Archive for Security

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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National Security Reports – April 2019 Update

Building and Measuring Community Resilience (NAP); additional NAP reports on resilience, mostly community-based; Above Us Only Stars: Exposing GPS Spoofing in Russia and Syria (C4ADS); Coordinated Strategic Plan to Advance Desalination for Enhanced Water Security (NSTC, White House); Hackers force water utilities to sink or swim (E&E News); America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (PL 115-270); Programs Addressing Psychological Health and Resilience in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (RAND); Preparing for a drier future (National Infrastructure Commission, UK); FEMA Grants Modernization: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Program Management and Cybersecurity (GAO); U.S. Nuclear Excess: Understanding the Costs, Risks, and Alternatives (Arms Control Commission); Hate Speech on Social Media: Global Comparisons (CFR); Maritime Security Dialogue (CSIS); NATO at 70(What Think Tanks are thinking)[European Parliament Think Tank]; 

America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018: Drinking Water Provisions ; Selected Homeland Security Issues in the 116th Congress; U.S. Military Electronic Warfare Research and Development: Recent Funding Projections; Iran Sanctions; Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer; International Criminal Court: U.S. Response to Examination of Atrocity Crimes in Afghanistan; and Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy (all CRS).

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018

Containing data from 2015 through 2017 this voluminous compendium details various aspects of crime at all levels of the education sector. Bullying, victimization, active shootings are some of the topics highlighted. Handy “Spotlights” add to the utility of this work.

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National Security Reports – March 2019 Update

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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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