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Slight Limp, Not Lame - National Journal

Slight Limp, Not Lame - National Journal

National Journal; "Intelligence: Lame-Duck Count: 1."
By Shane Harris 

Anyone who questioned whether President Bush maintains a firm grip on the levers of national security needed only to examine last week's flurry of activity over the resurgence of Al Qaeda. Bush and his aides clearly reminded us of a historical truth: The president, any president, is the commander-in-chief and holds wide powers that do not diminish according to the calendar. 

A new national intelligence estimate, part of which the administration declassified and released on July 17, concluded that Al Qaeda has regenerated itself and found sanctuary in the hinterlands of Pakistan. That's hardly news -- the president's senior intelligence advisers had been telling reporters so for months -- but the NIE, as a visible, public statement, gave White House officials a platform from which to promote Bush's counter-terrorism strategy and shape future policy. 

Bush's homeland-security adviser, Frances Townsend, took to a White House podium the day the NIE was released to declare that Al Qaeda in Pakistan had effectively merged with Al Qaeda in Iraq, the group responsible for some of the most spectacular and deadly violence there. "I think there's a tendency to try and suggest that Al Qaeda core [in Pakistan] and Al Qaeda in Iraq are two separate things," she said. "It's the same organization." 

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Defeating terrorism: is it possible? Is it probable? - The Futurist

Defeating terrorism: is it possible? Is it probable? - The Futurist

Report by Forecasting International; "Terror 2000: The Future Face of Terrorism"
The Futurist; May 1, 2007
By Dr. Marvin J. Cetron


Forecasting International (FI) is in the business of predicting future developments. Therefore, let us begin with a few of the easiest and least welcome predictions that FI has ever made. 

  • Terrorist events will be more common and bloody in the years ahead than they have been to date. September 11 will prove to have been no more than a taste of things to come.
  • Al-Qaeda, often under other names, will grow much larger and more dangerous than the band of fanatics that attacked the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in 2001. This process already is well under way.
  • Jihadists, or Muslim extremists, will acquire nuclear weapons within the next 10 years, if they do not possess them already.
  • As things stand, the war on terror will drag on for decades, with many tactical successes but little or no strategic benefit. In the long run, this could leave the Western world facing choices even more horrific than the attacks themselves.

The remainder of this article will be devoted to explaining these forecasts and to examining the prospects for changing them. Finding some way to change the obvious direction of the war on terror is the single greatest need that faces not only the United States, but also the rest of the world. 

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Women in Technology Announces Finalists for Eighth Annual Leadership Awards

Women in Technology Announces Finalists for Eighth Annual Leadership Awards

Business Wire
Winners to Be Announced at May 17, 2007, Awards Gala 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Women in Technology (WIT), the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington technology community, today announced finalists for the Eighth Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards. Women who have excelled in their roles as mentors, leaders and role models in the dynamic technology industry will be honored for their accomplishments. Lesli Foster, Emmy award-winning journalist and weekend anchor for WUSA-TV in Washington, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the event. 

The winners will be recognized at a banquet and ceremony on May 17, 2007, at the Hilton McLean in Tyson's Corner. 

"We received over 100 nominations--a record number--for this year's Leadership Awards," said Marguerete Luter, president of WIT. "While it certainly made the selection of finalists and winners challenging, it demonstrates the incredibly talented pool of women business leaders we have in the greater Washington, D.C. technology community." 

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Terror Response Technology Report, Defense Daily

Terror Response Technology Report, Defense Daily

International Experts Assess Non-conventional Terrorism Threat

Defense Daily; HERZLIYA, Israel--Experts from the U.S. and Israel met here last month to discuss the threat of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) terrorism and ways to defend against an array of scenarios, with opinions ranging on the likelihood of different types of attacks. 

"It still couldn't be easier to launch a terrorist attack in this fashion," Leonard Cole, a bio-terrorism expert from Rutgers University says about a biological weapon scenario similar to the anthrax event that paralyzed parts of the U.S. in 2001. As the U.S. then learned this lesson, so too did its potential adversaries, he adds. 

Cole was a panelist on the subject at the annual conference on terrorism's global impact hosted by the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. 

Cole says biological threats are different compared to nuclear and chemical ones because such agents can reproduce and become more dangerous over time instead of dissipating. 

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