Sunday, July 25, 2010

Friday's Miscellany 07-23-2010

ADS Group
· UK Aerospace Industry Survey 2010

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)
· Issue Brief #37: Transatlantic Relations After the Lisbon Treaty

· German-American Issues #13: The Many Sides of Muslim Integration
· Soundboard of Society or Critical Observer: German and American Media Coverage of the Afghanistan Conference

· Systemizing Structural Change: How States Can Learn From Each Other

Amnesty International
· Hard News: Journalists’ Lives in Danger in Somalia

U.S. Army Nuclear and Combating WMD Agency (USANCA)
· Combating WMD Journal, Spring/Summer 2010, Issue 5

o Sea Power - Deterrence From The Sea
o The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Accident & Incident Program in Europe
o Making Foreign Consequence Management Harder
o Pandemics of the Past: A Learning Opportunity
o Nuclear Medical Science Officers: Army Health Physicists Proudly Serving and Defending Their Country around the Globe
o The Need to Redefine Electromagnetic (EM) Protection: “A Think Piece"
o Nuclear Power Plants on Military Installations: “A Think Piece”
o USANCA Launches Army CWMD Information Portal (ACIP)
o The Mission that Drove World History
o Historical Development of the Nuclear Weapons Accident Response Procedures
o Sea Power - Deterrence from the Sea

Atlantic Council
· It's Time to Ratify the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties

· The Changing Pakistan Army Officer Corps

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
· Comparing Climate Commitments: A Model-Based Analysis of the Copenhagen Accord

· Interactions between State and Federal Climate Change Policies
· Options for the Institutional Venue for International Climate Negotiations

British American Security Information Council (BASIC)
· Iran Update, No. 144 – 19 July 2010

o Talks over Iran's nuclear enrichment could resume in the fall
o More sanctions levied on Iran; Tehran vows to continue enriching uranium
o Utility and impacts of sanctions questioned
o Tehran pushes uranium enrichment progress; United States and Russia warn Iran closer to weapons capability
o G8 and D8 summits
o Case of Iranian nuclear scientist adds more controversy to Iran-U.S. relations; Canadian convicted of trying to export dual-use technology to Iran

Brookings Institute
· Beyond Additionally in Cap-and-Trade Offset Policy

· Bridging Cuba’s Communication Divide: How US Policy Can Help
· Latin America and the Caribbean’s Economic Recovery

· Levantine Reset: Toward a More Viable US Strategy for Lebanon

· Moving to the Cloud: How the Public Sector Can Leverage the Power of Cloud Computing
· Pakistan Index: Tracking Variables of Reconstruction & Security in Pakistan (updated July 19, 2010 and archives)

· Steps to Improve Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· Building Cooperation in the Eastern Middle East

· Political Dimensions of Police Reform in Pakistan

CATO Institute
· The Inefficiency of Clearing Mandates

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

· Refocusing Afghan Metrics on Key Local Areas and Population Centers
· US Defense Planning

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
· The Taliban Beyond the Pashtuns

Chatham House
· Between Faith and Reason: UK Policy Towards the US and the EU

· The UK and the World: Rethinking the UK’s International Ambitions and Choices Conference
o Session 1 - A Changing Britain

o Session 2 - The UK in the Global Economy: Still in the Top Tier?
o Session 3 - The UK, US and Europe: Transatlantic Relations and Choices

o Session 4 - The UK as a Global 'Thought Leader'

o Session 5 - Options for Security and Defence Policy

o Session 6 - A Changing Britain

Commission on Wartime Contracting
· Better Planning For Defense-to-State Transition in Iraq Needed to Avoid Mistakes and Waste

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings

o Managing the Department of Defense in a Time of Tight Budgets [July 22, 2010]
o Modeling and Simulation: Enhancing Military Readiness [July 20, 2010]

Congress. House. Energy and Commerce Committee
· The Role of the Interior Department in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· Oversight of the Feed the Future Initiative

· Protecting U.S. Intellectual Property Overseas: The Joint Strategic Plan and Beyond
· Assessing the Merida Initiative: A Report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)

· Transshipment and Diversion: Are U.S. Trading Partners Doing Enough to Prevent the Spread of Dangerous Technologies?

