New leadership takes the reins at the Federal Communications Commission at a time when employees are satisfied with their work life. Tom Wheeler was confirmed as FCC chairman and Mike O'Rielly as a Republican commissioner Oct. 29 to fill two seats that had been left vacant for about 5 months.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passed the House in April but has not received a vote in the Senate. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich), the House Intelligence chairman, said Oct. 23 that Snowden's revelations about National Security Agency surveillance damaged perceptions of the bill and raised concerns, which he said were undeserved, that it would allow more government access to personal information.
"A large, entrenched mass of adherents that occasionally resorts to violence is ultimately more destabilizing to states than a hardened group of dozens or hundreds of fighters hiding out in the mountains or desert," says the paper, published Oct. 11. Haim Malka, the deputy director of the Middle East Program at CSIS, authored the paper along with William Lawrence, a professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.
The potential for cyber weapons' tactical integration into military operations can't be known without systemic experimentation, says a Center for Strategic and International Studies report based on workshops with military and other experts.
The security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal commands an extraordinary amount of attention from the intelligence community, The Washington Post says in an article based on documents it obtained from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. Concern over Pakistan's nuclear weapons is hardly new though, and an article (.pdf) published Sept. 4 by the Center for Strategic and International Studies argues that fears over the security of those weapons has been misplaced.
Measured government spending on service contracts fell $48 billion in fiscal 2012 compared to its peak in 2009, a Sept. 3 Center for Strategic and International Studies report (.pdf) says. Total services contract obligation dropped to $308 billion from $356 billion in 2009, the report says. All dollars are inflation adjust for fiscal 2012.
In the wake of major disasters in the past, agencies have waived regulations to support the affected region. After Hurricane Katrina, the Transportation Department waived restrictions on trucker hours, and the Internal Revenue Service allowed taxpayers to file tax returns later without penalties, for example.
Proposed legislation that would center public- and private-sector cybersecurity collaboration onto a single coordinating entity would fall short in effective engagement, asserts a paper published this month by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The recovery from the tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., in 2011 thrived under the guidance of a citizen advisory group, that group's leader said Aug. 22 at an event in Washington, D.C.
"If you want to engage and have a homeland security dialogue with India, you have to talk about rail," Rick "Ozzie" Nelson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said. India's concerns about its air travel system, he added, are focused more on how its infrastructure will handle more passenger volume than on security.