Sunday, May 10, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 05-08-2009

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
· The Jidahist International: Al Qaeda's Advance in the Levant

· Lebanon: A Human Rights Agenda for the Elections

Army War College
· Parameters, Spring 2009, v. 39, no. 1

*“Winning in Afghanistan” by Ali A. Jalali
*“Enhancing the Footprint: Stakeholders in Afghan Reconstruction” by Bas Rietjens, Myriame Bollen, Masood Khalil, and Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi
*“Responsibility and Proportionality in State and Nonstate Wars” by Michael Walzer
*“The End of Proportionality” by Jonathan F. Keiler
*“Russia’s Conventional Armed Forces and the Georgian War” by Roger N. McDermott
* “Deterrence in the Israeli-Iranian Strategic Standoff” by W. Andrew Terrill

Australia Department of Defence
· Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030

Brookings Institution
· Assessing Counterinsurgency and Stabilization Missions

· Governance, Growth and Development in Afghanistan [Transcript and video]
· Pandemic Disease

· The Scouting Report: Afghanistan and Pakistan

· The Swine Flu Outbreak and Its Global Economic Impact
· Syria and Turkey Deepen Bilateral Relations
· Thinking Big on Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI)
· Getting it Done in Foreign Policy

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· The G20 Meetings: No Common Framework, No Consensus

· Infrasound Detection of North Korea's Launch

· Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies

Center for American Progress
· Idea of the Day: Ending Unneeded Weapons Programs

Center for Defense Information (CDI)
· The Defense Monitor, v. 38 - April/May/June 2009

Center for Security Policy
· Banking 101 with Chavez and Ahmadinejad

· Collateral Damage, DoD Budget Style
· The Denuclearizers' Bridge-jump
· Ecuador's Correa until 2017?

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
· Budget Request Begins Shift Toward Balanced Defense Posture

· Gates Submits Reform Budget for FY2010

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· The Dynamics of the "AfPak" Conflict: Metrics and Status Report [Updated May 09 2009]

· An Expanded Mandate for Peace Building

· Foreign Assistance for Peace

· Iraq: Trends in Violence and Civilian Casualties: 2005-2009

Central Intelligence Agency Center for the Study of Intelligence
· A Tradecraft Primer: Structured Analytic Techniques for Improving Intelligence Analysis

Centre for European Reform
· Will Spain Remain a Small Country?

Century Foundation
· Fighting Off Fatigue: The UN Cornerstone of Antiterrorism Action

Congress. House. Agriculture Committee
· Hearings

*National Animal Identification System [May 5, 2009]

Congress. House. Appropriations Committee
· Fact Sheet: Afghanistan and Pakistan

· Fact Sheet: Compensating our Troops for Stop-Loss
· Fact Sheet: Preparing for Pandemic Flu
· Summary Update 2009 Supplemental for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Pandemic Flu

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings

*H.R. 2101 – Weapons Acquisition System Reform Through Enhancing Technical Knowledge and Oversight Act of 2009 [May 7, 2009]
*Counterinsurgency and Irregular Warfare: Issues and Lessons Learned [May 7, 2009]
*Report of The Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States [May 6, 2009]
*Department of Defense at High Risk: The Chief Management Officer’s Recommendations for Acquisition Reform and Related High Risk Areas. [May 6, 2009]
*Cyberspace as a Warfighting Domain: Policy, Management and Technical challenges to Mission Assurance [May 5, 2009]
*Army National Guard and Air National Guard Equipment Programs [May 5, 2009]

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· Zimbabwe: Opportunities for a New Way Forward [May 7, 2009]

· Global Health Emergencies Hit Home: The “Swine Flu” Outbreak [May 6, 2009]
· From Strategy to Implementation: The Future of the U.S.-Pakistan Relationship [May 6, 2009]

Congress. House. Homeland Security
· Implementing the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative at Land and Sea Ports: Are We Ready? [May 7, 2009]

· Markup - H.R. 2200: Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act [May 6, 2007]

· Review of the National Animal Identification System [May 5, 2009]

Congress. House. Judiciary Committee
· Escalating Violence in Mexico and the Southwest Border as a Result of the Illicit Drug Trade [May 6, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Armed Services Committee
· Ongoing Efforts to Combat Piracy on the High Seas [May 5, 2009]

· Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States [May 7, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
· Piracy on the High Seas: Protecting our Ships, Crews, and Passengers [May 5, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee
· Engaging Iran: Obstacles and Opportunities [May 6, 2009]

· Global Implications of a Warming Arctic [May 5, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
· Uncle Sam Wants You! Recruitment in the Federal Government [May 7, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Judiciary Committee
· The Passport Issuance Process: Closing the Door to Fraud [May 5, 2009]

· Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security [May 6, 2009]

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· Monthly Budget Review

· Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the United States

Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States
· America's Strategic Posture: The Final Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· The National Interest and the Law of the Sea

Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DODIG)
· D-2009-082 SeaPort Enhanced Program, May 6, 2009

· D-2009-078 Health Care Provided by Military Treatment Facilities to Contractors in Southwest Asia, May 4, 2009

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-56 - Progress in Addressing Secure Border Initiative Operational Requirements and Constructing the Southwest Border

· OIG-09-55 - Better Monitoring and Enhanced Technical Controls Are Needed to Effectively Manage LAN-A (Redacted)
· OIG-09-53 - DHS Efforts to Address Lessons Learned in the Aftermath of Top Officials Exercises
· OIG-09-52 - Immigration and Custom Enforcement Detention Bedspace Management

Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
· The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Watchlist Nomination Practices

Department of the Army
· FM 3-24.2 Tactics in Counterinsurgency (April 2009)

Federation of American Scientists (FAS)
· An Algerian Nuclear Bibliography

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· Does Nuclear Deterrence Apply in the Age of Terrorism?

· International Intervention in Sri Lanka
· The Role of Nuclear Weapons in International Politics: A Strategic Perspective

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Financial Management: Achieving Financial Statement Auditability in the Department of Defense GAO-09-373

· Information Security: Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities Place Federal Systems at Risk GAO-09-661T [testimony]

· Hedge Funds: Overview of Regulatory Oversight, Counterparty Risks, and Investment Challenges GAO-09-677T [testimony]

· Global Positioning System: Significant Challenges in Sustaining and Upgrading Widely Used Capabilities GAO-09-325
· Global Positioning System: Significant Challenges in Sustaining and Upgrading Widely Used Capabilities GAO-09-670T [testimony]
· Military Personnel: Army Needs to Focus on Cost-Effective Use of Financial Incentives and Quality Standards in Managing Force Growth GAO-09-256
· Recovery Act: GAO's Efforts to Work with the Accountability Community to Help Ensure Effective and Efficient Oversight GAO-09-672T [testimony]

· State Department: Significant Vulnerabilities in the Passport Issuance Process GAO-09-681T [testimony]

Heritage Foundation
· Independent Panel Needed for Alternative Views to the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review

· North Korean Human Rights: Recommendations for the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress

· Panama Bucks Latin America's Left: New President Favors U.S.

· Reviving Pakistan's Pluralist Traditions to Fight Extremism

· Strategic Nuclear Arms Control for the Protect and Defend Strategy

· A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher--30 Years On

Human Rights Watch
· Not Yet a Workers’ Paradise: Vietnam’s Suppression of the Independent Workers’ Movement

Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA)
· Realigning Priorities: The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Future of Extended Deterrence

· Updating U.S. Deterrence Concepts and Operational Planning

Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD)
· Diplomacy and Security in the Twenty-first Century

International Relations and Security Network
· Costs of War: The Fear Virus

· Cutting for Counterinsurgency
· Nuclear Disarmament: US and Russia Resume Negotiations
· The ‘Other’ Pirates
· Prosecutor Without Borders
· Slow Dancing With Sudan

Jamestown Foundation
· Terrorism Monitor, May 8, 2009, v. 7, no. 12

*Latest Surge of Violence in Iraq Tests al-Maliki’s Government
*Taliban Leader Mullah Nazir Defends Jihad in South Waziristan
*Europol Report Describes Afghanistan-Pakistan Connection to Trends in European Terrorism
*Mokhtar Belmokhtar: The Algerian Jihad’s Southern Amir

Lexington Institute
· Defense Market Drivers & Trends Through 2012

· Quadrennial Review Skirts Biggest Management Challenge

National Priorities Project (NPP)
· The Cost of War in Afghanistan

New America Foundation
· A New American Trade Consensus

Pew Research Center
· Search: "Swine Flu": Where Americans Are Turning for Flu Facts

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
· 59% - Most Favor Gays Serving Openly in the Military

· Virus Goes Viral Online: Local TV Top Spot for Learning About Disease

· International Cooperation with Partner Air Forces

· Participatory Health Research: International Observatory on Health Research Systems

Small Wars Journal
· A Backyard Challenge

· Garbage, Lies, and Uncertainties: Deception vs. Risk in War
· Why Civilian Integration is Essential in Post-Stability Operations

Special Inspector General Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)
· Security Forces Logistics Contract Experienced Certain Cost, Outcome, and Oversight Problems

Stimson Center
· Don’t Feed the Bioterrorism Threat

Strategic Studies Institute
· Mexico's Narco-Insurgency and U.S. Counterdrug Policy

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Pakistan on the Brink: Implications for U.S. Policies

White House. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
· 2010 Budget

· 2010 Budget - Terminations, Reductions, and Savings
· President's Comments on Budget Release
· Internal Review Concerning April 27, 2009 Air Force One Flight [over the Statute of Liberty]

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