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Thank you, Kim Jong Un, for awakening America to its vulnerabilities and stimulating a debate on how to respond to cyberwarfare.

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The Pakistani army should not only go after the terrorist group causing mayhem, but also the underlying ideology that drives it.

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Pakistani security forces drive on a road leading to the Army Public School, which is under attack from Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar

At least 141 people have been killed in a Pakistani Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar. The attack clearly demonstrates that the Pakistani Taliban remains a deadly and potent threat, despite having been weakened by ongoing military operations and recent infighting.

 

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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The conclusion that we need to harden the grid immediately is about as clear as anything can be, as a matter of elementary risk analysis. Yet our decision processes have become so sclerotic that we are unable to deal with this very clear mortal threat, and now we have put ourselves in a terrible strategic posture.

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Following the release of the CIA report, the Senate Intelligence Committee has come under much scrutiny for lack of Republican involvement in the investigation and failure to interview those involved in enhanced interrogation.

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This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the much anticipated and highly controversial report on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques to extract information from prisoners. AEI scholars are weighing in on multiple facets of the debate, from American public opinion, to the validity of the report’s findings, to the potential national security risks related to the report’s release.

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When thinking about torture, American public opinion appears to be a combination of idealism and realism. While Americans find the practices abhorrent and barbaric, most are unwilling to rule them out completely.

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We can’t say for sure what Americans’ reactions to the Senate’s recent report will be, but there is already a considerable body of recent questions to show how Americans view torture that may shed some light on what new polling will show.

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