Saturday, April 25, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 04-24-2009

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

· The Problems and Potential of China's Pharmaceutical Industry

Amnesty International

· Turkey Fails to Protect Asylum-Seekers

Asian Law Caucus of San Francisco

· Returning Home: How U.S. Government Practices Undermine Civil Rights at Our Nation's Doorstep

Asia Society

· Back From the Brink?: A Strategy for Stabilizing Afghanistan-Pakistan

Atlantic Council

· Afghanistan Report: A Ten-Year Framework for the Future

British American Security Information Council (BASIC)

· NATO Nuclear Burden Sharing and NPT Obligations

· Obama's Nuclear Diplomacy

Brookings Institution

· Civil-Military Relations, Fostering Development, and Expanding Civilian Capacity

· Drugs and Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift

· Early Prospects of the Obama Administration's Strategic Agenda with China

· Know Thy Neighbor: What Canada Can Tell Us About Financial Regulation

· What Europe Can Do for Iraq: A Blueprint for Action

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI)

· Why Canada Needs a Robust Arctic Air Rescue Capability

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)

· Rule of Law Temptations


· Bright Lines and Bailouts: To Bail or Not To Bail, That Is the Question

Center for American Progress

· We Must Seize the Energy Opportunity or Slip Further Behind

Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

· Hospitals Rising to the Challenge: The First Five Years of the U.S. Hospital Preparedness Program and Priorities Going Forward

Center for National Policy

· Economic Crisis: Impact on Chinese Military Modernization

· F-22: Necessary or Not?

Center for Nonproliferation Studies

· Engaging China and Russia on Nuclear Disarmament

Center for Security Policy

· 'The Enemy is Us'

· An Ideological Crusade Against Alberto Fujimori

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

· ABC News/Washington Post Poll on US Views of Islam

· China's Long March to Retirement Reform

· Civil-Military Relations, Fostering Development, and Expanding Civilian Capacity

· Cleansing the Poisoned Chalice?: The Obama Administration and the Challenge of National Security Planning, Programming, and Budgeting

· Critical Questions: Taliban Expansion in Pakistan: The Buner District Falls to Militants

· The Dramatic Expansion of University Engagement in Global Health

· The Dynamics of the "AfPak" Conflict: Metrics and Status Report

· Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

· How Soon Is Safe?: Iraqi Force Development and "Conditions-Based" Us Withdrawals

· Policies and Practices to Advance Global Health Technologies

· Public Health in Africa

· U.S. Global Health and National Security Policy

· U.S. National Security and Global Health: An Analysis of Global Health Engagement by the US Department of Defense

Center for Terrorism Law

· Terrorism Law Report, v. 1, no. 1, Spring 2009

*U.S. Must Remain Vigilant in War on Terror
*Premises Liability and Terrorism
*The Global Fundamental Islamic Terror: The Muslim Brotherhood as the Engine Behind This Campaign
*Houston and the Threat of Terrorism
*Legal and Security Benefits of the SAFETY Act

Center for the Study of Intelligence (CSI)

· Studies in Intelligence, v. 53, no. 1, December 2008

* NATO Intelligence: A Contradiction in Terms by Edward B. Atkeson
*Greek Intelligence and the Capture of PKK Leader Abdullah Ocalan in 1999 by Miron Varouhakis

Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP)

· Civilian Surge: Key to Complex Operations

· Operation Anaconda: Lessons for Joint Operations

· Social Software and National Security: An Initial 'Net Assessment'

Central Intelligence Agency FOIA Reading Room

· Air America: Upholding the Airmen's Bond Overview

Chatham House

· Moldova's Crisis: More than a Local Difficulty

· North Africa: The Hidden Risks to Regional Stability

· Pirates and How to Deal With Them

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee

· Hearings

*Effective Counterinsurgency: The Future of the U.S.-Pakistan Military Partnership [April 23, 2009]
*Army Aircraft Programs [April 23, 2009]
*Measuring Value and Risk in Services Contracts [April 23, 2009]
*Air Sovereignty Alert Operations [April 22, 2009]

Congress. House. Energy and Commerce Committee

· The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, Day 4 [April 24, 2009]

· The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, Day 3 [April 23, 2009]

· The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, Day 2 [April 22, 2009]

· The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, Day 1 [April 21, 2009]
· Communications Networks and Consumer Privacy: Recent Developments [April 23, 2009]
· Secrecy in the Response to Bayer's Fatal Chemical Plant Explosion [April 21, 2009]

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee

· New Beginnings: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Obama Administration [April 22, 2009]

· U.S. Assistance to Africa: A Call for Foreign Aid Reform [April 23, 2009]

Congress. House. Oversight and Government Reform Committee

· "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: The Role of State and Local Governments" [April 21, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Armed Services Committee

