Tuesday, September 30, 2008

REPORT - latest quarterly DOD report on Iraq

DOD released their latest quarterly report on the situation in Iraq.
The September 2008 version of the "Measuring Stability and Security in
" report is now available at

The report includes various useful graphs and charts including: the
production and export of oil; oil revenue; average electricity demand
and production; average daily hours of electrical power by Province;
weekly security incident trends; civilian deaths; ISF and US Military
deaths; ethno-sectarian deaths; high profile attacks (explosions); Iraqi
Security Forces numbers and more

These reports to Congress are issued in accordance with the Department
of Defense Appropriations Act 2008 (Section 9010, Public Law 109-289;
Section 9204, Public Law 110-252)

Previous editions of the report can be found at

Monday, September 29, 2008

REPORT -- Project on National Security Reform - Case Studies

The Project on National Security Reform [PNSR] headed by James Locher, III released their case studies volume today. This "Case Studies" volume one looks at: the decision to invade Iraq; the national counterintelligence mission; human trafficking; U.S.-India Civil Nuclear cooperation agreement; managing U.S.-China crises; Somalia; Bosnia and Kosovo and more.

This 650 page report is available directly at http://www.pnsr.org/data/files/pnsr%20weitz%20case%20studies%20vol%20i.pdf

The press release is available at http://www.pnsr.org/web/module/press/pressID/116/interior.asp

Other reports and related information [including literature reviews, articles and conference proceedings] can be found on their main website is http://www.pnsr.org/

The PNSR is a non-partisan group that was established to "assist the nation in identifying and implementing the kind of comprehensive reform that the government urgently needs."

Friday's Miscellany 09-26-2008

American Enterprise Institute
· What Do Structural Changes in the Revolutionary Guards Mean?

Amnesty International
· Arms Trade Treaty Could Fail Without Human Rights

· Getting to Zero Update

Brookings Institution
· The Financial Crisis and Emerging Markets
· The Financial Market Bailout [video]

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
· Saudi Arabia’s "Soft" Counterterrorism Strategy: Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Aftercare

Center for American Progress
· Blame it on the Immigrants
· The Coldest Days of the Cold War: Lessons from Two Presidents
· The Credit Crisis is Serious
· Iraq's Political Transition Not Meeting Benchmarks
· New Provincial Election Law Passes in Iraq
· Public Opinion Snapshot: The Public Calls for a New International Order

Center for Defense Information
· How Safe is Space? New Study Spotlights Anti-Satellite and Space Debris Risks.

Center for Immigration Studies
· Homeward Bound: Recent Immigration Enforcement and the Decline in the Illegal Alien Population
· If It's Fixed, Don't Break It: Moving Forward with E-Verify

Center for a New American Policy (CNAS)
· Peak Oil: A Survey of Security Concerns

Center for Security Studies
· No. 39: Caucasus Crisis: Implications and Options for the West
· No. 40: Security and Development: Convergence or Competition?

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· Confidence and Confusion: National Identity and Security Alliances in Northeast Asia.
· Follow the Money: Why the US is Losing the War in Afghanistan.

Congress. House. Committee on Armed Forces
· Sept 24 - Consideration for an American Grand Strategy [hearing]
· Sept 23 - Transforming the nation’s foreign language capacity [hearing]
· Sept 18 - Lessons for Countering al Qa’ida and the Way Ahead [hearing]

Congress. House. Committee on Homeland Security
· Sept 24 - A Report Card on Homeland Security Information Sharing [hearing]

Congress. Senate Committee on Armed Forces
· Sept 23 - The situation in Iraq and Afghanistan [hearing]
· Sept 25 - Authorization of Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) techniques for interrogations in Iraq [hearing] http://armed-services.senate.gov/e_witnesslist.cfm?id=3571

