Posts Categorized: Security Studies

How Big a Threat Is the Islamic State Group?

The Islamic State group (otherwise known as ISIS) has been a major fixture in the national and world news recently thanks to its growing control of territories in the Middle East. This group’s horrific tactics of public beheadings, mass executions of prisoners and civilians, and sexual enslavement of Iraqi women have turned the group into a… Read more »

Get the Facts About Ebola

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been one of the biggest news stories of the year. The epidemic has led to thousands of deaths, with a case fatality rate of 71 percent. All of this talk may leave you wondering — what is Ebola? Will this epidemic spread to America, and how much… Read more »

International Security Issues: Understanding the Conflicts in Syria and Ukraine

In today’s global climate, it seems that conflict is constantly erupting. And with the rise of the 24-hour news cycle, we receive constant updates on geopolitical issues from around the world. Factor in the ability to access the Internet on our phones around the clock, and it can seem as if we are flooded with information. With the… Read more »

Is the NSA Spying on Americans?

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In May, Edward Snowden leaked documents from the NSA that shed light on the agency’s PRISM program and put online privacy in the headlines. Americans are concerned that the government is collecting their personal data directly from online companies like Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google and Yahoo. These companies and the government, however, assure the people… Read more »

Chemical Weapons and the Situation in Syria

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A civil war has been raging for two years in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad has been losing ground and popularity within the country as rebel factions have been fighting to liberate the country from his regime’s control. However, the rebel forces are not united and have been prone to fighting amongst themselves. Amidst the turmoil,… Read more »

Security Policy: Security Measures at High-profile Events

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Facility managers and security officials as well as law enforcement professionals have been on high alert during high-profile sporting events since the tragic events that unfolded on April 15 during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. Three were killed and at least 176 were injured from two explosions along Boylston Street – the location… Read more »

NDC Security Studies Staff Comments on Boston Attack

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This year’s running of the Boston Marathon was marked by tragedy, as runners and spectators fled from the explosions of two bombs set off nearly simultaneously around 3:00 p.m. along Boylston Street just yards from the finish line. Three were killed and at least 176 are injured from the explosions. One suspect is dead and… Read more »

Security Policy: The State of the CIA Drone Program

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Control of CIA Drone Program to Likely Shift to Pentagon President Barack Obama is reportedly set to shift control of the CIA’s drone program to the Department of Defense (DOD) in a move designed to bring more transparency to the beleaguered program initiated in 2002 in response to the nation’s War on Terror. Drone strikes… Read more »

Dark Deeds: EITs and Detainee Torture in “Zero Dark Thirty”

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Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow sparks controversy with her latest film, “Zero Dark Thirty.” We address critics’ concerns over the historical accuracy and scenes of detainee torture depicted in the Oscar-nominated film. War isn’t pretty, and “Zero Dark Thirty” didn’t try to dress it up. The film has been criticized for painting “enhanced interrogation tactics”… Read more »

Spy Games: How to become a real-life James Bond

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Flashy cars, beautiful women and high-tech gadgets have helped create the ultimate movie persona: an international spy who always gets his guy and the girl. When the stakes are high and the odds are stacked against his favor, Agent 007 has come to be known as the man you want for the job, coming in… Read more »