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  • National Security


    How to Improve the Pentagon's Security Cooperation Planning

    Jun 22, 2016

    To improve assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of the DoD's security cooperation programs, experts recommend providing SMART criteria and prioritization guidance to combatant commands—and working with them to create a planning system centered on country plans.

  • North Korea


    In the Wake of Weapons Tests, How Stable is Kim's Regime?

    May 25, 2016

    In the months leading up to its first Workers' Party Congress since 1980, North Korea attempted missile tests and a nuclear weapons test in order to demonstrate Kim Jong-un's power. But many of these tests and his other initiatives were failures, raising serious questions about the true stability of his regime.

  • Education Policy


    Inside the Opt-Out Movement

    May 23, 2016

    For several years, parents across the country have resisted standardized tests by opting out for their kids. This decision, however, may have social consequences that reach far beyond the quality of an individual child's school-based experiences.

  • National Security


    Introducing Value-Based Purchasing into TRICARE Reform

    May 13, 2016

    Congress is considering reforming TRICARE, the health plan for military beneficiaries in the United States. Lawmakers have a range of options and could potentially develop a stronger program that provides greater value-based care in a more efficient manner.

  • Cyber Warfare


    The Online Fight Against ISIS

    May 10, 2016

    The battle against ISIS is taking place both on the ground and in cyberspace: To prevail, the United States and its allies will have to be capable of reacting quickly, while following an overarching strategy.

  • Health Information Privacy


    Ransomware Hackers Are Coming for Your Health Records

    Apr 27, 2016

    Cybercriminals may be preying on hospitals because cyber protection measures likely have not kept pace with electronic data collection and because hospitals typically do not have backup systems and databases in place. These kind of attacks can strain health care systems and potentially put patients' lives at risk.