Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 2-27-2009

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
· Recommendations for a National Mass Patient and Evacuee Movement, Regulating, and Tracking System

Air Forces Space Command (AFSPC)
High Frontier Journal: The Journal for Space & Missile Professionals February 2009, v. 5, no. 2

o The Success of our ICBM Force: Capability, Commitment, and Communication by General John A. Shaud, PhD, retired and Dr. Dale L. Hayden
o The Future of the Land-Based Deterrent Under Air Force Global Strike Command by Maj Gen Roger W. Burg
o Views on Air Force Strategic Deterrence by Maj Gen C. Donald Alston
o Vital Mission - Elite Team. A Reflection on the ICBM Force by Maj Gen Timothy J. McMahon, retired
o The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, An Introduction by Brig Gen Everett H. Thomas
o Rethinking Deterrence by Dr. Lani Kass
o Safeguarding the Nuclear Enterprise: Building and Maintaining Expertise in AFGSC by Lt Col Andrew S. Kovich
o Adding the Conventional Strike Missile to the US’s Deterrence Toolkit by Maj Jason E. Seyer
o The History of Minuteman - America's Sole Remaining ICBM by James B. Meyers
o "No-Man Minuteman" - Pioneering Development of the Solid-Propellant ICBM: An Interview with Col Francis "Joe" Hale by Dr. Rick W. Sturdevant
o Ballistic Missile Early Warning System - The British Perspective

Air University
Air & Space Power Journal, Spring 2009, v. 22, no. 1
oToward a New Deterrent: Analysis and Recommendations for the Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States By the New Deterrent Working Group with introduction by VADM Robert R. Monroe, USN, Retired
o The Use of Airpower in Combating Terrorism in Iraq by Staff Maj Gen Qaa’id K. M. Al-Khuzaa’i, Iraqi Air Force
o Flying, Fighting, and Space by Lt Col Paul D. Berg, USAF
o Guarding the High Ocean: Towards a New National-Security Space Strategy through an Analysis of US Maritime Strategy by Col John E. Shaw, USAF
o Soft Power and Space Weaponization by Trevor Brown
o Examining Space Warfare: Scenarios, Risks, and US Policy Implications by Maj Scott A. Weston, USAF
o Emphasizing Effect over Domain: Merging Three Organizations to Enhance the Efficacy of Our Nation’s Intelligence Production by Dr. Edward B. “Mel” Tomme, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired
o Preparing the F-15K Coalition Partner by Maj A. Joel Meyers, USAF
o Transforming United States Air Forces in Europe and Empowering Poland: F-16s Fly East by Lt Col Christopher S. Sage, USAF
oMedals for Mediocrity: How to Restore Meaning to Air Force Decorations by Lt Col Raymond M. Powell, USAF
o The Dilemmas of Providing Language Instruction for the US Air Force by Lt Col Jay J. Warwick, USAF, Retired
o The Air Base Network Serving French and Coalition Operations in Afghanistan by 1st Lt Mickaël Aubout, French Air Force

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
· Winning the War in Afghanistan: An Address by Senator John McCain

Amnesty International
· Accountability Needed for Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

· Time for Justice for Guatemala's War Victims

Atlantic Council
· Pakistan Report: Comprehensive U.S. Policy Needed

Brookings Institution
· Assurance to the Nation: Obama Delivers First Address to Congress

· Bank Nationalization: What Is It? Should We Do It?

· Global Economic Crisis: A Catalyst for Change in Saudi Arabia?
· Immigration, Politics and Local Responses
· Iraq’s Year of Living Dangerously

· Untangling Transportation Funding
· U.S. Policy Toward a Cuba in Transition: Roadmap for Critical and Constructive Engagement

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· Another Look at “Israel’s Hamas Portfolio”

· Democracy Promotion Under Obama: Finding a Way Forward

· Gulf Arab SWFs—Managing Wealth in Turbulent Times

· The IAEA Should Call for a Special Inspection in Syria
· Palestine and Israel: Time for Plan B

· Stepping Back From Democratic Pessimism

· Weatherization—A Test Case

CATO Institute
· Health-Status Insurance: How Markets Can Provide Health Security

Center for a New American Security
· Going Global: The Future of the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

· The United States and the Asia-Pacific Region: Security Strategy for the Obama Administration

Center for a New American Society (CNAS)
· Going Global: The Future of the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

· Securing Afghanistan in 2009: Challenges and Opportunities: A Press Conference with General Abdul Rahim Wardak, Minister of Defense, Afghanistan
· The United States and the Asia-Pacific Region: Security Strategy for the Obama Administration

Center for American Progress
· Ask the Expert: Three Types of Challenges at Guantánamo

· Obama‘s Defense Budget Is On Target
· Think Again: Thank God for Gitmo!

· Wired for Progress: Building a National Clean-Energy Smart Grid

Center for Defense Information (CDI)
· The Mine Ban Treaty's 10th Anniversary: An Opportunity for the United States

Center for Immigration Studies
· Plenary Power: Should Judges Control U.S. Immigration Policy?

Center for Security Policy
· After the Referendum: What's Next for Venezuela?

