Sunday, November 30, 2008

Friday's Miscellany 11-28-2008

American Enterprise Institute
Hatred in the Time of Cholera
Iraq, the Status of Forces Agreement, and American Interests
· Making a Killing: The Deadly Implications of the Counterfeit Drug Trade

Amnesty International
Haiti: Don't Turn Your Back on Girls. Sexual Violence Against Girls in Haiti

ASIS International
Preventing Gun Violence in the Workplace

Association of Space Explorers International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation
Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response

Brookings Institution
Better Aid: Responding to Gaps in Effectiveness
· The Origins of the Financial Crisis
· A New Era of International Cooperation for a Changed World: 2009, 2010, and Beyond
· Re-Thinking U.S.-Latin American Relations: A Hemispheric Partnership for a Turbulent World

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Behind the Mumbai Attacks [NPR interview with Ashley Tellis]

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Inventory of International Nonproliferation Organizations & Regimes
· The International Uranium Enrichment Center at Angarsk: A Step Towards Assured Fuel Supply?
· NukeTube Nonproliferation Multimedia Library
Trafficking Networks for Chemical Weapons Precursors

Center for Security Policy
National Security Scorecard 2007/2008
· Will the Real Bush Finally Stand Up?

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
The Israeli and Syrian Conventional Military Balance: An Overview
· Israeli-Syrian Air and SAM Strength Analysis: Working Estimates of Force Numbers and Location
· World Energy Outlook 2008

Centre for Social Cohesion
Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities

Century Foundation
Reinventing Transparent Government

Congress. House Armed Services Committee. Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization: DOD’s Fight Against IEDs Today and Tomorrow

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
A Review of the Department of Defense's National Security Personnel System

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Counterterrorism in India
The ISI and Terrorism: Behind the Accusations
· Mexico's Drug War
Terror Groups in India
Turkey at an Energy Crossroads

Department of Homeland Security
Directive 257-01, Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act
· Instruction 257-01-001, Instruction Guide on the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act

Department of the Navy
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Homeporting of Additional Surface Ships at Naval Station Mayport, Florida
Maritime Domain Awareness Architecture Management Hub Strategy

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration
Where is Egypt Headed?

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Confirmation of Political Appointees: Eliciting Nominees' Views on Management Challenges within Agencies and across Government. GAO-09-194
· Defense Acquisitions: Timely and Accurate Estimates of Costs and Requirements Are Needed to Define Optimal Future Strategic Airlift Mix. GAO-09-50
· Defense Management: Preliminary Observations on DOD's Plans for Developing Language and Cultural Awareness Capabilities GAO-09-176R
· Foreign Assistance: Continued Efforts Needed to Strengthen USAID's Oversight of U.S. Democracy Assistance for Cuba. GAO-09-165
· Foreign Assistance: State Department Foreign Aid Information Systems Have Improved Change Management Practices but Do Not Follow Risk Management Best Practices. GAO-09-52R
Human Capital: Diversity in the Federal SES and Processes for Selecting New Executives. GAO-09-110 · Northern Border Security: DHS's Report Could Better Inform Congress by Identifying Actions, Resources, and Time Frames Needed to Address Vulnerabilities. GAO-09-93
· Wildland Fire Management: Interagency Budget Tool Needs Further Development to Fully Meet Key Objectives GAO-09-68

Heritage Foundation
After Mumbai: Could It Happen Here? What to Do
· Anti-Piracy Initiatives Should Reflect U.S. Maritime Interests
Challenges in Latin America: Russians in Caracas, Misrule in Managua
· Experiencing America: Public Diplomacy at Its Best
Fighting the Odds: Venezuela's Opposition Scores Key Victories
Homeland Security Oversight Reform Requires Leadership
India Terror Attacks Point to Need for Stronger U.S.-India Counterterrorism Cooperation
· Pentagon Should Battle Pirates and Terrorists with Laser Technology
U.S.–India Relations: The China Factor
Why the World Still Needs America's Military Might

Human Rights Watch
Congo: The World's Deadliest War
· Stuck in a Revolving Door: Iraqis and Other Asylum Seekers and Migrants at the Greece/Turkey Entrance to the European Union
· A Testing Challenge: The Experience of Lesotho’s Universal HIV Counseling and Testing Campaign
· "We Will Crush You": The Restriction of Political Space in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Shared Destinies: Security in a Globalised World [free registration required]

