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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Information Security: FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism,Transportation

Offers 17 recommendations to make the nation’s air traffic control system safer from intruders.  Public version of a limited distribution report with 168 recommendations relating to sensitive security information.  From the Government Accountability Office


U.S. Citizens Kidnapped by the Islamic State

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

Examines whether U.S. policy relating to kidnapped citizens and demands for ransom should be re-examined following the deaths of several hostages at the hands of Islamic extremists. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Statistical Analysis of Event Data Concerning Boko Haram in Nigeria (2009-2013)

Categories: Africa,Statistics,Terrorism

Draws on statistical methodologies to estimate which kinds of activities alter the frequency of terrorist events and which kinds of activities reduce the probability of future terrorist events.  Statistical study sponsored by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security


Boko Haram: An Assessment of Strengths, Vulnerabilities, and Policy Options

Categories: Africa,Terrorism

Qualitative study of the terrorist organization.  Sponsored by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.


Perspectives on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) “Torture Report” and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: In Brief

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

Discusses views expressed by public officials, academics, and commentators in a variety of sources on the questions of whether enhanced interrogation amounted to torture, whether it was counter to American values/morals, and whether it was effective.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


National Security Strategy

Categories: Arms Control,Climate Change,Headlines,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Terrorism,WMD

Updates the strategy document released five years ago.  Cites the leading threats as attacks on the homeland or on American citizens abroad, global economic crisis, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, infectious disease outbreaks, and climate change.  From the White House


After the Paris Attacks: Implications for the Transatlantic Security Debate

Categories: Homeland Security,NATO,Terrorism

Attempts to describe the main pattern behind the January 2015 Paris attacks by Jihadist terrorists and the strategic lessons to be learned.  Offers recommendations for a transatlantic strategy against jihadi terrorism.  From the NATO Defense College)


Final Report of the Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Network Agency Accountability Board

Categories: Congress,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism


An in-house investigation which absolves agents of the Central Intelligence Agency of allegations of unauthorized access to the computer drives used by staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, while that group was preparing its study of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the CIA, posted by


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