· Current Readiness of U.S. Ground Forces [April 22, 2009]

· Environmental Management Stimulus Funding [April 22, 2009]

· Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody

Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations

· Global Climate Change: U.S. Leadership for a New Global Agreement [April 22, 2009]

· Strengthening U.S. Diplomatic Capacity in Africa [April 21, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security and Government Affairs

· *Field Hearing* Southern Border Violence: State and Local Perspectives [April 20, 2009]

· Counternarcotics Enforcement: Coordination at the Federal, State, and Local Level [April 21, 2009]

· Improving the Ability of Inspectors General to Detect, Prevent, and Prosecute Contracting Fraud [April 21, 2009]

· Follow the Money: State and Local Oversight of Stimulus Funding [April 23, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Judiciary Committee

· Protecting National Security and Civil Liberties: Strategies for Terrorism Information Sharing [April 21, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence

· Declassified Narrative on DOJ Office of Legal Counsel's Opinions on the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

· Appropriation Request for Fiscal Year 2010 [testimony]

· Background Paper: How CBO Estimates the Costs of Reducing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

· Federal Budget Challenges

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

· Afghan Defense Chief Unhappy with Obama Plan

· The Evolution and Future of Donor Assistance for HIV/AIDS

· From AfPak to PakAf: A Response to the New U.S. Strategy for South Asia

· New Perils in Iraq

· 'Positive Introduction' to Hemisphere for Obama but Caution, Too

· Sharia and Militancy

· Threading the Needle on Interrogation Reform

Critical Infrastructure Protection Program [George Mason University]

· CIP Report, v. 7, no. 9, April 2009
*Maritime and Port Security

Defense Science Board (DSB)

· Creating an Assured Joint DOD and Interagency Interoperable Net-Centric Enterprise
· Department of Defense Policies and Procedures for the Acquisition of Information Technology
· Operations Research Applications for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)

· Unconventional Operational Concepts and the Homeland

Department of Defense

· Department of Defense Review of Department Compliance with President's Executive Order on Detainee Conditions of Confinement [Walsh Report]

Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program

· 2009 Annual Report to Congress

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)

· D-2009-070 Government Purchase Card Controls at United States Special Operations Command, April 16, 2009

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General

· OIG-09-51 - Federal Protective Service Contract Guard Procurement and Oversight Process

· OIG-09-49 - Compendium of Disaster Assistance Programs

· EMS Magazine, April 2009

* Mass-Casualty Response: The Vital First Few Minutes An Overview of the Principles Required to be Successful as the First-Due EMS Responder

European Law Enforcement Organisation (EUROPOL)

· EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report [TE-SAT] 2009

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

· Bird Strike Database

· Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States 1990-2007

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)

· Early Prospects of the Obama Administration's Strategic Agenda with China

· Innovation and Economic Growth: Lessons from the Story of ENIAC

· U.S.-European Relations 2009

· What to do About Piracy?

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

· Afghanistan: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight GAO-09-473SP

· Afghanistan: U.S.- and Internationally-Funded Roads (GAO-09-626SP), an E-supplement to GAO-09-473SP

· Army Health Care: Progress Made in Staffing and Monitoring Units that Provide Outpatient Case Management, but Additional Steps Needed GAO-09-357

· Auto Industry: Summary of Government Efforts and Automakers' Restructuring to Date GAO-09-553

· Coast Guard: Update on Deepwater Program Management, Cost, and Acquisition Workforce GAO-09-620T [testimony]

· Commercial Aviation: Airline Industry Contraction Due to Volatile Fuel Prices and Falling Demand Affects Airports, Passengers, and Federal Government Revenues GAO-09-393

· Defense Acquisitions: Actions Needed to Ensure Value for Service Contracts GAO-09-643T [testimony]

· Defense Management: DOD Needs to Improve Program Management, Policy, and Testing to Enhance Ability to Field Operationally Useful Non-lethal Weapons GAO-09-344

· Drug Control: Better Coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and an Updated Accountability Framework can Further Enhance DEA's Efforts to Meet Post-9/11 Responsibilities GAO-09-63

· Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites: Acquisition Has Increased Costs, Reduced Capabilities, and Delayed Schedules GAO-09-596T [testimony]

· Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites: Acquisition Is Under Way, but Improvements Needed in Management and Oversight GAO-09-323

· Homeland Defense: Actions Needed to Address Management of Air Sovereignty Alert Operations to Protect U.S. Airspace GAO-09-612T [testimony]

· Human Capital: Sustained Attention to Strategic Human Capital Management Needed GAO-09-632T [testimony]

· Iraqi Refugee Assistance: Improvements Needed in Measuring Progress, Assessing Needs, Tracking Funds, and Developing an International Strategic Plan GAO-09-120

· Recovery Act: As Initial Implementation Unfolds in States and Localities, Continued Attention to Accountability Issues Is Essential GAO-09-580

· Recovery Act: As Initial Implementation Unfolds in States and Localities, Continued Attention to Accountability Issues Is Essential GAO-09-631T [testimony]

· Transportation Security: Comprehensive Risk Assessments and Stronger Internal Controls Needed to Help Inform TSA Resource Allocation GAO-09-492

Heritage Foundation

· Canada and the United States: Time for a Joint Threat Assessment

· Coming to Grips with an Expanding Extremist Threat in Pakistan

· The Fifth Summit of the Americas: Return of the Good Neighbor Policy?

