Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 06-26-2009

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)
· Comparing German and American Models in Skill Formation

· The Future of Germany’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East: European, Transatlantic, and Eventually More German?

· Germany and Elections: Dodging the Afghanistan Bullet

· Merkel and Obama: Setting Agendas in Washington
· From Rubble Women to Madam Chancellor: Women’s Long March through the Institutions in Germany

The American Prospect
· The Other Sons of Iraq

Army Command and Staff College
· Design: Tools of the Trade

Army Ground Combat Vehicle Blue Ribbon Panel
· Comprehensive Lessons Learned White Paper (DRAFT)
· The Operational Environment Paper

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
· Major School Shooting in the United States Since 1997
· No Gun Left Behind: The Gun Lobby’s Campaign to Push Guns into Colleges and Schools

· Designing Detention: A Model Law for Terrorist Incapacitation

· Statutory PAYGO: An Important First Step Toward Fiscal Responsibility

· An Update on the Economic and Fiscal Crises: 2009 and Beyond

· Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI)
· Dancing on Snake Heads in Yemen

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· Developments in the Global Economy

· Iran’s Clenched Fist Election: What Next for U.S. Policy?

· Iran's Elections: The International Implications

Center for a New American Strategy (CNAS)
· Interactive Map: Fighting Pushes Pakistanis from Their Homes and Threatens Further Instability
· The New Strategy in Afghanistan
· Striking a Balance: A New American Security

Center for American Progress
· Ending “Don‟t Ask, Don‟t Tell”

Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
· Privacy and the White House Cyberspace Policy Review

Center for Immigration Studies (CIS)
· Illegal, but Not Undocumented: Identity Theft, Document Fraud and Illegal Employment

Center for Security Policy
· Will Brazil and China Abandon the Dollar?

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· Issues & Insights v. 09, no. 11
*China’s Challenge to the International Monetary System: Incremental Steps and Long-Term Prospects for Internationalization of the Renminbi

Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP)
· The Active Denial System: A Revolutionary Non-Lethal Weapon for Today’s Battlefield

· Computer Science Research Funding: How Much Is Too Little?
· Improving the Interface Between Industry and Army Science and Technology: Some Thoughts on the Army’s Independent Research and Development Program

Centre for European Reform
· The EU's Approach to Israel and the Palestinians: A Move in the Right Direction

Century Foundation
· U.S.-Russian Relations and the Democracy and Rule of Law Deficit

Chatham House
· Preliminary Analysis of the Voting Figures in Iran’s 2009 Presidential Election

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings

*Raising Thinking from the Tactical to the Operational Level: JPME I and II at the Services’ and Joint Command and Staff Colleges [June 25, 2009]

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· Japan’s Changing Role

· The July Summit and Beyond: Prospects for U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Reductions
· A Regional Overview of South Asia

· Somalia: Prospects for Lasting Peace and a Unified Response to Extremism and Terrorism

· U.S. - Africa Trade Relations: Creating a Platform for Economic Growth

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· FY2010 Budget for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security

· MARKUP of H.R. 2868 - “The Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Act of 2009”

Congress. House. Oversight and Government Reform Committee
· Afghanistan and Pakistan: Oversight of a New Interagency Strategy
· The Future of the V-22 Osprey: Costs, Capabilities, and Challenges
· Joint Full Committee and Subcommittee on Domestic Policy Hearing Titled: "Bank of America and Merrill Lynch: How Did a Private Deal Turn Into a Federal Bailout? Part II

Congress. House. Science and Technology Committee
· Assessing Cybersecurity Activities at NIST and DHS

· The Science of Security: Lessons Learned in Developing, Testing and Operating Advanced Radiation Monitors

Congress. Senate. Foreign Affairs
· Confronting Drug Trafficking in West Africa

· Iran at a Crossroads?