Congress. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery
· After Action: A Review of the Combined Federal, State, and Local Activities to Respond and Recover from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike
· Sept 25 - Addressing Cost Growth of Major DOD Weapons Systems [hearing] http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=c61b9e98-9a03-4378-aeb9-6ebf6f9fae25
· Sept 25 - Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: Hard Lessons Learned from Troubled Investments [hearing]
· Sept 24 - Mission Possible: FEMA’s Future Preparedness Planning [hearing]
· Sept 24 - Assessing the Effectiveness of Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs in the Wake of the 2008 Midwest Floods, Hurricane Gustav, and Hurricane Ike [hearing]

Congress. Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs
· Sept 25 - The Middle East Peace Process: Progress and Prospects [hearing]
· Sept 24 - Resource Curse or Blessing? Africa's Management of Its Extractive Industries [hearing] http://foreign.senate.gov/hearings/2008/hrg080924a.html

Congress. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
· State Secrets Protection Act [Senate Report 110-441]

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· The Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update
· Federal Responses to Market Turmoil

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
· The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States 2008

Council on Foreign Relations
· Deterring State Sponsorship of Nuclear Terrorism

Department of Defense/Department of Energy
· National Security and Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Aviation Safety: FAA Has Increased Efforts to Address Runway Incursions
· GAO-08-1169T
· Carbon Offsets: The U.S. Voluntary Market Is Growing, but Quality Assurance Poses Challenges for Market Participants GAO-08-1048
· Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS's Program to Procure and Deploy Advanced Radiation Detection Portal Monitors Is Likely to Exceed the Department's Previous Cost Estimates. GAO-08-1108R
· Defense Acquisitions: Sound Business Case Needed to Implement Missile Defense Agency's Targets Program GAO-08-1113
· Department of Homeland Security: Improvements Could Further Enhance Ability to Acquire Innovative Technologies Using Other Transaction Authority. GAO-08-1088
· Disaster Recovery: Past Experiences Offer Insights for Recovering from Hurricanes Ike and Gustav and Other Recent Natural Disasters. GAO-08-1120
· DOD Financial Management: Improvements Are Needed in Antideficiency Act Controls and Investigations GAO-08-1063
· Energy Markets: Analysis of More Past Mergers Could Enhance Federal Trade Commission's Efforts to Maintain Competition in the Petroleum Industry GAO-08-1082
· Food Safety: Improvements Needed in FDA Oversight of Fresh Produce. GAO-08-1047
· Information Technology: DOD and VA Have Increased Their Sharing of Health Information, but Further Actions Are Needed. GAO-08-1158T.
· Information Security: Actions Needed to Better Protect Los Alamos National Laboratory's Unclassified Computer Network GAO-08-1001
· Information Technology: FBI Is Implementing Key Acquisition Methods on Its New Case Management System, but Related Agencywide Guidance Needs to Be Improved. GAO-08-1014
· Mass Care in Disasters: FEMA Should Update the Red Cross Role in Catastrophic Events and More Fully Assess Voluntary Organizations' Mass Care Capabilities, by Cynthia M. Fagnoni, managing director, education, workforce, and income security issues, before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. GAO-08-1175T, September 23.
· Military Disability System: Increased Supports for Servicemembers and Better Pilot Planning Could Improve the Disability Evaluation Process. GAO-08-1137.
· Military Personnel: Evaluation Methods Linked to Anticipated Outcomes Needed to Inform Decisions on Army Recruitment Incentives. GAO-08-1037R
· Missile Defense: Actions Needed to Improve Planning and Cost Estimates for Long-Term Support of Ballistic Missile Defense GAO-08-1068
· NATO Enlargement: Reports on Albania and Croatia Respond to Senate Requirements, but Analysis of Financial Burdens Is Incomplete. GAO-08-1165R
· Nuclear Security: Los Alamos National Laboratory Faces Challenges In Sustaining Physical and Cyber Security Improvements GAO-08-1180T
· Secure Border Initiative: DHS Needs to Address Significant Risks in Delivering Key Technology Investment. GAO-08-1086,
· Space Acquisitions: Uncertainties in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Pose Management and Oversight Challenges GAO-08-1039
· The Upcoming Transition: GAO's Efforts to Assist the 111th Congress and the Next Administration. GAO-08-1174T.
· U.S. Asylum System: Agencies Have Taken Actions to Help Ensure Quality in the Asylum Adjudication Process, but Challenges Remain GAO-08-935
· U.S. Asylum System: Significant Variation Existed in Asylum Outcomes across Immigration Courts and Judges GAO-08-940
· Veterans Affairs: Additional Details Are Needed in Key Planning Documents to Guide the New Financial and Logistics Initiative. GAO-08-1097
· Visa Waiver Program: Actions Are Needed to Improve Management of the Expansion Process, and to Assess and Mitigate Program Risks GAO-08-1142T

