Saturday, August 2, 2008

Friday's Miscellany 08-01-2008

American Enterprise Institute
· Public Opinion on the War with Iraq,projectID.14/pub_detail.asp

Amnesty International
· Chinese authorities’ Broken Promises Threaten Olympic Legacy
· Denying the Undeniable: Enforced Disappearances in Pakistan
· Discrimination Against Kurdish Iranians Unchecked and on the Rise
· Venezuela Must Implement New Law on Violence Against Women

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
· At-Risk Populations in Emergencies: A Review of State and Local Stories, Tools, and Practices

Brookings Institute
· An Economic Strategy for Investing in America’s Infrastructure · Implications of the India-U.S. Nuclear Agreement [event video]
· Rising Food Prices – An Upside?

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute
· Georgia: Risk and Opportunity.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
· The Middle East: Evolution of a Broken Regional Order

Center for American Progress
· Crisis in Waiting

Center for Defense Information
· Pentagon's Prompt Global Strike Program: A Trigger for Nuclear Conflict?
· The Murky Waters of the White House's Cybersecurity Plan

Center for Immigration Studies
· Homeward Bound: Recent Immigration Enforcement and the Decline in the Illegal Alien Population

Center for Security Policy
· LNG Port Security

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· The Afghanistan-Pakistan War: Measuring Success (or Failure)
· Analyzing the Afghan-Pakistan War
· A Call For A Strategic U.S. Approach To The Global Food Crisis: A Report of the CSIS Task Force on the Global Food Crisis Core Findings and Recommendations
· Toward a New Euro-Atlantic "Hard" Security Agenda: Prospects for Trilateral U.S.-EU-Russia Cooperation
· U.S.-Russia Relations: Facing Reality Pragmatically
· U.S. and Chinese Engagement in Africa: Prospects for Improving U.S.-China-Africa Cooperation

Centre for Social Cohesion
· Islam on Campus: A Survey of UK Student Opinion

Century Foundation
· Moving Beyond the Carter Doctrine: Rethinking the U.S. Military Presence in the Persian Gulf

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
The Navy's Surface Combatant Programs

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) or L'Organisation Al-Qaïda au Maghreb Islamique (Formerly Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat or Groupe Salafiste pour la Prédication et le Combat)
· Betting on Iraq in the Gulf
· The East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM)
· Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt
· Uighurs and China's Xinjiang Region

Defense Science Board
· Creating an Effective National Security Industrial Base for 21st Century: An Action Plan to Address the Coming Crisis
· Developmental Test & Evaluation

Department of Defense
· 2008 National Defense Strategy
· 2008 DoD Strategic Management Plan
· Section 904 Implementation Plan

Department of Homeland Security
· National Emergency Communications Plan

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-08-48 - Challenges Remain In Executing the Department of Homeland Security’s Information Technology Program for Its Intelligence Systems

Department of State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
· MANPADS: Combating the Threat to Global Aviation from Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (Second Edition)

Director of National Intelligence
· Statement by the DNI on Executive Order 12333

Foreign Policy Research Institute
· American Asia Policy and the American Election
· Electoral Foundations of Japan’s Foreign Policy Choices
· Ten Common Myths about Women in the Civil War and How to Dispel Them

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Airline Industry: Potential Mergers and Acquisitions Driven by Financial and Competitive Pressures
· Ballistic Missile Defense: Actions Needed to Improve Process for Identifying and Addressing Combatant Command Priorities
· Border Security: State Department Is Taking Steps to Meet Projected Surge in Demand for Visas and Passports in Mexico
· Combating Terrorism: Action Needed to Enhance Implementation of Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership
· Defense Acquisitions: Cost to Deliver Zumwalt-Class Destroyers Likely to Exceed Budget
· Defense Acquisitions: Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Program Emblematic of Challenges Facing Navy Shipbuilding
· DOD Business Systems Modernization: Key Marine Corps System Acquisition Needs to Be Better Justified, Defined, and Managed
· DOD Financial Management: Adjudication of Butterbaugh Claims for the Restoration of Annual Leave or Pay
· Electronic Health Records: DOD and VA Have Increased Their Sharing of Health Information, but More Work Remains
· Financial Management: DOD's Ability to Prevent, Identify, Investigate, and Report on Antideficiency Act Violations
· Highlights of a Forum Convened by the Comptroller General of the United States: Enhancing U.S. Partnerships in Countering Transnational Terrorism
· Human Rights: U.S. Government's Efforts to Address Alleged Abuse of Household Workers by Foreign Diplomats with Immunity Could Be Strengthened
· Information Security: Federal Agency Efforts to Encrypt Sensitive Information Are Under Way, but Work Remains
· Information Technology: Agencies Need to Establish Comprehensive Policies to Address Changes to Projects' Cost, Schedule, and Performance Goals
· Information Technology: OMB and Agencies Need to Improve Planning, Management, and Oversight of Projects Totaling Billions of Dollars
· Military Personnel: Preliminary Observations on DOD's and the Coast Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Programs
· Personnel Security Clearances: Preliminary Observations on Joint Reform Efforts to Improve the Governmentwide Clearance Eligibility Process
· Post-Government Employment Restrictions and Foreign Agent Registration: Additional Action Needed to Enhance Implementation of Requirements
· Rebuilding Iraq: DOD and State Department Have Improved Oversight and Coordination of Private Security Contractors in Iraq, but Further Actions Are Needed to Sustain Improvements
· Safe Routes to School: Progress in Implementing the Program, but a Comprehensive Plan to Evaluate Program Outcomes Is Needed
· Telecommunications: Agencies Are Generally Following Sound Transition Planning Practices, and GSA Is Taking Action to Resolve Challenges
· TSA's Explosives Detection Canine Program: Status of Increasing Number of Explosives Detection Canine Teams
· United States Postal Service: Information on the Irradiation of Federal Mail in the Washington, D.C., Area
· Veterans Affairs: Continued Action Needed to Reduce IT Equipment Losses and Correct Control Weaknesses
· Veterans Affairs: Health Information System Modernization Far from Complete; Improved Project Planning and Oversight Needed

