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Economics of Terrorism

- Another RAND report looks at al Qaeda’s attacks from 1993 to 2004 and finds that al Qaeda is attempting to cripple the U.S. economy.

Security and Human Rights

- A RAND study examines 15 years of U.S. assistance to repressive states and finds that it failed to bolster human rights or accountability.

Overseas Risk Management

- U.S. businesses operating abroad must incorporate security and risk management, notes a year-end analysis by the Overseas Security Advisory Council.


- Corporate rules against fraternizing at work can apply to social situations but not to unionizing activities.


- A company’s preemployment test, which was designed to measure the strength of job applicants, illegally discriminated against female candidates


- Employees of a casino have the right to sue their employer after security guards physically restrained them during a union meeting held during a work break.

High-Rise Fire Safety

- Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Chicago Fire Department, and the Chicago Housing Authority recently set controlled fires in an abandoned Chicago apartment building to test a new fire-fighting technique. Link to the video clip.

Reserve Strength

- The National Guard is woefully under equipped and in need of reform, says an independent commission chartered to look into the issue. Its report details the problem and recommends solutions.


- Has the Iraq War revitalized al Qaeda and increased the rate and lethality of jihadist terrorist attacks worldwide? Find out why some experts say yes.


- Maine's high court has ruled that a company did not discriminate against a security guard when it refused to allow him to carry a firearm. The company decided not to arm the guard after several psychological evaluations. Reports on the evaluations noted that the guard was aggressive and short-tempered.

Counterfeiting and Piracy

- Learn how companies such as Ford, New Balance, and Purdue Pharma have secured their supply chains from counterfeit and pirated goods.

Workplace Injury

- The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a construction company willfully violated safety regulations and must pay the fine imposed by the state of Nevada. The company failed to install safety equipment after numerous inspections.

Drivers’ Licenses

- Read the proposed rule on what states must do to meet the new driver’s license requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005. The rule is out for comment until May 8th.

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