Publication Date

2009

Disciplines

Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Comments

This is an unpublished paper.

Abstract

In the past, the starting point for threat identification was the nation state. Today, national boundaries have lost much of their significance and global forces lacking identifiable national frontiers represent a real threat to US security.

New technologies have facilitated the development of advanced terrorist methodologies and tactics.

A new and increasingly significant threat is hostile forces which operate within the borders of states which are friendly to the United States.

American universities are increasingly vulnerable to new transnational threats by virtue of the opportunities they present for acquisition of dual use technological skills.

With its new cellular structure, terrorism has been privatized, is more difficult to counter, and enjoys great access to funds, weapons, and training.

The broad anti-war coalition has created threats to the US critical infrastructure in connection with “direct action” against the Iraqi war.

In one year alone, computer criminals funneled over 2.6 billion dollars out of Russia through Cyprus.

Traffic in false documents constitutes an especially significant threat to our critical infrastructure and has become more serious with technological advances that have eased the production of such documents.

The rise of identity theft, an important variation of traffic in false documents, threatens to undermine an important infrastructure base.