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Postal Trendwatch – April 2014 Click here to download the full study as PDF. Executive Summary The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) lost $354 million in Q1 FY 2014 — the 19th money-losing quarter of the prior 21. Still, the loss represents a significant improvement over [Read More...]
International Postal Update — April 2014 ROYAL MAIL AND UK RETAILERS SHIFT TOWARD E-COMMERCE Royal Mail and retailers look to capitalize on e-commerce growth. Royal Mail recently launched a television advertising campaign targeting parcel business customers — its first in five years. The postal operator’s half-year [Read More...]
Snow Days Need Not Get in the Way of Learning Issue Brief By: Mary Riner Pennsylvania kids wishing for snow days might soon come into a shock while parents breathe a sigh of relief. That’s because the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives passed the Online Education Initiative, a proposal that [Read More...]
The Next U.S. Asymmetric Advantage: Maritime Lasers to Counter the A2/AD Challenge Executive Summary Click here to download the full study as PDF. The United States Navy is confronted by an expanding array of both qualitative and quantitative threats to its ability to conduct its fundamental missions of forward presence, sea control, [Read More...]
New Postal Service Offerings Raise Questions Issue Brief February 20, 2014 Summary A new U.S. Postal Service product offering and one recently proposed could generate new revenue via direct financial services to consumers and same-day metropolitan package delivery.  But pertinent questions of regulatory, legal, privacy/data security [Read More...]
Updating Career and Technical Education For The 21st Century Executive Summary Download PDF Version of the Study Career and Technical Education (CTE) is undergoing rapid change in many schools across the United States, as educators strive to connect school programs with actual workplace needs. But while a small number [Read More...]
Consider Performance-Based Funding for Education Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch The newly minted governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has a short window in which to impact the Old Dominion’s education landscape. As his team moves to advance his schools agenda, including boosting funding for the Standards of [Read More...]
Ex-Im Bank: How A Small Agency Delivers Big Benefits For America’s Economy Executive Summary Click here to download the full study as PDF. The Export-Import Bank is the official export credit agency of the U.S. government, established during the Great Depression to create jobs by facilitating the export of American-made goods. The [Read More...]
International Postal Update – December 2013 ____________________________________________________________________ CANADA TO END DOOR-TO-DOOR DELIVERY ____________________________________________________________________ Canada Post plans to end door-to-door delivery service, cut its workforce, and raise stamp prices by 35 percent over the next five years. With these new measures, the postal operator aims to reverse [Read More...]
An Insecure ‘Smart’ Grid is Not So Smart Defense News The electrical grid is vital not only to civil society but to the military as well. Defending it against the threats of the post-9/11 era requires strategic thinking to complement the grid’s focus on local interests and financial [Read More...]
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