Author: Julia West

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Global Risks Report 2019 is Released

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Advisory Board has released its annual overview of most pressing risks facing the world in 2019. The Global Risks Report 2019 looks at the contemporary challenges along with their potential levels of impact – “from slowing global growth and persistent inequality to climate change, geopolitical...

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Top Emerging National Security Threats

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report highlighting the most significant threats to American security. GAO utilized survey information provided by 45 government organizations, including the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of State (State), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)....

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Homeland Security Against Illicit Terrorist Travel

The House Homeland Security Committee Majority Staff released a report exposing threats posed by terrorists, also known as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs), traveling to the United States from a country identified as having possible or established links to terrorism. The report examines ways to prevent these individuals from getting access to...

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2018 National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism

President Donald J. Trump has released a National Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism that focuses on preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by terrorists. The Strategy highlights the growth in terrorists’ “capabilities and aspirations” to pursue WMD enabled by the advances in dual-use technology...

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Strengthening National Resiliency During Power Outages

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) released a report based on an in-depth study of physical and cyber risks to critical infrastructure, including the nation’s power grid, drinking water and wastewater systems, transportation, communications, healthcare, and financial systems. Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage: How to strengthen the Capabilities of...

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Global Terrorism Index 2018

The Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) in collaboration with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) led by the University of Maryland has released its annual Global Terrorism Index (GTI). The report represents “a comprehensive study analysing the impact of terrorism for 163 countries...

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New Data on Climate Change in the United States

Upon a mandate by the Global Change Research Act of 1990, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). In its second volume, the report utilizes the scientific methodology presented in Volume I, the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), 2017. Volume II expands on...

Reducing Risks in Law Enforcement: How to Increase Efficiency and Improve Community Relations?

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Strategic Applications International (SAI) have released a report detailing the efforts put forward by the law enforcement community to minimize risks and vulnerabilities to civil lawsuits. The report provides highlights gathered during the December 7, 2016 forum focusing on “all aspects...

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Financially Motivated Cyber Threats: A New Suspect is Identified

FireEye, Inc., an independent intelligence-led security company, has published an investigative report highlighting recent activities of the North Korean state-sponsored cyber operations. Based on the intensive review of various offensive actors in the cyber domain, the report identifies a distinct, financially-motivated group, APT38. While APT38 appears to share certain developmental...