Category Archives: Vol. 9 No. 3

Equifax hack

Equi-Failure: The National Security Implications of the Equifax Hack and a Critical Proposal for Reform

By McKay Smith & Garrett Mulrain

The Equifax hack, which impacted nearly half of the U.S. population, should be viewed as a triggering event for worthwhile government reform and increased public-private cooperation, creating a model that is both scalable and adaptable to multiple industries. Framed by the Equifax data breach, McKay Smith and Garrett Mulrain focus the reader on the national security implications of attacks on the American consumer economy, perpetrated by cybercriminals and hostile nation states. This article provides a detailed analysis of government oversight efforts and contains a novel and creative proposal for reform, intended to serve as a blueprint for widespread, whole-of-government action. In a pragmatic call for reform, Smith and Mulrain recommend seven concrete steps that government can take to demonstrate a renewed commitment to protecting its data, and the data of its private citizens, from malicious foreign adversaries.

Military Justice

Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction (Book Review)

Eugene Fidell’s recently published book Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction fills an existing gap in academic military justice literature by providing readers with a condensed book focused solely on military justice. Fidell leverages his years of experience as both a practitioner and a scholar to bring us this “pint sized” book that covers topics ranging from the basics of military command to detention and military justice reform. Nevitt’s review of this “quick and easy military justice primer” makes it clear that readers from the newest law student to the most experience JAG could benefit from reading Fidell’s work.

preventative detention

Preventative Detention for National Security Purposes

By Dvir Saar & Ben Wahlhaus

Over the last few decades, democratic states have been forced to confront the threat of terrorism on multiple fronts: at home, at the borders, and abroad. One tool that states have employed to protect the population is preventative detention. Although highly effective in countering national security threats, preventative detention presents the risk of unjustified detention.

In this article, Saar and Wahlhaus use the Israeli experience as a lens to explore the efficacy of preventative detention against the backdrop of international law. The authors have conducted a comparative analysis between three different Israeli legal frameworks in an effort to inform other states that are attempting to strike the proper balance between national security and avoiding the risk of unjustified detention.