· Incompatible Pronouncements on the Future of the U.S. Nuclear Force

· People and Platforms: An Agenda for Balanced Defense Forces

· Piracy: A Symptom of Somalia's Deeper Problems

· Set the Record Straight: Publish All Key Memos on CIA Interrogations

· The U.S. Is Right to Boycott the U.N. Durban II Conference on Racism

Hudson Institute

· Hudson Economic Report--April 24, 2009

Human Rights Watch

· Under Cover of War: Hamas Political Violence in Gaza

Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)

· Global Strategic Assessment 2009: America's Security Role in a Changing World [Preview]

· The Future of Pakistan-U.S. Relations: Opportunities and Challenges

· Hybrid Threats: Reconceptualizing the Evolving Character of Modern Conflict

· Repairing U.S.-Russian Relations: A Long Road Ahead

· Social Software and National Security: An Initial Net Assessment

· Software Assurance in Acquisition: Mitigating Risks to the Enterprise

· The United States and the Asia-Pacific Region: National Interests and Strategic Imperatives

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)

· Update on the Khushab Plutonium Production Reactor Construction Projects in Pakistan

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

· ISS Paper 184: Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Risks in Botswana

· ISS Paper 183: The Establishment and Implications of the United States Africa Command. An African Perspective

· ISS Paper 182: Who is Most at Risk? Victimisation Trends in the 2007 National Crime and Victimisation Survey

Institute for the Study of War

· Afghanistan Attacks in Iraq Perspective [graphs and stats]

· Afghanistan Project

International Crisis Group

· China's Growing Role in UN Peacekeeping

· Gaza's Unfinished Business

· Zimbabwe: Engaging the Inclusive Government

International Relations and Security Network

· The Bush Administration Torture Memos 2001, 2005
· Chechnya: Still Bound to Moscow
· CIA Contractors Get the Boot

· Fiji's Coup Crackdown

· Rock the State, Save the Planet

· South Africa's Poll Augurs

Jamestown Foundation

· Terrorism Monitor, v. 7, no. 10, April 24, 2009

*Islamic State of Iraq Brings Internet Propaganda to the Streets
* "Stopping the Idols": Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls for Boycott of Algerian Elections
*Pakistan's Most Wanted: A Profile of Tehrik-e-Taliban Leader Baitullah Mahsud
*British Government Debates Engagement with Radical Islam in New Counterterrorism Strategy

Lexington Institute

· Gates Goals Undercut Air Force Capabilities and Leaders

Muslim Advocates

· Unreasonable Intrusions-Investigating the Politics, Faith, & Finances of Americans Returning Home

National Defense Intelligence College (NDIC)

· Attaché Extraordinaire: Vernon A. Walters in Brazil

· Imperial Secrets: Remapping the Mind of Empire

National Defense University

· Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ), no. 52, 1st Quarter 2009

*The National Defense Strategy: Striking the Right Balance by Robert M. Gates
* Gaming the 21st Century by Margaret McCown
*An Interview with General George W. Casey by David H. Gurney
*Let's Win the Wars We're In by John A. Nagl
* Let's Build an Army to Win All Wars by Gian P. Gentile
*Hybrid Warfare and Challenges by Frank G. Hoffman
*Systems versus Classical Approach to Warfare by Milan N. Vego
*Mobile Nuclear Power for Future Land Combat by Marvin Baker Schaffer and Ike Chang
*Teaching Strategy in the 21st Century by Gabriel Marcella and Stephen O. Fought
*"Military-Political" Relations: The Need for Officer Education by Derek S. Reveron and Kathleen A. Mahoney-Norris
*A Strategic Asset for Engagement: Enhancing the Role of National Defense University by Keith D. Dickson
*Irregular Warfare Lessons Learned: Reforming the Afghan National Police by Lewis G. Irwin
*Effects-based Operations: Combat Proven by Paul M. Carpenter and William F. Andrews
*EBO: There Was No Baby in the Bathwater by Paul K. Van Riper
*Victory-From the Prism of Jihadi Culture by Jeffrey B. Cozzens
*Death of the Combatant Command? Toward a Joint Interagency Approach by Jeffrey Buchanan, Maxie Y. Davis, and Lee T. Wight
*Irregular Warfare Is Warfare by Kenneth C. Coons, Jr., and Glenn M. Harned
*Wired for War? Robots and Military Doctrine by P.W. Singer
*Chinese Disaster Relief Operations: Identifying Critical Capability Gaps by Nirav Patel
*China-Africa Relations in the 21st Century by Jennifer L. Parenti
* Shoulder to Shoulder: The Marine Corps and Air Force in Combat by Daniel J. Darnell and George J. Trautman III
*Inside the Detention Camps: A New Campaign in Iraq by Mason Brooks and Drew Miller
* "Operationalizing" Legal Requirements for Unconventional Warfare by James P. Terry
*Reconstructing Iraq's Provinces, One by One by Henry L. Clarke
*Why USAFRICOM? by Edward Marks
*U.S. Africa Command: Value Added by Mary C. Yates