Heritage Foundation
· China: Wealthy State, Strong Army—and a Powerful Party.
· Europe, Missile Defense, and the Future of Extended Deterrence.
· Iranian President Ahmadinejad's Vexing Visit Exposes U.N. Failures.
· President Bush's Farewell to the U.N.: A Call for Reform and Action.
· Removing FEMA from DHS Would Be a Terrible Mistake
· Under Aso, Prospects Bright for U.S.-Japan Strategic Relationship, but Challenges Remain

Human Rights Watch
· The Ismailis of Najran: Second-class Saudi Citizens.

International Crisis Group
· Chad: A New Conflict Resolution Framework
· Kosovo’s Fragile Transition
· Thailand: Calming the Political Turmoil

International Peace Institute
· Poll Finds Broad Support for UN in Lebanon

International Relations and Security Network
· Europe's Sharia Question
· Rwanda After the Genocide
· Stopping the Iranian Bomb http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/Security-Watch/Detail/?v21=107999&lng=en&v33=106395&fecvid=33&fecvnodeid=106395&id=92045

Lexington Institute
· United Nations Has A Better Solution For Cluster Bombs.

National Academies Press
· Ballistic Imaging
· Desalination: A National Perspective http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12184#toc

National Defense Intelligence College
· Finding Leaders: Preparing the Intelligence Community for Succession Management

OMB Watch
· Collateral Damage: How the War on Terror Hurts Charities, Foundations, and the People They Serve

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
· Declining Public Support for Global Engagement: Even as Optimism About Iraq Surges

· Analysis of Strategy and Strategies of Analysis.
· Developing Resource-Informed Strategic Assessments and Recommendations.
· Enhancing the Performance of Senior Department of Defense Civilian Executives, Reserve Component General/Flag Officers, and Senior Noncommissioned Officers in Joint Matters.
· Green Warriors: Army Environmental Considerations for Contingency Operations from Planning Through Post-Conflict
· More Freedom, Less Terror? Liberalization and Political Violence in the Arab World
· The National Computer Security Survey (NCSS): Final Methodology http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2008/RAND_TR544.pdf
· Options for and Effectiveness of Internet Self- and Co-Regulation
· Strategies for Improving Officer Recruitment in the San Diego Police Department
· The National Computer Security Survey (NCSS): Final Methodology

Strategic Studies Institute
· The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy.

UN Office on Drugs and Crime
· World Drug Report 2008

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
· Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population: 2007
· Nonimmigrant Admissions to the United States: 2007

US Institute of Peace
· The Future of the U.S. Military Presence in Iraq
· In the Field: Remodeling Haitian Law http://www.usip.org/in_the_field/haiti/index.html
· Philippines Agreement in Question

U.S. – Muslim Engagement Project
· Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Livni's Outlook: Political and Policy Options in Israel.
· U.S. Embassy Bombing in Yemen: Counterterrorism Challenges in Weak States. http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=2929

