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Attacks on Paris: Lessons Learned

On November 13, 2015, a total of nine attackers caused havoc in Paris. After President Francois Hollande had declared a state of emergency, 130 people had been killed, and 368 wounded. It was the deadliest attack on French soil since World War II. What lessons have we learned since then?...

Islamic State Attacks in Europe: New Tactics in Terrorism

The European Union’s First Response Network (FRN) recently convened to discuss the evolving methods of Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Europe.  Comprised of counter-terrorism experts from every EU member state, the FRN met in response to the series of coordinated attacks that took place on November 13, 2015 in Paris...

Paris and the Threat of the Islamic State: Background and Context

The gruesome acts of violence perpetrated against innocent civilians in Paris last Friday night have fixed the world’s attention on the Islamic State.  With an estimated 129 killed and nearly three times as many injured, the international community has responded with grief, outrage, and shows of solidarity with the people...

Power Grid Needs a Cybersecurity Boost: Bipartisan Policy Center Report Finds Weaknesses in U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

In February, the Co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, together with the National Homeland Security Project, published a report of findings on the security status of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. Protecting this power grid from cyber attacks is critical to national security in an environment where...

Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released today a new report that outlines the recent failures of the federal government to prevent cyberattacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure. The report, “The Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure”, looks into the cyber vulnerabilities of six...

Digital Map Shows Real-Time Cyber Attacks

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is considered an attempt to make an online service unavailable by jamming or overwhelming it with traffic. These attacks may target a wide variety of frequently-used or critical resources, such as bank servers, news media outlets, or government websites. The new “Digital Attack...

NPS Professor Challenges Conventional Wisdom About Successful Terror Attacks

  A professor of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has published a new book, titled “Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond”. Dr. Erik Dahl’s book discusses the idea that the lack of receptive decision making, and not missed warning signs, can leave...

Major Cities Could Benefit from Federal Guidance on Nuclear Terrorism Response Plans

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claims that major cities in the United States could benefit from federal guidance on implementing nuclear terrorism response plans. Major cities are assumed to be the main targets of nuclear or radiological attacks, and a successful RDD (radiological dispersal device) or...