Author: Sally Chapman

Energy and National Security: What’s the Connection?

Powering America’s Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroads of National Security Challenges What are the key links between national security, energy, and the economy? This report, issued by the CNA Military Advisory Board, finds that the link between these three things is very strong. Without easy access to fossil fuels,...

Terrorists Among Us: Domestic Radicalization Analyzed

The Boston Cluster and Extended Connections: Case Study on Homegrown Radicalization In October 2009, Tarek Mehanna and Ahmad Abou-Samra were arrested in their homes in Boston by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Both men were American citizens. They were also part of a small decentralized network that played an...

New York City Bar Deems Arizona’s S.B. 1070 Unconstitutional

The Committee on Immigration & Nationality Law as part of the New York City Bar has found that Arizona’s S.B. 1070 is unconstitutional. The constitutionality of Arizona’s law violates the Supremacy Clause of the “United States Constitution and violate the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.” The report also states that...

Border Views: A Video Chronicle about Immigration in the United States

In light of the recent immigration bills that various states have passed, the University of Texas at Austin is launching a series of videos titled “Border Views.” These videos will include different faculty members discussing all aspects of immigration from historical perspectives to current laws relating to immigration and border...

Flooding in the South: After Action Report from the US Army Corps of Engineers

A rainfall that lasted 36 hours left the Cumberland River Basin reeling from damages that killed at least 14 people. The US Army Corps of Engineers is facing scrutiny for their lack of communication with the National Weather Service. However, the After Action Report published by the US Army Corps...

Streamlined Profits?

In December of 2005 Operation Streamline was implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in conjunction with the Department of Justice (DOJ); this program mandates the incarceration of virtually all undocumented immigrants, crossing from the Mexico border, within the federal justice system. The program was ostensibly put in place...

Crime on the Decline in the Washington Metropolitan Area

2009 Annual Report on Crime and Crime Control The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has just released its Annual Report on Crime and Crime Control for 2009. The report provides statistics about violent crimes, including homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. It also discusses the property crimes of burglary,...

FARC in the Road: New Directions for Colombian Security Policy

Improving Security Policy in Colombia The International Crisis Group has recently released a new document (available in both English and Spanish) about the security situation in Colombia. It acknowledges the government’s limited success in combating the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) over the last decade. The report is critical...

Beating the Heat Wave

Americans across the Northeast have experienced near record temperatures in a massive heat wave this week. As news reports come in about heat fatalities, it has become clear that the public needs to be informed about how to properly respond. One excellent source of information is DisasterAssistance.gov, a website created...

NNSA Outlines How U.S. Nuclear Weapons Will Be Better Guarded

NNSA Policy Letter 70.4 on Information Security NNSA Policy Letter 70.2 on Physical Protection The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently completed the initial phase of improving the protection of the U.S. nuclear weapon infrastructure. These documents detail how this increase in security will occur at sites housing sensitive material...