Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday's Miscellany 01-2-2010

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
· Why Tocqueville on China?


Atlantic Council
· Pakistan’s Existential Threat


Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
· Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat: Hype or Reality?: A Timeline of Terrorists' Efforts to Acquire WMD

· The Blueprint: A History of Dubai’s Spatial Development Through Oil Discovery
· The Cross-Border Financial Impact of Violence
· Health Financing and Health Outcomes in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
· Oil, Labor Markets, and Economic Diversification in the GCC: An Empirical Assessment
· "Pakistan's Nuclear Posture: Implications for South Asian Stability"

Berghof Conflict Research (BCR)
· Mediating Identity Conflicts – Potential and Challenges of Engaging with Hamas


Brookings Institution
· Afghanistan Index - Tracking Progress and Security in Post-9/11 Afghanistan [updated January 21, 2010]

o Archive
· Incorporating the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement into Domestic Law: Issues and Challenges

· Iraq Index Tracking Variables of Reconstruction & Security in Iraq [updated January 26, 2009]

o Archive
· State of the Union 2010: A Pivotal Moment

· Three Keys to Success for Haiti Relief


Center for a New American Security
· Contested Commons: The Future of American Power in a Multipolar World

· Promoting the Dialogue: Climate Change and the Quadrennial Defense Review

Center for American Progress
· Coming of Age in a Post-9/11 World: A Conversation with Young Muslim-American Leaders [video]


Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
· Looking Ahead to the FY 2011 Defense Budget


Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· How the US Must Expand and Redefine International Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism

· Prevention of New HIV Infections: Priorities for U.S. Action
· Recommendations: The London Ministerial on Yemen

· Technical Challenges Associated with the New US Nuclear Agenda


CSIS and McAfee
· In the Crossfire: Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Cyber War [report is free but registration required]


Center for the Study of Intelligence
· Studies in Intelligence, December 2009, v. 53, no. 4

o Operation INFEKTION: Soviet Bloc Intelligence and Its AIDS Disinformation Campaign by Thomas Boghardt
o The Origins of Modern Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
o Military Intelligence at the Front, 1914–18 by Terrence J. Finnegan, Col., USAFR (Ret.)
o An Experiment in Collaboration on an Intelligence Problem: Developing STORM, a Methodology for Evaluating Transit Routes of Transnational Terrorists and Criminals by Mark T. Clark and Brian Janiskee
o In Defense of John Honeyman (and George Washington) by Kenneth A. Daigler, aka P.K. Rose

Chatham House
· Conceptualizing AfPak: The Prospects and Perils


Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
· CTC Sentinel, January 2010, v. 3, no. 1

o The Facade of Allegiance: Bin Ladin’s Dubious Pledge to Mullah Omar by Vahid Brown
o Assessing the Al-Qa`ida Threat to the United States by Martha Crenshaw
o The Pakistan Military’s Adaptation to Counterinsurgency in 2009 by Sameer Lalwani
o Karachi Becoming a Taliban Safe Haven? by Imtiaz Ali
o Uighur Dissent and Militancy in China’s Xinjiang Province by Chris Zambelis
o Ninawa Province: Al-Qa`ida’s Remaining Stronghold by Andrea Plebani
o The French Approach to Counterterrorism by Charles Rault

Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism
· Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism Report Card: An Assessment of the U.S. Government's Progress in Protecting the United States from Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

· Report Card grades

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings

o Al Qa'ida in 2010: How Should the U.S. Respond? [January 27, 2010]

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· Flight 253: Learning Lessons from an Averted Tragedy

· Is the Medical Community Ready if Disaster or Terrorism Strikes: Closing the Gap in Medical Surge Capacity


Congress. Joint Economic Committee
· Understanding the Economy: State-by-State Snapshots


Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee
· Haiti: From Rescue to Recovery and Reconstruction


Congress. Senate. Homeland Security & Government Committee
· Cutting the Federal Government’s Energy Bill: An Examination of the Sustainable Federal Government Executive Order

· Intelligence Reform: The Lessons and Implications of the Christmas Day Attack, Part II


Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· An Analysis of the Roadmap for America's Future Act of 2010

