18 Mar 2009
My how the times have changed. While climate change was not necessarily a priority for the previous administration, for the Obama team, it is top-of-mind. So much so that the defense and intelligence leaders are acknowledging and even anticipating climate change as being a long-term and significant threat to national security — according to the Christian Science Monitor.
20 Jan 2009
As we are writing this post, the thundering masses are gathering on the Mall in Washington, DC. Despite the cold weather, those attending seem energized and inspired by the changes happening to our great nation. During this time of transition, and as President Bush only has a few more hours in office, we wanted to pull together some recent editorials assessing his performance — especially when it comes to national security.
30 Dec 2008
Since the beginning of the Internet, there have always been bad people waging cyberattacks against both the private and public sectors. While many security solutions have been put into place — and more developed each day — the bad guys often stay one step ahead.
In addition, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team of the Homeland Security Department recently reported that the number of security breaches of U.S. and private-computer networks almost doubled to 72,000 from approximately 37,000 last year.
17 Dec 2008
When someone is new to a job, it is a natural tendency to want to “do better” than the guy you are replacing. It certainly seems that President-elect Obama is heading in that direction when it comes to national security and intelligence. Although our post yesterday highlights an opinion that Obama team is putting national security on the backburner, the New York Times ran a story about all the homework and preparation that Obama is doing in this vein.
16 Dec 2008
President-elect Obama has certainly drawn plenty of comparisons to President Clinton. From bringing on former Clintonites like John D. Podesta to Rahm Emanuel, it seems that team Clinton will be back in office on January 20th.
What is really interesting is that Obama is also being compared to Clinton when he first came into office regarding weak foreign policy and national security experience.
17 Nov 2008
On December 2, The Project on National Security Reform will make its 648-page collection of national security case studies on events that range from the Allied occupation of Japan in the 1940s to the deployment of foreign troops in Somalia in the 1990s to the ongoing war in Iraq public, as well as available to President-elect Barack Obama.
The report, financed primarily with $6.4 million from Congress, studied the way the U.S. national security structure has worked over the past 60 years. The main takeway is that today’s challenges require better integration of expertise and capabilities from across the government. Here’s Washington Post’s coverage.