Tagged: defense

Hagel Addresses Shortcomings in U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Mission

“As long as we have nuclear weapons, we will and we must ensure that they are safe, secure and effective.” -Defense Secretary Hagel As a result of the July 2014 “Independent Review of the Department of Defense Nuclear Enterprise” report, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced this week that a 10...

“Educated Futurology” and the Humanities: Defense Planning for an Uncertain Future

The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army recently released a new monograph on defense planning, entitled “Defense Planning for National Security: Navigation Aids for the Mystery Tour.” The monograph, penned by SSI External Researcher Colin S. Gray, seeks to “explore and examine the challenge to America’s defense planners...

New Budget, Old Ideas: DoD Releases 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

Today in Washington, The Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the President’s FY2015 Budget Proposal, released the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).  Current legislation (USC 10, Sec. 118 (a)) mandates that the QDR “outlines the strategic direction of the Department and establishes priorities to determine appropriate resource investments.” The 2014...

DOT&E Releases FY 2013 Annual Report

The Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) released yesterday its FY 2013 annual report. The report provides an overview of the operational effectiveness and suitability of DoD defense systems and acquisition programs over the past year, separated by respective DoD department. Sections of this report include the...

HSDL Adds New Reports on Drone Strikes

The HSDL has recently added to its collection new reports on US drone strikes in the Middle East, focusing on Pakistan and Yemen.  The reports explore the legality of drone strikes in these areas, as many of them were found to have killed civilians rather than members of terrorist organizations....

Findings from the 2013 State of Cybercrime Survey

PricewaterhouseCoopers Firm (PwC) has released the most recent findings of its eleventh survey on cybercrime trends. The survey consulted 500 executives, security experts, and others from both the private and public sectors to uncover their views on the state of cybercrime. The “state of cybercrime” for the purposes of this...