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
CRU Policy Brief: Reinforcing Efforts to Seize the Fleeting Window of Opportunity in North Kivu

International Crisis Group
Georgia: The Risks of Winter

International Peace Institute
Implementing the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy in South Asia

International Relations and Security Network
Balkans: Green Light for Legal War
· China's Capitalist Gangster
· Crimea in Trouble
· Uncertainties Cloud Iraq SOFA
· Under Attack, India Reels
· Violent Non-state Actors and National and International Security

Lexington Institute
Hidden Danger: The Threat to America's Networks

Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 Database

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
Winds of Political Change Haven’t Shifted Public’s Ideology Balance

Potomac Institute
Terrorism Report: The Ideological Battlespace

Between Politics and Clinics -- The Many Faces of Biomedical Policy in Europe: Analysis of Drivers and Outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technologies Policy -- Volume I: Synthesis Report
· Between Politics and Clinics -- The Many Faces of Biomedical Policy in Europe: Analysis of Drivers and Outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technologies Policy -- Volume II: Three Country Case Studies
· Improving the Safety and Security of Freight and Passenger Rail in Pennsylvania
· RAND and the Information Evolution: A History in Essays and Vignettes

UN Security Council
Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Afghanistan
Report of the Secretary-General on the Situation in Somalia

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Gulf Energy Exports: Existing Alternative Pipeline Routes [graphic]
The Money Trail: Finding, Following, and Freezing Terrorist Finances
· Oil Export Flows from the Middle East [graphic]
· Rebuilding U.S.-Libyan Relations Twenty Years after Lockerbie
· Syria's Reactor: Can the IAEA Act Effectively?
· Violence by Extremists in the Jewish Settler Movement: A Rising Challenge

White House
Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq
· Strategic Framework Agreement for a Relationship of Friendship and Cooperation between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Maritime Domain Awareness Architecture Management Hub Strategy

Maritime Domain Awareness Architecture Management Hub Strategy

"The Department of the Navy has been designated as the national lead for designing the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) enterprise architecture. Execution of this responsibility has been delegated to the DON Chief Information Officer. This strategy outlines how the DON CIO intends to carry out these responsibilities by leading an interagency effort to identify the standards and procedures that will allow maritime stakeholders to exchange MDA data and information more effectively, thus allowing leaders to make more timely and informed decisions in support of the nation's safety, security, economy and environment. By incorporating information assurance safeguards, the MDA enterprise architecture will ensure data is protected and accessable only to appropriate individuals."

Monday, November 24, 2008

House Armed Services Committee - IED report

The House Armed Services Committee - Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations has posted its report "Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization: DOD’s Fight Against IEDs Today and Tomorrow."

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday's Miscellany 11-21-2008

Air Force Space Command
High Frontier, November 2008, Vol. 5, No. 1 "Space Protection"
· Work Worth Doing by US Representative Terry Everett
· First Steps Towards a Strategic Position by Dr. Andrew W. Palowitch
· The Challenge of Protecting Space Capabilities by Dr. Wanda M. Austin
· Promoting the Safe and Responsible Use of Space: Toward a 21st Century Transparency Framework by Maj Patrick A. Brown
· Components of a Space Assurance Strategy by Mr. Samuel Black
· Probability of Survival by Col Lee W. Rosen and Lt Col Carol P. Welsch
· Moving Beyond SSA: An Attribution Architecture for Space Control by Maj Wallace “Rhet” Turnbull
· Fractionated Satellites: Changing the Future of Risk and Opportunity for Space Systems by Mr. Naresh Shah and Dr. Owen C. Brown
· Space Situational Awareness Architecture Assessment by Mr. Phillip D. Bowen and Mr. Clifton Spier
· Action-based Approach for Space Protection by Mr. Steven Prebeck and Mr. Kenneth Chisolm
· Walking the Walk, Integrating Space Effects Planning into Ground Operations Now by Lt Col Stuart A. Pettis
· Are you a Sam or a Courtney? By Lt Col Robert J. Vercher and Lt Col Andrew S. Kovich

American Enterprise Institute
The U.S.-Japanese Alliance in a New Era

American Security Project
Avoiding Another Cold War: The Case for Collaboration with China
Beyond Domestic Law: Creating an International Legal Regime to Defeat Violent Jihadists · Reclaiming the Legal High Ground: Suggestions for the Incoming Administration
· Restoring the Rule of Law to American National Security and Foreign Policy

