This Week in the News…

Posted: November 15, 2002 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. 8, Business Wire

IDS Scheer and Enterprise Integration Incorporated Awarded Two Major US Navy Contracts for Business Process Engineering

“‘Like most companies in the public sector, the US Navy and other government agencies have a critical need to do more with less,’ said Dr. Thomas Gulledge, President of EII and professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. ‘With a history of success in this arena, and specifically with the US Navy, IDS Scheer and EII offer the strategic tools and targeted expertise needed to drive business process efficiency, and optimize existing investments to support a range of e-business initiatives.'”

Monday, Nov. 11, Business Week

Trustbuster on Trial: Can the EC’s Monti Bounce Back?

“Monti has to whip the merger group into shape before what could be an even bigger loss. The courtly Italian leapt to global renown after he stared down former GE CEO Jack Welch in 2001. Now, given the court’s greater scrutiny of EU decisions–and its apparent willingness to reverse them–experts think Monti could be hit again. ‘It seems likely that GE/Honeywell will be overturned because it relies on the same legal logic,” says Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust specialist and professor at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va. Any such decision would come far too late to resurrect a deal with Honeywell, but GE is pursuing the case as a matter of principle.”

Tuesday, Nov. 12, Insight Magazine

Economic Warfare Can Win Terror War

“Skillful deployment of strategic economic warfare, proponents say, actually can avoid all-out war and save both the national infrastructure and innocent lives. Bailey argues that if the United States decides to remove Saddam Hussein it can wage economic warfare successfully and in a way that will spare the Iraqi population from prolonged suffering. In an unpublished memorandum, he and George Mason University School of Law professor Barbara P. Billauer state: ‘Genuine and leakproof sanctions are feasible and would work in a very short time. They would involve: (1) a total blockade, enforced by sea and by air, with no exceptions or exemptions; (2) a total cutoff of all transportation in and out of the country, ruthlessly enforced; (3) a total cutoff of all communications links to and from the country, also ruthlessly enforced; and (4) a complete financial isolation of the country. Enforcement of such measures would bring the regime to its knees within days. To cause a complete power shutdown the oil refineries might also be put out of action and concurrent psychological measures might also be considered.'”

Wednesday, Nov. 13, Washington Post

Center for Biodefense Seeks Stable Funding Lifeline

“The future of George Mason University’s newly launched Center for Biodefense hangs on diversifying the center’s funding stream, according to Ken Alibek, the former Soviet biowarfare expert whose work the center was created to showcase and foster. Announced in February, the center was established at GMU’s Prince William County campus and given the mission of researching treatments and public health responses to possible bioterror attacks. Along with Alibek, GMU recruited Charles Bailey, a former chief of the U.S. military’s biodefense effort. Together, they serve as director and deputy director of the center.”

Wednesday, Nov. 13, U.S. Newswire

SSTIS: States Approve Sales Tax Simplification Agreement; Legislatures Poised for Consideration

“While current law does not require e-commerce and direct mail companies to collect and remit sales taxes on transactions that occur in jurisdictions where they do not have a physical presence, many expect some of these companies may come forward and volunteer to collect taxes under the simplified system. ‘The business structures adopted by many e-commerce companies are constantly changing. While the SSTIS has adopted a voluntary system, it is conceivable that numerous e-commerce companies may want to volunteer to use the system as a means of avoiding any potential tax conflicts with the states,’ Larry Walters, Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University concluded.”

Thursday, Nov. 14, National Post

Kyoto: Myths and Science

“A group of senior scientists and engineers yesterday released what it called nine Kyoto myths and urged Ottawa not to ratify the protocol because the science behind it is unproven. 1. Humanity is the primary cause of global climate change. Myth: Tim Patterson, Carleton University professor of earth sciences, and Fred Singer, distinguished research professor at George Mason University, explain that this is incorrect. Long before our species inhabited the Earth, there were far more extreme changes in climate than what we see now. Professors Patterson and Singer show that, even in the past thousand years, there were much warmer and colder periods than today.”

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