Monday, September 29, 2008

Friday's Miscellany 09-26-2008

American Enterprise Institute
· What Do Structural Changes in the Revolutionary Guards Mean?,pubID.28666/pub_detail.asp

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]

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]
· 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]

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

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

National Academies Press
· Ballistic Imaging
· Desalination: A National Perspective

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
· 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
· 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.

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