National Security

  • 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

  • Watching Ukraine, Thinking about 1956 & U.S. Strategy

    In the summer of 1956, riots broke out in Poznan, Poland, inspired, primarily, by grievances over wage reductions.  The forces of dissent however grew beyond those economic grievances to express discontent with a range of issues, most notably the influence of the Soviet Union and the presence of Soviet forces in Poland.  These local issues were swept up into the Cold War along with the process of de-Stalinization and the … Read More

  • Pell Center Roundtable Discussion: The Crisis in Syria

    About one year ago, the President of the United States declared that the widespread use of chemical weapons in Syria would draw an armed U.S. military intervention.  On August 21, 2013, chemical weapons were employed against civilian targets in a suburb of Damascus, Syria.  According to reports, more than 1400 civilians were killed, including more than 400 children.  President Barack Obama responded by calling for an armed international response.  The … Read More

  • New Event: Attack Syria?

    A Conversation about the Strategy and Politics of the Crisis in the Middle East Thursday, September 5, 2013 | 6:00 PM RSVP to [email protected] or 401-341-2927 DiStefano Hall, Antone Center (Corner of LeRoy and Lawrence) on the campus of Salve Regina University Featuring Timothy D. Hoyt, Ph.D. Professor of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College and author of the recent article, “How to Attack Syria,” in The National Interest … Read More

  • Where in the world will Edward Snowden go?

    Right now Snowden is playing the waiting game. The infamous NSA leaker partnered with WikiLeaks and filed for asylum in 21 different countries.  Currently camped in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, Snowden hopes to find a more permanent refuge from the espionage charges the United States have set on him. Here are the results of his efforts so far: Update: 8/1/2013 Snowden has been granted temporary asylum … Read More