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The Bottom Line: Snowden, Secrets, Syria … and Common Sense

September 16, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

Some say the information age dawned as early as the early 1970s with the birth of email, while others may argue the light wasn’t realized until the early 1990s with rise of the World Wide Web. Either way, there’s no doubt that the era of information sharing is at least into its third decade with a growth rate that rivals a computer virus. Yet in a time when information travels at the speed of light, the public continues to be astonished when once-private information goes, well, public.

The Bottom Line: Downsizing Devil is in the Details

August 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

Industry has been reacting to sequestration woes for some time, but now it appears the details of downsizing are finally making their way into the military sector.

The Bottom Line: The DOD Must Be a Squeaky Wheel

May 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

It’s time for military leaders, and yes, even members of the intelligence community, to come out from behind the curtain. They not only need to share with the public what networks and radios and tanks and guns mean to a warfighter’s safety but also what they mean to global security.

The Bottom Line: Time for a Congressional Conclave

March 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

Political interference led Pope Gregory X to seclude cardinals while they chose a new pope, and while separation of church and state remains one of the foundational principals of the United States, it’s time to give this seclusion idea a shot with Congress.

The Bottom Line: Fewer Conferences? So What?

February 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

The cancellation of several military and government conferences is among the latest collateral damage of financial belt-tightening and looming additional defense budget cuts. But the real question is, “So what?” Read that question carefully. It does not mean, “What does it matter?” but rather “What do global security professionals do now to develop effective networks with the business sector?”

And, those are only two of the important questions raised by the reduction in the number of conferences during a time when cutting costs is crucial. Among the others are:

The Bottom Line: Techno Resolutions

January 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

Half of the first month of 2013 is over, but it’s never too late to make resolutions to improve life. A recent experiment conducted by Dateline on NBC called “Digital Detox” challenged four roommates to give up their gadgets for two weeks. It was challenging and not very pleasant, but it demonstrated to them—and many viewers—that technology may have moved from enhancing life to taking it over.

The Bottom Line: Inventions Big and Small

December 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

The History Channel dubbed Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Morgan, Carnegie and Ford as the men who built America, but sometimes it’s the small—and not so small—inventions that have become indispensable in our lives today.

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