This Week in the News…

Posted: November 30, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Nov. 23, USA Today

States Roll Out Red Carpet for Defense Dollars: New Era of Military Spending Means Pieces of Pie Up for Grabs

“Analysts expect the Pentagon’s annual $300 billion budget to grow substantially because of the war on terrorism and the retooling of the rapidly aging U.S. military machine, which still is largely dependent on ships and aircraft built for the Cold War. ‘The defense industry is going to see better times, so states are lining up to get a piece of the action,’ says Stephen Fuller, a George Mason University (Va.) professor who studies the defense economy.”

Friday, Nov. 23, CNN Moneyline News Hour

Anchor: “Neil Johnson, a steganography expert at George Mason University, showed us how an innocent looking image could be used to carry carefully calculated noise, which defies easy interpretation unless you have the key. Then the noise reveals a weapon. Could steganography be an arrow in al Qaeda`s quiver?”

Johnson: “Any organization that has an interest in secretive communication is going to use whatever technology is available to them to do so. If they are connected, it is possible for them to communicate through digital steganography.”

Sunday, Nov. 25, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

D.C. Wants You to Know Welcome Mat Is Still Out

“The restricted number of flights to Reagan National not only makes air travel to Washington more complicated, it also reminds would-be travelers of the Sept. 11 attacks. ‘As long as Reagan National Airport is not operating at pre-attack levels, it sends out the message that Washington is not a safe place to visit,’ said Stephen S. Fuller, a professor of Public Policy at George Mason University.”

Monday, Nov. 26, Los Angeles Times

Jobless Blacks Face Steepest Employment Challenge

“The economic boom did much to alleviate black unemployment…. In a tight labor market, employers ‘were forced to hire unskilled workers, many of whom were African Americans, single mothers and immigrants,’ said George Mason University economics professor Willem Thorbecke. Some of those gains could be permanent, since the previously unemployed gained useful skills, he said. But dynamics shift in downturns, when employers have a broader pool to pluck from.”

Wednesday, Nov. 28, Houston Chronicle

Doubts of Meeting Airport Bag Screening Deadline Anger Texas Senator

Ken Button, an aviation expert and professor of public policy at George Mason University, said a 60-day deadline to screen all checked bags has always been unrealistic. ‘There’s a lot of knee-jerk reaction around here without a great deal of thought,’ Button said. ‘No way they were going to do it, to be honest. No way at all.’ Button said the deadline will likely have to be extended in order to get the job done properly.”

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