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The U.S. needs a real national cyber-security strategy

Joseph S. Nye

Joseph S. Nye

By Joseph S. Nye

The Pentagon recently released a new doctrine for cyberspace. It is an intelligent document that stresses defense, and reserves the right to reply to a cyber attack by the means of our choice. But for all its virtues, it is not a national strategy, because ninety percent of the internet is outside the purview of the military.

Four decades ago, the Pentagon created the internet, and today, by most accounts, the U.S.remains the leading country in both its military and societal use. However, technology is a two-edged sword. It eventually spreads, and becomes available to adversaries who may have primitive capabilities, but also are less vulnerable. At the same time, because of our greater dependence on networked computers and communication, the U.S.is more vulnerable than many other countries, and the cyber domain has become a major source of insecurity that can be utilized byAmerica’s enemies. Read more

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Obama let us down on Guantánamo

By Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

By Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

The Power And Policy Fellows’ Forum

By Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

“President Obama creates indefinite detention system for prisoners at Guantánamo Bay,” Washington Post article, 8 March 2011

President Obama has signed an executive order that will create a formal system for prisoners deemed to pose a continuing security threat who are being held at the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. With that order,  the President has come a long way from his election pledge to close the prison within 12 months.

The question we should be asking is what does this decision mean in terms of defending American values? Read more

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