Archive for Security

National Security Reports – January 2018 Update

Security of Air Cargo Shipments, Operations, and Facilities CRS); Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified National Security Information (Director of National Intelligence); The U.S. Army Concept for Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operations 2025-2040;  Defense Primer: Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) CRS; Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2018 Budget and Appropriations; State of the States 2018 (GovTech); Transatlantic Relations in 2018 (CRS); Report to the President on Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets (NTIA); and Muslim-American Involvement with Violent Extremism (Triangle Center).


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National Security Reports – December 2017 Update

What Happened in Niger?; Modern Slavery Act 2015: Recent developments (UK Parliament. House of Commons Library. Briefing Paper); North Korea (“What Think Tanks Are Thinking” – European Parliament Research Service); Global Trends to 2035 (EPRS); Origins of America’s Jihadists (RAND); 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Data; and President Trump’s National Security Strategy.

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President Trump’s National Security Strategy

Here is the full-text of that document. Please compare it to previous strategies. Some analyses can be found at: Council on Foreign Relations; CATO Institute; NPR; CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies); Heritage Foundation; and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

What is disheartening to me is the absence of climate change as a threat to security. Peruse the 2015 strategy that devotes an entire section to this challenge.

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Presidential Use of Nuclear Force

With increased tensions on the Korean peninsula that are coupled with the bombastic utterances emanating from Washington, there is a renewed interest in the question as to whether the president has unilateral authority to launch nuclear weapons. Such is the concern that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on this topic – Nuclear Weapons Authority. Other recent reports include these from the Congressional Research Service: Can Congress Limit the President’s Power to Launch Nuclear Weapons?,  “Legislation Limiting the President’s Power to Use Nuclear Weapons: Separation of Powers Implications.”,  Defense Primer: President’s Constitutional Authority with Regard to the Armed Forces.

That this is an area fraught with danger can be readily seen in this document-laden briefing book from the National Security Archive – U.S. Presidents and the Nuclear Taboo.

Does he have the power? It depends on whom you listen to. But be assured that this is one of the thorniest areas of contention between the executive and legislative branches of our government. It has yet to be fully resolved and maybe never will.

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National Security Reports – November 2017 Update

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Cybersecurity Resources

CRS has issued a substantially revised version of its report  Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents; it is current through November 9, 2017. If you need updated information on this ever-growing field, this document should be of great assistance for tracking government publications. The HTML version is replete with active links.


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National Security Reports – October 2017 Update

Cybersecurity, Encryption and United States National Security Matters (Hearing, Senate Armed Services Committee, 2016 – published 2017); Dark WebArms Sales in the Middle East: Trends and Analytical Perspectives for U.S. Policy, U.S. Periods of War and Dates of Recent Conflicts, Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2017 (all CRS); Countering the Islamic Insurgency (Joint Special Operations University); Authorization for Use of Military Force and Current Terrorist Threats (Hearing, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, July 25, 2017); Authorization for Use of Military Force (Hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, October 30, 2017; C-SPAN); and Beyond the Caliphate Project (Center for Combating Terrorism)




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