Heritage Foundation
· Energy Policy: Let's Not Repeat the Mistakes of the '70s
· Prime Minister Gilani Visit: Shoring up Democratic Pakistan to Deal with Terrorist Challenge
· Saving the NPT and the Nonproliferation Regime in an Era of Nuclear Renaissance
· Zimbabwe’s Enabler: How Chinese Arms Keep Mugabe in Power

Hudson Institute
· Saudi Ministry Textbooks Still Teach Extreme Intolerance

Human Rights Watch
· All the Men Have Gone’: War Crimes in Kenya’s Mt. Elgon District
· Courting History: The Landmark International Criminal Court’s First Years
· Internal Fight: Palestinian Abuses in Gaza and the West Bank
· Law and Reality: Progress in Judicial Reform in Rwanda

International Crisis Group
· The New Lebanese Equation: The Christians’ Central Role
· Reforming Pakistan's Police
· Ruling Palestine II: The West Bank Model?
· · Sierra Leone: A New Era of Reform

International Relations and Security Network
· Bush Sticks with Pakistani Military
· Chavez's Weakened Position
· China's Fix-It Governance
· India After Ahmedabad's Bombs
· No Peace Dividend for Nepal's Guerrillas
· Pakistan in Trouble
· Somalia: Prolonging the Agony

Jamestown Foundation
· The Pakistan Frontier Corps in the War on Terrorism – Part One
· Terrorism Focus July 29, 2008 – Volume 5, Issue 28
o Islamic Front for Iraq Resistance Brigadier Refutes al-Qaeda’s Approach to Combating U.S. Occupation
o New Strategy of Killing Aid Workers in Somalia – But Whose Strategy Is It?
o Political Consensus Missing in Establishment of U.S. Military Bases in Iraqi Kurdistan
o Al-Qaeda’s Military Chief in Afghanistan Views the Ongoing Insurgency with Optimism

National Defense Intelligence College
· Intelligence in the RUM WAR at SEA 1920-1933 by LT Eric S. Ensign, USCG
· Registering the Human Terrains: A Valuation of Cadastre by Douglas E. Batson

Project on National Security Reform
· Ensuring Security in an Unpredictable World: Project on National Security Reform

· The Challenge of Nuclear-Armed Regional Adversaries
· Considering a Cadre Augmented Army
· How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering Al Qa’ida
· A New Grand Strategy for the United States
· Sustaining Key Skills in the UK Naval Industry

Refugees International
· Chad: Strengthen UN Mission for Lasting Security
· Colombia: Forced Internal Displacement Overwhelming Capacity to Respond
· The Iraqi Displacement Crisis

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)
· Quarterly Report and Semiannual Report to Congress (July 30, 2008)
· Key Recurring Management Issues Identified in Audits of Iraq Reconstruction Efforts

Small Business Administration (SBA)
· Size Determination Regarding Blackwater Worldwide Affiliate Presidential Airways, Inc.

Strategic Studies Institute
· Real Change or Retrenchment?

United Nations
· Report of the Secretary-General on the Situation in Abkhazia, Georgia (S/2008/480)

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Drug Trafficking and Middle Eastern Terrorist Groups: A Growing Nexus?
· The Future of the Iraqi Kurds
· Hizballah's Military Wing Under Pressure Despite Political Gains
· Saudi Arabia: Interfaith Talks Abroad, Intolerance at Home
· The Way Back from Islamism

White House
· Executive Order: Further Amendments to Executive Order 12333, United States Intelligence Activities

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