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on November 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

NSJ Forum: Concerns about Wiretapping the Internet

Susan Landau, Marc Rotenberg, and John Palfrey address security and privacy issues concerning the proposed internet monitoring legislation.

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on August 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Why Pakistan Can’t

By Malik Ahmad Jalal* – On a visit of Pakistan in July, the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen acknowledged the success of the military operation against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in South Waziristan and Swat.  However, the highest-ranking U.S. military commander also expressed concern that Pakistan’s reluctance to fight the formidable Haqqani Network in North […]

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on August 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Moving Forward in Mexico

By Nina Catalano – News south of the U.S. border is not good these days. Mexican drug traffickers are supplementing their already gruesome violence with terrorist tactics, and Central America is increasingly faced with the destabilizing spillover effects of Mexico’s war: homicides increased 37% in El Salvador last year, while Guatemala continues to lurch through chaos.  U.S. officials, on the […]

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on July 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

Unlikely Routes: Stronger Militaries by Transforming Military Education

By Malik Ahmad Jalal and Agus Yudhoyono* – “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power, the greater it will be.” The words of U.S. philosopher-president Thomas Jefferson adorn the walls of Jefferson Memorial Library at West Point Military Academy.  They reflect the ethos that mastering warfare will not […]

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on March 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Unmanned Robotics & New Warfare: A Pilot/Professor’s Perspective

By Mary L. Cummings – As the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Humans and Automation Laboratory, I was asked to comment from a technologist’s perspective at the recent symposium Drone Warfare: New Robotics & Targeted Killings on the panel  “Unmanned Robotics & New Warfare.”  My perspective is unique in that not only do I conduct millions of dollars […]

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on March 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Lawyers: A Predator Drone’s Achilles Heel?

By Brett H. McGurk – Killer mechanical robots the size of flies, giant predator drones piloted from an iPhone, together with a new mode of warfare embraced by the U.S. military and both political parties in Washington.  That is the upshot of the recent symposium – “New Robotics and the Legality of Targeted Killings” – hosted by the Harvard National […]

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on January 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

A Response To ‘Connecting the Dots and the Christmas Plot’

By Jeffrey Kahn – When your favorite tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  After the near-catastrophe on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, it is not surprising that many hammer away with the tools they know best: data-mining and watchlists.  The conventional wisdom is that if we know enough soon enough, we can stop the next […]

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on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

A Response To ‘Connecting the Dots and the Christmas Plot’

By Nathan A. Sales – It didn’t take long after 9/11 for the conventional wisdom to crystallize.  The devastating terrorist attacks were almost immediately, and almost universally, chalked up to the intelligence community’s failure to share information.  Yet if al Qaeda’s attempt to down Northwest flight 253 is any indication, the feds still haven’t learned how to connect the dots. […]

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on January 25, 2010 at 7:50 am

Connecting the Dots and the Christmas Plot

By Paul Rosenzweig – “We slipped up.”  That’s what Patrick F. Kennedy, the Undersecretary of State for Management, said at a Senate hearing last week about the Christmas day bomb plot and the arrest of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He has a gift for understatement. But the real question isn’t whether we “slipped up”—everyone knows we did.  It’s rather how and […]

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