Amnesty International
Counting the Civilian Cost of the Georgia-Russia Conflict
Ugandan Government Must Establish Reparations Programme for War Victims

Atlantic Council
Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World

Barry McCaffrey
North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command After Action Report

Brookings Institution
Al-Qa`ida’s Presence and Influence in Lebanon
China's "New" Energy Administration
Syria Seeks Change: On Its Own Terms

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Dilemma of the Yemeni Detainees at Guantanamo Bay
· The President's Role in National Security Teams

Center for American Progress
Chemical Security 101: What You Don’t Have Can’t Leak, or Be Blown Up by Terrorists · Orienting the 2009 Nuclear Posture Review: A Roadmap
Partnership for Progress: Advancing a New Strategy for Prosperity and Stability in Pakistan and the Region
· The Price of Prevention: Getting Ahead of Global Crises

Center for Defense Information (CDI)
Afghanistan Update: October 2008
Missile Defense Update #8

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA)
An Army at the Crossroads
Slides: Army
· Special Operation Forces: Future Challenges and Opportunities
· Slides: SOF
The US Marine Corps: Fleet Marine Forces for the 21st Century
Slides: Fleet Marine Forces for the 21st Century

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Defense Procurement by Paralysis: Costly Mortgages for the Next Administration
· The Iraq War: Progress in the Fighting and Security
· The NATO-Russia Relationship: Defining Moment or Deja Vu?
USCENTCOM and the Future: Establishing the Right Strategic Priorities
· Violence in the North Caucasus: Trends Since 2004

Century Foundation
Breaking Down Walls: Overcoming Institutional Barriers in Infrastructure Investment

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Guidance for 2008-2009

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
CTC Sentinel, v.1, no. 12 (November 2008)
· “The Dilemma of the Yemeni Detainees at Guantanamo Bay” by Gregory Johnson & Chris Boucek
· “Al-Qa`ida’s Presence and Influence in Lebanon” by Bilal Y. Saab
· “U.S. Cross-Border Raid Highlights Syria’s Role in Islamic Militancy” by Anonymous
· “Afghanistan’s Hear of Darkness: Fighting the Taliban in Kunar Province” by Brian Glyn Williams
· “Al-Qa`ida’s Changing Outlook on Pakistan” by Jarret Brachman
· “Violent Trends in Algeria Since 9/11” by Hanna Rogan
· “Interview with a Former Terrorist: Nasir Abbas’ Deradicalization Work in Indonesia” by Nick O’Brien
· “Shi`a Leaders Disagree on Integration of Sons of Iraq into Army” by Reidar Visser

Congress. House Armed Service Committee
Building Language Skills and Cultural Competencies in the Military: DOD's Challenge in Today's Educational Environment

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Background Paper: The Outlook for Housing Starts, 2009 to 2012
· S. 3689, Economic Recovery Act of 2008 [cost estimates of the bill]

Council on Foreign Relations
Defense Spending During Economic Crisis
· Financial Crisis May Worsen Poverty in China, India
· U.S. Security Agreements and Iraq

Department of Defense
National Resource Directory

Department of Homeland Security
National Infrastructure Advisory Council Critical Infrastructure Partnership Strategic Assessment Final Report and Recommendations

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-03 - DHS' Plan for Implementing Secure Systems of Transportation

Director of National Intelligence
Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World

Foreign Policy Research Institute
Memory, Apologies, and International Reconciliation

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Approaches to Mitigate Freight Congestion GAO-09-163R
· Contract Management: DOD Developed Draft Guidance for Operational Contract Support but Has Not Met All Legislative Requirements GAO-09-114R
· Defense Acquisitions: Status of the Safety, Performance, and Reliability of the Expeditionary Fire Support System GAO-09-189R
· Defense Acquisitions: Timely and Accurate Estimates of Costs and Requirements Are Needed to Define Optimal Future Strategic Airlift Mix. GAO-09-50
· Department of Homeland Security: A Strategic Approach Is Needed to Better Ensure the Acquisition Workforce Can Meet Mission Needs GAO-09-30
Department of Homeland Security: Billions Invested in Major Programs Lack Appropriate Oversight GAO-09-29
· Foreign Assistance: State Department Foreign Aid Information Systems Have Improved Change Management Practices but Do Not Follow Risk Management Best Practices. GAO-09-52R
· Health Information Technology: More Detailed Plans Needed for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Redesigned BioSense Program GAO-09-100
International Environmental Oversight: U.S. Agencies Follow Certain Procedures Required by Law, but Have Limited Impact GAO-09-99
· Mandate on the Department of Defense's Contract Award Procedures for Directed Spending Items GAO-09-113R
Nuclear Safety: Department of Energy Needs to Strengthen Its Independent Oversight of Nuclear Facilities and Operations GAO-09-61

