensic science, even one on nuclear forensics.

The Homeland Security Digital Library has hundreds of relevant reports.

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service offers a separate section on forensic sciences.

The National Institute of Justice has its own Forensic Sciences page replete with links.

New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences houses practitioner-based presentations.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has forensic manuals online.

Links to various forensic science organizations are here.


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National Security Reports – February 2019 Update

Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE: Countering a Hostile Foreign Threat (National Security Institute, George Mason University); Election Security (National Conference of State Legislatures); Crisis Group Yemen Report ( a weekly briefing on the situation in Yemen); Security Shield: A Label to Support Sustainable Cybersecurity (Public Knowledge); Cool conflicts in Russia’s near neighbourhood(UK Parliament Library);  Cisco’s 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study; The Cybersecurity Workforce Gap (CSIS); Midterm Assessment: The Trump Administration’s Foreign and National Security Policies (Foundation for Defense of Democracies); Lead Inspector General Report to the United States Congress. Operation inherent Resolve and Other Overseas Contingency Operations, October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018[directly contradicts the president’s utterances on Syria]; U.S. Government and Private Industry Must Prepare for Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Escalations(FDD); New 2019 Threat Assessments; Challenges to Security in Space (DIA); Cybersecurity is Key to Smart Metering Deployment (with links to additional relevant reports –  Water Online); Civilian Drones (UK Parliament Library); The New European cybersecurity computer centre and network (EU Parliament Library); IEEE Open Access Publications; Cybersecurity Policies Around the World (from the UN); The need for an African Union Special Envoy for Climate Change and Security(SIPRI); and Practical Terrorism Prevention: Reexamining U.S. National Approaches to Addressing the Threat of Ideologically Motivated Violence; Online appendices to this report include country and city case studies. (RAND).

The Trump Administration’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism: Overview and Comparison to the Prior Administration; The U.S. Intelligence Community: Homeland Security Issues in the 116th Congress; Transportation Security: Issues for the 116th Congress; Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: Background and Issues for CongressChanges in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress; and Water Resource Issues in the 116th Congress (all CRS).

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Cybersecurity Policies from Around the World

The UN Cyber Policy Portal lists the strategy documents, structure, key positions, responsible agencies and departments, and legislation for all 193 member-nations as well as other selected organizations. It is updated when needed and provides a one-stop resource for comparative purposes as well as delineating what each country is currently undertaking/upgrading in this rapidly evolving field.

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IEEE Open Access Option

When searching the IEEE digital library, on the advanced search screen, you have the ability to limit your search to “open access”. While not retrieving every document you are searching for because of the reduced availability of references in this mode, the open access option will give you an entree to full text journal articles and conference papers on your topic. Both searches for “cybersecurity” and “drones” garnered hundreds of full text sources. When searching, utilize the “full text and metadata” choice.

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New 2019 Threat Assessments: World Economic Forum and Pew Research Center

Two more important surveys have been recently released. In mid-January the World Economic Forum released its Global Risks Report 2019 that, inter alia, points out  “Environmental risks continue to dominate the results of our annual Global Risks Perception Survey (GRPS). This year, they accounted for three of the top five risks by likelihood and four by impact.”(6) Water crises figure prominently here.

Climate Change Still Seen as the Top Global Threat, but Cyberattacks a Rising Concern just released from Pew Research Center further reinforces the view that environmental concerns pose major security issue in the near-term.


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National Security Reports – January 2019 Update

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