· Rise of the 'Iran Lobby': Teheran's Front Groups Move On -- and Into-- the Obama Administration
· A Stimulus for African Security

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· America's Self-Destroying Air Power: Becoming Your Own Peer Threat

· Commentary: A U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue: An Opportunity for Change or Business as Usual? · The Future of U.S. Civil Affairs Forces
· Mid- and Long-term Prospects for Human Spaceflight: Mitigating the Gaps
· Solving the EU-turkey-Cyprus Triangle website feature
· Twenty Important Controls for Effective Cyber Defense and FISMA Compliance: Consensus Audit Guidelines - Draft for comment

Center on International Cooperation
· Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2009

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
· Ethno-Religious Conflict in Europe: Typologies of Radicalisation in Europe’s Muslim Communities

· Illusion of Power: Russia after the South Caucasus Battle

Census Bureau
· 2009 Statistical Abstract

Century Foundation
· The High Road to Fiscal Reform

· Iran Election Bulletin

Chatham House
· Cyber Security and Politically, Socially and Religiously Motivated Cyber Attacks

· The Global Economy 2009: Forecasts Still Falling
· Low Carbon Zones: A Transformational Agenda for China and Europe
· The Palestinian Refugee Issue: A Palestinian Perspective

· Ready to Lead? Rethinking America's Role in a Changed World
· Transatlantic Dialogues on International Law: Preparing for the Next US Administration

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Future of Missile Defense Testing [February 25, 2009]
· U.S. Transportation Command’s (USTRANSCOM) Airlift, Sealift, and Surface Lift Program [February 25, 2009]

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· DHS: The Path Forward

Congress. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
· Annual Threat Assessment Hearing

· Dennis Blair testimony

· Annual Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community

Congress. Senate. Armed Services Committee
· Briefing on Afghanistan and Pakistan

· Strategic Options for the Way Ahead in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Congress. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
· Protecting Animal and Public Health: Homeland Security and the Federal Veterinarian Workforce

Congress. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery
· Far From Home: Deficiencies in Federal Disaster Housing Assistance After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and Recommendations for Improvement: Special Report

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· Estimated Impact on the Deficit of Three Alternative Policy Scenarios Specified by Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Spratt

· H.R. 1106, Helping Families Save Their Homes Act

· How Federal Policies Affect the Allocation of Water
· Options for Deploying Missiles Defenses in Europe
· Options for Expanding Health Insurance Coverage and Controlling Costs

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Averting Crisis in Ukraine

· Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea

Defense Science Board (DSB)
· Buying Commercial: Gaining the Cost/Schedule Benefits for Defense Systems

Department of Defense (DOD)
· Review of Department Compliance with President's Executive Order on Detainee Conditions of Confinement

· Selected Military Compensation Tables Report (Greenbook)

· Other years

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· 2009-058 DoD Cost of War Reporting of Supplemental Funds Provided for Procurement and Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, February 27, 2009

Department of Education
· Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education

Department of Homeland Security
· Characteristics of Major Metropolitan Destinations of Immigrants

· Estimates of the Legal Permanent Resident Population in 2007

· The Foreign-born Component of the Uninsured Population

· Interaction with State and Local Fusion Centers: Concept of Operations f

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-24 - Effectiveness of TSA's Surface Transportation Security Inspectors

· OIG-09-22 - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Management of 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes Mission Assignment Funding
· OIG-09-21 - Independent Review of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Reporting of FY 2008 Drug Control Performance Summary Report
· OIG-09-20 - Independent Review of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Reporting of FY 2008 Drug Control Performance Summary Report
· OIG-09-19 - Independent Review of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Reporting of FY 2008 Drug Control Obligations

Department of the Army
· Electronic Warfare in Operations (FM 3-36)

Department of State
· 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

· 2009 International Narcotics Control Strategy Reports

oVolume I: Drug and Chemical Control Activities

o Volume II: Money Laundering and Financial Crimes

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
· The Changing Landscape of Terror [podcast]

· Addressing the Globalization and Evolution of the Terrorist Threat [Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, speech]

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· Asia’s Economy: Challenge and Opportunity for the Obama Administration

· How to Kill Civilians in the Name of “Human Rights”: Lessons from Sri Lanka

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Chemical Regulation: Options for Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Toxic Substances Control Act GAO-09-428T

· Climate Change Science: High Quality Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data are a Cornerstone of Programs to Address Climate Change GAO-09-423T
· Defense Acquisitions: Charting a Course for Improved Missile Defense Testing GAO-09-403T
· Defense Acquisitions: Perspectives on Potential Changes to Department of Defense Acquisition Management Framework. GAO-09-295R

· Excluded Parties List System: Suspended and Debarred Businesses and Individuals Improperly Receive Federal Funds GAO-09-174
· Nonprofit Sector: Significant Federal Funds Reach the Sector through Various Mechanisms, but More Complete and Reliable Funding Data Are Needed GAO-09-193
· Overseas U.S. Government Personnel Involved in Efforts to Protect and Enforce Intellectual Property Rights GAO-09-402R

