Author: Kendall Scherr

Homeland Security Outlook Launches New Web Portal for Maritime Security

Homeland Security Outlook (produced by Neak Media) has launched a new web portal, Maritime Security Outlook (MSO), which will be dedicated to developments in maritime security. “MSO’s goal is to be the hub of the maritime security industry. It is an open platform for all maritime security professionals to share...

Online Radicalization: The Rising Threat in Cyberspace

Released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the new report entitled “Countering Online Radicalization in America” discusses the evolving nature of threats in cyberspace. In the last decade, the rise of social networking and virtual communities has provided the framework under which online radicalization has flourished. In an article...

Closing Guantánamo: Is the U.S. Ready?

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the answer is yes – U.S. facilities are physically capable of receiving the current 166 detainees from Guantánamo. Yesterday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced the release of GAO’s newest report “Guantánamo Bay Detainees: Facilities and Factors for Consideration...

Danger Close: The Case Against Killer Robots

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) have published their newest report: “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots”. As discussed in a press release yesterday, the authors indicate that the report is the “first major publication about fully autonomous weapons by a...

Rethinking the U.S. Defense Strategy

Today, the Stimson Center released a new report, “A New US Defense Strategy for a New Era: Military Superiority, Agility, and Efficiency”, which discusses the need for strategic and fiscal reform within the Department of Defense. Authored by a Defense Advisory Committee composed of both former civilian and military defense...

Defining the Line: New Report Highlights Border Insecurity in Central America

Last week, the Regional Migration Study Group released a report entitled “Border Security in Central America’s Northern Triangle”, a study sponsored in tandem by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin America Program. Focusing on the borders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the report brings...

UN Report Identifies the Internet as a Major Tool of Terrorists and Discusses Counterterrorism Strategies

Released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes discusses the means by which terrorists are using the internet to their advantage, and what member states can do to mitigate these effects. Created in collaboration with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism...

New Report Shows Correlation Between Gang Violence in Central America and Rising Migrant Youth in the United States

This week, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) released a new report entitled Forced From Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America. Since October 2011, there has been a stark increase in the number of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) migrating to the United States, especially from Guatemala, El Salvador,...

A National Security Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) has released the National Security Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election, a report that details the national security challenges facing the next president. The purpose of this report is not to promote any candidate, nor any ideology-based platform, but rather to inform...