Daily Policy Digest
|Cyber Threats to the Texas Electric Grid
Texas plays a unique role in America's infrastructure as the only state with a self-contained electric grid. The entire U.S. electric power system is a prime target of cyberattacks from hostile governments and terrorist organizations, but the Lone Star State is in a unique position to act, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham and Research Associate Luke Twombly...
|How Defense Dollars Are Wasted on Security Assistance
The House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act would give the Pentagon greater control over security assistance to other countries -- oversight now generally reserved to the State Department. A larger issue than the administration of funds, however, is that current security assistance programs are ineffective and often undermine American security, writes NCPA Research Associate Braxton Clark and Senior Fellow David Grantham...
|The Commercial Drone Era Emerges (Slowly)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just released its final administrative rules on "routine" commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Effective August 29, 2016, this federal regulatory edict opens the door to the process of integrating UAS systems -- or "drones" -- into the nation’s commercial airspace. Aviation industry sources tout the move as capable of generating over $82 billion and creating more than 100,000 new jobs for the U.S. economy over the next decade. Though a step in the right direction, this regulatory change falls somewhat short, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...
|Why the "Jack of All Trades" Model for Military Aviation Fails
Requiring one aircraft to conduct many different mission types will prove both costly and ineffective in conflict. Diversity in expertise is a key component in other military specialties. It should be the same with airpower, writes NCPA Contributing Fellow Chris Wiley...
|Eight Reasons Why We Face A National Security Problem
John Kerry called the Istanbul airport attack a sign of desperation, but the following observations suggest American leaders are the ones desperately clinging to failed strategies, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham.
|Disability Overpayments: Low-Hanging Fruit
Congress and the administration lack the political will to reform the Social Security Disability program, which will go bankrupt in 2019. However, the GAO has found that overpayments and improper payments are costing the program billions of dollars a year. Putting a stop to these payments could save the program money without major reforms, writes NCPA Research Associate Laura Wiltshire.
|The Military's Top Priority: Global Warming?
The military's top priority should not be global warming, say NCPA Executive Director Allen West and Senior Fellow David Grantham in a cover article for Green Watch.
|A Must See Video on Military Readiness!
A moving demonstration as to why continuing high level deployment schedules without proper funding and training can have deadly consequences...
|Texas Grid and U.S. National Security
NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham spoke at the 2016 Texas Grid Security Summit in Austin on the importance of Texas to U.S. national security...
|The Real Significance of Harriett Tubman's Image on the $20 Bill
If there is to be someone replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, Harriett Tubman is about as fine a choice as one can make...