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday's Miscellany 09-19-2008

Brookings Institution
· From Georgia to Taiwan
· The Looming Crisis: Displacement and Security in Iraq
· Strengthening the Ability of Public Transportation to Reduce Our Dependence on Foreign Oil
Business Executive for National Security (BENS)
· Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) - Cooperative Review

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
· Iran Says “No”—Now What?
Key Resources - U.S. Nonproliferation Policy and Programs

CATO Institute
· Economic Freedom of the World 2008
· Trade, Protectionism, and the U.S. Economy: Examining the Evidence

Center for American Progress
· Iraq's Booming Budget Surplus

Center for Budgetary and Strategic Assessments (CBSA)
· Comparison of the FY 2009 Senate and House Defense Authorization Bills
Center for Defense Information
· Missile Defense Update #7: Sept. 16, 2008
· Space Security Update #6: Sept. 5, 2008

Center for Immigration Studies
· Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote in the United States? Why Not

Center for a New American Policy (CNAS)
· The Case for Game-Changing Diplomacy with Iran

Center for Security Policy
· Shari'ah's Black Box

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· Closing Guantánamo: From Bumper Sticker to Blueprint
· Homeland Security 3.0: Building a National Enterprise to Keep America Free, Safe, and Prosperous
· How Soon is Safe? Iraqi Force Development and Conditions-Based US Withdrawals
· Global Water Futures: A Roadmap for Future U.S. Policy
· Losing the Afghan-Pakistan War? The Rising Threat
· Promoting Confidence Building across the Taiwan Strait

Century Foundation
· Reinventing Transparent Government

Central Intelligence Agency
Studies in Intelligence, v. 52, no. 3, September 2008
· In Memory of Thomas Francis Troy: CIA Teacher, historian, 1919-2008 - by Hayden Peake and Nicholas Dujmovic
· Amnesia to Anamnesis: Commemoration of the Dead at CIA - by Nicholas Dujmovic
· Unraveling a Cold War Mystery: The ALFA SSN: Challenging Paradigms,
· Finding New Truths, 1969-79 - by Gerhardt Thamm
· The Youngest Operative: A Tale of Initiative Behind Enemy Lines During WWII - by Bob Bergin

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
CTC Sentinel, v. 1, no. 9, September 2008
· “Seven Years After 9/11: More is Not Always Better” by Ambassador Michael Sheehan
· “From FATA to the NWFP: The Taliban Spread their Grip in Pakistan” by Hassan Abbas
· “Preparing the Mujahidin: The Taliban’s Military Field Manual” by Imtiaz Ali
· “The Current State of Al-Qa`ida in Saudi Arabia” by Michael Knights
· “Assessing the Strength of Al-Qa`ida in Yemen” by Gregory Johnsen
· “The 2008 U.S. Elections and Sunni Insurgent Dynamics in Iraq” by Michael Gabbay
· “Learning from Adel Hammouda’s Work on Militant Islamic Groups” by Commander Youssef Aboul-Einen
· “After Action Report: Working With the Awakening in Central Anbar” by Captain Elliot Press

Congress. Committee on Homeland Security
· Cybersecurity Recommendations for the Next Administration - hearings

Congress. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
· Documents from the White House related to the US-India civilian nuclear cooperation agreement

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· A Federal Perspective on Health Care Policy and Costs
· Issues in Designing a Cap-and-Trade Program for Carbon Dioxide Emissions
· U.S. Policy Regarding Pandemic-Influenza Vaccines

Council on Foreign Relations
· China, Space Weapons, and U.S. Security

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· D-2008-130 Approval Process, Tracking, and Financial Management of DoD Disaster Relief Efforts, September 17, 2008

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
· One Team, One Mission, Securing Our Homeland: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2008-2013

Department of Justice Office of Inspector General
· Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Controls Over Its Weapons, Laptop Computers, and Other Sensitive Property

Director of National Intelligence
· Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 610 - Competency Directories for the Intelligence Community Workforce

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
· Crime in the United States, 2007

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· How We Misunderstand Terrorism
· Terrorism Assumptions and Reality