· Securing, Stabilizing, and Developing Pakistan's Border Area with Afghanistan: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight GAO-09-263SP
· Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Efforts to Address Transparency and Accountability Issues GAO-09-417T
· Veterinarian Workforce: The Federal Government Lacks a Comprehensive Understanding of Its Capacity to Protect Animal and Public Health
· Whistleblower Protection Program: Better Data and Improved Oversight Would Help Ensure Program Quality and Consistency GAO-09-106

Heritage Foundation
· Barack Obama and Gordon Brown Must Strengthen U.S.–U.K. Defense Cooperation

· Building a Strategic Partnership: U.S.-India Relations in the Wake of Mumbai
· Obama's PAYGO Law Would Not Slow Spending or Budget Deficits

· Oil-for-Food Revisited: The U.N. Should Not Pay Benon Sevan's Legal Fees
· Pros and Cons of Multilateral Nonproliferation: Lessons Learned from the Bush Administration

· Restructuring FEMA: Stand-Alone FEMA Would Not Make Cents

· Spratly Islands: The Challenge to U.S. Leadership in the South China Sea
· Two Lost Decades? Why Japan’s Economy Is Still Stumbling and How the U.S. Can Stay Upright

Human Rights Watch
· Democracy or Monopoly?: Angola's Reluctant Return to Elections

· Democracy on Rocky Ground: Armenia’s Disputed 2008 Presidential Election, Post-Election Violence, and the One-Sided Pursuit of Accountability
· Discrimination in the Name of Neutrality: Headscarf Bans for Teachers and Civil Servants in Germany · Far from Justice: Syria's Supreme State Security Court

Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA)
· Space and U.S. Security: A Net Assessment

Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS)
· Journal of Energy Security February 2009

oEnergy Security as National Security: Defining Problems Ahead of Solutions
oAlgeria: A Strategic Gas Partner For Europe'
oCollective Energy Security: A New Approach for Europe
oEnergy Security Challenges for Israel Following the Gaza War
oBrazilian Ethanol Policy: Lessons for the United States
oMaritime Piracy: Implications for Maritime Energy Security

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
· News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 17-24, 2009)

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
· Assessing Damage, Urging Action: Report of the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights

International Crisis Group
· Solving the EU-Turkey-Cyprus Triangle

International Journal of Defense Acquisition Management (IJDAM)
Volume 1 (2008)
oArticle 1 - Analysis of E-marketplace Attributes: Assessing The NATO Logistics Stock Exchange
oArticle 2 - Five Key Challenges for the Management of UK Defence: An Agenda for Research?

oArticle 3 - A Systems Approach to Expanding the Technology Readiness Level within Defense Acquisition Volume 2 (2009)
o Article 4 - A Diagnostic Approach to Weapon System Lifecycle Support: The Phalanx Close-in Weapon System
oArticle 5 - Arming the Revolution in Military Affairs: The US Defense Industry in the Post-transformational World

International Maritime Organization (IMO)
· Information Resources on Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea

International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)
· Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2008

International Peace Information Service
· Mapping Conflict Motives: Central African Republic

International Relations and Security Network
· An Inundation of Envoys

· Bangladesh: A Test for Hasina
· Clinton's Asia Visit
· Egypt Tries to Reassert Itself

· The History behind the Hamas, Israel Conflict
· Kirkuk Ringtones Reflect Rivalries
· MDC Supporters Take Revenge
· Putin Leading to Financial Ruin?
· Russia Plays the Iran Card
· A Thirsty World
· Understanding Bosnia, Part One
· US: From Militant to Military

Jamestown Foundation
Terrorism Focus, February 25, 2009 -- Volume 6, Issue 6

oJihadis Speculate on Secret Cooperation between Iran and al-Qaeda
oRising Arab-Kurdish Tensions over Kirkuk Will Complicate U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq
oPolish-Born Muslim Convert Sentenced for Leading Role in Tunisian Synagogue Bombing
o Government Forces Overrun Tuareg Rebel Camps in Northern Mali

Justice Strategies
· Local Democracy on ICE: What State and Local Governments Have No Business in Federal Immigration Law Enforcement

Lexington Institute
· Buying Two Engines for the F-35 Wastes Billions of Dollars

· Cutting E-2D Navy Radar Plane Could Put Ships At Risk

National Academies Press
· Assessment of Corrosion Education [free download but registration required]

· Urban Stormwater Management in the United States

National Priorities Project (NPP)
· Army Recruitment in FY 2008: A Look at Age, Race, Income, and Education of New Soldiers

National Security ArchiveBold
· Obama Administration Lifts Blanket Ban on Media Coverage of the Return of Fallen Soldiers

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
· An Era of Responsibility: Renewing America's Promise

Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
· Easy Money: Top Five Recommendations for Increasing Revenue and Cutting Costs

· Adjusting to Global Economic Change: The Dangerous Road Ahead

· Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
· Whither Strategic Communication?: A Survey of Current Proposals and Recommendations

Securing America's Future Energy
· Economic Impact of the Energy Security Leadership Council’s National Strategy for Energy Security

Henry L. Stimson Center
· Export Controls in the United Arab Emirates: A Practical Manifestation of a Strategic Dilemma

