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Analysis and Commentary

Pentagon Invests In High Tech, Then It’s Stolen. What’s The Point?

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Technology born and bred in the USA has been copied and deployed by Iran against Israel. Crossing into Israeli airspace from Syria last weekend, a trespassing unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, aggressively swept across Israel’s border, only to be tracked and blown out of the air by one of the Israeli Defense Force’s American-made Apache helicopters.


Why Cyber Is Different

by Amy Zegartvia
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cyber attacks are a new type of dangerous threats that are vastly different from traditional warfare. Cyber attacks threats are increasing, making powerful nations even more susceptible. Because cyber attacks can occur unexpectedly, we need to be more vigilant and increase coordination among organizations to prevent attacks.


The Machines Ate My Homework

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 12, 2018

Are we living through the re-mystification of the world?

Analysis and Commentary

Small Towns, Big Companies: How Surveillance Intermediaries Affect Small And Midsize Law Enforcement Agencies

by Anne Bousteadvia Lawfare
Monday, February 12, 2018

As Justice Samuel Alito noted in United States v. Jones, “[i]n the pre-computer age, the greatest protections of privacy were neither constitutional nor statutory, but practical.” Nevertheless, there has been increasing recognition that practical protections for privacy do not dissipate entirely when digital-age government officials seek commercially collected information.

In the News

How Should We Define International Order In The Modern Era?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia In Homeland Security
Monday, February 12, 2018

Historian and occasional pundit Niall Ferguson recently penned an op-ed in The Global Times, questioning the existence of an international order. 


Niall Ferguson: Are Tech Giants Making Us Less Free?

interview with Niall Fergusonvia America's News HQ (Fox News)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about his new book The Square and the Tower and notes the consequences of the power of companies like Facebook.

Bruce Thornton

Bruce Thornton On The John Bachelor Show

interview with Bruce Thorntonvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Bruce Thornton discusses his Front Page Magazine article "Here Comes The Dems’ Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown."

In the News

The Square And The Tower

by Niall Fergusonvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It's about states, armies and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?

Analysis and Commentary

Smarter Regs Can Be A ‘Force Multiplier’ For U.S. Research

by Henry I. Millerquoting Robert E. Hallvia American Greatness
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Several years ago, I participated in a colloquium with a title along the lines of “Advancing Technology: Thinking Outside the Box.” My lecture probably was the most mundane: I proposed that smarter and more risk-based government regulation of products, processes, and technologies would act as what the military call a “force multiplier”—a capability, tool, or weapon that increases the effectiveness of your force and its ability to perform a mission.

In the News

With Nuclear Weapons, We’re Getting Too Comfortable Thinking The Unthinkable

quoting George P. Shultzvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A dangerous disconnect is emerging between the horrific impacts of even the limited use of nuclear weapons, and leaders and policymakers who seem intent on threatening nuclear use in an ever-expanding range of scenarios. If this continues, the risk that a nuclear weapon will be used for the first time in more than 70 years — deliberately or otherwise — will grow. We must return to a more sober dialogue and approach to policy.


Energy Policy Task Force

The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.