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· The Role of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Border Security

· Enhancing DHS’ Efforts to Disrupt Alien Smuggling Across Our Borders

Congress. House. Judiciary Committee
· Ensuring Justice for Victims of the Gulf Coast Oil Disaster

Congress. Senate. Armed Services Committee
· Sustaining Nuclear Weapons Under the New START [July 15, 2010]

· Implementation of the New START [July 20, 2010]

Congress. Senate. Commerce, Science and Transportation
· Turning Ideas into Action: Ensuring Effective Clean Up and Restoration in the Gulf

· SAFE Port Act Reauthorization: Securing Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
· Charting a Path Forward: The Homeland Security Department's Quadrennial Homeland Security Review and Bottom-Up Review

· A Review of Disaster Medical Preparedness: Improving Coordination and Collaboration in the Delivery of Medical Assistance during Disasters

· The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: Ensuring a Financially Responsible Recovery Part II

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· An Analysis of the Army's Arsenal Support Program Initiative

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Debating the New START Treaty

· US Drone Activities in Pakistan

Department of Homeland Security
· Progress in Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations: July 2010 Update

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-10-98 - FEMA's Disaster Assistance Improvement Plan

Department of State
· Background Notes: Iran

· Background Notes: Pakistan

Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
· Key Fact About Contractors

· ODNI Fact Sheet: Leading an Integrated Intelligence Community that Operates as a Single Enterprise

· Questions & Answers on the Intelligence Community Post 9/11

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Alien Smuggling: DHS Needs to Better Leverage Investigative Resources and Measure Program Performance along the Southwest Border, GAO-10-328

· Alien Smuggling: DHS Could Better Address Alien Smuggling along the Southwest Border by Leveraging Investigative Resources and Measuring Program Performance GAO-10-919T [testimony]
· Border Security: CBP Lacks the Data Needed to Assess the FAST Program at U.S. Northern Border Ports, GAO-10-694

· Defense Management: DOD Needs Better Information and Guidance to More Effectively Manage and Reduce Operating and Support Costs of Major Weapon Systems, GAO-10-717

· Drug Control: DOD Needs to Improve Its Performance Measurement System to Better Manage and Oversee Its Counternarcotics Activities, GAO-10-835

· Drug Control: International Programs Face Significant Challenges Reducing the Supply of Illegal Drugs but Support Broad U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives, GAO-10-921T [testimony]
· Elections: DOD Can Strengthen Evaluation of Its Absentee Voting Assistance Program, GAO-10-476
· Engaging Foreign Audiences: Assessment of Public Diplomacy Platforms Could Help Improve State Department Plans to Expand Engagement, GAO-10-767

· Information Management: Challenges In Federal Agencies' Use of Web 2.0 Technologies, GAO-10-872T [testimony]

· Maritime Security: DHS Progress and Challenges in Key Areas of Port Security, GAO-10-940T [testimony]

· Merida Initiative: The United States Has Provided Counternarcotics and Anticrime Support but Needs Better Performance Measures, GAO-10-837

· Merida Initiative: The United States Needs Better Performance Measures for Its Counternarcotics and Anticrime Support Efforts, GAO-10-913T [testimony]

· Military Base Realignments and Closures: DOD Is Taking Steps to Mitigate Challenges but Is Not Fully Reporting Some Additional Costs, GAO-10-725R
· New Embassy Compounds: State Faces Challenges in Sizing Facilities and Providing for Operations and Maintenance Requirements, GAO-10-689

Heritage Foundation
· As the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty Process Begins, UNs “Programme of Action” on Small Arms Shows Its Dangers

· The Cameron-Obama White House Meeting: The US and UK Must Reject a Timetable for the War in Afghanistan

· Cap-and-Trade Bill Would Make Housing Less Affordable
· China’s Suspect Economic Data

· Comparing Pay in the Federal Government and the Private Sector

· Congress Starts Thinking Seriously About Cybersecurity – But More Thinking Needed
· David Cameron and Barack Obama Must Advance Economic Freedom – Not More Foreign Aid
· David Cameron Must Press for US Ratification of the US-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty
· Europe: What Future?