· Minding Our Business: The Role of the Private Sector in Managing the WMD Supply Chain

· Unblocking the Road to Zero: Perspectives of Advanced Nuclear Nations

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)
· Russia, China, and the United States in Central Asia: Prospects for Great Power Competition and Cooperation in the Shadow of the Georgian Crisis

· Training for the “Political” War

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
· National Internal Security/Terrorism Prosecutions for November 2008

UK Parliament
· Defence Equipment 2009

· Intelligent Transport Systems

U.S. Army War College
Parameters, Winter 2008-2009, v. 38, no. 4

o“The 21st Century Security Environment and the Future of War” by Colin S. Gray
o “Crafting Strategy in an Age of Transition” by Shawn Brimley
o “COIN in the Real World” by David R. Haines
o “Georgia’s Cyber Left Hook” by Stephen W. Korns and Joshua E. Kastenberg
o “Reconsidering Afghanistan: Time for an ‘Azimuth Check’” by Richard deVillafranca
o “United States-Iranian Relations: The Terrorism Challenge” by Gawdat Bahgat
o“Binding the Nation: National Service in America” by Carol Armistead Grigsby

U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
· Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Teams Oral Histories Project on Stability Operations

· On the Issues: Syria

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Countering Transnational Threats: Terrorism, Narco-Trafficking, and WMD Proliferation

· Global Economic Crisis Boosts Utility of U.S. Sanctions on Syria

· Urge Damascus to Come Clean on Nuclear Activity

· Washington Balances Syrian Engagement with Commitment to Lebanese Allies

White House
· Budget of the United States Government : Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Documents

· Presidential Policy Directive - 1 - Organization of the National Security Council System

· Presidential Study Directive - 1 - Organizing for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

· Remarks of President Barack Obama -- Address to Joint Session of Congress
· Remarks of President Barack Obama – Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq

· Your Money at Work

World Public
· Public Opinion in the Islamic World on Terrorism, al Qaeda, and US Policies

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

South Korea Defense White Paper

The Republic of Korea, Ministry of National Defense has published their latest defense white paper/master plan -- Defense Reform 2020: The Way Ahead . The main site is

Previous Defense White Papers can be found at

Numerous related news stories can be found on this through Google News, Yahoo News and other news sources.

REPORTS - DoD Buying Commercial and Detainee Conditions

DOD has posted a new report on its compliance with the EO on detainee conditions. The report is the Review of Department Compliance with President's Executive Order on Detainee Conditions of Confinement

The Defense Science Board (DSB) has released a new report on Buying Commercial. The report from the DSB Task Force on Integrating Commercial Systems into the DoD, Effectively and Efficiently is entitled Buying Commercial: Gaining the Cost/Schedule Benefits for Defense Systems

Monday, February 23, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 02-20-2009

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Hillary Clinton's North Korea Naivete
*Laptops Are Not the Answer
New Insecticides Are Crucial in Battle Against Malaria
The Problem with Backing into Policy
Samuel P. Huntington, 1927-2008
Three Roadblocks on the Road to Health Reform
Tough Challenges at the FDA
The True Origins of This Financial Crisis

Amnesty International
International Community Fails to Protect Darfur
Iran: Human Rights in the Spotlight on the 30th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution
*Hamas Waged a Deadly Campaign as War Devastated Gaza
New Zimbabwe Government Urged to Prioritise Human Rights
*Turkmenistan Fails to Keep Human Rights Promises

Brookings Institution
Budget Deficit
Designing the Public/Private Partnership: Part 1 What Role for the Taxpayer?
East Asia in the Spotlight: Secretary of State Clinton’s First Trip Abroad
*The Economic Crisis and its Impact on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army
Hugo Chavez: A Lame Duck no More
*New Approaches to Addressing Long-Term Fiscal Responsibility
Resettling Iraq's Four Million Displaced
Resources for "Hard Power": The 2010 Budget for Defense, Homeland Security, and Related Programs
U.S.-India Relations: Continuity in Change

Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC)
Losing the People—the Costs and Consequences of Civilian Suffering in Afghanistan

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate
Nuclear Energy: Rebirth or Resuscitation?
*Preventing Conflict Over Kurdistan

CATO Institute
Health-Status Insurance: How Markets Can Provide Health Security

Center for American Progress
Goldilocks and the Recovery Act
Health Care in Crisis: 14,000 Losing Coverage Each Day

Center for Defense Information (CDI)
A Chronology of Iran's Space Activities
Congress Reconsiders Cluster Bomb Protection Bill
The Defense Monitor - Volume XXXVIII, No. 1 - January/February 2009, Special Issue: The World At War
*A New Approach Towards Iran for Obama

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
New WMD Coordinator Has the Right Stuff, But Will He Have the Right Staff?

