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  • Monthly Archives: May 2012

    Cybersecurity: We Are Losing, and It Is a Failure of Leadership


    The recently retired top cyber cop of the FBI, Shawn Henry, stated that “the status quo, it’s an unsustainable model. Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security.” The sky is not falling, but if the US persists in … More

    Space, Nuclear Weapons, and Ballistic Missile Defense--The New Triad

    A view of space shuttle Atlantis from International Space Station on July 22, 2011

    In April, the Independent Working Group (IWG) on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship held an event on the new triad—space, nuclear weapons, and ballistic missile defense—and its importance for the United States. It explored the fundamental importance and the relationship among the different elements of defense. The United States … More

    Legacy Lawsuit Strategy: Blame Natural Damages on Oil Companies

    Lawsuits against oil and gas companies in Louisiana have taken a toll on the industry and the state’s economy generally. But documents obtained by Scribe suggest plaintiffs’ attorneys in the lawsuits seek out litigation even when they know their claims are baseless. A presentation (embedded below) given by a major energy … More

    North Carolina: Stuck in the Stone Age?


    As swimsuit season approaches, millions of Americans are starting vigorous diet and exercise regimens to get in shape.  Most people would love to get into shape the way Steve Cooksey has.  Mr. Cooksey would love to share his wisdom, but there’s just one problem: the state of North Carolina threatened … More

    Putin Celebrates Inauguration Amidst Protests

    Police officers detain an anti-Putin protester at the central Dvortsovaya Square in Saint-Petersburg , on May 7, 2012.

    On the eve of his third inauguration, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon for two hours to “compare notes” on global affairs, from Afghanistan to missile defense. Donilon brought Putin a lengthy memo from President Obama, which aims to develop a solid U.S.–Russian partnership. … More

    Morning Bell: Socialism Rises Again


    Last weekend, the people of France took a sharp turn to the left, and the rest of Europe may be on the brink of rebuking its recent tack toward fiscal responsibility. With Sunday’s election of French Socialist leader Francois Hollande, France has leapt backward toward the policies that have helped … More

    The Missing Amendment in the Bill of Rights


    Since the ratification of the Constitution, thousands of constitutional amendments have been proposed, but only 27 have survived the process of Article V. Out of these, the most well known are the first 10, also known as the Bill of Rights. Interestingly, 12 amendments were originally proposed, including one on … More

    America's Political Leaders Cannot Repeat History Again

    Aviano Air Base, Italy

    “The impact of this decline is no longer invisible. Far too many of the military’s top priority development programs are experiencing schedule delays and development risks which are attributed mainly to a lack of adequate funding, not technical problems—funding problems.” The above quote paints a startling picture of the state … More

    François Hollande’s Campaign Promises Could Jeopardize NATO’s Transition Strategy

    Francois Hollande, Socialist candidate to the French presidential election, celebrated his victory in Place de la Bastille

    French President-elect François Hollande campaigned on bringing all French troops home from Afghanistan by the end of the year. Therefore, if this election promise is kept, NATO will have a gap of 3,300 troops to fill in an important area of Afghanistan during an important stage of the campaign. Currently, … More

    Defending Defense: Sequestration Must Be Stopped


      America is nearing a decisive moment. Unless Congress acts to change current law, automatic sequestration cuts will slash future spending on national defense across the board by more than $500 billion beginning early next year. Combined with the $487 billion in cuts already put forward by the President in … More