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Executive Transition: The Death of Kim Jong-il

By   /  December 19, 2011  /  Foreign Relations, International Security, News & Events, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Word came from North Korea by state newscast that their leader for decades, Kim Jong-il had died on December 17, 2011. The United States has been preparing for the death of Kim Jong-il at least since his 2008 stroke. The Washington Post reported that one U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, […]

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Redefining Intelligence: The Drug Enforcement Agency's War in Mexico

By   /  December 18, 2011  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is reinventing the use of American intelligence assets. Drawing on lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan, the agency has expanded the use of informants, drones, and federal agents to combat Mexico’s transnational crimina l syndicates. Recently, the DEA has provided crucial support to Mexican law enforcement. In February 2011, DEA informants […]

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National Security Law Brief: Volume II, Issue I has arrived!

By   /  December 10, 2011  /  Featured  /  No Comments

The National Security Law Brief is proud to announce the arrival of the latest print edition. The .pdf version of Volume II, issue I is now available at

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National Cybersecurity – Two Regulatory Solutions to a Growing Problem

By   /  December 3, 2011  /  Featured  /  No Comments

October was the Department of Homeland Security’s eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, but in many ways, 2011 was the “Year of the Hacker.” Public awareness of weaknesses in the nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure has skyrocketed as a result of far-ranging electronic attacks in the United States and abroad. In the U.S., hacktivist […]

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Mandatory HPV Vaccination Debate: Is it a Threat to National Security?

By   /  December 3, 2011  /  Featured  /  No Comments

[retweet]Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the mandatory smallpox vaccinations of Cambridge, Massachusetts have commonly been used to justify mandatory vaccination polices when the vaccine is essential to the safety and health of the community. Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11, 11 (1905). However, with the advances in biotechnology since 1905 some believe the ruling in Jacobson […]

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