Sunday, October 4, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 10-02-2009

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit
· A Closer Look - The Policy and Law-making Process Behind the Shiite Personal Status Law

· Patronage, Posturing, Duty, Demographics: Why Afghans Voted in 2009

· Toward an Afghan Democracy? Exploring Perceptions of Democratisation in Afghanistan


Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
· Key Issues Relevant to U.S. Army Fires and the Warfighter


Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
· Options for Limiting the Security Risks from a Negotiated Nuclear Settlement with Iran


Brookings
· How to Measure the War
· The Obama Administration’s New Counternarcotics Strategy in Afghanistan: Its Promises and Potential Pitfalls

Center for American Progress
· Comparing Public Spending and Priorities Across OECD Countries

Center for Contemporary Conflict (CCC)
· Strategic Insights, September 2009, v. 8, no. 4

*Requirements for Deterrence: Two Challenging Scenarios by Elbridge Colby
*NATO’s Deterrence Requirements: A Lithuanian Perspective by Kestutis Paulauskas
*Reflections on Requirements and Contingencies for a NATO Deterrence or Reassurance Role in the Middle East by Ariel E. Levite
*NATO’s Deterrence Requirements and the Next Strategic Concept: A German Perspective by Klaus Wittmann
*Alliance Requirements for Deterrence: Capabilities and Options for the Next Decade by Paul Schulte
*Spain, Burden-Sharing and NATO Deterrence Policy by David Garcia Cantalapiedra
*Prospects for U.S.-Russian Arms Control and Disarmament: A Russian Perspective by Sergey Oznobishchev
*Nonproliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament, and Extended Deterrence in the New Security Environment by Joseph F. Pilat
*NATO’s Future Nuclear Dimension: Managing Expectations for the Strategic Concept Debate by Michael Rühle
*NATO’s Deterrence Challenges: Report on a Workshop in Vilnius, Lithuania, 10-12 May 2009 by David S. Yost
*NATO and Tailored Deterrence: Key Workshop Findings in 2007-2008 by David S. Yost

Center for Infrastructure Protection
· CIP Report, August 2009, v. 8, no. 2

*Focus: National Monuments and Icons
*NMI Sector Overview
*US Secret Service
*National Mall Plan
*Statue of Liberty
*Legal Insights
*Cyber Conflict Perspectives

Center for Strategic & International Studies
· Countering Threats to Security and Stability in a Failing State: Lessons from Colombia

· Measuring Corruption and increasing Corruption Awareness in China
· The Other Side of the COIN
· Iraqi Trends and Afghan Resources

· Resourcing the Afghan War: An Overview

· Recent Trends in the Iraq War: Maps and Graphs

· Towards a Comprehensive Framework for Integrating Nuclear Issues


Congress. House. Armed Forces Committee
· Hearings

*President Obama’s New Plan for Missile Defenses in Europe and the Implications for International Security [October 1, 2009]
*Status of Ongoing U.S. Efforts in Iraq [September 30, 2009]

Congress. House. Energy and Commerce Committee
· H.R. 3258, the Drinking Water System Security Act of 2009, and H.R. 2868, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009


Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· The Afghan Elections: Who Lost What?


Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· Preparedness: State of Citizen and Community Preparedness

· The Future of the Registered Traveler Program


Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee
· Exploring U.S. Policy Options Toward Zimbabwe's Transition

· U.S. Policy Toward Burma: Its Impact and Effectiveness

· Afghanistan's Impact on Pakistan

· Violence Against Women: Global Costs and Consequences


Congress. Senate. Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
· Eight Years After 9/11: Confronting the Terrorist Threat to the Homeland

· Improving Transparency and Accessibility of Federal Contracting Databases

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· Changes in the Distribution of Workers' Annual Earnings Between 1979 and 2007


Defense Science Board (DSB)
· 2008 Summer Study on Capability Surprise Volume I: Main Report


Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· D-2009-100 Afghanistan Security Forces Fund Phase III - Accountability for Equipment Purchased for the Afghanistan National Police

· D-2009-107 DOD Enterprise Staffing Solution

· D-2009-115 Summary of Information Operations Contracts in Iraq

· D-2009-116 Financial Management of International Military Education and Training Funds

· D-2009-117 Controls Over Air Combat Command and Pacific Air Forces Unliquidated Obligations from Department of the Air Force Contracts Supporting Contingency Operations

· D-2009-118 Internal Controls Over Naval Special Warfare Command Comptroller Operations in Support of Contingency Operations

· D-2009-6-009 Defense Contract Audit Agency Audit Work Deficiencies and Abusive Work Environment Identified by the Government Accountability Office (Redacted version)

· SPO-2008-001 - Assessment of the Accountability of Arms and Ammunition Provided to the Security Forces of Iraq (Redacted version)

· SPO-2009-006 - Assessment of the Accountability and Control of Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives (AA&E) Provided to the Security Forces of Afghanistan

· SPO-2009-007 Report on the Assessment of U.S. and Coalition Plans to Train, Equip, and Field the Afghan National Security Forces

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-100 - DHS' Strategy and Plans to Counter Small Vessel Threats Need Improvement


Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· Reforming the Afghan National Police


Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Aviation Security: A National Strategy and Other Actions Would Strengthen TSA's Efforts to Secure Commercial Airport Perimeters and Access Controls, GAO-09-399

· Biofuels: Potential Effects and Challenges of Required Increases in Production and Use, GAO-09-446

· Combating Terrorism: U.S. Agencies Report Progress Countering Terrorism and Its Financing in Saudi Arabia, but Continued Focus on Counter Terrorism Financing Efforts Needed, GAO-09-883

· Contingency Contracting: DOD, State, and USAID Continue to Face Challenges in Tracking Contractor Personnel and Contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, GAO-10-1
· Continuing Resolutions: Uncertainty Limited Management Options and Increased Workload in Selected Agencies, GAO-09-879
· Defense Acquisitions: Army Aviation Modernization Has Benefited from Increased Funding but Several Challenges Need to Be Addressed, GAO-09-978R

· Defense Acquisitions: Department of Defense Needs a Unified Strategy for Balancing Investments in Tactical Wheeled Vehicles, GAO-09-968R

· Democracy Assistance: U.S. Agencies Take Steps to Coordinate International Programs but Lack Information on Some U.S.-funded Activities, GAO-09-993

· Disaster Housing: FEMA Needs More Detailed Guidance and Performance Measures to Help Ensure Effective Assistance after Major Disasters, GAO-09-796

· Emergency Communications: National Communications System Provides Programs for Priority Calling, but Planning for New Initiatives and Performance Measurement Could be Strengthened, GAO-09-822
· Emergency Management: Preliminary Observations on FEMA's Community Preparedness Programs Related to the National Preparedness System, GAO-10-105T [testimony]
· Emergency Preparedness: Improved Planning and Coordination Necessary for Development of Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, GAO-09-1044T [testimony]

· Emergency Preparedness: Improved Planning and Coordination Necessary for Modernization and Integration of Public Alert and Warning System, GAO-09-834
· Emergency Preparedness: Results of Survey on State and Local Emergency Alert and Notification Capabilities (GAO-09-880SP, September 2009), GAO-09-880SP, an E-supplement to GAO-09-834,

· Equal Employment Opportunity: DHS Has Opportunities to Better Identify and Address Barriers to EEO in Its Workforce, GAO-09-639
· Homeland Security: Actions Needed to Improve Security Practices at National Icons and Parks, GAO-09-983

· International Food Assistance: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight, GAO-09-977SP

· International Food Assistance: USAID Is Taking Actions to Improve Monitoring and Evaluation of Nonemergency Food Aid, but Weaknesses in Planning Could Impede Efforts, GAO-09-980
· International Trade: U.S. Agencies Have Taken Some Steps, but Serious Impediments Remain to Restricting Trade in Burmese Rubies and Jadeite, GAO-09-987
· Military Airlift: DOD Should Take Steps to Strengthen Management of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet Program, GAO-09-625

· Nuclear Waste: Uncertainties and Questions about Costs and Risks Persist with DOE's Tank Waste Cleanup Strategy at Hanford, GAO-09-913

· Personnel Security Clearances: An Outcome-Focused Strategy and Comprehensive Reporting of Timeliness and Quality Would Provide Greater Visibility over the Clearance Process, GAO-10-117T [testimony]
· U.S. Embargo on Cuba: Recent Regulatory Changes and Potential Presidential or Congressional Actions, GAO-09-951R

Heritage Foundation
·
26 Foiled Terror Plots Show Success of Information Sharing
· 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill: Conference Report Should Defer to Senate Bill on Many Programs
· Afghanistan: A War Worth Winning
· Global Trade Liberalization Continues, But Risks Abound
· How Margaret Thatcher Helped to End the Cold War
· A Policy Agenda for the U.S.-Russia Congressional Cacucus

· States: Stop Subsidizing FEMA Waste and Manage Your Own Disasters

· The War in Afghanistan: Why Britain, America, and NATO Must Fight to Win

Hudson Institute
· Nuclear Disarmament, Nonproliferation, and the “Credibility Thesis”

· Understanding and Preserving the Foundations of America’s Advantage in Asia

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
· CBW Magazine: Journal on Chemical and Biological Weapons, v. 2, no. 4, July-September 2009

*Overview of National Implementation Measures for Use of Micro-organisms - BTWC Concerns
*European Union Policy on CBRN security: A Primer
*Counter Bio-Terror
*An Assessment of Iran's Chemical and Biological Weapons

Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
· Strategic Forum 248 - Unity of Effort: Key to Success in Afghanistan

· Strategic Forum 245 - An Iraqi ISF Assessment after U.S. Troop Withdrawal


Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
· Afghanistan: Evolving an Indo-Pak Strategy: Perspectives from Pakistan

· How Prepared Are We?: India and the Challenge of Nuclear Terror
· India-Pakistan Joint Investigation: A Zero Sum Game?

· Indo-Pak Joint Anti-Terror Mechanims: Perspectives from Pakistan
· Suicide Terrorism in Pakistan: An Assessment


Institute for the Study of War
· Securing Helmand: Understanding and Responding to the Enemy


International Crisis Group
· Iraq’s New Battlefront: The Struggle Over Ninewa


International Relations and Security Network
· A Better Missile Defense

· Bosnia: Catching Up with ‘Terrorists’

· Costs of War: Untimely ‘Terror’
· Intel Brief: Ethnic Tensions in the UK
· N Korea: In Deep, Illicit Water

· Pakistan on the Brink
· Politics, Terrorism, and the Sunni Divide
· Prague: Political Energy, Wasted

Jamestown Foundation
· Terrorism Monitor, October 1, 2009, v. 7, no. 30

*Attempt on the Life of Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Marks the Return of Salafi-Jihadi Operations to Lebanon
*Bekkay Harrach: The Face of German Terror
*Are China’s Uyghurs Operating an al-Qaeda Network in Turkey? Ankara and Beijing Discuss Cooperation Against Terrorism
*Death from the Skies: An Overview of the CIA’s Drone Campaign in Pakistan – Part Two

National Academies Press
· Guidance for Establishing Crisis Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations: A Letter Report [free download but registration required]

· Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases


National Counterintelligence Executive
· Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage, FY 2008
· Traveling Overseas With Mobile Phones, Laptops, PDAs and Other Electronic Devices

National Defense University
· JFQ, 4th Quarter 2009, no. 55

*A New Grand Bargain: Implementing the Comprehensive Approach in Defense Planning by Thomas G. Mahnken
*Strategic Drift? The Future of the National War College by Janet Breslin-Smith and Cliff Krieger
*Developing Strategists: Translating National Strategy into Theater Strategy by Derek S. Reveron and James L. Cook
*Asia: Facing Interesting Times by Dean Cheng
*Future Gulf War: Weighing Arab and American Forces against Iranian Capabilities by Richard L. Russell
*The State of Play in Russia’s Near Abroad by Peter B. Humphrey
*SORT-ing out START: Options for U.S.-Russian Strategic Arms Reductions by Stephen J. Cimbala
*Real Acquisition Reform y Jim Cooper and Russell Rumbaugh
*Integrating CONOPs into the Acquisition Process by John P. Jumper, David A. Deptula, and Harold B. Adams
*Moving Toward a Joint Acquisition Process to Support ISR by Del C. Kostka
*MRAPs, Irregular Warfare, and Pentagon Reform by Christopher J. Lamb, Matthew J. Schmidt, and Berit G. Fitzsimmons
*Strategic Communication and the Combatant Commander by Jeffrey B. Jones, Daniel T. Kuehl, Daniel Burgess, and Russell Rochte
*Energy and Environmental Insecurity by Richard B. Andres
*Measure, Manage, Win: The Case for Operational Energy Metrics by Andrew Bochman
*Interview with General Raymond T. Odierno, USA, Commander, Multi-National Force–Iraq vy David H. Gurney and Jeffrey D. Smotherman
*Breaking the Yardstick: The Dangers of Market-based Governance by Don J. DeYoung
*Radar versus Stealth: Passive Radar and the Future of U.S. Military Power by Arend G. Westra
*Mind Fitness: Improving Operational Effectiveness and Building Warrior Resilience by Elizabeth A. Stanley and Amishi P. Jha
*The Department of Homeland Security: An Organization in Transition by Charles B. King III
*U.S. Joint Military Contributions to Countering Syria’s 1970 Invasion of Jordan by Richard A. Mobley

NATO Defense College
· Towards a new Strategic Concept for NATO


Peterson Institute for International Economics
· The World Trade Organization and Climate Change: Challenges and Options


Small Wars Journal
· Assessing and Targeting Illicit Funding in Conflict Ecosystems: Irregular Warfare Correlations

· Assessing Russian-Chinese Military Exercises
· LNO Missions as a Model for the Division Headquarters RIP/TOA Process
· Don’t Try to Arrest the Sea: An Alternative Approach for Afghanistan

Stimson Center
· Ending Impunity: New Tools for Criminal Accountability in UN Peace Operations

· International Police: Improving Professionalism and Responsiveness

· Security Sector Reform: Current Challenges and US Policy

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)
· A Comprehensive Approach to Improving U.S. Security Force Assistance Efforts

· Criminals, Militias, and Insurgents: Organized Crime in Iraq
· Guide to Rebuilding Governance in Stability Operations: A Role for the Military?
· Mind-Sets and Missiles: A First Hand Account of the Cuban Missile Crisis
· Toward a Risk Management Defense Strategy


Transnational Institute
· Burma’s Cease-fires at Risk: Consequences of the Kokang Crisis for Peace and Democracy

· Germany's Official Development Assistance in Land Policy

· NeoConOpticon: The EU Security-Industrial Complex
· Profit Before People and Human Rights: European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)
· Who Is A Terrorist?: Government Failure to Define Terrorism Undermines Enforcement, Puts Civil Liberties at Risk


U.S. Fire Administration
· Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2008


Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Al-Qaeda and Taliban Status Check: A Resurgent Threat

· Determining the Effectiveness of Sanctions on Iran

· EU Report on Turkey's Accession: Implications for U.S. Policy

· If Iran Can't Be Stopped Now, All Bets Are Off

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