Congress. Senate. Judiciary Committee
· The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· The Long-Term Budget Outlook

· Measuring the Effects of the Business Cycle on the Federal Budget

· The Troubled Asset Relief Program: Report on Transactions Through June 17, 2009

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Iran's Revolutionary Guards

· Trade and Climate Change

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· Results From Assessment of DoD's Plans for Implementing the Requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Memorandum No. D-2009-RAM-001)

Department of Homeland Security
· Privacy and Civil Liberties Policy Guidance Memorandum

Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics
· Trends in Naturalization Rates: 2008 Update

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-77 - FEMA's Acquisition of Two Warehouses to Support Hurricane Katrina Response Operations

· OIG-09-75 - U.S. Coast Guard's Plan to Improve Deepwater Accountability (Letter Report)
· OIG-09-73 - Independent Auditor's Report on USCG's FY 2008 Mission Action Plans included in the DHS FY 2009 Internal Control Playbook

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA)
· Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Update

Department of Justice
· Attorney General’s Annual Report to Congress and Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons Fiscal Year 2008

Department of the Army
· 2009 Army Posture Statement

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
· National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

Foreign Policy Research Institute
· Palestinian Security Reform: A Moment of Truth

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Army Corps of Engineers: Recent Changes Have Reduced the Use of Continuing Contracts, but Management Processes Need to Be Improved, GAO-09-552

· Aviation Safety: Better Data and Targeted FAA Efforts Needed to Identify and Address Safety Issues of Small Air Cargo Carriers, GAO-09-614
· Coast Guard: Observations on the Genesis and Progress of the Service's Modernization Program, GAO-09-530R
· Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS Improved Testing of Advanced Radiation Detection Portal Monitors, but Preliminary Results Show Limits of the New Technology, GAO-09-655
· Combating Nuclear Smuggling: Lessons Learned from DHS Testing of Advanced Radiation Detection Portal Monitors, GAO-09-804T [testimony]
· Contract Management: Minimal Compliance with New Safeguards for Time-and-Materials Contracts for Commercial Services and Safeguards Have Not Been Applied to GSA Schedules Program, GAO-09-579
· Cybersecurity: Continued Federal Efforts Are Needed to Protect Critical Systems and Information, GAO-09-835T [testimony]

· Defense Acquisitions: Assessments Needed to Address V-22 Aircraft Operational and Cost Concerns to Define Future Investments, GAO-09-482

· The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Critical Infrastructure Protection Cost-Benefit Report, GAO-09-654R
· Defense Logistics: Information on the Test and Evaluation and Assignment and Cancellation of National Stock Numbers as It Relates to MILITEC-1, GAO-09-735R
· Energy Markets: Estimates of the Effects of Mergers and Market Concentration on Wholesale Gasoline Prices, GAO-09-659

· Firearm and Explosives Background Checks Involving Terrorist Watch List Records, GAO-09-125R

· Human Capital: Actions Needed to Better Track and Provide Timely and Accurate Compensation and Medical Benefits to Deployed Federal Civilians, GAO-09-562

· Human Capital: Continued Monitoring of Internal Safeguards and an Action Plan to Address Employee Concerns Could Improve Implementation of the National Security Personnel System, GAO-09-840

· International Aviation: Federal Efforts Help Address Safety Challenges in Africa, but Could Benefit from Reassessment and Better Coordination, GAO-09-498
· Military Personnel: Reserve Component Servicemembers on Average Earn More Income while Activated, GAO-09-688R
· V-22 Osprey Aircraft: Assessments Needed to Address Operational and Cost Concerns to Define Future Investments, GAO-09-692T [testimony]

Heritage Foundation
· Create a National Defense Panel to Independently Judge Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review
· Do DHS Fire Grants Reduce Fire Casualties?

· The FY 2010 Defense Budget Request: Prelude to Another Procurement Holiday?
· The Iranian Elections and Public Diplomacy 2.0: A Tale of Untapped Potential

· Maritime Security: Fighting Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Beyond

· Moving Forward on Missile Defense

Human Rights Watch
· Kosovo: Poisoned by Lead: A Health and Human Rights Crisis in Mitrovica’s Roma Camps

· No One to Intervene: Gaps in Civilian Protection in Southern Sudan

· The Risk of Return: Repatriating the Displaced in the Context of Conflict in Eastern Chad
· "They Put Me in the Hole": Military Detention, Torture, and Lack of Due Process in Cabinda

Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
· MRAPs, Irregular Warfare, and Pentagon Reform

· McNair Paper no. 70 – Saddam’s War: An Iraqi Military Perspective of the Iran-Iraq War
· Strategic Forum no. 241 Diverging Roads: 21st- Century U.S.-Thai Defense Relations