Heritage Foundation
British Defense Cuts Threaten the Anglo-American Special Relationship
China Gets Greener? Power and Growth Data Cannot Be Trusted
· Getting the Big Ideas Right: The Strategic Concepts that Helped Achieve Substantial Progress in Iraq
· Reforming U.S. Public Diplomacy for the 21st Century

Human Rights Watch
Fighting Terrorism Fairly and Effectively: Recommendations for President-Elect Barack Obama
Invisible Civilians: The Challenge of Humanitarian Access in Yemen’s Forgotten War

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
A Brief Guide to the Pelindaba Treaty: Towards Entry-into-Force of the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty
ISS Paper 173: The International Criminal Court and Its Work in Africa, Confronting the Myths
· ISS Paper 172: South Africa’s International Criminal Court Act
· ISS Paper 171: Ship Without Sails, Chemical and Biological Weapons Control in Africa
· ISS Paper 170: City Blues. Corruption and Corruption Management in South Africa’s Metropolitan Police Departments
Monograph No 154: Corruption and Social Grants in South Africa
· Monograph No 153: Corruption et Gouvernance en RDC Durant la Transition (2003-2006) · Monograph No 152: Militianisation of Resource Conflicts: The Case of Land-Based Conflict in the Mount Elgon Region of Western Kenya

International Relations and Security Network
The Algerian Group Standoff
· An Arms Trade Treaty: In Our Sights or in Our Dreams?
· Hebron: Building Crisis
· Kurdish Unrest Hits the Streets
· A Long Week in Burma

Lexington Institute
Air Power: The Navy Needs More Super Hornets

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
NIST NCSTAR 1A: Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7

Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: An Agenda for the Next President
Securing the Bomb, 2008

Pew Internet & American Life Project
When Technology Fails

Chinese Corporate Governance: History and Institutional Framework
Explaining the Increase in Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers During the Global War on Terror
Pacific Currents: The Responses of U.S. Allies and Security Partners in East Asia to China's Rise
Rethinking the Reserves
· The Role of the United States Postal Service in Public Safety and Security: Implications of Relaxing the Mailbox Monopoly

US Institute of Peace
Consolidating Disarmament: Lessons from Colombia’s Reintegration Program for Demobilized Paramilitaries

UK Parliament
The Contribution of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to ISTAR Capability: Government Response to the Committee's Thirteenth Report of Session 2007-08

US Army War College
Parameters, Autumn 2008, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 3
· “Tying US Defense Spending to GDP: Bad Logic, Bad Policy” by Travis Sharp

· “USJFCOM Commander’s Guidance for Effects-based Operations” by James N. Mattis
· “Effects-based Operations: More Important Than Ever” by Tomislav Z. Ruby
· “The Next Wave of Nuclear Proliferation” by Nader Elhefnawy
· “A Concert-Balance Strategy for a Multipolar World” by Michael Lind
· “Contractors: The New Element of Military Force Structure” by Mark Cancian
· “Why Contractor Fatalities Matter” by Steven L. Schooner
· “Global Counterinsurgency: Strategic Clarity for the Long War” by Daniel S. Roper
· “Time for a New Strategy” by William McDonough

U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission
2008 Annual Report to Congress

Wisconsin Department of Justice
Northeast Wisconsin Gang Assessment

Thursday, November 20, 2008

ODNI/NIC Releases "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World"

ODNI has released it newest report - "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World." This is the 4th unclassified report from them in the past few years that gives a long-term view of the future.