National Intelligence Council (NIC)

· The Impact of Climate Change to 2030 Commissioned Research Reports

· China: The Impact of Climate Change to 2030 (NIC-2009-02D)

· India: The Impact of Climate Change to 2030 (NIC-2009-03D)

· Russia: The Impact of Climate Change to 2030 (NIC-2009-04D)

National Security Archive

· Robert F. Kennedy Urged Lifting Travel Ban to Cuba in '63

New America Foundation

· Revitalizing U.S. Democracy Promotion

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

· Public Remains Divided Over Use of Torture

Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

· Federal Contractor Misconduct Database


· The Department of Defense Can Improve Its Response to and Management of Anthrax Incidents

· A Stability Police Force for the United States: Justification and Options for Creating U.S. Capabilities

· The Value and Impacts of Alternative Fuel Distribution Concepts: Assessing the Army's Future Needs for Temporary Fuel Pipelines

Small Wars Journal

· Advancing the Art and Science of Psychological Operations Requires a Serious Investment
· Counterterrorism and Military Occupation
· The Future of U.S. Ground Forces: A Counter View

· Winning the War in Afghanistan: An Oil Spot Plus Strategy for Coalition Forces

Stimson Center

· The F-22 Raptor: Disconnect Between Strategic Planning and Program Acquisition

· What's the Matter with Thailand?

Strategic Studies Institute

· New NATO Members: Security Consumers or Producers?

U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)

· Peace Media Clearinghouse

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

· Can the al-Asad Regime Make Peace with Israel?

Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control

· Illicit Chinese Exports to Iran

Friday, April 24, 2009

Walsh Report - Guantanamo Detainees

The Secretary of Defense tasked a team headed by Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Admiral Patrick Walsh to review the confinement conditions at Guatanamo Bay Naval Base. The resulting report
Department of Defense Review of Department Compliance with President's Executive Order on Detainee Conditions of Confinement is also referred to as the "Walsh Report."

Friday's Miscellany 04-17-2009

British American Security Information Council (BASIC)
· Iran Update, no, 133, 16 April 2009

Brookings Institution
· Afghanistan Index: Variable of Reconstruction & Security in Post-9/11 Afghanistan [updated April 7, 2009]

· Cuba: A New Policy of Critical and Constructive Engagement
· The Financial Crisis and the Rule of Law

· Summit of the Americas

· A Tighter Command Is Needed in Afghanistan

· Will Obama Retreat on Democracy in Latin America?

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· International Economic Bulletin, v. 1, no. 1, April 2009

· Lessons from Algeria's 2009 Presidential Election

· Reconciling With the Taliban?: Toward an Alternative Grand Strategy in Afghanistan
· Sisters in the Muslim Brotherhood

· Pakistan and the Future of U.S. Policy

Center for American Progress
· Transcending the Rio Grande: U.S.-Mexico Relations Need to Reach Beyond the Border

Center for Defense Information (CDI)
· A Chronology of North Korea's Missile Tests

Center for Nonproliferation Studies
· 2010: Time for a New Beginning

Center for Security Policy
· An Ideological Crusade Against Alberto Fujimori

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· Afghan Public Opinion and the Afghan War: Shifts by Region and Province

· Commentary: Obama’s War Fighting Supplemental: $83.4 Billion More for Defense?
· Commentary: Opportunities for Obama in the Americas
· Comparative Connections v.11, n.1, (January-March 2009)
*Regional Overview: High Priority and High Drama over Asia
*U.S.-Japan Relations: A Fresh Start
*U.S.-China Relations: A Good Beginning is Half Way to Success
*U.S.-Korea Relations: The Late Night Phone Call
*U.S.-Russia Relations: The Kremlin Sizes up Obama
*U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations: Indonesia as Exemplar of Southeast Asia’s Importance
*China-Southeast Asia Relations: South China Sea, Economic Issues
*China-Taiwan Relations: New Economic Challenges
*North Korea-South Korea Relations: Squeezing the Border
*China-Korea Relations: Year of China-DPRK Friendship; North’s Rocket Fizzles
*Japan-China Relations: New Year, Old Problems
*Japan-Korea Relations: Conflict with North Improves Japan-ROK Relations
*-China-Russia Relations: Between Crisis and Cooperation
· Financial Power and International Security: Reflections on the Evolution of the Global Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Regime since 9/11

