Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 10-30-2009

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
· On the Fiscal Road to Serfdom

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)
· The 2009 Election: A New Coalition for Germany

· Germany and Poland 1989-2009: The East-West Divide in a Nutshell

· German Unity – A Project

· “Particularly in Berlin”: Cultural Policy in the Unified Capital

Asia Foundation
· Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People

Atlantic Council
· A Shared US-EU Vision for Energy and Climate Change

· US-China Cooperation on Low Emissions Coal Technologies

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)
· 2008-2009 Annual Report

· Finding a Way Forward in Afghanistan
· How to Buy a Submarine: Defining and Building Australia's Future Fleet

Belfer Center
· Forgotten Frontlines: The Case for a New U.S. Approach Towards the Palestinian Camps of Lebanon

· The Future of Pakistan: A Conversation with Simon Shercliff and Hassan Abbas
· Strategic Advantage: Why America Should Care About Cybersecurity

· Targeting Nuclear Programs in War and Peace

· The Opportunity of the Obama Era: Can Civil Society Help Bridge Divides between the United States and a Diverse Muslim World?

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· Revitalizing Democracy Assistance: The Challenge of USAID

CATO Institute
· Nuclear Proliferation Update October 2009

Center for American Progress
· Advancing Sustainable Security in South Asia

· Our Faustian Bargains in Afghanistan
· Profiles of Afghan Power Brokers

Center for Security Policy
· Who's Behind the Obama Honduras Policy?

Center for Security Studies (CSS)
· No. 59: Iran: Domestic Crisis and Options for the West
· No. 60: Resilience: A Tool for Preparing and Managing Emergencies
· No. 61: Swiss Foreign Policy 2009: Crises and Challenges
· No. 62: Risk Communication in Security Policy

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· Afghan National Security Forces

· Iraq: Creating a Strategic Partnership

· Iraq: Security and the Challenges of Lasting "Victory"

Center for Technology and National Security Policy
· Defense Horizon, no. 69 - To Build Resilience: Leader Influence on Mental Hardiness

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
· Studies in Intelligence, v, 53, no. 3, September 2009
o Improving Homeland Security at the State Level - Needed: State-level, Integrated Intelligence Enterprises
o Thinking About the Business of Intelligence: What the World Economic Crisis Should Teach Us
o In Gratitude to the Crews of Air America: A Speech to an Air America Symposium

Centre for Social Cohesion
· Hizb ut-Tahrir: Ideology and Strategy

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
· CTC Sentinel, v. 2, no, 10, October 2009
o A Profile of the TTP's New Leader: Hakimullah Mehsud By Mukhtar A. Khan
o The October 2009 Terrorist Attack in Italy and its Wider Implications By Federico Bordonaro
o LIFG Revisions Unlikely to Reduce Jihadist Violence By Alison Pargeter
o Rethinking Strategies to Secure U.S. Critical Infrastructure By Charles Faddis
o Israel as an Al-Qa`ida Target: Sorting Rhetoric From Reality By Matthew Levitt
o Understanding History's Seven Stages of Jihad By Sebastian L.v. Gorka
o Mao Tse-tung and the Search for 21st Century Counterinsurgency By Thomas A. Marks
o Recent Highlights in Terrorist Activity

Commission of the European Communities
· Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2009-2010

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings

o Defeating the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Other Asymmetric Threats: Reviewing the Performance and Oversight of the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) [October 29, 2009]
o Can DOD Improve Innovation and Competition in Acquisition by Better Utilizing Small Business? [October 29, 2009]

Congress. House. Energy and Commerce Committee
· Protecting the Electric Grid: H.R. 2165, the Bulk Power System Protection Act of 2009, and H.R. 2195

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· A Call to Action on Food Security: The Administration's Global Strategy

· A Regional Overview of the Middle East

· Iran in the Western Hemisphere

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· Creating ‘One DHS’ Part I: Standardizing Department of Homeland Security Financial Management
· Real-Time Assessment of the Federal Response to Pandemic Influenza
· Preparedness: What Has $29 Billion in Homeland Security Grants Bought and How Do We Know?

