The U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Institute Will Host Conference on History and Future of Cybersecurity

Andrew Phillips, the academy’s academic dean, said the conference will feature a panel on the alliance of the private and public sectors in developing cybersecurity. The keynote speaker will be Kevin Mitnick, a former hacker who served jail time for breaking into computer networks.

Also speaking will be U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Baltimore County, and Retired Marine Corps Gen.

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AQAP Deputy Emir Reported Killed in Yemen

By William Tucker The Yemeni military has claimed via its website that former Guantanamo inmate and deputy emir of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Said al-Shihri was killed in an airstrike in Yemen’s Hadramawt province. This report has not been independently confirmed and al-Shihri has been reported dead on several occasions. Few details were given about the airstrike or how al-Shihri was identified.
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Kenyan Navy Shells Somali Port

By William Tucker A spokesman for the Kenyan military stated that the navy had struck al-Shabaab positions in the Somali port city of Kismayo yesterday in anticipation of a wider assault. Kenya, along with Eithiopia and the African Union, have been engaged in an offensive against the al-Qaeda affiliated militant group for some time. While the loose coalition has made gains it has been slow going due to weather.
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Iran Doubles Uranium Enrichment Capacity at Parchin

By William Tucker The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released their quarterly report on the Iranian nuclear program. The widely anticipated report stated that Iran had doubled the number of centrifuges used to enrich uranium at the Parchin site. Although the centrifuges are not yet operating, the increase in capacity will help Iran enrich uranium more rapidly.
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Tibetan Immolation Protests Continue

By William Tucker A Tibetan media outlet operating in exile is reporting that two teenage Tibetan monks set themselves on fire Monday morning to protest the Chinese government. The immolations occurred outside of the Kirti Monastery in Aba where many of the immolations have taken place over the past three years. This most recent immolation protest is claimed to be the 51st, but independent verification is hard to come.
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The Strategic Importance of the Gulf Coast (Revisited)

By William Tucker Author’s note: This article was originally posted on July 23, 2010. With Hurricane Issac quickly approaching New Orleans, I felt it necessary to share this article once more. By all measure the U.S. is a wealthy nation. We tend to take this statement for granted, but when contemplating a nation's security we must understand what makes it so.
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