· The Obama Administration and US Strategy: The First 100 Days
· Peace in Chechnya?
· Pursuing a Comprehensive Vision for the U.S.-South Korea Alliance
· U.E.-European Nonproliferation Perspectives: A Transtlantic Conversation

Century Foundation
· Iran Election Bulletin, v. 1, no. 4, April 10, 2009

*Ahmadinejad Adopts New Strategy on Campaign Trail
*Assessing Ahmadinejad’s Presidency
*Iranian Voters Hungry for Economic Policies, Not Slogans
*Seen & Heard: Analysis of Recent Media Coverage in Iran
*Background Brief: The State of Iran’s Economy
*Presidential Front Runners

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)
· 2009 Congressional Pig Book

· Complete Pork Database

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
· CTC Sentinel, v. 2, no. 4, April 2009

*“Defining the Punjabi Taliban Network” by Hassan Abbas
*“The 2008 Belgium Cell and FATA’s Terrorist Pipeline” by Paul Cruickshank
* “President Obama’s Overseas Terrorism Challenge” by Tom Sanderson
* “Improving India’s Counterterrorism Policy After Mumbai” by Paul Staniland
*“Leveraging History in AQIM Communications” by Lianne Kennedy Boudali
*“AQAP a Rising Threat in Yemen” by Brian O’Neill
*“The Role of the United Nations in Defeating Al-Qa`ida and Associated Groups” by Richard Barrett
· Dysfunction and Decline: Lessons Learned from Inside al-Qa`ida in Iraq

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Chairman Skelton Sends Letter to President Obama on Denying Safe Havens in Somalia to Pirates

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· The Budgetary Implications of NASA's Current Plans for Space Exploration

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Afghan Defense Chief Unhappy with Obama Plan

· Can China Lift Japan Out of Recession?

· India's Electoral Politics
· India's National Elections and Improved U.S. Relations
· U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality

· The United States Should Avoid "Grand Schemes" in Somalia

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· OIG-09-45 - FEMA's Implementation of the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004

· OIG-09-42 - Audit of the Effectiveness of the Checked Baggage Screening System and Procedures Used to Identify and Resolve Threats (Unclassified Summary)

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA)
· FireGround Compass

· Security and Video Quality for the Public Safety Statement of Requirements Project

Department of Transportation Research and Innovation Technology Administration
· Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) System Initiative Final System Design Document

· Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) System Initiative Transition Plan

Director of National Intelligence
· April 3, 2009: Dr. Joel F. Brenner, National Counterintelligence Executive, Addresses the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin

· April 9, 2009: Mr. Michael E. Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Addresses the Aspen Institute

· Statement of the Justice OLC Opinions

· Troubled Waters: A Special Report on the Sea

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
· Bank Crime Report 4th Quarter 2008

· Previous reports [see violent crime section]

· Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining State, Territorial, Tribal and Local Government Emergency Plans

· Hurricane Ike in Texas and Louisiana: Mitigation Assessment Team Report, Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· What to do About Piracy?

Fort Leavenworth, Combined Arms Center
· Military Review, v. 89, no. 2, March-April 2009

*Counterinsurgency Lessons from Iraq by Bing West
*Unifying Physical and Psychological Impact During
*Narrowing the Gap: DOD and Stability Operations
*Tal Afar and Ar Ramadi: Grass Roots Reconstruction
*Not My Job: Contracting and Professionalism in the U.S. Army
*From Peddlers to Sheiks: A Contracting Case study in Southern Baghdad
*All Our Eggs in a Broken Basket: How the Human Terrain System is Undermining Sustainable Military Cultural Competence
*Complex Operations in Africa: Operational Culture Training in the French Military
*Testing Galula in Ameriyah: the People are the Key
*A View from Inside the Surge
*Amnesty, Reintegration, and Reconciliation in South Africa
*Educating by Design: Preparing Leaders for a Complex World
*The Art of Design: A Design Methodology
*Learning from Moderate Governments’ Approaches to Islamist Extremism

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Addressing Significant Vulnerabilities in the Department of State's Passport Issuance Process. GAO-09-583R