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Needs to Fully Address Lessons Learned from Its First Cyber Storm Exercise. GAO-08-825.
· Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Needs to Better Address Its Cybersecurity Responsibilities, by David A. Powner, director, information technology management issues, before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology, House Committee on Homeland Security. GAO-08-1157T
· Cyber Analysis and Warning: DHS Faces Challenges in Establishing a Comprehensive National Capability. GAO-08-588.
· Defense Budget: Independent Review Is Needed to Ensure DOD's Use of Cost Estimating Tool for Contingency Operations Follows Best Practices. GAO-08-982.
· Defense Infrastructure: Opportunity to Improve the Timeliness of Future Overseas Planning Reports and Factors Affecting the Master Planning Effort for the Military Buildup on Guam. GAO-08-1005.
· Defense Infrastructure: NORAD and USNORTHCOM Need to Reevaluate Vulnerabilities Associated with Moving the NORAD Command Center from Cheyenne Mountain to Peterson Air Force Base, and to Acknowledge Acceptance of the Risks. GAO-08-1054R
· Department of Homeland Security: Progress and Continuing Concerns with Acquisition Management, by John P. Hutton, director, acquisition and sourcing management, before the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight, House Committee on Homeland Security. GAO-08-1164T
· Diversity at GAO: Sustained Attention Needed to Build on Gains in SES and Managers. GAO-08-1098.
· Stabilizing and Rebuilding Iraq: Iraqi Revenues, Expenditures, and Surplus, by Joseph A. Christoff, director, international affairs and trade, before the House Committee on the Budget. GAO-08-1144T.
· Electronic Waste: EPA Needs to Better Control Harmful U.S. Exports through Stronger Enforcement and More Comprehensive Regulation. GAO-08-1044. 67 pp.
· Electronic Waste: Harmful U.S. Exports Flow Virtually Unrestricted Because of Minimal EPA Enforcement and Narrow Regulation, by John B. Stephenson, director, natural resources and environment, before the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment, House Committee on Foreign Affairs. GAO-08-1166T
· Global War on Terrorism: Reported Obligations for the Department of Defense. GAO-08-1128R.
· Health Information Technology: HHS Has Taken Important Steps to Address Privacy Principles and Challenges, Although More Work Remains. GAO-08-1138
· Information Technology: Federal Laws, Regulations, and Mandatory Standards for Securing Private Sector Information Technology Systems and Data in Critical Infrastructure Sectors. GAO-08-1075R.
· Stabilizing and Rebuilding Iraq: Iraqi Revenues, Expenditures, and Surplus, by Joseph A. Christoff, director, international affairs and trade, before the House Committee on the Budget. GAO-08-1144T
· Terrorism Insurance: Status of Efforts by Policyholders to Obtain Coverage. GAO-08-1057.
· Transportation Security: Transportation Worker Identification Credential: A Status Update, by Stephen M. Lord, acting director, homeland security and justice issues, before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism, House Committee on Homeland Security. GAO-08-1151T
· United Nations Peacekeeping: Lines of Authority for Field Procurement Remain Unclear, but Reforms Have Addressed Some Issues. GAO-08-1094
· Visa Waiver Program: Actions Are Needed to Improve Management of the Expansion Process, and to Assess and Mitigate Program Risks. GAO-08-967.
· Voluntary Organizations: FEMA Should More Fully Assess Organizations’ Mass Care Capabilities and Update the Red Cross Role in Catastrophic Events GAO-08-823

Heritage Foundation
· Chávez, Venezuela, and Russia: A New Cuban Missile Crisis?
· Congress Should Establish EMP Recognition Day
· High Corporate Taxes Undermine U.S. Global Competitiveness
· Homeland Security 3.0: Building a National Enterprise to Keep America Safe, Free and Prosperous
· Mongolia's Current Political Situation: Implications for the OSCE
· New CBO Budget Baseline Shows Entitlements Driving Budget Deficits Higher
· Pathways to Economic Mobility: Key Indicators [Economic Mobility Project]
· Reflecting on 9/11: What the Next Administration Should Do About Terrorism
· United Nations Peacekeeping: The U.S. Must Press for Reform