Congress. House. Science & Technology Committee
· Developing Research Priorities at DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate

Congress. House. Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
· Addressing the Problem of Distracted Driving

Congress. House. Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
· Statutory Requirement for Congressional Notifications Witnesses

· Congressional Notification Policies, Practices and Procedures

Congress. Senate. Commerce, Science & Transportation
· Combating Distracted Driving: Managing Behavioral and Technological Risks

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
· More Security, Less Waste: What Makes Sense for our Federal Cyber Defense

· Achieving the President's Objectives: New OMB Guidance to Combat Waste, Inefficiency, and Misuse in Federal Government Contracting

Council of the European Union
· Strengthening EU Action in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· A Broad Dialogue With Muslims Worldwide

· Pakistan's New Generation of Terrorists

· The Tragedy of Palestinian Divisions

Department of Defense
· 2009 Report to Congress on Sustainable Ranges

Department of State
· 2009 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

· U.S.- Colombia Defense Cooperation Agreement

Department of Transportation
· Recovering from Disasters: The National Transportation Recovery Strategy

Energy Information Administration (EIA)
· Country Analysis Brief: Azerbaijan

· Country Analysis Brief: Equitorial Guinea

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
· Foreign Language Translation Program

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· The Sunni Divide: Understanding Politics and Terrorism in the Arab Middle East

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Aviation Safety: Information on the Safety Effects of Modifying the Age Standard for Commercial Pilots, GAO-10-107R

· Combating Illicit Financing: Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Could Manage More Effectively to Achieve Its Mission, GAO-09-794
· Contract Management: Extent of Federal Spending under Cost-Reimbursement Contracts Unclear and Key Controls Not Always Used, GAO-09-921

· Critical Infrastructure Protection: Current Cyber Sector-Specific Planning Approach Needs Reassessment, GAO-09-969
· Defense Acquisitions: Challenges in Aligning Space System Components, GAO-10-55
· Defense Acquisitions: Many Analyses of Alternatives Have Not Provided a Robust Assessment of Weapon System Options, GAO-09-665
· Federal Energy Management: Agencies Are Taking Steps to Meet High-Performance Federal Building Requirements, but Face Challenges, GAO-10-22
· Financial Management Systems: DHS Faces Challenges to Successfully Consolidate Its Existing Disparate Systems, GAO-10-210T [testimony]
· Fire Grants: FEMA Has Met Most Requirements for Awarding Fire Grants, but Additional Actions Would Improve Its Grant Process, GAO-10-64
· Formerly Used Defense Sites: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Needs to Improve Its Process for Reviewing Completed Cleanup Remedies to Ensure Continued Protection, GAO-10-46
· Human Capital: Monitoring of Safeguards and Addressing Employee Perceptions Are Key to Implementing a Civilian Performance Management System in DOD, GAO-10-102
· Influenza Pandemic: Key Securities Market Participants Are Making Progress, but Agencies Could Do More to Address Potential Internet Congestion and Encourage Readiness, GAO-10-8

· Information Security: Concerted Effort Needed to Improve Federal Performance Measures, GAO-09-617
· Information Security: Concerted Effort Needed to Improve Federal Performance Measures, GAO-10-159T [testimony]

· Military Training: DOD's Report on the Sustainability of Training Ranges Addresses Most of the Congressional Reporting Requirements and Continues to Improve with Each Annual Update, GAO-10-103R
· International Food Assistance: A U.S. Governmentwide Strategy Could Accelerate Progress toward Global Food Security, GAO-10-212T [testimony]

· Warfighter Support: Actions Needed to Improve Visibility and Coordination of DOD's Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Efforts, GAO-10-95
· Warfighter Support: Challenges Confronting DOD's Ability to Coordinate and Oversee Its Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices Efforts, GAO-10-186T [testimony]

