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Future global security threats

Now the director of Monterey Institute Terrorism Research and Education Program, he delineated future global security threats on Tuesday. -TNP

Fri, Mar 29, 2013
The New Paper

SINGAPORE - Retired US Brigadier General Russell D. Howard was a speaker at the conference on Tuesday.

He was one of the first people who identified Al-Qaeda as a security threat in the 1990s.

Now the director of Monterey Institute Terrorism Research and Education Program, he delineated future global security threats on Tuesday.

Youth glut in developing countries?

Mr Howard said that there would be a youth glut in developing countries, and the young people in these countries would face problems such as unemployment and poverty. ?

In contrast, developed countries would face a shortage of youth, who would then face the burden of supporting their families.

Water?

The shortage of water, coupled with increasing populations pose a security issue for countries. "Water is the new oil," said Mr Howard.

But while there is a replacement for oil, there isn't a replacement for water, he added.

Cyberterrorism

To date, no one has been killed by an act of cyberterrorism, but it will happen in future, said Mr Howard. He added that rehabilitation of a cyberterrorist or hacker would be tricky and he recommended that such individuals be recruited as a counter-hackers instead.


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