This and the other reports are available from

Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World

Mapping the Global Future: Report of the National Intelligence Council's 2020 Project

GLOBAL TRENDS 2015: A Dialogue About the Future With Nongovernment Experts

Global Trends 2010

REPORT - US -China Economic & Security Review Commission - 2008

The U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission has released its
latest report. The 2008 Annual Report to Congress can be found at

The press release regarding the report is available at

The Commission's website and previous annual reports are available at

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday's Miscellany 11-14-2008

* Smart on Crime: Recommendations for the Next Administration and Congress

Amnesty International
* There’s No Pride in Silence: Domestic and Sexual Violence Against Women in Armenia

* The G-20 Financial Summit: Seven Issues at Stake

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
* Gates: Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence in the 21st Century

* Nuclear Renaissance: Is It Coming? Should It?
* Stabilizing Afghanistan: Threats and Challenges

* A Federal Renewable Electricity Requirement

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
* From Preponderance to Partnership: American Maritime Power in the 21st Century

Center for American Progress
* The Price of Prevention: Getting Ahead of Global Crises

Center for American Progress Action Fund
* Homeland Security: Presidential Transition Initiative
Restoring Housing and Financial Markets

Center for Security Policy
* About that NIE

* Anti-Islamists: Where Does the Fight Go From Here?

Center for Security Studies (CSS)
* No. 43: "Iran Nuclear Crisis: Status and Options"
* No. 44: "Swiss Foreign Policy: Strategies of a Niche Player"
* Unpacking the Mystery of Mediation in African Peace Processes

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
* Defense Procurement by Paralysis: Costly Mortgages for the Next Administration

* The Geopolitical Consequences of Transatlantic Energy Disunity
* The NATO-Russia Relationship: Defining Moment or Deja Vu?
* Security Cooperation in the Gulf: Actions — Rather than Words and Good Intentions
* Transitioning Defense Organizational Initiatives: An Assessment of Key 2001-2008 Defense Reforms

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
* The Original Wizards of Langley: Overview of the Office of Scientific Intelligence

Congress. Committee on Governmental Reform
* United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book)

Council on Foreign Relations
* A Tribal Strategy for Afghanistan

Department of Defense
* DoD Operations Security (OPSEC) Program Manual (DoD Manual 5205.02M)

* TroopTube

DOD Business Transform Agency (BTA)
* 2008 Enterprise Transition Plan

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
* Funding Alternatives for Fire and Emergency Services

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
* Energy Efficiency: Potential Fuel Savings Generated by a National Speed Limit Would Be Influenced by Many Other Factors GAO-09-153R
* Force Structure: The Army Needs a Results-Oriented Plan to Equip and Staff Modular Forces and a Thorough Assessment of Their Capabilities. GAO-09-131
* Nonproliferation: U.S. Agencies Have Taken Some Steps, but More Effort Is Needed to Strengthen and Expand the Proliferation Security Initiative GAO-09-43
* Public Health and Border Security: HHS and DHS Should Further Strengthen Their Ability to Respond to TB Incidents GAO-09-58
* Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Management and Integration of DOD Efforts to Support Warfighter Needs GAO-09-175

Heritage Foundation
* China's Stimulus Plan: Repackaged and Misdirected
* Crisis in Congo and the Challenge for the International Community
* The Global Response to a Terror-Generated Energy Crisis
* Stand by Indonesia in its Struggle for a Just and Civilized Humanity
* Washington Subsidies Not Necessary to Rebuild U.S. Nuclear Industry
* Why the U.S. Should Oppose "Defamation of Religions" Resolutions at the United Nations

Human Rights Center (HRC)
* Guantánamo and Its Aftermath: In Partnership with Center for Constitutional Rights: U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices and Their Impact on Former Detainees

Human Rights Watch
* Human Rights Watch Memorandum for the Seventh Session of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties
* "Our Hands Are Tied": Erosion of the Rule of Law in Zimbabwe
* Sinai Perils: Risks to Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers in Egypt and Israel

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
* Unprecedented Projected Nuclear Growth in the Middle East: Now is the Time to Create Effective Barriers to Proliferation

Institute for Security Studies
* African Guide to International Criminal Justice

* ISS Paper 169: South Africa’s Xenophobic Eruption

International Crisis Group
* Preventing and Resolving Deadly Conflict: What Have We Learned?

* Turkey and Iraqi Kurds: Conflict or Cooperation?