· CBO's Analysis of Scenarios for Funding the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
· Long-Term Implications of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Budget
· Testimony on the Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2010 to 2020 - Senate
· House of Representatives

Defense Science Board
· Capability Surprise, Vol II: Supporting Papers

· Capability Surprise, Vol I: Main Report

Department of Homeland Security
· No FEAR Act Data

· Press Briefing by Secretary Napolitano on Aviation Security
· Privacy Impact Assessment for the IdeaFactory

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-10-34 - Cargo Targeting and Examinations


European Muslim Research Centre
· Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: a London Case Study


European Union Institute for Security Studies
· The Future of Haiti: Not Simply a Matter of Money


GIDEON Informatics, Inc.
· The Infectious Diseases of Haiti


Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Defense Acquisitions: Status of DOD's Implementation of Independent Management Reviews for Services Acquisitions, GAO-10-284

· Defense Contracting: DOD Has Enhanced Insight into Undefinitized Contract Action Use, but Management at Local Commands Needs Improvement, GAO-10-299

· Defense Contracting: Recent Law Has Impacted Contractor Use of Offshore Subsidiaries to Avoid Certain Payroll Taxes, GAO-10-327

· Defense Infrastructure: DOD Needs to Take Actions to Address Challenges in Meeting Federal Renewable Energy Goals, GAO-10-104
· Electronic Health Records: DOD and VA Interoperability Efforts Are Ongoing; Program Office Needs to Implement Recommended Improvements, GAO-10-332
· Emergency Preparedness: State Efforts to Plan for Medical Surge Could Benefit from Shared Guidance for Allocating Scarce Medical Resources, GAO-10-381T [testimony]
· Homeland Security: Better Use of Terrorist Watchlist Information and Improvements in Deployment of Passenger Screening Checkpoint Technologies Could Further Strengthen Security, GAO-10-401T [testimony] · Military Recruiting: Clarified Reporting Requirements and Increased Transparency Could Strengthen Oversight over Recruiter Irregularities, GAO-10-254
· Nuclear Security: DOE Needs to Address Protective Forces' Personnel System Issues, GAO-10-275

Heritage Foundation
· 10 China Myths for the New Decade

· Battling Chavez's Radical Vision for an Anti-U.S. Honduras
· Biometric Exit Programs Show Need for New Strategy to Reduce Visa Overstays

· China’s Economy: Something Is Not Right in Beijing

· The Decline of Britain: A Cautionary Tale for America
· It Is Past Time for Macedonia to Join NATO

· London Conference and the Future of Afghanistan

· Realistic Budget Baseline Show $13 Trillion in Debt over the Next Decade
· Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

· The State of the US Military

· State of the Union Should Be "State of War" Presidential Address
· To Keep and Bear Arms

· U.N. Data and Statistics: Manipulated for a Higher Purpose?

Human Rights Watch
· “Skin on the Cable”: The Illegal Arrest, Arbitrary Detention and Torture of People Who Use Drugs in Cambodia

· A State of Isolation: Access to Abortion for Women in Ireland

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
· Burma: A Nuclear Wannabe; Suspicious Links to North Korea; High-Tech Procurements and Enigmatic Facilities

· Exploring Claims about Secret Nuclear Sites in Myanmar

International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
· Rising Extremism in South Asia


International Monetary Fund (IMF)
· Working Paper No. 10/19: The Outlook for Financing Japan's Public Debt


Jamestown Foundation
· Terrorism Monitor, January 28, 2010, v. 8, no. 4

o Yemeni Clerics Announce Mandatory Jihad Against Foreign Intervention
o Saudi Military Operations along the Yemen Border Repel Houthist Incursion
o AQIM Funds Terrorist Operations with Thriving Sahel-Based Kidnapping Industry
o Al-Qaeda's Purpose in Yemen Described in Works

Institute of South Asian Studies
· India-Pakistan Relations Post-Mumbai Terrorist Attacks


Institute for the Study of War
· CENTCOM in 2010: Views from General David H. Petraeus [interview videos]


