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Pouring Bullet Train Money Into Water Development Could Backfire

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, March 10, 2016

At first glance, the idea is appealing: Scrap Gov. Jerry Brown’s troubled bullet train project and pour the money into water development.

Analysis and Commentary

EPA Remains A Paragon Of Government Waste, Fraud And Abuse

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Just when you think you’ve seen every manifestation of incompetence, corruption and dishonesty that’s possible in a government agency, the Environmental Protection Agency comes up with something new and different.

In the News

Three Minutes To Midnight: Closer To Nuclear Conflict Than We Think

featuring William J. Perryvia War on the Rocks
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

While at Stanford last month, we had a long conversation with former Secretary of Defense William Perry about the nuclear dangers facing the world. We were struck by his provocative and frightening outlook: that the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War. North Korea’s recent bluster only underlines the dangers.

Interviews

Cyberwar: The Digital Battlefield With Herb Lin

interview with Herbert Linvia World Affairs Council of Northern California
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Herb Lin interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan about the history of cyberwar and considers its implications for future conflicts. Herb Lin asks what war looks like in the digital age? How the United States integrated cyberwar into its national security strategy? What we know about other countries' cyber programs and the potential risks they pose?

Analysis and Commentary

The USDA 'Organic' Label Misleads And Rips Off Consumers

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Forbes
Monday, March 7, 2016

There is a Japanese proverb that goes, “Faith makes even the head of a sardine the object of worship.” That’s the sort of devotion that seems to be driving many Americans to buy overpriced organic products such as food, bed linens, pillows and clothes, sales of which increased 83% between 2007 and 2012.

Analysis and Commentary

A Trans-Atlantic Town Hall Dialogue With Germans On Data Privacy

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, March 7, 2016

Last month, I was asked to participate in a genuinely unusual radio experiment: a trans-Atlantic town hall meeting hosted by PRI's America Abroad simultaenously in Austin Texas and Berlin. The subject was data privacy.

Analysis and Commentary

Silencing ‘The Cannon,’ A Social Media Phenom

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Social media made him a star. He is a real estate mogul whose followers believe he speaks truth to power. As a result of his outspoken anti-establishment political posture and popularity, his party wants to shut him down.

Analysis and Commentary

The Lawfare Podcast: Apple V. FBI At The Wilson Center

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, March 5, 2016

This week on the Lawfare Podcast, the Wilson Center takes on the Apple v. FBI controversy in a panel entitled “Will They or Won’t They? Understanding the Encryption Debate.”

Analysis and Commentary

Why Does Apple Think Telegram Is "Pernicious"?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, March 4, 2016

I have a lot to say about this week's House Judiciary Committee, at which both FBI Director James Comey and Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell testified. I'll write up some general thoughts over the next few days.

In the News

DOD's Long Path To Creating A Cyber Warrior Workforce

quoting Herbert Linvia Defense Systems
Friday, March 4, 2016

When most all military officials talk about the cyber domain, they don’t focus so much on profound technological advancements and cutting-edge capabilities, but, rather, on the people.

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