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  • Cyber Barbarians at the Gates

    We are being attacked on all sides—and it is not the hacker in the basement we need to worry about most. It is the cyber super powers. China leads the way, particularly the Chinese military and intelligence services, which are enamored with online warfare. There are also more citizens online … More

    Iran: Truth or Dare for Ahmadinejad

    According to press accounts, the Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that “Iran has enough funds to withstand a total embargo on its oil sales for two to three years.” Cool! Let’s put him and his cronies to the test. Robust sanctions, in combination with other efforts to put the pressure … More

    Commerce Case Study: Cyberstupid

    It would be funny if it all wasn’t so tragic. According to The Washington Post, an agency in the Department of Commerce was so ravaged by a malicious virus that its entire information technology infrastructure, from desktop computers to hand-held cell phones, had to be shut down. Ironic. The Department … More

    On the Outpost of Sovereignty at Sea

    A driving, wind-swept rain pummels the deck of the USCG Stratton. A typical day at sea for the Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter when it plys the Bearing Straits or protects fisheries in America’s Arctic waters. But today the Stratton is not at sea—it’s commissioning day at the pier … More

    Defending Paul Ryan on Defense

    Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) generated a few headlines defending his defense budget. When pressed about why he wanted to invest more in the military than the Pentagon brass asked for, Ryan had an answer that raised eyebrows: “We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice,” Ryan said … More

    Time to Take Down TSA

    Want to cut government spending? Without compromising security? The Ryan budget is a good start, but we can do more. How about rethinking the Transportation Security Administration?  We need TSA. After all, terrorists continue to target commercial aviation in the U.S. But, do we really need a massive, bloated bureaucracy and … More

    Washington Only Weapon More Deadly Than a Nuke

    Nuclear weapons are not much of a worry: That’s the tenor of an AP story reporting on a U.S. government study that looked at the consequences of 10-kiloton nuclear weapon detonated on the corner of 16th and K Street in downtown Washington, D.C. “The surprising conclusion?” according to the article, … More

    Definition of a Mic Gaffe: Politician Telling the Truth

    On August 11, 1984, President Ronald Reagan joked over a “hot” mic, “My fellows Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I have signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” It was a joke, but we all knew it masked a serious … More

    Remembering Congressional Medal of Honor Day

    Some never stop giving back. March 25 is Congressional Medal of Honor Day. Perhaps most remarkable and often unremarked is that what truly marks the character of the living Medal of Honor receipients is how they continue to serve beyond the battlefield. Much of that work is performed through the … More

    Iran Has Its Eye on the Big Apple

    Snap a few pics. Grab a falafel. Plan a terrorist attack. Eileen Sullivan reports for the Associated Press that the New York City Police Department is playing cat and mouse in Manhattan with the Iranian intelligence service. No big surprise here. Iranian intelligence has been busy in the United States … More