Cyber threats to North America’s electric grid are growing, making electric grid cybersecurity an increasingly important national and international issue. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently noted that cyber attacks are eclipsing terrorism as the primary threat facing the United States.
The federal government, working in partnership with various state and local bodies, operates 47 different workforce development programs with a budget of more than $18 billion annually. They are intended to provide the education and job training that will help individual Americans access good jobs. But the complexity and lack of coordination in this fragmented system wastes taxpayer dollars and diminishes the effort’s effectiveness.
The beginning of all wisdom in considering public attitudes over time is that Congress has been distrusted and unpopular with the American people most of the time, with only brief interruptions of public approval and support.
Many nations, especially those with advanced economies, face significant demographic challenges. Due primarily to declining fertility rates, the populations of these countries are stagnating and, in some cases, even shrinking.
Amid recent upheaval in the Middle East, American policymakers have often turned to Turkey as an important partner that shared many U.S. interests. This perception of Turkey is based primarily on history. For the half-century of the Cold War, and for a decade afterward, Turkey was a stalwart U.S. ally.
The first punch to the economy from the defense sequester has landed and the second is in motion. If it’s not blocked, these reductions will contribute to 640,000 fewer jobs in the economy and gross domestic product (GDP) will be over 0.6 percent lower by the end of 2015.
At the heart of the ongoing immigration reform debate is the question of the anticipated costs and benefits of reform. Assessing the impact of various reform proposals on economic growth, wages, and federal and state budgets is critical to making an informed judgment as to whether enactment of reform is in the best interests of the country.