· Reclaiming America: Why We Honor the Tea Party Movement

Human Rights Watch
· “I Saw It with My Own Eyes”: Abuses by Chinese Security Forces in Tibet, 2008-2010

· Off the Streets: Arbitrary Detention and Other Abuses against Sex Workers in Cambodia

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
· Whither Pakistan? Growing Instability and Implications for India

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
· ISS Paper 211: 'Keep Calm and Carry On' An Initial African Assessment of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) 2010 Review Conference

· ISS Paper 212: The Chair of the African Union What Prospect for Institutionalisation?
· ISS Paper 213: Towards an Understanding of Repeat Violent Off Ending: A Review of the Literature

Institute for the Study of Labor
· Did Employer Sanctions Lose Their Bite? Labor Market Effects of Immigration Legalization

Institute for the Study of War
· Analysis of the Afghan Defense Appointments

International Council on Security and Development
· Afghanistan—The Relationship Gap

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
· Central Banking Lessons from the Crisis

· Euro Area Policies: Selected Issues

· Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries and Challenges Ahead: An Update
· Proposal for a Post-Catastrophe Debt Relief Trust Fund

· Resolution of Cross-Border Banks - A Proposed Framework for Enhanced Coordination

International Relations and Security Network
· Can Kabul Conference Cover a Donor-Government Gap?

· Color Revolutions Turn Black

· The Dangers of a Burqa Ban

· Eritrea and Isaias Afewerki: A Cold Logic

· Ethiopia's Election: All Losers

· ICJ Clears Kosovo Independence

· Leadership Crisis in Nepal

· The McChrystal Affair and US Civil-Military Relations

· New Prospect for Space Arms Control

· Thailand Emergency Rule Under Fire

· Ukraine: What Opposition?

· Unrest in Baluchistan

Jamestown Foundation
· China Brief, July 22, 2010, v. 10, no. 15

o The Chinese Navy’s Emerging Support Network in the Indian Ocean
o Assessing the PLA’s Promotion Ladder to CMC Member Based on Grades vs. Ranks – Part 1
o China Building Africa's Economic Infrastructure: SEZs and Railroads
o Chinese Analyses of Soviet Failure: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
· Terrorism Monitor, July 22, 2010, v. 8, no. 29

o South Lebanon's Shiites Clash with French Peacekeepers- A Hezbollah Strategy?
o Uyghurs Convicted in East Turkestan Islamic Movement Plot in Dubai
o Tawhid al-Hakimiyyah- A Jihadi Achilles Heel?

Joint Defense Science Board (DSB)/Threat Reduction Advisory Committee Task Force
· The Nuclear Weapons Effects National Enterprise

Military Education Research Libraries Network (MERLN)
· Military Bibliographies [various topics]

Mitchell Institute
· Air Force UAVs: The Secret History

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
· Pakistan’s Police between Centralization and Devolution

Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
· ANP Compound at Kandahar Generally Met Contract Terms but Has Project Planning, Oversight, and Sustainability Issues

Pakistan Security Research Unit (PSRU)
· PSRU Brief # 60. Domestic Politics and Systemic Constraints in Pakistan’s India Policy

· New Equipping Strategies for Combat Support Hospitals

· Observations on Recent Trends in Armored Forces
· Simple Models to Explore Deterrence and More General Influence in the War with al-Qaeda
· Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Sources of Success in Counterinsurgency
· Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Detailed Counterinsurgency Case Studies

Small Wars Journal
· Afghanistan: The Importance of Political Maneuver in COIN Operations

· MIA in QDR: A Unifying Vision for Land Forces

· Afghan Governance Considerations
· A Third COIN Course of Action: A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq
· Explosive Escalation?: Reflections on the Car Bombing in Ciudad Juarez

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
· Controlling Conflict Resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)
· Got Vision? Unity of Vision in Policy and Strategy: What It Is and Why We Need It [NPS Faculty - Dr Anna Simons]

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· The Iranian Clergy's Silence

· Yemen's Forever War: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
· Yemen's Forever War: The Houthi Rebellion

· Yemen's Forever War: Political Instability in the South

Washington Post
· Top Secret America

White House
· Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force