Geoff Brumfiel / Nature
Following the failure of an ambitious six-year campaign to demonstrate fusion in the lab, the US government is plotting a more methodical path for harnessing the world’s most powerful laser.
Robert Beckhusen/Danger Room in Wired
A new report from the Defense Security Service warns that industrial espionage “has grown ‘more persistent, pervasive, and insidious,’” and has particularly targeted space technology.
Basic techniques to identify money laundering are still not being used for “very important” and “very very important persons” at Kabul airport according to a new SIGAR report. “In 2011 alone, an estimated $4.5 billion was spirited out of Afghanistan to places like Dubai, where many of the ruling Afghan elite have bank accounts and there is a significant amount of bank secrecy.”
Declan Walsh / NYT
Fewer than a third of Parliament members in Pakistan file annual tax returns, according to a report published on Wednesday, lending new focus to longstanding complaints from foreign donors and ordinary Pakistanis about tax evasion at the highest levels of society.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post
Shortly after Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited troops at Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan on Thursday afternoon, insurgents detonated explosives in a vehicle outside the base, military officials said.
Roger Harrabin / BBC News
The government has given the go-ahead for a firm to resume the controversial technique known as fracking to exploit gas in Lancashire.
Adam Nossiter / NYT
Kidnapping is such a lucrative industry for extremists that it has reinforced their control over northern Mali and complicated plans for a campaign to take back Islamist-held territory.
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The American Security Project’s North Korea Nuclear Program Fact Sheet was quoted in an article by Yahoo! News.
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A recent DOE report on the effects of LNG exports on the U.S. is garnering a lot of attention. Sen. Lugar is now proposing a bill to allow LNG exports to all NATO allies.
One of the biggest challenges in discussing the way the U.S. uses drones to target suspected terrorists is establishing basic data and agreeing to terms. The debate often rests on muddled and vague terms, which results in a lot of assumption but very little analysis based in fact. In addition, the data to support many public stances on drones is neither rigorous nor exhaustive, which makes drawing firm conclusions about the program difficult, if not impossible.
Threat finance is an enabling factor of crime and terrorism, and therefore, a challenge to both national and international security. The integration of global financial systems, as well as technological innovation and proliferation, has reduced barriers to threat finance and money laundering while making it difficult for authorities to detect or disrupt these illicit operations
The Global Trends 2030 report addresses the implications of widespread political instability on national security. An examination of how an intelligence shift back to its roots could alleviate gaps in analysis and corresponding options available to policymakers.