· Defined Benefit Plans: Proposed Plan Buyouts by Financial Firms Pose Potential Risks and Benefits GAO-09-207
· Maritime Security: Vessel Tracking Systems Provide Key Information, but the Need for Duplicate Data Should Be Reviewed GAO-09-337
· Military Disability Retirement: Closer Monitoring Would Improve the Temporary Retirement Process. GAO-09-289

· Military Personnel: Status of Accession, Retention, and End Strength for Military Medical Officers and Preliminary Observations Regarding Accession and Retention Challenges GAO-09-469R
· Nuclear Security: Better Oversight Needed to Ensure That Security Improvements at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Are Fully Implemented and Sustained GAO-09-321
· Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding: Perspectives and Observations. GAO-09-411R

· Superfund: Greater EPA Enforcement and Reporting Are Needed to Enhance Cleanup at DOD Sites GAO-09-278
· United States Government Accountability Office Fiscal Year 2010 Performance Plan. GAO-09-304SP

Heritage Foundation
· Complex Systems Analysis-A Necessary Tool for Homeland Security

· Gates' Proposed Missile Defense Cuts: Confusion and Contradictions

· The G-20 Summit: Mistakes and Missed Opportunities

· Indonesian President Yudhoyono's Big Decision
· Keeping Score: Will the Summit of the Americas Make the U.S. More Prosperous?

· A New Approach to Improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education
· Options for Combating Piracy in Somalia

· Piracy: A Symptom of Somalia's Deeper Problems

· The Summit of the Americas: A Chance to Make the Americas More Secure

Hudson Institute
· Hudson Economic Report--April 17, 2009

Human Rights Watch
· A Dying Practice: Use of Cluster Munitions by Russia and Georgia in August 2008

· Forced Apart (By the Numbers): Non-Citizens Deported Mostly for Nonviolent Offenses
· Service for Life: State Repression and Indefinite Conscription in Eritrea

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
· Video Tour of Iran's Nuclear Sites

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
· African Security Review, v. 18, no. 1, 2009: Peacekeeping in Africa

· 01 Jul 2008: Partnerships for Enhancing Regional Enforcement of Laws Against Environmental Crimes. Workshop Report

Institute for the Study of War
· June '06 to April '09 Iraq Order of Battle

· Operation Peace

International Crisis Group
· Chad: Powder Keg in the East

· China’s Growing Role in UN Peacekeeping

· Development Assistance and Conflict in Sri Lanka: Lessons from the Eastern Province
· Turkey and Armenia: Opening Minds, Opening Borders

International Relations and Security Network
· China’s Unhappy Neo-Leftists

· Costs of War: Dodging Security Bullets
· How to Tackle Piracy
· Moldova: No Revolution This Time Around
· Russia Ends Chechnya 'Operation'
· Srebrenica: Weighing Justice
· True Colors: Thailand on the Brink
· Uncovering China’s Hidden Agenda on Nuclear Proliferation

Jamestown Foundation
· China Brief, v. 9, no. 8, April 16, 2009

*Taiwan's Submarine Program: Pipe-Dream or Next Big Thing?
*Beijing's Calculated Response to NK Missile Launch
*Turkey Trot: Military Cooperation between Beijing and Ankara
*Military Parades Demonstrate Chinese Concept of Deterrence
*An Assessment of Taiwan's Quadrennial Defense Review

Lexington Institute
· Analytic Flaws in the Emerging Gates Defense Posture

· Back to the Future with Secretary Gates

· Radford Army Ammunition Plant: The Heart of the U.S. Ammunition Supply Chain

Maritime Administration
· Horn of Africa Piracy

Middle East Report Online
· The Reawakened Specter of Iraqi Civil War

National Priorities Project (NPP)
· The President's War Request: Local Costs Updated

New York University Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response (CCPR)
· Facial Recognition Technology: A Survey of Policy and Implementation Issues

Peterson Institute
· The GCC Monetary Union: Choice of Exchange Rate Regime

· The IMF and the Global Crisis: Role and Reform

· World Recession and Recovery: A V or an L?

Pew Hispanic Center
· Mexican Immigrants in the United States, 2008

· A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States

Pew Internet
· The Internet's Role in Campaign 2008

· Challenges and Issues with the Further Aging of U.S. Air Force Aircraft: Policy Options for Effective Life-Cycle Management of Resources

· The Economic Cost of Methamphetamine Use in the United States, 2005
· Enhancing Fires and Maneuver Capability Through Greater Air-Ground Joint Interdependence
· An Examination of the Relationship Between Usage and Operating-and-Support Costs of U.S. Air Force Aircraft

· Evaluating Options for U.S. Greenhouse-Gas Mitigation Using Multiple Criteria
· A Framework to Assess Programs for Building Partnerships
· Initial Evaluation of the Cities Readiness Initiative

· Titanium: Industrial Base, Price Trends, and Technology Initiatives

Small Wars Journal
· The Post Oceanic Navy, the New Shadow Zones, and the U.S. Navy’s Force Structure Challenge

· The Role of PRTs on the Battlefield

· Translating Russia's Military Reform

Strategic Studies Institute
· A History of Socio-Cultural Intelligence and Research Under the Occupation of Japan

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Making Smugglers Pay: Underwriting Egyptian Border Security

· Will Mitchell's Trip Bypass Damascus?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 04-10-2009

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
· The Promise, and Peril, Ahead for Iraq

· Public Opinion on Taxes

Amnesty International
· Austria: Victim or Suspect - A Question of Colour: Racial Discrimination in the Austrian Justice System

Brookings Institution
· Economic Downturn and Instability in China: Time for Political Reform?