Homeland Security Advisory Council
· Top Ten Challenges Facing the Next Secretary of Homeland Security

Human Rights Watch
· A Decade Under Chávez: Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela.
· Iran: Rights Crisis Escalates: Faces and Cases from Ahmadinejad’s Crackdown.
· "These Fellows Must Be Eliminated": Relentless Violence and Impunity in Manipur
· Venezuela: Rights Suffer Under Chávez
· Waiting for Justice: Unpunished Crimes from Nepal’s Armed Conflict

Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution
· Securing the Non-Proliferation Capability of the Department of State

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
· Indian Nuclear Export Controls and Information Security: More Words Than Actions: Are Indian export controls and information security congruent with the promises and cheerleading?
· Second Khushab Plutonium Production Reactor Nears Completion
· Time to reenergize negotiations for a Verified Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
· Situation Report: Angolan Legislative Elections: Analysing the MPLA’s Triumph
· Situation Report: The Eritrea - Djibouti Border Dispute
· Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Agreement Between ZANU-PF and the Two MDC Factions

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
· Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007) and 1803 (2008) in the Islamic Republic of Iran"
http://www.isis-online.org/publications/iran/IAEA_Iran_Report_15September2008.pdf and http://www.isis-online.org/publications/iran/ISIS_Report_Iran_15September2008.pdf
· Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

International Crisis Group
· Nigeria: Ogoni Land after Shell
· Reforming Haiti’s Security Sector

International Relations and Security Network
· Caucasus Crisis: Implications and Options for the West
· Costs of War: Conceptual Confusion
· The Evolution of Terrorism: Terror, Control and the Future of the Nation State
· Women Officers Hired to Thwart Female Bombers

Japan Ministry of Defense
· Defense of Japan 2008 [English language version]

Lexington Institute
· Decaying Air Power Reflects Larger Problems
· Netting the Navy
· Plan to Stop Buying Strategic Missile Motors is a Mistake
· Technology Readiness for a New Long-Range Bomber

Long War Journal
· Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle (OOB)

National Academies Press
· Disrupting Improvised Explosive Device Terror Campaigns: Basic Research Opportunities: A Workshop Report
· The "1,000-Ship Navy": Maritime Security Partnerships

National Defense Intelligence College (NDIC)
· Imperial Secrets: Remapping the Mind of Empire

National Governors Association
· Pandemic Preparedness in the States: An Assessment of Progress and Opportunity

National Security Archive
· Out of the Black: The Declassification of the NRO

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
· Georgia Parliamentary Elections

Pew Global Attitudes Project
· Unfavorable Views of Jews and Muslims on the Increase in Europe

Pew Hispanic Center
· 2008 National Survey of Latinos

· Defeating Terrorist Groups -- Seth Jones, Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism and Unconventional Threats and Capabilities on September 18, 2008
· An Economic Model to Estimate the Profits Resulting from the Employment of Illegal Aliens -- Report
http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2008/RAND_TR599.pdf and Decision-Support Tool http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2008/RAND_TR599.tool.zip
· Effects of Deployments on Spouses of Military Personnel
· Meeting America's Security Challenges Beyond Iraq: A Conference Report

Strategic Studies Institute
· The "People" in the PLA: Recruitment, Training, and Education in China's Military

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
· Armed Conflict and Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan, January 1-August 31

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Rethinking the Two-State Solution
· Terrorist Threat and U.S. Response: A Changing Landscape

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

REPORT -- US - Muslim Engagement Project

U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project in affiliation with the Search for Common
Ground (SFCG) organization released its report today. The report is
entitled "Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the
Muslim World

The report "represents the consensus of an exceptionally diverse,
senior, bipartisan and inter-faith group of 34 American leaders who have
worked together over the last 18 months. Their work was supported by
Search for Common Ground and CBI, two organizations that specialize in
building consensus on controversial public issues."

