Tagged: policy

Obama Administration Releases Third National Climate Assessment

This morning the Obama Administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, which “assesses the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States.” Described as a “key deliverable” of the president’s Climate Action Plan, the report “documents climate change related impacts and responses for various sectors and...

How Can We Make Cybersecurity Policy a Cybersecurity Reality? New Report Provides Fundamentals

In a world where many of us depend on information technology to get through the day–where computers play a role in transportation, healthcare, and banking–cybersecurity is vital to personal security. On a larger scale, it is vital to national security. Today, the National Academies Press released a prepublication copy of...

“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...

DoD Inspector General Releases Assessment of Security Clearance Processes

Recent active shooter incidents at government facilities, such as the September 2013 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and the April 2014 shooting at Fort Hood, have made clear the need to review security clearance processes nationwide. This week, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the DoD responded...

IPCC Releases Working Group III’s Report on Climate Change

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) released yesterday the climate change report of Working Group III (WGIII) out of Berlin, Germany. The report, “Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change,” assesses “literature on the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of mitigation of climate change.” Ultimately, the report...

Climate Action Plan Update: White House Releases Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions

As part of the next phase of the 2013 Climate Action Plan, the White House unveiled today its new strategy to take action on climate change: cutting methane emissions. “This document lays out that strategy — summarizing the sources of methane and trends in emissions; setting forth a plan to...

Climate Data Initiative: Delivering on Climate Action Plan Commitments

In June of 2013, the Obama Administration (the Administration) launched a Climate Action Plan that committed the U.S. to “cut carbon pollution, prepare communities for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address this global challenge.” Today, the Administration has taken one step closer to delivering on...

Signals Intelligence Activities: President Obama Releases New Policy Directive

Today, President Obama released a Presidential Policy Directive, “Signals Intelligence Activities,” which outlines the manner in which signals intelligence is authorized to be collected by the United States. He stated that gathering practices must be adherent to privacy and civil liberties, “in accordance with the Constitution and applicable statutes, Executive...

Outbreaks: No State Boasts a Perfect Score in Disease Prevention

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has released a report to examine the United State’s policies involving the response to infectious disease threats. The report, titled “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases” examines 10 indicators in each state that offer a “composite snapshot” to show how well prepared states are...

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....