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US National Security: New Threats, Old Realities By Paul Viotti

Chapter 1:  A Brave New World
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US National Security:

Chapter 1

A Brave New World

“Ferizi, it said, ‘is accused of passing the data to Islamic State member Junaid Hussain, a British citizen who in August posted links on Twitter to the names, email addresses, passwords, locations and phone numbers of 1,351 US military and other government personnel. He included a warning that Islamic State ‘soldiers ... will strike at your necks in your own lands!’ F.B.I. agents tracked Ferizi ‘to a computer with an Internet address in Malaysia,’ where he was arrested. Meanwhile, Hussain was killed by a US drone in Syria. Wow: An Albanian hacker in Malaysia collaborating with an ISIS jihadist on Twitter to intimidate US soldiers online — before we killed the jihadist with a drone!”

—Thomas L. Freedman1

In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), the author satirizes the impact of technology on daily life. Although the advance of technology has had positive impact, Huxley gives us a glimpse at its dark side. Bravery is indeed a prerequisite of security in this new world.

In addition to concerns about war, armed interventions, insurgencies, terrorism, and other forms of political violence addressed in subsequent chapters, we take up briefly here the new challenges facing American