National Security

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    Picks of the Week: What Leaders Should Learn from the Clinton’s Email Controversy

    Hillary Clinton’s Email Was Probably Hacked, Experts Say | The New York Times Hillary Clinton Calls for Stronger Cybersecurity Measures | Bloomberg The damning things the FBI said about Clinton’s email | USA Today This week, FBI Director James Comey concluded a year-long probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices and her use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State by announcing that he would not be … Read More

  • Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri looks away from the camera at a cybersecurity conference in Rome, Italy.

    Senior Fellow Engages with International Cybersecurity Community

    Newport, R.I. — Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri spent the month of June traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East to speak at three different international conferences on cybersecurity and to engage with world-renowned experts and policy-makers shaping the future of Internet governance and security.  Spidalieri shares her account of the trip: Capitalizing on the research carried out in the past year on cyber leadership development and countries’ cyber preparedness … Read More

  • The American and Cuban flags fly side by side on a balcony in Havana, Cuba.

    Picks of the Week: Politics vs. Policy – 2016

    A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America | House GOP Ryan Unveils National Security Plan; a Gentle Rebuke of Trump’s | Politico Paul Ryan lays out GOP’s national security agenda, softening Trump’s edges | The Washington Post “Quisling.”  It’s a term that was popular in the mid-twentieth century.  It was used to identify someone who sold out to the enemy.  The term comes from Vidkun Quisling, the leader of … Read More

  • Image of the front of the White House at nighttime with an American flag flying proudly upon the rooftop.

    Picks of the Week: The Republic Needs Honest Debate, Not Narratives

    The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru | New York Times 10 Problems with that New York Times Magazine Profile of White House Aide Ben Rhodes | New York Magazine How We Advocated for the Iran Deal | Medium   Last weekend, the New York Times Magazine published an article about White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.  Part hagiography, part hatchet-job, the article by David Samuels has … Read More

  • Juxtaposing images of President Barack Obama and Republican candidate for the presidency Donald Trump pointing into the crowd at speaking engagements.

    Picks of the Week: Obama & Trump

    Just how much do these men have in common?

  • Picks of the Week: The White House’s New Cybersecurity Action Plan & Budget

      Cybersecurity National Action Plan | The White House, The Real Reason to Like the President’s Cybersecurity Plan | Net Politics Opinion: $19 billion alone won’t fix Washington’s cybersecurity problem | Passcode President Barack Obama recently announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which would allocate $19 billion for cybersecurity initiatives at federal agencies and would establish a chief information security officer (CISO) for the federal government. The plan, although … Read More

  • Image of the American Flag covered in ones and zeroes and cracked in pieces to represent a cracked cyber code.

    Picks of the Week: Cybersecurity Lacking from 2016 Campaign Trail

    Clinton’s Emails Drown out Cyber Debate | The Hill Election 2016 Why Every Candidate Should Be Talking Cybersecurity | Secure World Hillary Clinton Email Scandal ‘Very Serious,’ Says Bernie Sanders | Reuters While Hillary Clinton continues to face scrutiny for her email practices and the use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State, few of the 2016 Presidential candidates have discussed the more serious cybersecurity issues affecting the nation. Securing … Read More

  • Pell Center Releases “State of the States on Cybersecurity” Report

    Eight States Lead the Rest in Cybersecurity Readiness New Pell Center study establishes benchmarks for state government in meeting the cyber threat Newport, R.I. — Eight U.S. states are leading the rest in cybersecurity readiness.  In a new report from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri reviews the efforts of state governments in California, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.  These states provide … Read More

  • Quick Hit: The President’s Strategy for ISIL Assessed

    In 15 minutes of remarks tonight , President Barrack Obama laid out his strategy to confront the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL.) The president’s much awaited strategy can be condensed to this: Train and equip local forces—whether Iraqi or Syrian—to fight ISIL on the ground. Provide additional American advisors to support these local forces. Use American airpower to support forces on the ground—including … Read More

  • Pell Center and Naval War College to host “An Evening with Senator John McCain”

    NEWPORT, RI ̶ On Thursday, June 12, 2014 the Pell Center and the U.S. Naval War College will host “An Evening with Senator John McCain.” The Arizona Senator and 2008 Republican Party nominee for President will speak in Spruance Auditorium at the Naval War College from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes welcomed the opportunity to host a national hero, saying, “We are delighted to … Read More

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