Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Beslan Terrorist School Siege

The Beslan Terrorist School Siege Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Check in begins at 7 a.m.) Tuition: $119* includes continental breakfast and box lunch. LOCATION: This course will be held at Bloomington Fire Station #1, 10 … Continue reading

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IMPACT 2009 April 6-8, 2009, McLean, VA

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Pentagon wants smart cards in play

(, 11/24/08) Defense Department officials are taking steps to make Common Access Cards the single identity credential for authenticating federal employees, members of the military and contractors when they enter federal buildings or other restricted areas. A request for information … Continue reading

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Chinese-Born Scientist Pleads Guilty To Tech Espionage

(Infoweek, 11/18/08)A Chinese-born scientist working in Virginia has pleaded guilty to selling U.S. technology and military secrets for rocket propulsion to China, though news service XFN-Asia reported that the Chinese government insists the charges were “completely fabricated.” Quan-Sheng Shu pleaded … Continue reading

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U.S. Report Foresees Deadlier Terror Attacks

 (Global Security Newswire, 11/19/08) Terrorists could acquire more dangerous conventional arms and even biological-weapon agents by 2025, creating the potential for more lethal attacks, U.S. Deputy National Intelligence Director Thomas Fingar said. “I can imagine that the aggregate threat diminishes … Continue reading

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Details emerge about President’s Cyber Plan

 (, 11/21/08) A new layer of details surrounding President Bush’s Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative emerged from a speech delivered by a senior federal official in Washington recently. Steven Chabinksy, deputy director for the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force, Office … Continue reading

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Security clearance process remains ‘cumbersome’

 (Secrecy News, 12/1/08) Despite compulsory legislative reforms and multiple executive orders intended to streamline the granting of security clearances for access to classified information, the process remains “cumbersome,” according to a new House Intelligence Committee report. While backlogs and processing … Continue reading

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India (Country threat level – 3):

The U.S. Department of State issued the following Travel Alert on 29 November 2008: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens about heightened security concerns in India, and advises U.S. citizens traveling to or already in India to maintain a … Continue reading

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Pakistan (Country threat level – 5):

Clashes erupted between two rival ethnic groups — the Urdu and the Pashtun — in Karachi on 29 November 2008 and have continued into 1 December. At least 32 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in the … Continue reading

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Thailand (Country threat level – 3):

 As of 1 December 2008 members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and the government have made little headway in ending the crisis in Bangkok. On 30 November PAD protesters gathered for a rally at Interior Minister Kowit Watana’s … Continue reading

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