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  • Fort Hood, Boston Bombing Trials Place Homegrown Radicalization Back into Media Focus

    On Tuesday, the trial of accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan commenced in Texas, reopening the wounds from an act of terrorism that shocked the nation and the entire U.S. military community. Given Hasan’s decision to represent himself—and thus directly question many of the same individuals that he … More

    Arrest Made in Attack on French Soldier Suggests Homegrown Radicalization

    Shortly before 6 p.m. last Saturday, French soldier Cedric Cordier was patrolling the underground arcade of bustling shops beneath the famed La Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris when he was approached by an unidentified assailant. Without provocation, the assailant plunged a short blade into Cordier’s neck, narrowly missing … More

    Brutal Murder in London Highlights Dangers Faced by Military Personnel

    In a brutal murder committed on the streets near the Royal Artillery Barracks in South London, a British soldier became the latest victim of an act that Prime Minister David Cameron described as having “strong indications” that it was linked to terrorism. Two men were shot and wounded by London … More

    What Motivated the Boston Bomber’s Trip to Russia?

    As details emerge regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s 2012 trip to Dagestan and Chechnya, which his family has insisted was merely to visit with relatives, fresh questions arise as to how that trip may have influenced either his motivation or preparation for the Boston Marathon bombings. The frequency with which American-born or … More

    Iran Uses Strait of Hormuz as Backdrop for Missile Tests

    In yet another move that hovered somewhere between provocative and pestilent, Iran has again engaged in a series of naval and missile exercises in the Persian Gulf. The battery of tests, conducted last week and centered on the Strait of Hormuz—the highly important passageway through which one-fifth of the world’s … More

    Violence Against Law Enforcement on the Rise

    Earlier this month, a friend and colleague of mine in law enforcement was shot while pursuing two individuals suspected of robbery and murder. He survived the attack, but several of our law enforcement colleagues who serve to protect the public have not been so lucky. After a confluence of factors … More

    Russia Ramps Up Missile Tests

    Russian President Vladimir Putin recently oversaw a strategic exercise—including a series of coordinated missile tests—that drew on Russia’s nuclear “triad” (bombers, intercontinental-range ballistic missiles [ICBMs], and submarine-launched ballistic missiles [SLBMs]). Both the ICBM and the SLBM reached their respective targets after having traveled distances of more than 6,000 kilometers. Less … More

    Obama Should Assert Resolve the World Can Believe In

    With his address to the United Nations this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated, “I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it.” The very real threat of hostilities continues to rise as Iranian posturing … More

    Latest Iranian Missile Test Seeks to Erode American Resolve

    As the debate over the size and scope of our nation’s anti-ballistic missile defense system continues, one thing remains constant: Iran continues to engage in a provocative game of military brinksmanship. Days ago, the Iranian Defense Ministry proclaimed that their nation had “successfully” launch tested an upgraded version of its … More

    Olympics a Reminder for Public Vigilance Against Terrorism

    As the seventh anniversary of the 7/7 London terrorist attacks recently came to pass, we were reminded by a series of events across the U.K. that the persistent threat from terrorism remains. In the shadow of the impending Olympics, a mere three weeks away, such reminders compel both our nation’s … More