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Numbers

- 64 The number of people at the State Department who process paperwork for security-sensitive exports such as weapons, which might explain why the backlog of unprocessed export licenses from 2006 numbered about 10,000 out of a total of 65,274 applications. The problem will only get worse as licenses are predicted to be up 23 percent for FY2007. By contrast, the Commerce Department, which handles more routine exports, has a staff of 351 to handle approximately 23,673 applications a year.

Numbers

- 50 The estimated percentage of  cargo that arrives in the Port of Los Angeles as “in-bond” each year. In-bond cargo is allowed to enter the country and be transported to another port before being checked by U.S. Customs. Shippers only submit the detailed information used for inspection at the final destination port.

A Recipe for Going Global

- The key to securing a company going global is to focus on intelligence, risk mapping, and regulatory compliance.

Moving Beyond Soviet-Era Security

- In the 1990s, Russia was on the cusp between Soviet rule and Glasnost. The era, often referred to as the Wild Wild East, saw a nascent and unregulated private security industry made up of former athletes organized under former military officers. But those days are over.

Retail Workers Don't Plan Thefts

- A study of U.K. retail theft incidents found that most were unplanned crimes of opportunity at the cash register.

Retail Theft

- Retail workers who steal from their employers are far more likely to seize opportunity and take cash from the register than to plan a heist, according to a recent study of retail theft in the United Kingdom. The study found the most serious deterrent to workplace theft is a CCTV system.

Masters of Disasters

- Find out what firms that provide disaster recovery assistance have learned from a year of back-to-back naural disasters.

Perils Amid Profits in the Niger Delta

- Learn how companies in Nigeria can protect their employees from the country's kidnapping plague. (Online Exclusive)

Numbers

- 14 The number of European countries that have admitted to allowing the CIA to operate secret prisons or conduct extraordinary rendition in their countries, according to a recent report issued by the European Parliament. The CIA flew more than 1,000 secret flights into European airports from 2001 to 2005, the report states.

Rendering Assistance to Aid Workers

- Aid workers, who render assistance to the most vulnerable populations in the least hospitable regions of the world, have long operated with protected status under international humanitarian law. Combatants, nevertheless, increasingly ignore this protection.

China's Weapons Buildup

- China’s nuclear weapons stockpile is expected to grow over the next decade.

Tsunami Warning

- Due to be completed by the end of 2008, a system of buoys will provide advance warning of a tsunami to countries that border India.

Rendering Assistance to Aid Workers

- Aid workers, who render assistance to the most vulnerable populations in the least hospitable regions of the world, have long operated with protected status under international humanitarian law. Combatants, nevertheless, increasingly ignore this protection. From Iraq to Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, aid workers have faced savage attacks when working within conflict zones. This trend was highlighted in a 2006 joint report by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and the Center on International Cooperation—“Providing Aid in Insecure Environments: Trends in Policy and Operations”—that studied major violent acts against aid workers from 1997-2005.
 




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