NEWS & ANALYSIS

On Land and Off Coast, Somalia Continues to Crumble

Somalia's government and security services have continued an alarming slide into anarchy inland as pirates continue to plunder international vessels off its coast.

Government Security Spending Expected to Fall Under Obama, Says Security Analyst

The financial crisis, the possibility of a U.S. military draw down in Iraq, and other factors will lead to a decrease in U.S. government security spending under President-elect Barack Obama, predicts security expert and ASIS member John Honovich.

U.S. Vulnerable During First Year of New President; Greater Possibility of Conflict Through 2025, Says Intelligence Chief

During a speech outlining the security problems the United States will face up to and through 2025, the Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell told an audience of intelligence officials and contractors yesterday that the U.S. is most vulnerable to attack during a new president's first year in office.

Gates Expects NATO to Share Cost of Building Afghan Army

Against a backdrop of spreading insurgent violence in Afghanistan and an increasing criticism of airstrikes, Defense Secretary Robert Gates insists NATO must share the cost of helping the country to self-sufficiency.

Upheaval in Nigerian Oil Region is a Fresh Challenge to Government

Nigerian rebels go on rampage, kidnapping oil workers and blowing up pipelines. Government control over the Niger Delta is slipping fast and oil workers are at risk.

Mercenary Jailed in Failed Coup Plot

Bungled coup leader pays a high price for failure.

Climate Change Harms National Security, Says Top Intelligence Official

A top intelligence officer told Congress that climate change could have wide-ranging effects on U.S. national security.

Biofuel Production Causes Food Shortages, Scientist Says

Food-based biofuels are exacerbating food shortages and could cause further social and political instability worldwide, according to a presenter at the Third International Symposium on Agroterrorism, held April 22-24 in Kansas City.

IEDs Proliferate from Iraq, Afghanistan

IEDs have become terrorists' weapon of choice and are being used in conflicts far from Afghanistan and Iraq.

China Hacked U.S. Darfur Nonprofits, Groups Say

Two U.S. nonprofits that allege Chinese complicity in Sudanese genocide claim they have been hacked, with the attacks originating in China.
 




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