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Success is Not an Option

When 120 world leaders meet to discuss action on climate change, it is a sure bet that optics will trump substance. The leaders will claim success even though it is unlikely that anything of substance will be accomplished. Emerging economies will demand that the developed world commit billions of dollars in compensation for the emissions […]

A Four-Step Energy Strategy For Our Time

It’s a sign of the times: The Islamic State is getting millions in oil revenues. According to one news organization, the terror group is even recruiting petroleum engineers. And farther north, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko secured a promise from the White House last week for the U.S. to join in a review of his country’s Russian […]

Dump the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

The Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security,Rose Gottemoeller, gave a speech on 15 September 2014 in Washington, D.C., in which she laid out arguments for why the U.S. needs to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Undersecretary Gottemoeller provided a few of the strongest arguments why ratifying it is a bad idea if one […]

McCarthyism is Alive and Well

Last week Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Henry Waxman  moderated an event hosted by the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change. It featured panelists who make a career of attacking, sometimes viciously, industries that do not toe the environmentalist line on climate change.  One of the panelists asserted that industry attempted to cover up the health […]

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FBI gags state and local police on capabilities of cellphone spy gear

The FBI requires state and local police to keep quiet about the capabilities of a controversial type of surveillance gear that allows law enforcement to eavesdrop on cellphone calls and track individual people based on the signals emitted by their mobile devices, according to a bureau document released recently under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Where Is That Spacecraft? Statistically Measuring Uncertainty For Space Surveillance

Space surveillance is inherently challenging when compared to other tracking environments due to various reasons, not least of which is the long time gap between surveillance updates. “Unlike the air and missile defense environments where objects are frequently observed, the space surveillance environment data is starved, with many objects going several orbital periods between observations,” according to researcher Joshua Horwood.

Stratcom, DoD Sign Space Operations Agreement With Allies

Officials from the Defense Department, U.S. Strategic Command and three allied nations signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday on combined space operations to strengthen deterrence, enhance resilience and optimize resources. At a meeting in Ottawa, Canada, officials from DoD, Stratcom, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom signed the Combined Space Operations, or CSpO, Initiative memorandum of understanding.

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