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Taiwan Election

February 2, 2012

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With China’s recent territorial assertiveness in the East China and South China Seas, as well as its military expansion, the United States has expressed growing concern about this rising power. Last November, in what was widely seen as an attempt to reassure U.S. allies in the Asia-Pacific as well as to send a warning to […]

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Spy vs. Not: Are We Ready for Espionage?

October 19, 2011

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Once is an event, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern. It’s not like we didn’t know there were clandestine operatives in the United States, but there is a difference between would-be attackers (however under-the-radar they may operate), and spies. The past week, we have been observing a resurgence of espionage activities […]

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Cyber Security: The Next Great Threat (Pt 2)

June 1, 2011

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The United States has recently declared that a cyber attack will be considered an act of war and thus justifies U.S. military action. This is exactly the type of policy advocated for in my previous post on this issue, but which now comes with interesting ramifications. First and foremost, what determines a cyber attack will […]

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Rare Earth Metals: A Hi-Tech Wonder With a Price

May 31, 2011

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Do you drive a hybrid or a hydrogen-battery powered car, use an i-pod or i-phone, laptop, DVD/blu-ray player or have you ever needed an x-ray?  If the answer is yes to any of the above, then you’ve used a technology that requires rare earth metals.  Don’t know what they are?  Most people don’t, or aren’t […]

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