International Relations and Security Network
· Aid Failure Bodes Ill for Haiti

· Cricket: A Dangerous Game
· Drones: War from Afar
· India's Maoist Standoff
· The Mutsinzi Report: Report of the Investigation into the Causes and Circumstances of and Responsibility for the Attack of 06/04/1994 Against the Falcon 50 Rwandan Presidential Aeroplane
· Negotiating with the Narco Elite

· Welcome to the United States

Joint Chiefs of Staff
· Joint Pub 3-30 Command and Control for Joint Air Operations


National Academies Press
· Crisis Standards of Care: Summary of a Workshop Series [free download - registration required]


NATO Defence College
· Taking Stock of NATO’s Response Force


New America Foundation
· Yemen on the Brink?


Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
· Build-up of Afghan Security Forces Ill Advised


Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
· The Financial Crisis: Reform and Exit Strategies


Pew Research Center for the People & The Press
· Public’s Priorities for 2010: Economy, Jobs, Terrorism


Project on Defense Alternatives
· An Undisciplined Defense: Understanding the $2 Trillion Surge in US Defense Spending


RAND
· Reconstructing Haiti (Testimony)


Small Wars Journal
· Do Ideas Matter?: A Clausewitzian Case Study

· Haiti: Boots on the Ground Perspective
· War, “Like War”, or Something Else?

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)
· The Effects of Multiple Deployments on Army Adolescents


US Institute of Peace (USIP)
· Negotiating Sudan's Post-Referendum Arrangements


US Aid and International Development (USAID) Inspector General
· Audit of USAID/Pakistan's Capacity Building for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas Development Program


Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Saudi Public Opinion: A Rare Look

· When Yemen Meets Gaza


White House
· President Obama's 2010 State of the Union address

· A summary of the major initiatives by Deputy Chief of Staff, Mona Sutphen

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2010 State of the Union address text

The White House has posted the text of President Obama's 2010 State of the Union address. A summary of the major initiatives by Deputy Chief of Staff, Mona Sutphen has been posted on the White House blog.

Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell gave the Republican response to the State of the Union speech. The video of his response is available on YouTube.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Friday's Miscellany 01-22-2010

Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research (ACSOR)
· Afghanistan: National Poll for the BBC, ABC News and ARD of Germany

· Press release


Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)
· Building a Viable Microfinance Sector in Afghanistan


American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)
· Finding Security in an Age of Uncertainty

· Looking Ahead: The United States, Germany, and Europe in 2020

· Germany's Electoral System at 60: Trends and Reforms for the 21st Century
· Transatlantic Counterterrorism Policy: Cultural, Economic, and Financial Aspects

· The United States and the "Unity of Europe"

Amnesty International
· Somalia: International Military and Policing Assistance Should Be Reviewed

· Standing Up For Justice and Dignity: Human Rights Defenders in Mexico

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)
· Let's Test That Idea - Contestability of Advice in the Department of Defence


Brookings Institution
· Beyond Emergency Relief for Haiti: The Challenge of Effective Development Assistance

· "Build Back Better" in Haiti: Lessons from the Indonesian Tsunami

· Completing a New Arms Control Agreement with Russia

· The Emerging Law of Detention: The Guantánamo Habeas Cases as Lawmaking

· Obama and the Hemispheric Partnership: A Missed Opportunity?


Center for a New American Security
· Engaging the Private Sector for the Public Good: The Power of Network Diplomacy

· Learning From Experience: Lessons From The QDR for the QDDR


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
· Guantanamo's Impact on U.S. National Security


Center for Immigration Studies (CIS)
· Fixing Flores: Assuring Adequate Penalties for Identity Theft and Fraud


Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· Cyber Events Since 2006

· Homegrown Terrorism Fact Sheet
· Iran’s Evolving Threat

· The Ingenuity Gap: Officer Management for the 21st Century

· Transnational Threats Update November-December 2009 – Vol. 7, No. 9

Center for Strategic Leadership (CSL)
· Understanding Africa: A Geographic Approach


Center on Law and Security
· The Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2001-2009


Chatham House
· Controlling Illegal Logging: Consumer-Country Measures


Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings

o Status of the Air Force Nuclear Security Roadmap [January 21, 2010]
o Issues Affecting Naval Force Structure [January 20, 2010]
o Threat Posed by al Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and Other Regions [January 20, 2010]
o Findings of the Department of Defense Independent Review Relating to Fort Hood [January 20, 2010]

