Defining Terrorism

October 31, 2011 --

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Since President George W. Bush declared a war on terrorism on September 20th, 2001 thousands of people worldwide have been affected.  The United States has fought either directly or indirectly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and many other locations around the globe.  Terrorist plots have been foiled in airports, on planes, in crowded cities […]

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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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You Say You Want a Revolution

September 22, 2011 --

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The Arab Spring has been hailed as my generation’s tearing down of the Berlin Wall, a seminal moment in world history that represents a paradigm shift in the politics of the Middle East. While it certainly can be considered as such, it is still far too early to determine just what changes the Arab Spring […]

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Directed Energy Weapons: Realigning the Asymmetry of Warfare?

August 10, 2011 --

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Every so often new technologies arise that enhance national security and that change the way offensive and defensive strategies are designed in warfare leaving past technologies obsolete or less effective.  The U.S. is unlocking one such game-changing technology: directed energy weaponry.  Much in the way that Will Snider’s article on the use of drone technology […]

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Homegrown Terrorism vs. International Terrorism

August 1, 2011 --

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In recent days the world has watched in horror as one of the most peaceful nations on earth has experienced one of the largest terrorist attacks since September 11. What makes the recent tragedy in Norway so appalling is the fact that it didn’t originate from without Norway’s borders. Unlike the Al-Qaeda attack of September […]

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