Author: Sally Chapman

Study Estimates Civilian Costs of Attacking Iran’s Nuclear Program

The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble: The Human Cost of Military Strikes Against Iran’s Nuclear Facilities A new report from the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Omid for Iran details the potential consequences of a Western attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. The report analyzes various military targets and the impact of the...

American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy in the New Millennium: Results of the 2012 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy A new report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs describes American public opinion on a variety of foreign policy issues. 11 years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11,...

Fast and Furious: Inspector General Report

Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters A new report from the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General has shed light on ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious. The botched gunrunning plan has faced intense Congressional and public criticism after endng tragically with the death of...

Many States Lack Disaster Plans for Children

A National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters: Is America Prepared to Protect Our Most Vulnerable Children in Emergencies? Save the Children has released its 2012 National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters. This annual publication tracks the progress of states in planning for a disaster that involves...

Civil Liberties, Privacy, and Fusion Centers

Recommendations for Fusion Centers: Preserving Privacy & Civil Liberties While Protecting Against Crime & Terrorism The Constitution Project has published a new report concerning how fusion centers can protect civil liberties while still defending against terrorist threats. “Fusion centers are information-sharing hubs that facilitate the exchange of critical information among...

A Need for TSA Reforms: House Subcommittee Report

Rebuilding TSA into a Smarter, Leaner Organization The Transportation Security Administration, created in the aftermath of 9/11, responded to the United States’ need for an increased protection of airports and airplanes. Thankfully, no successful terrorist attack involving airlines has occurred since then in the United States. Nevertheless, the agency has...

America Remembers September 11th

Today marks the 11th anniverary of the tragic events of September 11th. For the families of the heros and victims of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a lonely field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, today offers a day of reflection and remembrance. For our elected officials and our citizens, today...

Newly Declassified CIA Assessment of Iraq Intelligence Analysis

Misreading Intentions: Iraq’s Reaction to Inspections Created Picture of Deception The magazine Foreign Policy has released a declassified CIA document regarding the intelligence on Iraq’s WMD program in the months and years leading up to the 2003 U.S. invasion. In what Foreign Policy characterizes as a “remarkable mea culpa,” the...

New DoD Website Shows Fukushima Radiation Exposure Levels

Operation Tomodachi Registry In the aftermath of last year’s Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the Department of Defense sought to evaluate the exposure of DoD personnel who were stationed nearby. The newly-released Operation Tomodachi Registry provides estimated dosage levels for 13 military installations in Japan. Final estimates will be available by the...

Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations Knowledge Matrix

Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations Knowledge Matrix The University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism has created a new website that attempts to encapsulate all available knowledge about influencing violent extremist organizations. Influence in this case is defined as “[a]ny action taken by a...