Center for Security Policy
Misguided on Iran
*Towards a New Deterrent

Center for Security Studies (CSS)
Nr. 79: Military Planning for European Theatre Conflict during the Cold War
Nr. 78: Transatlantic Relations at Stake: Aspects of Nato, 1956-1972

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA)
The US Navy: Charting a Course for Tomorrow’s Fleet

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Afghanistan & Pakistan on the Brink: Framing U.S. Policy Options
Critical Questions: President Obama's Visit to Canada
Economic Whiplash in Russia: An Opportunity to Bolster U.S.-Russia Commercial Ties?
The Fourth Fleet: A Tool of U.S. Engagement in the Americas
*How Soon is Safe?: Iraqi Force Development and Conditions-Based U.S. Withdrawals
*The Iraq War: Progress in the Fighting and Security
Strategic Views on Asian Regionalism: Survey Results and Analysis

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
The Case for a Gas Transit Consortium in Ukraine: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Energy Emergency in Kyrgyzstan: Causes and Consequences
The Ever-Changing Union: An Introduction to the History, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes of the *European Union
Long-Term Energy Security Risks for Europe: A Sector-Specific Approach
The Rise of China: Policies of the EU, Russia and the US
Russia and its ‘New Security Architecture’ in Europe: A Critical Examination of the Concept

Century Foundation
Democracy Promotion in the Middle East and the Obama Administration

Chatham House
Forecasting the Recession: The Need for Further Scrutiny

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
CTC Sentinel, February 2009, v. 2, no. 2
“The Debate over Taliban Reconciliation” by Kara L. Bue and John A. Gastright
“Looking Forward: Hizb Allah’s Evolving Strategic Calculations” by Vera L. Zakem
“The Taliban’s Versatile Spokesman: A Profile of Muslim Khan” by Imtiaz Ali
“Exploiting the Fears of Al-Qa`ida’s Leadership” by James J.F. Forest
“A Jihadist’s Course in the Art of Recruitment” by Brian Fishman and Abdullah Warius
“Deconstructing Salafism in Yemen” by Laurent Bonnefoy
“New Government in Thailand Struggles to Defeat Insurgency” by Zachary Abuzza
“After Action Report: COIN Operations in Rutbah, Iraq” by Lieutenant Dan Alldridge

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
Addressing U.S. Strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan: Balancing Interests and Resources
*Strategies for Countering Violent Extremist Ideologies

Congress. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Structuring National Security and Homeland Security at the White House

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
A Commander’s View of Stability in Afghanistan
*Eurasian Energy Security
*NATO in Afghanistan
The Tricky U.S.-Russia ‘Reset’ Button
War About Terror: Civil Liberties and National Security After 9/11

Department of Defense (DOD)
Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
D-2009-052 Controls Over Excess Defense Articles Provided to Foreign Governments
*D-2009-054 Identification of Classified Information in Unclassified DoD Systems During the Audit of Internal Controls and Data Reliability in the Deployable Disbursing System

Department of Homeland Security
2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan [NIPP]

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
OIG-09-25 - FEMA: In or Out?
OIG-09-17 - Annual Report to Congress on States' and Urban Areas' Management of Homeland Security Grant Programs
OIG-09-16 - 2007 Debris Removal Pilot Programs and Initiatives

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Hurricane Ike Impact Report

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
Iraqi Provincial Election Report
Keeping the Balance: U.S. Security Policy in Asia
A Tale of Two Crises

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Certificated Expenditures: Executive Office of the President Fiscal Year 2007 Certificated Expenditures Were Used for Authorized Purposes. GAO-09-305
Embassy Construction: Additional Actions Are Needed to Address Contractor Participation. GAO-09-48
*New Embassy Construction: Structured Interviews with Construction Firms, an E-supplement to GAO-09-48 - GAO-09-47SP

Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK)
Conflict Barometer

Heritage Foundation
The Brown Government Should Stop Mortgaging the Future of Britain's Defenses
*In Defense of Thailand's Democracy
North Korea's Missile Gambit
Obama's Visit to Canada: Forging Stronger Alliances and Economic Cooperation
Secretary Clinton's Asia Trip: Getting China Right
U.S.–India Homeland Security Cooperation: Moving Forward

Human Rights Watch
"Are You Happy to Cheat Us?": Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers in Russia
*“There is No Protection”: Insecurity and Human Rights in Southern Sudan

Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P)
National Cyber Security: Research and Development Challenges Related to Economics, Physical Infrastructure and Human Behavior

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
IAEA Report on Iran: Nuclear Weapons Breakout Capability Achieved; Centrifuge Numbers and Low Enriched Uranium Output Steady; No Progress on Other Safeguards Issues

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
Situation Report: 11 Feb 2009: Africa 2008–2009: Retrospective Look at the Past Year and Forecast for the New Year

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
During Operation Cast Lead, Improvised Grenades Probably Manufactured by Hamas were Found Inside Drug Bottles
Evidence from Operation Cast Lead Shows Hamas Uses Mosques to Store Weapons and as Sites Launch Rockets and Mortar Shells
*Israeli Air Force Film Clips and IDF Spokesman Pictures Show Use the Hamas Made of a School for Military Purposes during Operation Cast Lead
Oppression of Hamas Opponents in the Gaza Strip

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007), 1803 (2008) and 1835 (2008) in the Islamic Republic of Iran
*In Focus: IAEA and Iran

International Crisis Group
Nepal’s Faltering Peace Process
Nurturing Instability: Lebanon's Palestinian Refugee Camps
The Philippines: Running in Place in Mindanao

