Author: Sally Chapman

America’s Nuclear Future

“The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future today released its final report to the U.S. Energy Secretary, detailing comprehensive recommendations for creating a safe, long-term solution for managing and disposing of the nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high‐level radioactive waste. The report is the culmination of nearly two years...

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment: Government Report The British Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has released a new report that analyzes the threat of climate change to the United Kingdom. “The Government published the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) on 25 January 2012, the first assessment of...

Global Risks in 2012

The World Economic Forum has released its Seventh Edition of Global Risks; aptly titled “Global Risks 2012.” “The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2012 report is based on a survey of 469 experts from industry, government, academia and civil society that examines 50 global risks across five categories. The report...

US National Intelligence: An Overview, 2011

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released a report titled: “US National Intelligence: An Overview, 2011.” As the title suggests, this document offers an overview of each US intelligence agency and organization. “The U.S. Government uses intelligence to improve and more fully understand the consequences of its...

Congressional Hearing: The Role of DHS in the Intelligence Community

Role of DHS in the IC: Next Steps in Evolving the Mission On January 18, members of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group testified before Congress about the role of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the intelligence community (IC). In the hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee...

NRC’s Review of USGCRP’s 2012-2021 Strategic Plan

In mid 2011 the National Research Council (NRC) formed a committee to advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) on its “Strategic Plan 2012-2021.” The NRC has now released its reported titled: “A Review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Strategic Plan.” According to the NRC, the USGCRP...

The Establishment of the Bureau of Counterterrorism

On January 4, 2012 “[t]he Department of State announce[d] the establishment of the Bureau of Counterterrorism, fulfilling one of the key recommendations of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review concluded in December 2010. The Bureau of Counterterrorism will lead the Department’s engagement in support of U.S. government efforts to counter...

Does it Start With the Bees?

The 1980’s movie “Alien” depicted a creature from another world that would use a vector that looked like a little clawing hand to implant its larva in human hosts, and within a short time an alien emerges from these doomed hosts. For those who have not seen the movie it...

North Korea: More of the Same?

Shortly after the death of Kim Chong-il there was a great deal of speculation as to how the political dynamics and military posture of the Korean Peninsula might shift for better or worse; or simply remain at stasis. Nevertheless, it did not take long before a shift for the better...

Training U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report in regards to border security, and the additional steps needed to ensure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers are fully trained. According to the report, “[r]ecent incidents involving potential terrorists attempting to enter the country highlight the need for a...