Articles by Julie Bird
FBI and National Security Division investigators are not adequately documenting their use of established techniques for investigating possible financing of terrorism, the Justice Department's office of inspector general says.
The United States should help develop the Malian government's administrative and military capabilities to reduce the threat of terrorism in Mali and northern Africa, says a report from the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Trying to head off growing concern over the federal government potentially using drones as domestic spy vehicles, the Homeland Security Department has launched an initiative to signal privacy and civil rights issue remain at the forefront of unmanned aerial systems policy formation.
The threat of command and control link jamming, GPS navigation signal spoofing, and system hacking is a real concern that will have to be addressed before any UAS integration into domestic airspace, said Rep. Paul Brown (R-Ga.), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee subcommittee on oversight, during a Feb. 15 hearing.
The same Internet that Islamic extremists use to whip up fury against the West can be used by more moderate forces to counter that extremism, according to a new Rand Corp. report. The report (.pdf) notes that American Muslims already use the web and social media to provide an opposing voice to and undercut extremists.
The Office of National Capital Region Coordination has been floundering in determining the effectiveness of its emergency preparedness measures, and isn't getting much help from its parent agency, the Federal Emergency Management Administration, says the Government Accountability Office.
Actually, several crises overlap in the West African country. After the elected government was overthrown in March 2012, insurgent groups including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb took over the northern part of the country, which lies in the Sahara Desert.
Congress approved the act in 2009, but has not provided full fire-suppression funding to the Forest Service and the Interior Department, according to the report (.pdf) to the Colorado legislature by the Lower North Fork Wildfire Commission.