The report is available directly from



or as a link from SFCG website
http://www.sfcg.org/programmes/us/us_engagement.html or from the
U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project website

For a list of the 34 Leaders go to

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday's Miscellany 09-12-2008

American Enterprise Institute

· The Revolutionary Guards' Role in Iranian Politics

· Situation Report, Russo-Georgian Conflict: Special Report

American Security Project

· Are We Winning? Measuring Progress in the Struggle Against Violent Jihadism


· Iran Update

Brookings Institution

· Fukuda's Resignation: A Pandora’s Box for the Japan-U.S. Alliance?

· Georgia's Lessons for Taiwan

· Muslims in Europe: A Short Introduction

· Tariq Ali: Pakistan: Foreign Policy Past Its Expiration Date

Canadian Defense & Foreign Affairs Institute

· International Issues for the Campaign

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

· Islam in Uzbekistan: Religious Education and State Ideology

Center for American Progress

· Iraq’s Political Transition After the Surge: Five Enduring Tensions and Ten Key Challenges

Center for Security Policy

· America's Commitment to Freedom

Center for Budgetary and Strategic Assessments (CBSA)

· Analysis of Proposals to Allocate Four Percent of GDP to Defense

· Integrating Disruptive Technologies in DoD … A Bridge Too Far?

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

· Security Challenges and Threats in the Gulf: A Net Assessment

· Commentary: Turkey and the Crisis in the Caucasus

· Commentary: Where Should U.S. Policy toward Russia Go from Here?

Century Foundation

· Nation-Building and Counterinsurgency after Iraq

Congress. Committee on Homeland Security

· Giving a Voice to Open Source Stakeholders: A Survey of State, Local & Tribal Law Enforcement

Congress. House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs

· Wasted Lessons of 9/11: How the Bush Administration Has Ignored the Law and Squandered Its Opportunities to Make Our Country Safer

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

· Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update

· Budgetary Issues Governing the Leasing of Oil and Gas Resources on the Outer Continental Shelf

· Updated Long-Term Projections for Social Security

Council on Foreign Relations

· Crisis in Kashmir

· The Muslim Insurgency in Southern Thailand

· Political Tea Leaves in Afghanistan

· U.S. Should Pay Greater Attention to Pakistani-Indian Rift Over Kashmir

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)

· D-2008-129 Acquisition of the Army Airborne Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Minefield Detection System, September 10, 2008

EU Institute for Security Studies

· Rethinking Iran: From Confrontation to Cooperation -- Chaillot Paper - n°110, August 2008


· Compilation of Usama Bin Laden Statements, 1994 - January 2004

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)

· The Importance of Early American Military History

· What Students Need to Know about World War I

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

· Assessment of the Explanation That Immigration and Customs Enforcement Provided for Its Subsequent Transfer from the Spectrum Relocation Fund

· Aviation Security: TSA Is Enhancing Its Oversight of Air Carrier Efforts to Identify Passengers on the No Fly and Selectee Lists, but Expects Ultimate Solution to Be Implementation of Secure Flight

· DCAA Audits: Allegations That Certain Audits at Three Locations Did Not Meet Professional Standards Were Substantiated

· DOD Business Systems Modernization: Important Management Controls Being Implemented on Major Navy Program, but Improvements Needed in Key Areas

· DOD Business Systems Modernization: Planned Investment in Navy Program to Create Cashless Shipboard Environment Needs to Be Justified and Better Managed

· DOD Systems Modernization: Maintaining Effective Communication Is Needed to Help Ensure the Army's Successful Deployment of the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System

· Highway Bridge Program: Clearer Goals and Performance Measures Needed for a More Focused and Sustainable Program