International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)
INCB Report 2008

International Relations and Security Network
Bosnia: The Donation Sieve
Jordan's Tightrope Walk
Letter from Najaf: Shia Stalingrad

Jamestown Foundation
China Brief, February 20, 2009 - Volume IX, Issue 4 - In a Fortnight By L.C. Russell Hsiao
- Beijing Launches Diplomatic Blitz to Steal Obama's Thunder By Willy Lam
- Wang Jiarui’s New Year’s Visit to Pyongyang and China’s New Approach to North Korea By Bonnie S. Glaser and Scott Snyder
- China and Indonesia: Military-security Ties Fail to Gain Momentum By Ian Storey
- The Chinese Armed Forces and Non-Traditional Missions: A Growing Tool of Statecraft By Cynthia A. Watson
Terrorism Focus, February 19, 2009 -- Volume 6, Issue 5
- Jihadis Debate the Poor Response to Bin Laden's Call for Jihad in Gaza
- In the Aftermath of Iraq's Provincial Elections, Part One: A Dangerous Year Ahead for Iraqi Kurds
- In the Aftermath of Iraq's Provincial Elections, Part Two: Shi'a Militancy Takes a Blow from al-Maliki's Mainstream
- Roundup of Kabul Suicide Gang Reveals Ties to Pakistan

Lexington Institute
Finish The Job of Modernizing the Radford Army Ammunition Plant

National Academies Press
Effectiveness of National Biosurveillance Systems: BioWatch and the Public Health System: Interim Report [free download but registration is required]

National Intelligence Council (NIC)
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan: Policies on Regional Issues and Support for US Goals in the Middle East *Strategic Implications for Global Health

Peterson Institute
09-5: The Future of the Chiang Mai Initiative: An Asian Monetary Fund?
*09-4: Money for the Auto Industry: Consistent with WTO Rules?

Pew Hispanic Center
A Rising Share: Hispanics and Federal Crime

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
Obama Faces Familiar Divisions Over Anti-Terror Policies: No Change in Views of Torture, Warrantless Wiretaps
*On the Economy, Bad News Better Than No News

Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
FDA's Deadly Gamble with the Safety of Medical Devices

The Challenge of Domestic Intelligence in a Free Society: A Multidisciplinary Look at the Creation of a U.S. Domestic Counterterrorism Intelligence Agency
Considering the Creation of a Domestic Intelligence Agency in the United States: Lessons from the Experiences of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom
In the Middle of the Fight: An Assessment of Medium-Armored Forces in Past Military Operations
*The RAND Corporation Guide for the One Hundred Eleventh Session of the United States Congress

*Reorganizing U.S. Domestic Intelligence: Assessing the Options
Neighborhood Effects on Crime and Youth Violence: The Role of Business Improvement Districts in Los Angeles
Oversight of the Liberian National Police

Henry L. Stimson Center
Export Controls in the United Arab Emirates: A Practical Manifestation of a Strategic Dilemma
*Iraq, its Neighbors, and the Obama Administration: Syrian and Saudi Perspectives

United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, Human Rights Unit (UNAMA)
Afghanistan—Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 2008

U.S. Army War College
Information as Power
v. 3
v. 2
*v. 1

U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
Securing Afghanistan: Getting on Track

US Interagency Counterinsurgency Initiative (COIN)
U.S. Government Counterinsurgency Guide

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Israeli Elections Result: Implications for Middle East Peacemaking
*An Obama Policy Toward Turkey: Continuity or Change?
The President of Africa

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I3P Cyber Security report

The Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) presented a report to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee entitled "National Cyber Security: Research and Development Challenges Related to Economics, Physical Infrastructure and Human Behavior"

According to the press release, the report identifies "strategic objectives the federal government should pursue for improved cyber security" and examines "the cyber security challenges facing the economic, physical, and human infrastructures and asserted that cyber security needs to be a national priority."

2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan [NIPP]

DHS has posted the 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan [NIPP]. The 2009 plan replaces the 2006 version and includes changes and updates to program elements and concepts.

Related information, sector-specific plans and more can be found at

Also useful is the DHS Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources page -

For their website –
The 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan

The National Infrastructure Protection Plan provides the unifying structure for the integration of a wide range of efforts for the enhanced protection and resiliency of the nation's critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) into a single national program.

The overarching goal of the NIPP is to build a safer, more secure, and more resilient America by preventing, deterring, neutralizing, or mitigating the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit elements of our nation's CIKR and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery of CIKR in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency.

The 2009 NIPP replaces the 2006 version and reflects changes and updates to program elements and concepts. It captures the evolution and maturation of the processes and programs first outlined in 2006 without changing the underlying policies. The revised NIPP integrates the concepts of resiliency and protection, and broadens the focus of NIPP-related programs and activities to an all-hazards environment

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

REPORT - Progress in Afghanistan

As required by PL 110-181 [2008 National Defense Authorization Act], the Department of Defense has released a new report on the progress being made in Afghanistan. The report "Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan" can be found at

The report includes statistics on insurgent-initiated attacks, US fatalities as a result of hostile action, 2001-2008, estimates of US Personnel required and assigned [2007-2013], funding of US efforts in Afghanistan [2002-2009], poppy cultivation and more.