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· 'The United States Secret Service and Presidential Protection: An Examination of a System Failure' Part 2


Congress. Senate. Armed Services Committee
· Findings and Recommendations of the Department of Defense Independent Review Relating to Fort Hood


Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee
· al Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia: A Ticking Time Bomb

· Civilian Strategy for Afghanistan: A Status Report in Advance of the London Conference

· Following The Money in Yemen and Lebanon: Maximizing the Effectivness of U.S. Security Assistance and International Financial Institution Lending

· Principles of U.S. Engagement in Asia

· Yemen: Confronting al-Qaeda, Preventing State Failure


Congress. Senate. Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
· Intelligence Reform: The Lessons and Implications of the Christmas Day Attack, Part I


Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· The Long-Term Outlook for the US Navy’s Fleet


Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
· The Russian Chronologies: October – December 2009


Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· D-2010-035 Defense Logistics Agency Contracts for M2 Machine Gun Spare Parts in Support of Operations in Southwest Asia

· IE-2010-001 Evaluation of DOD Contracts Regarding Combating Trafficking in Persons

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA)
· Haiti Social Media Disaster Monitoring Initiative


Department of State
· Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy


European Union Institute for Security Studies
· Command and Control?: Planning for EU Military Operations

· Strength in Numbers? Comparing EU Military Capabilities in 2009 with 1999

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· Abdurrahman Wahid, The Indonesian Republic, and Dynamics in Islam

· Islam and Islamism Today: The Case of Yusuf al-Qaradawi
· What’s So Important About the Abdulmutallab Affair?


Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Defense Acquisitions: Managing Risk to Achieve Better Outcomes, GAO-10-374T [testimony]

· Financial Management: Improvements Needed in National Flood Insurance Program's Financial Controls and Oversight, GAO-10-66

· Information Sharing: Federal Agencies Are Sharing Border and Terrorism Information with Local and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies, but Additional Efforts Are Needed, GAO-10-41

· Rural Water Infrastructure: Improved Coordination and Funding Processes Could Enhance Federal Efforts to Meet Needs in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region, GAO-10-126


Heritage Foundation
· Arms Control: One Year Later, the Obama Administration Needs a New Strategy

· The Copenhagen Conference: A Setback for Bad Climate Policy in 2010
· Military Base Dispute Strains US-Japan Alliance

· State Sponsors of Terrorism: Time to Add Venezuela to the List

Hudson Institute
· National Security and the Social Sector in Georgia


Human Rights Watch
· World Report 2010


Human Security Report Project
· The Shrinking Costs of War


Institute for the Study of War
· Sunni Politicians Barred from Candidacy


International Monetary Fund
· Inflation in Tajikistan: Forecasting Analysis and Monetary Policy Challenges


International Relations and Security Network
· Bosnia Back on International Agendas

· Countering the Internet Jihad
· DEA Uncovers Drug-Terror Nexus
· Devastating Opportunities in Haiti
· Dire Straits for Pakistan
· Good Year for Private Security
· Guantanamo, Tip of the Iceberg

Jamestown Foundation
· China Brief, v. 10, no. 2, January 21, 2010

o Hu’s “New Deal” with Tibet: Chinese Characteristics and Tibetan Traits?
o The PLA’s Multiple Military Tasks: Prioritizing Combat Operations and Developing MOOTW Capabilities
o Chinese Infrastructure Projects Trouble India
o Managing the Chiang-Chen Talks in Cross-Strait Relations
· Terrorism Monitor, v.8, no. 3, January 21, 2010

o Mystery Persists in Assassination of Iranian "Nuclear Scientist" in Tehran
o Ban on U.K. Radical Islamist Group al-Muhajiroun Raises Free Speech Questions
o The Politics Behind Iraq's Second Parliamentary Election
o Hybrid, Homegrown and Transnational: The Indian Mujahideen and the Islamist Terror Matrix

Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
· Joint Publication 3-13.2, Psychological Operations