· Highway Public-Private Partnerships: More Rigorous Up-Front Analysis Could Better Secure Potential Benefits and Protect the Public Interest

· Human Capital: DOD Needs to Improve Implementation of and Address Employee Concerns about Its National Security Personnel System

· Military Personnel: Actions Needed to Strengthen Implementation and Oversight of DOD's and the Coast Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Programs

· Next Generation Air Transportation System: Status of Key Issues Associated with the Transition to NextGen

· Next Generation Air Transportation System: Status of Systems Acquisition and the Transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System

· Operation Iraqi Freedom: Actions Needed to Enhance DOD Planning for Reposturing of U.S. Forces from Iraq

· Secure Border Initiative: DHS Needs to Address Significant Risks in Delivering Key Technology Investment

· Secure Border Initiative: Observations on Deployment Challenges

· The Upcoming Transition: GAO's Efforts to Assist the 111th Congress and the Next Administration

Henry L. Stimson Center

· Peacekeeping Dues and Don’ts: A Checklist for the Next President

Heritage Foundation

· The Return of History: Confronting the Russian Bear after the Georgian War

Hudson Institute

· UK Counter-Radicalization Strategy: Accommodation to Confrontation?

Human Rights Watch

· Dangerous Duty: Children and the Chhattisgarh Conflict

· The Last Holdouts: Ending the Juvenile Death Penalty in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, and Yemen

· “Troops in Contact”: Airstrikes and Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

Institute for the Study of War

· Expanding Security in Diyala

· September 2008 Order of Battle

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

· Occupied Palestinian Territory: Forced Displacement Continues

International Crisis Group

· Indonesia: Pre-Election Anxieties in Aceh

· Round Two in Gaza

International Relations and Security Network

· The Evolution of Terrorism

· The State of Terror [podcast]

· US Detentions: Reform Needed

Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies

· The Durability of Constitutions in Changing Environments: Explaining Constitutional Replacements in Latin America

· Inequality, Institutions, and the Rule of Law: The Social and Institutional Bases of Rights

National Security Archive

· New Kissinger ‘Telcons’ Reveal Chile Plotting at Highest Levels of U.S. Government

Nuclear Threat Initiative

· Securing the Bomb 2007


· Secrecy Report Card 2008

Partnership for a Secure America

· The main page for the report and the components

· The full report card

· The nuclear report -- Nuclear Terrorism: US Policies to Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Terror i

· The biological report -- Biological Terrorism: US Policies to Reduce Global Biothreats

· The chemical report -- Chemical Terrorism: US Policies to Reduce the Chemical Terror Threat

Proteus [Army War College]

· Proteus Futures Digest [2nd ed.] -- A Compilation of Selected Works Derived from the 2007 Proteus Workshop, edited by John Auger and William Wimbish

· Proteus Futures Workshop: 14-16 August, 2007 report -- "Creative Strategic Intelligence Analysis and Decision Making Within the Elements of National Power"

· 2007 Workshop Panels and Presentations Recordings

· Transformation from the Outside In or the Inside Out? by Christine A.R. MacNulty, v. 2, no.1 (September 2008)


· After the War: Nation-Building from FDR to George W. Bush

· Institute for Civil Justice Annotated Bibliography 2008

Secretary of Defense Task Force on DoD Nuclear Weapons Management

· Report of the Secretary of Defense Task Force on DoD Nuclear Weapons Management – Phase I: The Air Force’s Nuclear Mission

· The transcript of the special briefing related to the report

Universities of Greenwich, Ulster and Liverpool

· World Trade Center Evacuation Study

US Institute of Peace

· Thwarting Afghanistan’s Insurgency: A Pragmatic Approach toward Peace and Reconciliation

· Would You Fight Again?: Understanding Liberian Ex-Combatant Reintegration

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

· Iran's Asymmetric Naval Warfare

· The Persian Gulf's 'Occupied Territory': The Three-Island Dispute