Decrypting Data: A Viable Solution or Vanilla Stupid?
Communications / National Security / Technology

Decrypting Data: A Viable Solution or Vanilla Stupid?

There should be no doubt about it. Privacy is necessary for markets to function and innovation to thrive. Without it, nobody would use online banking, email, location services, and more. With encrypted data, people feel safe knowing someone isn’t currently stealing their identity or looking at their most personal information. Unfortunately, some politicians care more … Continue reading

The Age of the 5th Dimension – Sadly, not one of trust abounding
National Security

The Age of the 5th Dimension – Sadly, not one of trust abounding

  Land, air, sea, space, and cyberspace – These are the five dimensions of warfare and have been acknowledged as such since the 1990s (a few decades after the 5th Dimension‘s acclaimed “Age of Aquarius”). The first four dimensions of warfare have settled into what we recognize as conventional warfare. The fifth dimension, well, is less straightforward. … Continue reading

Apple, Inc. vs. Federal Bureau of Investigation: An Encrypted Debate
Communications / National Security / Politics

Apple, Inc. vs. Federal Bureau of Investigation: An Encrypted Debate

Editor’s Note: This article appears as the first of a three-part series dealing with the recent legal battle between Apple and the F.B.I. over a court order requiring Apple to break into the phone of one of the San Bernardino Shooters. Alessandra establishes the background and calls on the government to create a commission to address this … Continue reading

Arctic Posture (Part I): An Unprepared and Underfunded U.S. Coast Guard
National Security

Arctic Posture (Part I): An Unprepared and Underfunded U.S. Coast Guard

By way of Alaska’s 60,000 mile coastline, the United States is one of the world’s eight Arctic nations. However, many in the U.S. fail to understand the significance of this relatively unexplored frontier. Outside the Cold War, the United States has invested very little to secure its position as a global leader in Arctic affairs. As … Continue reading