Author: Monica Wood

Police Line Do Not Cross

FBI 2020 Data on Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted

The Federal Bureau of Investigations’ (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) recently released 2020 statistics for the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) portion of their Law Enforcement Data Explorer. Data for 2020 shows a total of 60,105 law enforcement officers assaulted while performing their duties; an increase of 4,071 from the 56,034...

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RAND Report on Reducing the Risk of Extremist Activity in the Military

In recent years, news headlines have highlighted the involvement of current or former U.S. military personnel in protest violence; supremacist groups; the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol; and other forms of violent extremism spanning different political and ideological spectra. The threat of extremism is not new, but...

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White House Strategy to Combat Future Biological Threats

The Biden-Harris administration recently released a key strategy document outlining critical actions needed to transform the United States’ “capabilities to respond rapidly and effectively to any future pandemic of high consequence biological threat.” The preparedness and response plan, titled American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming our Capabilities, identifies the following five pillars...

Spreading Hate on TikTok

In Hatescape: An In-Depth Analysis of Extremism and Hate Speech on TikTok, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) offers a comprehensive examination of how TikTok content creators exploit the platform’s unique features in order to spread messages of hate. The report analyzed a sample of 1,030 TikTok videos identified as promoting...

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Right-Wing Extremist Fundraising

As mainstream social media companies have increased their scrutiny and moderation of right-wing extremist (RWE) content and groups, there’s been a move to alternative online content platforms. There’s also growing concern about right-wing extremism in Australia, and about how this shift has diversified the mechanisms used to fundraise by RWE...

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Dr. Stockton on ‘Defeating Coercive Information Operations in Future Crises’

Dr. Paul Stockton’s latest report for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), “Defeating Coercive Information Operations in Future Crises,” provides an assessment of U.S. vulnerabilities to Chinese and Russian coercive Information Operations (IO) and proposes options for defeating and deterring attacks.   For thousands of years, combatants have spread...

IG Report on Afghanistan Reconstruction Efforts

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) recently released a report titled, “What We Need to Learn: Lessons from Twenty Years of Afghanistan Reconstruction.” This report incorporates 13 years of oversight work,  more than 760 interviews, and a review of thousands of government documents to produce a comprehensive retrospective...

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UN’s IPCC Report Finds Climate Change Intensifying

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released the document “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis“, the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6.) The report finds that climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. Founded in 1988, the IPCC is the United Nations body...

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Federal Cybersecurity Failures in Safeguarding America’s Data

What this report finds is stark. Inspectors general identified many of the same issues that have plagued Federal agencies for more than a decade.  A recently published bipartisan report, Federal Cybersecurity: America’s Data ‘Still’ at Risk, shows that two years after an initial cybersecurity investigation, Federal agencies are still not...