Author: Miranda Diebel

#TerrorismAndTwitter: How Terrorists are Utilizing Social Media and What it Suggests for National Security

According to a new report by Gabriel Weimann of the Woodrow Wilson Center, “Twitter has recently emerged as terrorist’s favorite Internet service, even more popular than self-designed websites or Facebook, to disseminate propaganda and enable internal communication.” In his report titled “New Terrorism and New Media”, Weimann states that the...

Novel Coronavirus Gains Momentum: The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

On May 12, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United States. (The first case was reported in Chicago on May 2, 2014.)The case of a Florida man diagnosed with MERS-CoV was confirmed on May 11....

Big Data: Potential to Deliver ‘Perfect Personalization’ or Discrimination and Segregation

The “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values” report from the 1st of May focuses on the impact of big data on the United States government, people, and inner workings. Big data is a technological phenomenon that gained momentum at the beginning of the “Internet of Things” epoch. Big data analytics is...

Can Deportation Policies be both Humane and Tough?

This report published by the Migration Policy Institute and titled, “The Deportation Dilemma: Reconciling Tough and Human Enforcement” explores whether or not deportation policies can be both humane and tough. The disagreement on whether the current administration’s immigration enforcement is adequate or not reveals a fundamental difference in the definition of...

Praise, Problems, and Proposals: Audit Results of the FBI-Managed Terrorist Watchlist 

The Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Management of Terrorist Watchlist Nominations audit report of March 2014 reviews the impact of the December 25, 2009, failed terrorist attack (commonly known as the Underwear Bomber) and effectiveness of FBI initiatives implemented between 2009 and 2012 and intended to “ensure accuracy, timeliness, and completeness of the...

Condition and Performance Evaluation of U.S. Transportation Infrastructure

Following the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prepared empirical reports for Congress detailing the condition, performance, and future investment needs of the nation’s transit systems. This 2013 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance report is the tenth in a series...

How U.S. Oil Will Affect the World

The “Oil Security 2025: U.S. National Security Policy in an Era of Domestic Oil Abundance” report produced by the Commission on Energy and Geopolitics gives a scenario-based analysis of the future global supply and demand for oil. The Commission relays the more than monetary price of America’s oil dependency in...

Where in the World is Santa? NORAD’s Santa-Tracking Technology

      “The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America.” NORAD ensures air sovereignty and defense over the U.S. and Canada. NORAD is also the trusted source...

Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System

On November 7, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a roadmap intended to facilitate the smooth integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). This integration would provide an abundance of new opportunities and uses for UAS while reducing safety risks and current operating costs...