Author: Sally Chapman

Background on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused many problems at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Initially everything was going fine. The reactors shut down automatically and the nuclear fuel rods were cooled with the help of emergency diesel generators. However, when the diesel generators failed due to the tsunami-caused...

The US Navy and Global Warming

As the climate changes so does the need for the US to adapt its policies and organizations to best protect US interests. This includes strategic planning on how to prepare the US Navy to function within this changing environment. For example, the thawing of the Arctic means resources and routes...

Hearing Addresses Muslim Radicalization in the United States

The House Committee on Homeland Security recently concluded their first hearing on radicalization titled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.” During the event, experts and members of the Muslim community addressed committee members. The overarching attitude of the hearing was that the United...

Fear and Loathing in Homeland Security: Manufacturing the Muslim Menace

Manufacturing the Muslim Menace Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank devoted to defending democracy, recently issued this report, which discusses current attitudes in the United States towards Muslims. This study finds that “government agencies responsible for domestic security have inadequate mechanisms to ensure quality and consistency in terrorism preparedness...

Insiders Threaten Immigration Services’ Networks

Examining Insider Threat Risk at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Redacted) According to this report issued by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) networks are vulnerable to insider threats. “USCIS employees and contractors hold the keys to one of the world’s most coveted kingdoms:...

Report Shows Cyber Crime on the Rise

2010 Internet Crime Report The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) recently issued this report, which provides information on the amount of cyber crime in 2010. According to the report: “In 2010, IC3 received the second-highest number of complaints since its inception. IC3 also reached a major milestone this year when...

NIST’s Glossary of Key Information Security Terms

It has become increasingly salient to understand the terminology associated with computer information security. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a revised 2011 edition of their 2006 publication “Glossary of Key Information Security Terms.” The glossary includes most of the terms in the NIST publications. It...

Real Solutions for Securing Our Border

Is More Getting Us Less? Real Solutions for Securing Our Border Organized crime in Mexico and the continuing threat of terrorism has brought many in the United States to question what more should be done to secure U.S. borders. Over the last year President Obama has sought to increase funding...

2010 National Vaccine Plan

2010 National Vaccine Plan: Protecting the Nation’s Health through Immunization This document, released by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provides suggestions on how to improve vaccine programs in the United States in order to better defend against infectious diseases. The recommendations include the development of a broad...

Chief Counsel’s Report Further Investigates BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Macondo The Gulf Oil Disaster, Chief Counsel’s Report The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling was created by President Obama in order to “examine the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.” This report presents the findings...