· In Defense of Partisan Politics
· The G-20 and the End of Ideology: From Washington to London to New York

· Job Sprawl Revisited: The Changing Geography of Metropolitan Employment

· Pyongyang Fails Again: North Korea’s Third Missile Launch and Kim Jong-il’s Miscalculation

· The Summit of the Americas and Democracy

· The Summit of the Americas and Regional Development Banks

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate

· Brazil in the Global Economy: Measuring the Gains From Trade
· Luncheon: Whither U.S.-Russia Relations?
· Obama Skates on Thin Ice in Turkey
· U.S.-China Climate Change Cooperation

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
· Big Energy Map

· The Past and Present as Prologue: Future Warfare Through the Lens of Contemporary Conflicts

Center for American Progress
· Economic Snapshot for April 2009

· Recommendations for the Public-Private Investment Program: Implementing the Treasury Department’s Plan to Clean up the Toxic Asset Mess

Center for Immigration Studies
· The Appearance of Security: REAL ID Final Regulations vs. PASS ID Act of 2009

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· China's Capacity to Manage Infectious Diseases: Global Implications

· Commentary: Obama’s War Fighting Supplemental: $83.4 Billion More for Defense?
· Commentary: Opportunities for Obama in the Americas
· Critical Questions: The Haiti Donor's Conference
· Issues & Insights Vol. 09 - No. 02 - April 2009 - Next Generation Thinking about America's East Asia Strategy

· U.S. Strategy, Force Plans, and the FY2010 Defense Budget: The Questions Still to Be Answered

Chatham House
· Indonesia Elections: Potential Partners

· NATO at Sixty: Unhappy Returns

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Chairman Skelton and Other Committee Chairs Urge OMB Director Orzag to Halt All Pay-for-Performance Systems Across the Federal Government

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· Sinking the Copyright Pirates: Global Protection of Intellectual Property

Congress. House. Oversight and Government Reform Committee
· Chairman Towns Asks Secretary Geithner for Information Regarding Reports that Treasury Is Attempting to Circumvent Restrictions on Executive Pay at Firms Receiving Bailout Funds

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security and Government Affairs
· *Field Hearing* The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Making the Economic Stimulus Work for Connecticut

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· Historical Effective Federal Tax Rates: 1979 to 2006

· The Impact of Ethanol Use on Food Prices and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Addressing the Crisis in America's Oceans

· After Latest Brinksmanship, Engaging North Korea

· Can China Lift Japan Out of Recession?

· Human Rights Reporting and U.S. Foreign Policy
· A New Kind of Aid for Pakistan

· 'A Very Good Week' in Europe for President Obama

Department of Defense
· Annual Industrial Capabilities Report to Congress - 2009

· DoD Directive 3020.49, Orchestrating, Synchronizing, and Integrating Program Management of Contingency Acquisition Planning and Its Operational Execution

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· D-2009-6-004 Defense Contract Management Agency Actions on Audits of Cost Accounting Standards and Internal Control Systems at DoD Contractors Involved in Iraq Reconstruction Activities

· D-2009-067 Controls Over Air Force Materiel Command Unliquidated Obligations on Department of the Air Force Contracts Supporting the Global War on Terror, April 3, 2007
· D-2009-073 DoD Components' Use of Global War on Terror Supplemental Funding Provided for Procurement and Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, April 8, 2009

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-44 - Letter Report: Review of Customs and Border Protection's Certification of Automated Targeting System - Passenger Enhancements

· OIG-09-43 - Investigation Concerning TSA's Compromise of Covert Testing Methods
· OIG-09-41 - Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Tracking and Transfers of Detainees

Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics
· Nonimmigrant Admissions to the United States: 2008

Director of National Intelligence
· Intelligence Community Climate Survey

Federation of American Scientists & the Natural Resources Defense Council
· From Counterforce to Minimal Deterrence: A New Nuclear Policy on the Path Toward Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· U.S.-European Relations 2009

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Aviation Safety: NASA's National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service Project Was Designed Appropriately, but Sampling and Other Issues Complicate Data Analysis GAO-09-112

