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  • 2017

Shifting Center of Gravity in Cloud Computing

Author: Kevin Hallmark
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This paper explores the shift toward cloud-based information technology (IT) solutions and the evolution of security concerns through this shift. Insights into what is driving the growth of public cloud solutions will help organizations to develop a comprehensive approach to securing their information systems. The introduction of cloud computing models to enterprise environments poses a fundamental challenge to traditional Information Technology (IT) concepts of the network perimeter, information control and data governance. These traditional environments include multi-layered security that protects the information by establishing perimeter defenses incorporating Firewalls, Routers, Anti-Virus gateways, Intrusion Prevention and encryption gateways for remote virtual private network (VPN) connectivity. However, in recent years these traditional boundaries have become less defined. There are a number of disruptive technologies that have driven this including social networking, mobile computing and most directly cloud computing. In addition, the sophistication of threats and the number of devices connected to the Internet have increased substantially. Organizations can no longer assume trust for users within the perimeter. Rather the traditional defense tactics leveraged by enterprise organizations need to incorporate new information-centric approaches to their overall cyber security strategies. This paper explores some of these new security paradigms and the sources of them. It pries open the current trends driving growth in cloud services and proffers recommendations for integrating them into enterprise security methodologies.

  • 2017

Challenges and Risks in the Adoption and Implementation of Building Information Modeling in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industry

Author: Neway Mengesha
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The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is growing rapidly. BIM has changed the way projects are executed in the AEC industry. However, the adoption and implementation of BIM in the AEC industry has encountered many challenges and risks. The focus of this project is to identify and examine the factors that hinder the adoption and implementation process of BIM and the risks involved for using BIM in projects in the AEC industry. First, the theoretical concepts of BIM and its benefits in the AEC industry are discussed. Second, the factors that influence the adoption and implementation of BIM as well as the challenges in the AEC industry are widely presented. Then, legal/contractual and technical risks involved in the BIM process are identified and examined. Finally, the impacts of BIM in terms of the risks to the architects/engineers, contractors, and owners are evaluated. The data and information has been administered through literature reviews and previously studied case studies to illustrate the benefits and risks for using BIM in the AEC industry.

  • 2017

The Economics of Slavery in the Antebellum South

Author: Michael Hancock
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The “peculiar institution” of slavery casts a dark shadow on American history, with the effects lasting long after its abolition by President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1865). The origins of African slavery on the mainland can be traced back to the beginnings of European settlement and was practiced in all parts of British colonial America. Although the statistical record of this history is abundant, many aspects of slavery’s human reality are beyond the reach of quantitative measurement. The economic impact of slavery in the Antebellum South has been pieced together by scholars from a wide array of surveys and reports. This article considers the scope of census inquiries as they expanded in 1840, 1850, and 1860, while the surveys of agriculture and manufacturing have formed the primary basis for an increase in the analysis of the economics of slavery in the late antebellum period.

  • 2017

Indonesia: Archetype for Countering the Effects of the Islamic State?

Author: Daniel Snyder
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Indonesia has proven to be successful in isolating itself from violent extremist activities that have plagued other Muslim and Western European nations over the past ten years.  Although the current population is predominately Muslim, and influences of the faith are embedded in their political system; Indonesia does not contribute radicalized foreign fighters overseas in support of radical Islamic causes at the same rate as other smaller Muslim nations. It is assessed that the entrenched regional and ancestral links outline a broadminded methodology towards equality that may prove to be an ethnic archetype for other Muslim dominated populations to duplicate.

  • 2017

Buddhism, Law, and the Rise of the Warrior: Decline in Women's Status between Heian and Kamakura Japan

Author: Stephanie McLaughlin
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This paper questions why women's status in Japan declined between the Heian and Kamakura periods. Contributing factors discussed are Buddhism, legal changes, and the rise of warrior culture.

  • 2017

The Military-Industrial Complex and the Role of General Dynamics Corporation during the 1990s

Author: William Crusselle II
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The bond between the U.S. government, military, and corporations in what is known as the “Iron Triangle” or the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) continued into the 1990s.  Businesses, such as General Dynamics Corporation (GDC), have an intrinsic history within the MIC. GDC played one of the most crucial roles for the MIC during WWI, WWII, and the Cold War as well as for a majority of the twentieth century. Focusing on the impact of the MIC during the 1990s, specifically the role GDC played, circumstantial evidence has shown that a corporate entity, gradually affected U.S. diplomatic affairs as well as military policy after the Cold War and during the 1990s —the Cold War never truly ended, policies were carried over, and corporations simply adapted to maintain the status quo. The MIC was a necessary yet dangerous national security requirement to maintain U.S. economic and political stability.

  • 2017

The Rise of ISIS and the Partial Collapse of the Iraqi State

A result of Prime Minister Nourri al-Maliki’s policies at the Political, Economic and Military Level
Author: Samuel-Alexandre Mercier
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Since his appointment as Prime Minister in 2006, Nouri Al-Maliki moved to centralize the political apparatus in Iraq by limiting the power of the Iraqi Parliament and the cabinet to influence state practices. Between 2006 and 2012, Maliki greatly deteriorated the ability of formal institutions to enact their mandate within the governmental apparatus and managed to place his office as Prime Minister at the center of Iraqi Power politics. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the impacts of Maliki’s sectarian policies in the political, economic and military apparatus and how such practices have paved the way for the rise of ISIS.

  • 2017

Phil Sheridan’s War: The Pacification of the American Frontier and Total War in the Trans-Mississippi West

Author: Robert Ranstadler
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This investigation is principally concerned with the application, applicability, and repercussions of total war in the modern era. The Post-Civil War United States was a financially fractured and socially divided nation that ambivalently endorsed General Philip Sheridan’s unrestricted strategy in the American West. Many social, political, and economic factors facilitated the U.S. Army’s eventual triumph on the Great Plains, while simultaneously contributing to the subsequent collapse of Amerindian society on the frontier. Previously established comparative and causative historiographic arguments explicate several cultural connections that prescribed the course and outcome of the Great Plains Wars. The author demonstrates that the Clausewitz’s Trinity, when framed within the appropriate interdependent and practical context, is greater than the sum of its theoretical parts. A final supposition explores the potential application of such studies in the mitigation and abatement of future conflicts.