The President has also ordered 12,000 soldiers and Marines to Afghanistan --

Monday, February 16, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 02-13-2009

Atlantic Council of the U.S.
· Achieving Peace and Security in Korea and Northeast Asia: A New U.S. Diplomatic Strategy toward North Korea

Brookings Institution
· The Administration’s New Financial Rescue Plan

· Building a Modern Military: The Economic Crisis and its Impact on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army
· Continuity and Change in Korea: Challenges for Regional Policy and U.S.-Russia Relations
· Cross-Strait Relations and Implications for Northeast Asia: Views from the Region [transcript]

· Europe, the United States, and Middle Eastern Democracy: Repairing the Breach
· The Financial Crisis, a Development Emergency, and the Need for Aid

· Obama's Options for Gaza
· Strengthening American Competitiveness: Regaining Our Competitive Edge - Four Priorities and 20 New Ideas

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· Avoiding Mutual Misunderstanding: Sino-U.S. Relations and the New Administration

· Going South in Afghanistan
· A New Direction for U.S. Policy in the Caspian Region

CATO Institute
· A Better Way to Generate and Use Comparative-Effectiveness Research

Center for American Progress
· Animation: How the Recovery Works

· The Nationwide Allocation of Recovery Funding: An Interactive Map on the Final House-Senate Compromise

Center for Security Studies (CSS)
· No. 48: "The Campaign Against Terrorism: Successes and Failures"

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· The Afghan-Pakistan War: The Rising Threat: 2002-2008

· Commentary: Why that Tank of Gas May not Be Cheap for Long
· Critical Questions: Venezuelan Constitutional Referendum: More Years for Chávez?
· The Lebanese Armed Forces: Challenges and Opportunities in Post-Syria Lebanon

· Public Opinion Trends in Afghanistan
· Structure and Dynamics of the U.S. Federal Professional Services Industrial Base 1995-2007

Centre for European Political Sociology
· Europeanisation and the Reform of the State: The Influence of the European Union in the Reform of the Czech Public Administration (1996-2004)

Century Foundation
· A Plan to Extend Super-Fast Broadband Connections to All Americans

Chatham House
· Cyber Security and Politically, Socially and Religiously Motivated Cyber Attacks

· The Palestinian Refugee Issue: A Palestinian Perspective

Combat Terrorism Center (CTC)
· Bombers, Bank Accounts, and Bleedout: al-Qa'ida's Road in and Out of Iraq

· The Globalization of Martyrdom
· Iranian Influence in Iraq: Politics and "Other Means"

· The Power of Truth: Understanding Part 1 of Zawahiri's Press Conference
· Sunni and Shi'a: Differences That Matter

Congress. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
· Open Hearing: Nomination of Admiral Dennis Blair to be Director of National Intelligence

· Open Hearing: Nomination of Leon Panetta to be Director of Central Intelligence Agency
· Open Hearing: Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United States

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· H.R. 1, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

· The Army's Wireless Communications Programs
· Estimated Macroeconomic Impacts of H.R. 1 as Passed by the House and by the Senate

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Closing Guantanamo

· Iran and the Future of Afghanistan
· Pakistan's Muddled War
· Sudan's Fractured Internal Politics

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-15 - Removals Involving Illegal Alien Parents of United States Citizen Children

Department of the Navy (DON)
· Maritime Domain Awareness in the Department of the Navy, SecNav Instruction 3052.1 [January 30, 2009]

Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
· Director Blair Highlight Global Threats to the Nation

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· China Policy Under Obama

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Afghanistan Security: Corrective Actions Are Needed to Address Serious Accountability Concerns about Weapons Provided to Afghan National Security Forces GAO-09-366T

· Afghanistan Security: Lack of Systematic Tracking Raises Significant Accountability Concerns about Weapons Provided to Afghan National Security Forces GAO-09-267

· Aviation Security: Federal Air Marshal Service Has Taken Actions to Fulfill Its Core Mission and Address Workforce Issues, but Additional Actions Are Needed to Improve Workforce Survey GAO-09-273
· Aviation Security: TSA's Cost and Performance Study of Private-Sector Airport Screening GAO-09-27R
· Defense Management: Actions Needed to Overcome Long-standing Challenges with Weapon Systems Acquisition and Service Contract Management GAO-09-362T

· Human Capital: Opportunities Exist to Build on Recent Progress to Strengthen DOD's Civilian Human Capital Strategic Plan GAO-09-235

· Iraq and Afghanistan: Availability of Forces, Equipment, and Infrastructure Should Be Considered in Developing U.S. Strategy and Plans GAO-09-380T

Heritage Foundation
· Abraham Lincoln: Statesman for All Ages

· Biden's Munich Speech: Obama Administration Foreign Policy Projects Weakness and Confusion
· Disaster of 100 Percent Maritime Cargo Scanning Not Lost on Napolitano
· Growing Instability in Mexico Threatens U.S. Economy and Border Security