· "GAO: Promoting Accountability and Transparency in Government," by Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States, before the Women's Philanthropy Board 7th Annual Spring Symposium, Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. GAO-09-572CG
· High-Level Leadership Needed to Help Guam Address Challenges Caused by DOD-Related Growth GAO-09-500R

· "Key Fiscal Challenges Facing the Accountability Community," by Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States, before the 2009 AGA Southeast Region Professional Development Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee GAO-09-505CG

Heritage Foundation
· The Dirty Dozen: 12 New Policies That Undermine Civil Society

· The G-20 Summit: Mistakes and Missed Opportunities

· Help the Economy and Federal Deficit by Raising H-1B Caps
· Indonesian President Yudhoyono's Big Decision

· Obama in Ankara: Turkey's Dangerous Drift

· President Should Merge Homeland Security Council with NSC

· Principles for Reform of Catastrophic Natural Disaster Insurance

· Renewing Conservatism: Lessons from Britain

· Suspend UNDP Activities in North Korea, Again
· Where Is Nuclear Energy in the Markey-Waxman Energy Bill?

Human Rights Watch
· Open Secret: Illegal Detention and Torture by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force in Uganda

· Sri Lanka: Stop Shelling ‘No-Fire Zone’
· “You Can Die Any Time”: Death Squad Killings in Mindanao

Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
· Assessment of Industry Investment in U.S. Domestic Production of Strategic Materials, IDA Paper P-4377

· Can Profit Policy & Contract Incentives Improve Defense Contract Outcomes? IDA Paper P-4391
· Defense Department Profit & Contract Finance Policies & Their Effects on Contract and Contractor Performance, IDA Paper P-4284
· Infrastructure Rationalization in the U.S. Naval Ship Industrial Base, IDA Paper P-4393

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
· Commercial Satellite Image Catches North Korean Missile During Flight

· Pre-Launch Satellite Imagery of the North Korean Missile at Musudan-ri

Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)
· Critical Issues for Cyber Assurance Policy Reform: An Industry Assessment

International Relations and Security Network
· Astana Mixes in US-Iran Deal

· Cheap Labor for Private Security

· Growing Interest in Islamic Finance
· Japanese Navy Hits Somali Seas
· Kyrgyzstan: Tough Policing for Radicalism
· South Africa’s Election: Tainted Victory

· Transdniestria, Moldova: Unloved, Unresolved

· Yemen's Political Impasse
· US and Iran Met Secretly in Geneva

Jamestown Foundation
· Terrorism Monitor, v. 7, no. 9, April 10, 2009

*Journal of the Turkistan Islamic Party Urges Jihad in China
*Hafiz Gul Bahadur: A Profile of the Leader of the North Waziristan Taliban
*Motivations and Methods of India’s United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
*UK Charity Funding Arms and Training for Bangladeshi Terrorists

Lexington Institute
· The Value of English Proficiency to the United States Economy

National Academies Press
· Countering Terrorism: Biological Agents, Transportation Networks, and Energy Systems. Summary of a U.S.-Russian Workshop
[free download but registration required]
· Evaluation of Quantification of Margins and Uncertainties Methodology for Assessing and Certifying the Reliability of the Nuclear Stockpile
[free download but registration required]

National Governors Association (NGA)
· The Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future: Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future

National Security Archive
· Fujimori Found Guilty of Human Rights Crimes

Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network
· Transforming the U.S. Strategic Posture and Weapons Complex for Transition to a Nuclear Weapons–Free World

Pew Hispanic Center
· Hispanics and the Criminal Justice System: Low Confidence, High Exposure

Policy Exchange
· Choosing Our Friends Wisely: Criteria for Engagement with Muslim Groups

· The Affordability of Alcoholic Beverages in the European Union: Understanding the Link Between Alcohol Affordability, Consumption and Harms

· Evaluating Options for U.S. Greenhouse-Gas Mitigation Using Multiple Criteria
· Qualifying Military Health Care Officers as "Joint": Weighing the Pros and Cons

Stimson Center
· Islam and Politics: Renewal and Resistance in the Muslim World

· Leveraging Science for Security: A Strategy for the Nuclear Weapons Laboratories in the 21st Century

Strategic Studies Institute
· The New Balance: Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of U.S. Landpower

U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
· The Kurds in Syria: Fueling Separatist Movements in the Region?

· Land, Property, and the Challenge of Return for Iraq’s Displaced

· Somali Pirates Hold U.S. Captain Hostage
· Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Syria, Iraq and the Changing Strategic Context in the Middle East

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Elections in Algeria: Bouteflika Wins, Legitimacy Loses

· Misdirected Fire: The UNHRC Report on Gaza

· New Israeli Government: More Convergence Than Division

White House

· Request for Additional Funding for Initiatives or Operations Underway in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan