Category Archives: National Defense

Security of Federal Facilities Leased from Foreign Owners (Podcast)

The federal government leases space for many high-security federal agencies—such as the FBI and the DEA—which may conduct classified operations and handle sensitive data. If the spaces are in buildings owned by foreign entities, how does the government address potential … Continue reading

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Overseas Contingency Operations (podcast)

Since 2001, Congress has provided more than $1.6 trillion to fund the Department of Defense’s overseas contingency operations—including military operations, peacekeeping support, and major humanitarian assistance. Although these funds were initially meant to cover DOD’s incremental war-related costs in Iraq … Continue reading

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Getting a Good Deal — How to Do Federal Contracting Right

Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Economics for their contributions to contract theory—which looks at how contract incentives help resolve conflicts of interest between parties. And, as anyone who’s hired a contractor knows, ensuring that … Continue reading

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The Great Shake Out: What You Need to Know About Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquake preparedness helps protect lives and property from the devastation that earthquakes can cause. It’s particularly important for earthquakes that are difficult to predict or arrive with little warning. The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are happening tomorrow—are you prepared? To … Continue reading

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Federal Disaster Assistance (infographic)

Hurricane Matthew is one of the strongest storms to impact U.S. shores in decades. The federal government has a role in helping the nation respond to and recover from hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and other major disasters or emergencies. Our infographic … Continue reading

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Federal Cybersecurity Challenges

These days, when you turn on the news you almost always see another hack, leak, or breach putting sensitive information at risk. But we’ve been focusing on keeping federal agency information systems secure for a long time. For October’s Cybersecurity … Continue reading

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Securing Anthrax (and Other Dangerous Pathogens)—the Risk of “Incomplete Inactivation”

In 2015, the Department of Defense discovered that one of its laboratories had inadvertently sent live anthrax to almost 200 other labs worldwide over 12 years. Labs routinely inactivate samples of dangerous pathogens so they can be shipped to other … Continue reading

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Nuclear Weapons and the U.S. Strategic Triad

When the United States first developed nuclear weapons, no one anticipated that the country would need three ways to deliver them. But, since the 1960s, U.S. nuclear weapons have been deployed by air, land, and sea. These three modes of … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam Wants YOU! DOD Advertising in the Online Age

Be all you can be. The few, the proud. Aim high. Accelerate your life. Each of these slogans has been a part of advertising campaigns for different branches of the armed services (the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy, … Continue reading

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Can DOD Operate and Sustain the F-35 Fleet?

The F-35 is the Department of Defense’s largest and most expensive weapon system ever. This fleet of aircraft is the most technologically advanced in history, possessing state-of-the-art warfighting capabilities, and is estimated to cost more than $1.3 trillion over the … Continue reading

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