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
· 18 Jun 2009: The proposed AU Authority: Hybridisation, Balancing Intergovernmentalism and Supranationalism

· 01 June 2009: ISS Paper 188: Elections and Accountability in South Africa

International Crisis Group
· Afghanistan's Election Challenges

· Georgia-Russia: Still Insecure and Dangerous

· Guinea-Bissau: Beyond Rule of the Gun
· Policing in Conflict States – Lessons from Afghanistan

· Recruiting Militants in Southern Thailand

Jamestown Foundation
· China Brief, v. 9, no. 13, June 24, 2009

*CCP Campaign for a New Generation of "Red and Expert" Officials
*Chinese ASBM Development: Knowns and Unknowns
*A Chinese Turn to Mahan?
*Deepening Naval Cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing
· Terrorism Monitor, v. 7, no. 8, June 26, 2009

*The Islamic Shi'a Resistance in Iraq and Iran's Confrontation with the U.K.
*Suicide Bombing Kills Somali Security Minister as Islamists Mount Assault on Mogadishu
*Sleeper Cells and Shi'a Secessionists in Saudi Arabia: A Salafist Perspective
*Mystery Surrounds Alleged Hezbollah Links to Drug Arrests in Curacao

Joint Chiefs of Staff
· JP 3-40, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction,10 June 2009

Lexington Institute
· Congress Should Move Forward on a New Bomber

· Delay of Army Warfighter Network Would Be Dangerous

Mayors Against Illegal Guns
· Inside Straw Purchasing How Criminals Get Guns Illegally
· Movement of Illegal Guns in America

Mineta Transportation Institute
· The Role of Transportation in Campus Emergency Planning

National Academies Press (NAP)
· Approaches to Future Space Cooperation and Competition in a Globalizing World: Summary of a Workshop
[download is free but registration is required]
· Assessing Medical Preparedness to Respond to a Terrorist Nuclear Event: Workshop Report
[download is free but registration is required]
· Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune: Assessing Potential Health Effects
[download is free but registration is required]
· Evaluation of Safety and Environmental Metrics for Potential Application at Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities
[download is free but registration is required]
· The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System: Assessing Pre-Katrina Vulnerability and Improving Mitigation and Preparedness
[download is free but registration is required]
· Opportunities in Neuroscience for Future Army Applications
[download is free but registration is required]

New America Foundation
· Green Trade Balance

Peterson Institute for International Economics
· China's Changing Outbound Foreign Direct Investment Profile: Drivers and Policy Implications

· The Global Financial Crisis: Lessons Learned and Challenges for Developing Countries [speech]

· India's Goldilocks Globalization

Foundations of Effective Influence Operations: A Framework for Enhancing Army Capabilities
· Police Recruitment and Retention in the Contemporary Urban Environment: A National Discussion of Personnel Experiences and Promising Practices from the Front Lines

Small Wars Journal
· Turkey’s Border Porosity Problem with PKK

· Counterinsurgency: Is “Air Control” the Answer?
· Common Analytic Standards: Intelligence Community Directive # 203 and U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence
· The Seven Deadly Questions: How to Think about Mexico and Beyond
· Poppy is Not the Most Profitable Crop, It’s the Only Crop

Stanley Foundation
· Achieving Nonproliferation Goals: Moving From Denial to Technology Governance

State Department
· 2009 Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 Report to Congress

· Political Violence Against Americans 2008

State Department Office of Inspector General
· Performance Audit of the DynCorp Contract for Personal Protective Services in Iraq (MERO-IQO-09-06)

· Nonimmigrant Visa Adjudication: the Visa Referral Process (ISP-CA-05-56)

· The U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (ISP-I-05-09)

Stimson Center
· Achieving Nonproliferation Goals: Moving From Denial to Technology Governance

· Nuclear CBMs for South Asian Regional Stability

Strategic Studies Institute
· 2009 Key Strategic Issues List

· New Partnerships for a New Era: Enhancing the South African Army's Stabilization Role in Africa

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
· 2009 World Drug Report

· Unclassified executive summary of the USCENTCOM investigation into civilian casualties in Farah Province, Afghanistan

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Defending the City: NYPD's Counterterrorism Operations
· The Eight Books Ahmadinejad Doesn't Want You to Read
· Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East

· The Security Forces of the Islamic Republic and the Fate of the Opposition

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