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10Jul, 2020

USGIF Recognizes the Honorable Susan M. Gordon with the 2020 Lundahl-Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award

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United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation | July 8, 2020

USGIF announced The Honorable Susan M. Gordon as the 2020 recipient of the Foundation’s Arthur C. Lundahl-Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. Gordon is the 16th individual to win this prestigious award. She was recognized as part of USGIF’s virtual GEOConnect Series Main Stage event.

Gordon was sworn in […]

10Jul, 2020

Testing Falls Short In States Where Coronavirus Is Surging

Eric Perakslis, News|

NPR, Here & Now | June 30, 2020By Peter O’Dowd

For months public health officials have said that testing and contact tracing are key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. But as new coronavirus cases surge in many states, demand for testing is overwhelming capacity.

The mayor of Houston says his city’s two public coronavirus testing sites were […]

25Jun, 2020

Sarah Bloom Raskin on the Fed’s Response to the Pandemic

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation | June 24, 2020

Australian Broadcasting Corporation interviews Sarah Bloom Raskin on the economic impact of the pandemic and the Fed’s response.

Watch the full interview.

15Jun, 2020

Contact Tracing: 10 Unique Challenges of COVID-19

Eric Perakslis, News|

The Healthcare Blog | June 12, 2020By Vince Kuraitis, Eric Perakslis, and Deven McGraw

A worldwide dialog about COVID-19 contact tracing is underway. Even under the best of circumstances, the contact tracing process can be difficult, time-consuming, labor-intensive, and invasive — requiring rigorous, methodical execution and follow-up.

COVID-19 throws curve balls at the already difficult process of […]

11Jun, 2020

The Fed Is Throwing Money Around. Not Everyone Is Reaping The Benefits

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NPR | June 11, 2020By Jim Zarroli

After the coronavirus lockdowns forced it to shut down its 345 U.S. theaters, Texas-based Cinemark in April decided to do what a lot of companies have done: borrow money by selling bonds.

What made the move especially attractive was that the bonds were implicitly backed by the Federal Reserve, which is lending out trillions […]

7Jun, 2020

Dempsey: Trump’s ‘Inflammatory’ Threat to Use Active Duty Troops Hurts US Military

General Martin Dempsey, News|

ABC News| June 7, 2020By Benjamin Siegel

The president’s “inflammatory language” and threats to use military troops to respond to the George Floyd protests across the country this week have strained Americans’ relationship with the U.S. military, retired Gen. Martin Dempsey on Sunday warned.

“My generation of military leaders, who entered right after the Vietnam War, spent the majority of […]

6Jun, 2020

Coronavirus May Force the U.S. Intelligence Community to Rethink How it Does its Job

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NBC News| June 6, 2020By Ken Dilanian

WASHINGTON — Coronavirus is shaping up to be a watershed for the American intelligence community.

In the two decades after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the CIA and other spy agencies made terrorism their top priority, with the goal of preventing another 9/11. For the most part, they succeeded.

Now […]

4Jun, 2020

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Condemns Trump’s Threat To Use Military At Protests

General Martin Dempsey, News|

NPR Morning Edition| June 4, 2020 By Steve Inskeep

In rare public comments, the former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Ret. Gen. Martin Dempsey condemned Trump’s threat to use military force to suppress nationwide protests as “dangerous” and “very troubling,” in an interview with NPR on Thursday.

“The idea that the president would take […]

3Jun, 2020

Sweeping New Report Provides U.S. Financial Regulators with Key Action Steps to Protect Financial Markets from the Ongoing Climate Crisis


Associated Press | June 2, 2020

Agencies must ensure a climate-smart recovery from Covid-19 and mandate climate stress tests and climate risk disclosure to protect capital markets

Climate change poses a systemic threat to the stability and competitiveness of U.S. financial markets, and financial regulators have the responsibility and the authority to better protect against that […]

3Jun, 2020

Markets Need Regulators to Act on Climate Risk – Report

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Pensions & Investments | June 1, 2020By Hazel Bradford

U.S. financial regulators can and should do more to protect capital markets from systemic risk posed by climate change, according to a report released Monday by Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets.

The report, “Addressing Climate as a Systemic Risk: A call to action for U.S. financial regulators,” […]