Author: Rory Devine

The White House Releases its 2019 Global Health Security Strategy

On 9 May 2019, the Trump Administration released its Global Health Security Strategy, which prioritizes U.S. efforts to address biosecurity vulnerabilities in targeted countries. Spurred on by the increasing frequency of devastating infectious disease outbreaks—notably Ebola, Zika and the Rift Valley fever—the plan seeks to strengthen global resiliency towards these...

Bipartisan Local Support for Immigration Reform: Protecting Immigrants and Economic Shareholders

Immigrants fill crucial gaps in local economies and therefore Congress must act to reform federal standards that end up hurting various state and local economic shareholders, a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center argues. The report, titled “A Call for Clarity and Compromise: The Perspectives of State and Local...

An Approach to Communicating the Threat of Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health and Security recently released a report that provides recommendations for communicating global catastrophic biological risks (GCBRs) to government officials and the public in order to enhance future prevention measures. Titled “Risk Communication Strategies for the Very Worst of Cases,” the report’s findings are the...

U.S. Strategies for Combating Terrorist Travel and Enhancing Aviation Security

The White House recently released two national security strategy documents that detail the current Administration’s plans to boost countermeasures for preventing terrorist travel as well as overall aviation security. The reports—titled the “National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel” and the “National Strategy for Aviation Security”—chart new approaches for generating a multi-layered...

The Path Forward for U.S. Terrorism Prevention Policies

U.S. government-led terrorism prevention approaches, formerly known as countering violent extremism (CVE), remain dramatically ineffective due to sustained political opposition and limited funding, a new report from RAND confirms. Titled “Practical Terrorism Prevention: Reexaming U.S. National Approaches to Addressing the Threat of Ideologically Motivated Violence,” the study argues that the...

Assessing Public Health Preparedness of States

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) recently published its annual report for 2019, titled “Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health From Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism,” which assesses states’ readiness to protect its residents based on ten criteria. Using data for 2017, the report concludes that, while overall emergency preparedness for...

The Effects of Climate Change on U.S. Defense Operations and Facilities

Extreme weather events as a result of climate change represent a “national security issue” that will continue to hinder U.S. Department of Defense operations and promote regional instability over the next 20 years, a recent DoD report to Congress confirmed. Titled “Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the...

Law Review Commons: A Great Source for Open Access to Law Scholarship

A key research database that warrants greater attention is the burgeoning Law Review Commons . The first of its kind, the site serves as the largest open access law database comprising more than 300 law reviews and over 220,000 articles from top law schools dating back to 1852. The site sprang in...

Extreme Weather Events Will Be More Frequent In the Future: Climate Study

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) recently published a report revealing a substantial link between climate change and various global extreme weather events of 2017. Titled “Explaining Extreme Events of 2017: From a Climate Perspective,” the report offers 17 analyses that comprise: Droughts in the U.S. Northern Plains and...

Assessing the Risk of Solar Inverters to the U.S. Electrical Grid

Last month, Ridge Global LLC released a report titled “Potential Electric Grid Vulnerability from Cyber Enabled Foreign Actors: A Risk Assessment Study of Solar Inverter Technology,” detailing critical vulnerabilities in the U.S. electric grid. In particular, the report centers on the concerns of photovoltaic inverters, whose use could significantly increase in the...