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Obtained through diplomacy, economic power, and political power

National Security

National security is obtained through diplomacy, economic power, and political power. Also involved is energy and environmental security and a fully functioning intelligence gathering and analysis community. Prior threats to national security came in the form of nation states.

However, with the rise of non-state actors including terrorist organizations, transnational criminal organizations, and multi-national corporations, threats to national security now come from many more actors and forms, including cyber security.

For more information on the ways in which the United States promotes national security see the following pages on the site: Military, Homeland Security, Ambassadors, and Intelligence.

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General National Security Resources:

The National Security Agency provides U.S. decision makers and military leaders with timely information and services in order to protect the nation and is a key member of the intelligence community.

The National Security Council is the forum through which the President considers national security and foreign policy issues with senior security advisors and cabinet officials.  The NSC is also working to combat cyber attacks and promote cyber security. More information on these efforts can be found here.

The White House Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime addresses converging threats to national security and ways to combat them released in July 2011.

The White House National Security Strategy outlines the way in which the Obama administration will protect the homeland, released in May 2010. 

Many news outlets have dedicated forums for national security reporting and analysis including Foreign Policy Magazine, NPR, and the New York Times. These outlets provide timely reporting of events with informed insights and opinions.

The 2015 Global Forecast is a report that analyzes the crises and opportunities that arose in 2015, how best to deal with them, and their lasting effects.

The Intelligence Community Consumer's Guide provides insight into the Intelligence Community including how intelligence is gathered, processed, analyzed, and exploited to protect American soil and citizens. Released in 2013 by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.


Terrorism Resources:

The Combatting Terrorism Center's monthly publication, CTC Sentinel, discusses terrorism, responses to terrorism, and threats posed by terrorism and other forms of political violence. 

2015 Terrorism & Political Violence Risk Map-Aon's guide to Terrorism & Political Violence Risk is a report that presents risk assessment analysis through a global map, graphs, charts, and breakdowns by region.

The Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 was released by the US Department of State in April 2015 as part of a series of yearly reports on global terrorism. 

The Global Terrorism Index 2014 summarizes terrorism trends and analyses changing patterns in geographic activity, methods of attack, organizations, and the national economic and political context.

The National Counterterrorism Center provides multiple resources, including archived speeches and testimonies and a Counterterrorism Guide, which includes information on terrorist methods and tactics, groups, profiles, and historical timeline.

International Crime Resources

The White House Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime addresses converging threats to national security and ways to combat them released in July 2011.

The National Money Laundering Risk Assessment 2015 report by the Department of the Treasury provides an introduction to money laundering crimes as well as predicate crimes and laundering methods.

Mafia Today provides global mafia-related news and information about mafia history, families, and structures.

Drug Violence in Mexico: Data Analysis through 2015 is a report released by Justice in Mexico Project.


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