Heritage Foundation
· Honduran Handshake: U.S. Policy Still Needs to Be Better

· Islamist Terrorist Plots in Great Britain: Uncovering the Global Network
· National Security: Not a Good Argument for Global Warming Legislation
· Not a Good Start: The Future of Arms Control

· Secretary Clinton's Visit to Pakistan: Into the Crucible
· The Spending, Deficit, and Debt Control Act Would Help Congress Rein in Spending and Deficits

· U.S.-China Space Cooperation: More Costs Than Benefits

Human Rights Watch
· Lost in Transit: Insufficient Protection for Unaccompanied Migrant Children at Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport

· Unbearable Pain: India’s Obligation to Ensure Palliative Care

Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
· Marine Corps Generalship

· McNair Paper no. 70 - Saddam's War: An Iraqi Military Perspective of the Iran-Iraq War

· Strategic Forum no. 250 - North Korea: Challenges, Interests, and Policy

· Strategic Forum no. 249 - Burma in Strategic Perspective: Renewing Discussion of Options

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
· Madagascar: Anatomy of a Recurrent Crisis

· The Political Development of Somaliland and its Conflict with Puntland

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

oThe Relationship Between Energy Infrastructure Attacks and Crude Oil Prices
oUsing Public-Private Partnerships to Improve International Energy Infrastructure Security
oMaking a Secure Smart Grid a Reality
oEuropean Energy Infrastructure Protection: Addressing the Cyber-warfare Threat
oResilience and Conflict in European Natural Gas Relations
oTwenty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: NATO's Enduring Energy Challenge

Institute for the Study of War
· Key Facts on Afghanistan

· The Surge: the Untold Story [webcast]

International Crisis Group
· Conflict Risk Alert: After Afghanistan's Fraudulent Elections

International Relations and Security Network
· Dirty Diamonds in Panama

· More Bloodshed Ahead in Waziristan
· Opposition Growing Pains

Jamestown Foundation
· Terrorism Monitor Volume 7 Issue 32, October 30, 2009

oJihadis Debate Methods of Financing the Mujahideen Network in Iraq
o Al Qaeda's Nuclear Scientist? The Case of Adlene Hicheur
oWill Nigeria's Amnesty Campaign Have a Lasting Impact on the Delta Insurgency?
oGrowth of Salafist Militancy in Palestinian Refugee Camps Poses Security Risks

Lowry Institute for International Policy
· Caught in the Crossfire: the Pashtun Tribes of Southeast Afghanistan

· Confronting the Hydra: Big Problems with Small Wars

National Academies Press (NAP)
· Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations [free download but registration required]

National Security Archive
· Secrets and Lies: The U.S. Embassy and Col. Plazas Vega

Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre (NOREF)
· The Afghanistan Crisis: Regional and International Dimensions

· Astri Suhrke: Electing to Fight in Afghanistan

· Challenges of Pakistan’s Governance System

Real Instituto Elcano
· Narco-belligerents Across the Globe: Lessons from Colombia for Afghanistan? (WP)

· National Security Strategies: The Italian Case (WP)

Small Wars Journal
· Iraq the Model?: How Applying Lessons from our Successes and Failures in Iraq Can Shape a Winning Strategy in Afghanistan

· Turning Fallujah

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)
· Quarterly Report to Congress, October 2009

Strategic Studies Institute
· Schools for Strategy: Teaching Strategy for 21st Century Conflict

· Talent: Implications for a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy

Trust for America's Health
· Health Problems Heat Up: Climate Change and the Public's Health

University of Michigan Law School
· Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 30, No. 4, Summer 2009
o"ASAT-isfaction: Customary International Law and the Regulation of Anti-Satellite Weapons" by David A. Koplow

US Institute of Peace (USIP)
· Afghanistan and Iraq: Perspectives on U.S. Strategy

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting in Los Angeles

· Hamas in Combat: The Military Performance of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement

· Militias and Insurgency in Somalia

· Peacebuilding amid Terrorism: Fragile Gains in Somalia

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