International Relations and Security Network
* Financial Disaster in Central Asia
* The Return of Missile Diplomacy
* Saudi Ismailis' Sectarian Strife
* Somaliland: The Pull of Terror

Lexington Institute
* Cargo Loaders in Future Air Mobility
* Economic Security: We Must Save American Manufacturing

National Academies Press
* Protecting Individual Privacy in the Struggle Against Terrorists: A Framework for Program Assessment

National Security Archive
* History of Cold War Intelligence Activities

National Volunteer Fire Council
* Health and Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

NATO Review
* The Balkans: Quo Vadis? September-October 2008 [Video edition]

Naval Studies Board
* The “1,000 Ship Navy” – A Distributed and Global Maritime Network
* Manpower and Personnel Needs for a Transformed Naval Force
* U.S. Conventional Prompt Global Strike: Issues for 2008 and Beyond

OMB Watch
* Moving Towards a 21st Century Right to Know Agenda: Recommendations to President-Elect Obama and Congress

* Assessing Compensation Reform: Research in Support of the 10th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation
* Enhancing Small-Business Opportunities in the DoD
* Feasibility of an Air Liaison Officer Career Field: Improving the Theater Air-Ground System
* In the Middle of the Fight: An Assessment of Medium-Armored Forces in Past Military Operations
* The Kefaya Movement: A Case Study of a Grassroots Reform Initiative
* Measuring the Strategic Value of the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA)

Strategic Studies Institute
* Unity of Command in Afghanistan: A Forsaken Principle of War

US Institute of Peace
* Abrahamic Alternatives to War: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on Just Peacemaking

* Haiti After the Storms: Weather and Conflict

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
* Interfaith, Oil, and Afghanistan: Where Saudi and U.S. Interests Diverge
* The Money Trail: Finding, Following, and Freezing Terrorist Finance
* The Problems of Engaging with Iran's Supreme Leader
* The Rise of Apocalyptic Islam: Causes and Implications

The White House Transition Project
* White House Transition Project website

Friday, November 7, 2008

CNO Guidance 2009 and Navy Ethos

The CNO released his Guidance Document for 2009 [Executing our Maritime Strategy] and a new Navy Ethos.

According to ADM Roughead, the purpose of the Guidance “reaffirms the vision, mission, guiding principles and focus areas articulated in the 2008 Guidance and provides additional context for the 18 intentions” and the "Navy Ethos is who we are. It describes our character. It describes our values. It describes what we believe. And as a Navy it captures our character and says it very clearly.”

Listen to the podcast related to the Guidance

Friday's Miscellany 11-07-2008

American Enterprise Institute
· The United States Should Not Open an Interests Section in Tehran

Amnesty International
· Millions at Risk in Somalia as Attacks on Aid Workers Escalate

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)
· Global Jigsaw: ASPI's Strategic Assessment 2008

Border Policy Research Institute
· International Mobility & Trade Corridor Project (IMTC) 2008 Passenger Intercept Survey, Final Report

Brookings Institution
· Lessons of the Troop Surge in Iraq

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
· Can Cairo Reassemble Palestine?

· In the Shadow of the Brothers: The Women of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

CATO Institute
· The Pentagon on Defense

Center for Defense Information
· Space Security Update #7: Oct. 10, 2008

Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)
· Assessments of the Impact of 1206-Funded Projects in Selected Countries: Lebanon, Pakistan, Yemen, Sao Tome and Principe

· CNA's Integrated Ship Database

· U.S. -China Economic Relations: Issues and Prospects Conference Report

Center for Nonproliferation Studies
· Trafficking Networks for Chemical Weapons Precursors

Center for Security Policy
· Treasury Submits to Shariah

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Programs Work in Progress

· The New Presidency and the Future of American Military Power

Centre for Social Cohesion
· Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech Within Europe's Muslim Communities

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· An Analysis of NASA's Plans for Continuing Human Spaceflight After Retiring the Space Shuttle

Defense Science Board (DSB)
· Defense Imperatives for the New Administration

Department of Homeland Security
· 2007 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
· Combat Deployment and the Returning Police Officer

Department of Justice Office of Inspector General
· The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Terrorist Threat and Suspicious Incident Tracking System, Audit Report 09-02

Director of National Intelligence
· DNI Open Source Conference 2008 [video gallery]

· Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 623 - Appointment of Highly Qualified Experts

Ford Institute for Human Security
· What Males a Camp Safe? The Protection of Children from Abduction in Internally Displaced Persons and Refugee Camps

Foreign Policy Research Institute
· History and Political Games

· Memory, Apologies, and International Reconciliation

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· 13 "Urgent Issues" for New Administration - transition website

· Energy Markets: Refinery Outages Can Impact Petroleum Product Prices, but No Federal Requirements to Report Outages Exist. GAO-09-87
· Federal Research: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Management and Oversight of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. GAO-09-15

· Financial Audit: Bureau of the Public Debt's Fiscal Years 2008 and 2007 Schedules of Federal Debt. GAO-09-44

