ACD Weekly Briefing March 22 – 28, 2014

By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Sunday, March 30th, 2014 @ 3:10AM

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The Impact of Purposeful Interference on U.S. Cyber Interests* An ACD Event Report, by Rachel Ehrenfeld 

About the event:  “Thank you for inviting me to participate in one of the most interesting discussions ever.”  -Houston T. Hawkins, Senior Fellow, Principal Associate Directorate for Global Security, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Read the full report here…

Public-Private Cybersecurity Cooperation, Testimony of NPPD Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity Phyllis Schneck

While securing cyberspace has been identified as a core DHS mission since the 2010 QHSR, the Department’s view of cybersecurity has evolved to include a more holistic emphasis on critical infrastructure which takes into account risks across the spectrum. In a time of constrained resources, we must ensure that our efforts achieve the highest level of security as efficiently as possible…more…

Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships to Reduce Cyber Risks to our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure, Testimony of Steven Chabinsky

Noble intentions aside, early in the history of U.S. public/private cyber partnerships, we confronted a host of legal questions that demanded answers. Private sector companies asked whether information sharing partnerships would violate antitrust laws. “No,” said the Department of Justice in 2000. Not as long as the information sharing exchanges are open on a non-discriminatory basis to sector members, and are limited to information about security program best practices and the identification of vulnerabilities…more…

Profile of Shi’ite Foreign Fighters in Syria by Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

The Shi’ite foreign fighters fighting in Syria can be divided into two main groups: one consists of Hezbollah operatives, of whom there are several thousand, sent by the organization to participate in offensive and defensive operations in Syria. The other consists of Shi’ite foreign fighters from Iraq and other Arab-Muslim countries who are sent to Syria to fight in support of the regime…more…

Yemen: The Never-Ending Battleground by J. Millard Burr

Yesterday’s attack that killed at least 20 Yemeni soldiers is the latest Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) atrocity in the region. It came at a time the country is debating the February 10 Regions Defining Committee’s decision to turn Yemen into “a federal state consisting of six regions—four in the north and two in the south.”  Yemen’s National Dialog Conference (NDC) ultimately agreed to 1400 articles and recommendations, some of which will now be incorporated in a constitution, which is due on March 2015…more…

The Cool War Cometh II by Sol Sanders

There is presently about as much confusion as when the U.S. entered The Cold War against the Soviet Union in the late 1940s. But there are fundamental defining differences to what is likely to be an equally long and complex new struggle between the U.S., its allies and Moscow…more…

News and Commentary:


Alexander Motyl: ‘Experts’ on Ukraine


All-too-common mistakes regarding Ukraine’s present and past. Too many new “experts” on Ukraine.


Paul Goble: Moscow’s Next Move against Ukraine May Come from Transdniestria

Transnistria is the last Soviet Republic, despite not being part of Russia or Ukraine or Soviet.  Union with Russia is on its mind.




Chechen Doku Umarov, R.I.P. New Caucasus Emir named.


Cliff Kincaid: Snowden Helped Russia Invade Ukraine


Al-Masry Al-Youm: Egypt considering importing liquefied gas from Russia



There are no conclusions on the Tsarnaev brothers’ foreign connections.

Walter Russell Mead: The President’s Foreign Policy Paradox. Obama’s global wish list can’t be achieved while decreasing commitments overseas.


The Geopolitical Potential of the U.S. Energy Boom, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, March 26, 2014

Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships to Reduce Cyber Risks to Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, March 26, 2014

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