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  • Thinking Big about Social Networks Down Under

    Can Twitter get you killed? Can Facebook start and stop wars? Can terrorism be financed through Paypal, and might people arm themselves through eBay? These are the questions tackled in an online forum sponsored by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute examining the nexus of social networking and national security. The … More

    FBI Worries About America Unwired

    Evil activity online could be more dangerous than transnational terrorists, warns FBI Director Robert Mueller. Speaking before the RSA Cyber Security Conference last Thursday, he declared that cybersecurity is becoming a top concern. The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense need to get cyberserious. Protecting netizens’ ability … More

    Obama Hearts Israel . . . Oh, Really?

    At the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting in Washington today, President Barack Obama delivered a speech on US-Israeli relations under his presidency, but with the bad parts left out. “I have kept my commitments to the state of Israel,” Obama declared, “At every crucial juncture – at … More

    The Wrong Adam Smith

    If you are looking for a great example of a national leader who can’t get his priorities in order, look no further than Representative Adam Smith (D–WA). He recently made clear he has no interest in special legislation that would spare the Pentagon from cuts that even the White House … More

    An Anonymous War

    Anonymous, the shadowy hactivist group, may have just declared war on the United States. This raises questions: How would we know, and what does this really mean? The always troubling question for cyber-warriors is “attribution”—do you really know whom you are fighting? Sorting out evil actors online is difficult, but … More

    Gut Ships and Planes, but Cybersecurity—Not So Fast

    Futurists who applaud Obama for gutting conventional forces—ships, planes, and boots on the ground—and (allegedly) shifting to emerging, asymmetrical, or hybrid threats (pick your adjective of the week) ought to think again. The distinctions with how our military will have to deal with challenges like cyberconflict and shooting wars are … More

    What to Do If Israel Attacks

    What to make of the recent leaks that the Israelis are telling Washington, “If we attack, we won’t tell you first”? There is some speculation that the purpose of the warning is that “if they eventually decide that a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark … More

    If Nobel Were Alive, Would He Take His Prize Back?

    Shocker news: Apparently, you don’t have to do anything to promote the cause of peace to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Bradley Manning, the disturbed young soldier on trial for handing over classified government information to WikiLeaks, has been nominated for the prize. They might as well have … More

    Nightmare Cinema: A World Under Obama’s Arms Control

    In a recent speech to the Conference on Global Zero, Rose Gottemoeller, the Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, told the cheering masses, “New START was just the beginning. Going forward, we know that we are going to have to think bigger and bolder.” For those who don’t follow … More

    Iran Shows How to Rope-a-Dope

    Talks between Iran and the U.N. “watchdog” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) just failed big time. You would never know that talking to Ali Asghar Soltanieh, the Iranian ambassador to the IAEA. “The second round of talks about cooperation between Iran and the agency and interaction with each other was … More