· The Nation's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook: September 2008 Update. GAO-09-94R
· National Applications Office Certification Review GAO-09-105R

· Plan Colombia: Drug Reduction Goals Were Not Fully Met, but Security Has Improved; U.S. Agencies Need More Detailed Plans for Reducing Assistance GAO-09-71

Heritage Foundation
· Low Expectations for Secretary of State Rice's Middle East Trip

· The New Cold War: Reviving the U.S. Presence in the Arctic

Homeland Security & Defense Business Council
· Why Robust Use of the SAFETY Act is Critical to Homeland Security & How to Get There

Human Rights Watch
· Disappearances and Arbitrary Arrests in the Armed Conflict with Huthi Rebels in Yemen

· Hostages of Tension: Intimidation and Harassment of Ethnic Albanians in Serbia after Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence

International Crisis Group
· CrisisWatch Nº63

International Relations and Security Network
· Ghosts of Liberation

· Venezuela's Space Escort

Institute for Security Studies
· SA Crime Quarterly No 25

Lexington Institute
· Chemical & Biological Threats: Surveillance as the First Line of Defense

New America Foundation
· Changing the Culture of Pentagon Contracting

Physicians for Social Responsibility
· Shock and Awe Hits Home: U.S. Health Costs of the War in Iraq

· Review and Evaluation of the VA Enrollee Health Care Projection Model

Strategic Studies Institute
· Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development

Trust for America’s Health
· Germs Go Global: Why Emerging Infectious Diseases Are a Threat to America

US Institute of Peace
· What Iraq Needs from the Obama Administration: Recommendations from Iraqis Resident in the U.S.

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Building the Global Counterterrorism Network

· The Rise of Apocalyptic Islam: Causes and Implications

· Win, Lose, or Draw: Iraq Decisions Await President-Elect

· Why the Next U.S. President Will Be a Wartime Leader

Thursday, November 6, 2008

GAO - 13 "Urgent Issues" for New Administration

The General Accountability Office (GAO) has launched a new transition
website intended to help make the transition an informed and smooth one.
The website can be found at

The 13 urgent issues they identified are as follows and are in
alphabetic order not priority order:

* Caring for Service Members
* Defense Readiness
* Defense Spending
* Food Safety
* Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
* Oversight of Financial Institutions and Markets
* Preparing for Large-Scale Health Emergencies
* Protecting the Homeland
* Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting
* Retirement of the Space Shuttle
* Surface Transportation
* The 2010 Census
* Transition to Digital TV

The website also includes sections on:
* Agency-by-Agency Issues
* Major Cost-Saving Opportunities
* Management Challenges Across the Government
* Long-Term Fiscal Outlook
* Examples of Upcoming GAO reports on Major National Issues

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

REPORT - Defense Imperatives for the New Administration

The Defense Science Board has posted its new report - "DefenseImperatives for the New Administration."
Previous DSB reports can be found at The subjects tackled in this report include:
**Protect and defining the homeland
**Maintaining capability to project for around the world to deter or
**Bringing stability to states and regions
**Thwarting terrorism and bringing terrorists to justice, anytime and
**Supporting state and local authorities in providing domestic
catastrophe relief
A variety of interesting graphs and charts are included.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Friday's Miscellany 10-31-2008

American Enterprise Institute
· European Missile Defense: Looking at the Heart and Soul of the U.S.-European Alliance

· Foreign Aid: What Works and What Doesn't

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)
· A New Map for American-German Relations: Memorandum to the New U.S. President

Amnesty International
· The Human Cost of Armed Conflict in the Philippines

· Isolated and Abused: Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan
· More Face Abuse and Death as Colombia's Government Denies Human Rights Situation

Brookings Institution
· Global Economic Crisis: Short and Long-term Prospects for Egypt

· Policy Options in Afghanistan

· Ukraine, Georgia and MAP – Time for Plan B

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute
· "The Audacity of Common Sense"

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
· Nuclear Renaissance: Is It Coming? Should It?

· Russian–American Security Relations After Georgia
· Stabilizing Afghanistan: Threats and Challenges

Center for Security Policy
· All Roads Lead to Jerusalem

· Shariah Finance: Sell-off or Sell-out?