· Iraq's Elections: A Win for Prime Minister Maliki and the United States
· Obama's Bank Bailout Plan: Not Ready for Prime Time
· Next Steps for Immigration Reform and Workplace Enforcement
· Power-Sharing in Zimbabwe: Recommendations for the Obama Administration
· Secretary Clinton's Asia Trip: Allied Reassurance

· Secretary Clinton's Asia Trip: Imbalances in the U.S.–China Economic Relationship
· The U.S. and U.K. Must Oppose French Plans to Weaken NATO
· U.S.–India Homeland Security Cooperation: Moving Forward
· U.S.-Russia Relations after Manas: Do Not Push the Reset Button Yet

Hudson Institute
· Avoiding Hubris in a World of Asymmetric Warfare

· The Contest of Ideas with Radical Islam: The Centrality of the Idea of Religious Freedom and Tolerance
· Energy Independence

· Fixing Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communications
· Global Challenges for the Obama Administration

· The "Greater" Middle East: The New Geopolitcal Environment and Its Implications for Obama Administration Policies

· International Negotiations: A Tool to Serve our Interests

· The New Dynamic Relations in Asia: How Can the United States Adjust Its Strategic Vision?

· Pakistan & Afghanistan: Worst-case Scenarios Are Not Unlikely

· A Perfect Storm in Latin America: How Will Obama Handle Economic and Security Challenges South of the Border?
· Relations between Intelligence Analysts and Policymakers: The Lessons of Iraq
· A Strategy for Winning the War of Ideas

· Transformative Leadership in Arms Control and Nonproliferation
· The War of Ideas:Anti-Americanism, the Continuing Conflict, and the Role of the United States

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
· ISS Paper 178: Climate Change, Population Pressure and Conflict in Africa

· ISS Paper 177: The Dynamics of Crime, Comparing the Results from the 1998, 2003 and 2007 National Crime and Victimisation Surveys
· ISS Paper 176: South Africans’ Perceptions of the Police and the Courts Results of the 2007 National Victims of Crime Survey
· ISS Paper 175: National Victims of Crime Survey

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
· Evidence of the Use of the Civilian Population as Human Shields
· Tensions between Hamas and UNRWA Following the Theft of Food and Blankets and the Hamas Takeover of a Supply Convoy

International Crisis Group
· Engaging Syria? U.S. Constraints and Opportunities

· Tajikistan: On the Road to Failure
· Timor-Leste: No Time for Complacency

International Relations and Security Network
· Bahrain's Fraught Sectarian Divide

· China’s Expanding Peacekeeping Role
· Coltan and Conflict in the DRC
· A Fresh Start for Disarmament
· Iraq: Maliki Beats Out Najaf Bosses
· The Manas Disillusionment
· Pakistan: Taliban Gain Momentum
· This is War

Jamestown Foundation
Terrorism Monitor, February 10, 2009 - Volume VII, Issue 3

- Reviving the Iraqi Ba'ath: A Profile of General Muhammad Yunis al-Ahmad
- Primary Threat to India Remains Home-Grown Left and Right-Wing Terrorism
- Balochi Nationalists Intensify Violent Rebellion in Iran
- Hindu Radicals Pose Terrorist Challenge to the Sub-Continent

Lexington Institute
· Global Deterrence: The Role of the F-22

· Rumored Weapons Cuts Would Hit Local Economies Hard

National Academies Press
· Future of the Nuclear Security Environment in 2015: Proceedings

National Security Archive
· Afghanistan and the Soviet Withdrawal 1989-20 Years Later

North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS)
· North America Next: A Report to President Obama on Building Sustainable Security and Competitiveness

Peterson Institute
· 09-3: A Green Recovery? Assessing US Economic Stimulus and the Prospects for International Coordination

Pew Global Attitudes Project
· The Global Middle Class: Views on Democracy, Religion, Values, and Life Satisfaction in Emerging Nations

· The Global Technology Revolution 2020, In-Depth Analyses: Bio/Nano/Materials/Information Trends, Drivers, Barriers, and Social Implications

· The Global Technology Revolution 2020, Executive Summary: Bio/Nano/Materials/Information Trends, Drivers, Barriers, and Social Implications

· The Global Technology Revolution China, In-Depth Analyses: Emerging Technology Opportunities for the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)

· The Global Technology Revolution China, Executive Summary: Emerging Technology Opportunities for the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)

· The Global Technology Revolution China, In-Depth Analyses: Emerging Technology Opportunities for the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) (Chinese-language version)
· Guidebook for Supporting Economic Development in Stability Operations

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)
· Japan's Decision for War in 1941: Some Enduring Lessons

· Kazakhstan's Defense Policy: An Assessment of the Trends

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
· Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

U.S. Fire Administration
· Health and Wellness Guide for Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services [FA-321]

U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
· Iraq, its Neighbors, and the Obama Administration: Syrian and Saudi

· The Private Sector in Security Sector Reform: Essential But Not Yet Optimized

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Countering Transnational Threats: Terrorism, Narco-Trafficking, and WMD Proliferation
· Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Iran
· In His Own Words: Erdogan on Israel, Hamas, and the Gaza Conflict