SM Online: International
07/25/2008 - Surging oil prices have not led to peace and stability in Nigeria; it has made the conflict worse, according to a paper from the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Book Reviews: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
06/26/2008 - Understanding our dependence on the uninterrupted flow of electricity and how fragile the electrical grid has become.
Daily Headline : International
06/20/2008 - Nigerian militants say the incident shows no oil installation is safe from their attacks.
Daily Headline : IT Security
05/18/2008 - The software power plants use to automate their operations is vulnerable to hacking, says a security testing firm.
Daily Headline : International
05/05/2008 - Record oil revenues are making Nigeria's conflicts harder to solve.
Daily Headline : Homeland Security
02/12/2008 - A new report finds that the risks of a terrorist attack on a nuclear reactor on a college campus have been underestimated.
News & Trends: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
12/11/2007 - The level of preparedness for an attack against the U.S. nuclear infrastructure continues to be hotly debated among congressmen.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
12/04/2007 - Two identical bills (H.R. 4212 and S. 2310) introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), respectively, would establish a task force on nuclear material removal within the Department of Energy.
Cybersecurity: IT Security
11/27/2007 - Throwing money at information security has never been a particularly effective way of preventing or solving IT problems. Indeed, the Department of Energy (DOE) is finding that throwing $2.7 billion (the amount estimated for fiscal year 2004) at its computer security issues may not do the job. The agency's inspector general, Gregory H. Friedman, noted in a recent evaluation of systems that while DOE "continues to improve its unclassified cyber security program," there are still many problems that "could expose critical systems to compromise." Read th inspector general's full report
SM Online: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
11/16/2007 - The GAO reports that security at nuclear facilities has improved but vulnerability to terror attacks may remain.
Legal Report: Legislation
11/07/2007 - A new rule proposed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) would expand the categories of information considered by the agency to be sensitive. Such data would be added to a special category of sensitive unclassified information, termed safeguards information (SGI), that would be protected from unauthorized disclosure.Current SGI includes data on power reactors, research and test reactors, and spent-fuel storage installations. Under the new rule, information such as engineering or safety analyses, emergency planning procedures, or scenario training materials relating to facility protection would be considered SGI. Also protected would be information concerning the tactics and capabilities required to defend against attempted radiological sabotage or theft of nuclear material. @ To read the full text visit Security Management Online.
News & Trends: Physical Security
11/07/2007 - Everyone agrees that certain sectors of society—energy, telecommunications, water supply—are critical infrastructures. But what about monuments and icons? Key industry buildings? Sports stadiums and other large gathering places? More and more sectors are being included under the rubric of critical infrastructure, according to a review of presidential orders and directives, federal statutes, and government reports. The various documents mentioned here are on SM Online.
International: Oil Security
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The percentage of U.S. crude oil imports that came from Africa in 2006, up from 15 percent in 2004. Africa is currently the largest supplier of U.S. crude oil, making strategic alliances in that region critical.