Center for Security Studies (CSS)
· No. 42: Comprehensive Approaches in International Crisis Management

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· Crafting U.S. Economic Strategy toward Asia: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Experience

· Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: Part III: Biological Weapons Programs
· Islamic Radical Ideologies and South Asian Security: The Case of Bangladesh
· OPEC Production and the Falling Price of Oil

· Russia and European Energy Security: Divide and Dominate

· The U.S.-Japan Alliance: A New Framework for Enhanced Global Security

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

Century Foundation
· Resolving America’s Islamist Dilemma: Lessons from South and Southeast Asia

Congress. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
· Energy: A Matter of National, Economic, and Environmental Security

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· Preparing for Our Common Future: Policy Choices and the Economics of Climate Change

Council on Foreign Relations
· Counterterrorism in India

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· D-2009-001 Information Assurance Controls for the Defense Civilian Pay System

· D-2009-006 Small Arms Ammunition Fund Management in Support of the Global War on Terror

· D-2009-007 Procurement and Use of Nontactical Vehicles at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan

Department of Homeland Security
· Keynote Address at National Homeland Defense Foundation by Charles E. Allen, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis/Chief Intelligence Officer

Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
· Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 707 - Center for Security Evaluation

· Intelligence Community Policy Guidance (ICPG) 707.1 - Construction Security Review Board

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
· Hate Crime Statistics, 2007

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Check 21 Act: Most Consumers Have Accepted and Banks Are Progressing Toward Full Adoption of Check Truncation GAO-09-8

· Check 21 Act: Questions for Consumers about Check 21 Act (GAO-09-9SP, October 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-09-8
· Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS's Phase 3 Test Report on Advanced Portal Monitors Does Not Fully Disclose the Limitations of the Test Results GAO-08-979

· Defense Critical Infrastructure: Developing Training Standards and an Awareness of Existing Expertise Would Help DOD Assure the Availability of Critical Infrastructure GAO-09-42
· Defense Health Care: Additional Efforts Needed to Ensure Compliance with Personality Disorder Separation Requirements GAO-09-31

· Export Controls: Challenges with Commerce's Validated End-User Program May Limit Its Ability to Ensure That Semiconductor Equipment Exported to China Is Used as Intended GAO-08-1095
· USA Patriot Act: Better Interagency Coordination and Implementing Guidance for Section 311 Could Improve U.S. Anti-Money Laundering Efforts GAO-08-1058

Henry L. Stimson Center
· Afghanistan and Pakistan: More Realism Needed to Prevent US Failure

Heritage Foundation
· Approaching the "Invisible Red Line": Why Congress Must Act Now to Restore Military Readiness
· Into Africa: Bush Initiatives That Deserve Continuing Support

· The New Cold War: Reviving the U.S. Presence in the Arctic
· North Korea Nuclear Verification: Has the U.S. Blinked?
· OPEC Redux: Responding to the Russian–Iranian Gas Cartel

Institute for National Security Studies
· Global Insurgency and Salafi Jihad Movement

Institute for Security Studies
· Monograph No 151: Africa in the New World. How Global and Domestic Developments will Impact by 2025

International Crisis Group
· Azerbaijan: Defence Sector Management and Reform

· Correcting Course: Victims and the Justice and Peace Law in Colombia
· Oil for Soil: Toward a Grand Bargain on Iraq and the Kurds

International Relations and Security Network
· Comprehensive Approaches to International Crisis Management

· The Future of US Foreign Policy
· Russia's Western Security Outpost

Lexington Institute
· Memo to Demo's: Missile Defense Is Our Top Military Need

National Academies Press
· Combined Exposures to Hydrogen Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide in Army Operations: Final Report

National Interest Online
· Xenophobia on the Continent

National Priorities Project
· The Military Cost of Securing Energy

· Deterrence -- From Cold War to Long War: Lessons from Six Decades of RAND Research

· Facing Human Capital Challenges of the 21st Century: Education and Labor Market Initiatives in Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates

· Thinking About America's Defense: An Analytical Memoir

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)
· Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Quarterly Report to the United States Congress (October 30, 2008)

Strategic Studies Institute
· Dueling Natures

· Leadership and National Security Reform: The Next President's Agenda
· PLA Missions Beyond Taiwan

· Slowing Military Change

United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
· Audiovisual Library of International Law

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
· CBP Trade Strategy Fiscal Years 2009-2013

US Institute of Peace
· Iraq’s Cultural Heritage: Preserving the Past for the Sake of the Future

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Kirkuk: The Land the Surge Forgot

· Iraqi Politicians Ponder Status of Forces Agreement
· New FBI Powers: A Necessary Step for Counterterrorism
· OPEC Deliberates: A Saudi Opportunity