Middle East Fact Project
· Religious Perceptions in America: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Attitudes Towards Muslims and Islam


National Academies Press
· Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future [free download but registration required]


National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
· NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0


Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre
· An Anvil of Clay: Pakistan’s Military Balks at Obama’s Afghan Surge

· Reluctant Ally: Islamabad, the Pakistani Media and Public Response to President Obama’s Afghan Surge


Petersons Institute for International Economics
· Estimation of De Facto Flexibility Parameter and Basket Weights in Evolving Exchange Rate Regimes
· Notes on Equilibrium Exchange Rates: January 2010

Pew Global Attitudes Project
· The Post-Communist Generation in the Former Eastern Bloc


Project on Defense Alternatives
· An Undisciplined Defense: Understanding the $2 Trillion Surge in US Defense Spending

· The President's Dilemma: Debt, Deficits, and Defense Spending


Project for Excellence in Journalism
· Social Media Provide First-Hand Accounts, Direct Action on Haiti


RAND
· Determining When Competition Is a Reasonable Strategy for the Production Phase of Defense Acquisition

· Dollar Value and Risk Levels: Changing How Weapon System Programs Are Managed
· Improving Acquisition Outcomes: Organizational and Management Issues

· Shining a Spotlight on the Defense Acquisition Workforce -- Again
· Towards a Digital Europe, Serving Its Citizens: The EUReGOV Synthesis Report

· Untying Gulliver: Taking Risks to Acquire Novel Weapon Systems

Small Wars Journal
· Don’t Call it CMOC

· Some Advice for Military Humanitarians

· Spitting Cobra
· Winning the Ground Battles but Losing the Information War


Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
· Afghanistan Energy Supply Has Increased but An Updated Master Plan Is Needed and Delays and Sustainability Concerns Remain

· Contract Delays Led to Cost Overruns for the Kabul Power Plant and Sustainability Remains a Key Challenge

Strategic Studies Institute
· Pakistan's Nuclear Future: Reining in the Risk

· Security and Stability in Africa: A Development Approach


Transnational Institute
· Civil Society in European-Chinese Relations: Challenges of Cooperation


UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
· Corruption in Afghanistan: Bribery as Reported by the Victims


US Institute of Peace (USIP)
· Haiti After the Earthquake

· In Pursuit of Democracy and Security in the Greater Middle East: A USIP Study Group Report

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Dangerous Alliance: Escalating Ties between Terrorist Groups and Criminal Activity

· Much Traction from Measured Steps: The Iranian Opposition, the Nuclear Issue, and the West

· Prospects for the Resumption of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

· Terrorist Dropouts: Learning from Those Who Have Left

Thursday, January 21, 2010

REPORT - Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy

The State Department has released its new report " Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy"

Secretary Clinton's comments about it can be found in the
press release

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Friday's Miscellany 01-15-2010

Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research
· Poll of Afghan Opinion, 11-23 December 2009


Afghanistan Analysts Network
· The State of the Afghan State


Brookings Institution
· Afghanistan Index - Tracking Progress and Security in Post-9/11 Afghanistan [updated January 11, 2010]

o Archive http://www.brookings.edu/foreign-policy/afghanistan-index.aspx#archives
· Pakistan Index Tracking Variables of Reconstruction & Security in Pakistan [updated January 15, 2009]

o Archive
· The Status Report: Facing Challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan [video]
· U.S.-China Relations: Seeking Strategic Convergence in Pakistan


Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI)
· Beneath the Radar: Change and Transformation in the Canada-U.S. North American Defence Relationship

· Dancing on Snake Heads in Yemen

· Democracies and Small Wars
· Don’t Overburden or Undervalue NATO

Carnegie Endowment
· Global Implications of the U.S.-India Deal

· (Re)Engaging Russia in an Era of Uncertainty

Center for American Progress
· “Connecting the Dots” Requires a Commitment to IT Infrastructure

· Oil Dependence Is a Dangerous Habit

· Ukraine’s Elections Demand Engagement: The West Can’t Be Complacent About Ukraine’s Nascent Democracy

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
· Defense Planning for the Long Haul: Scenarios, Operational Concepts, and the Future Security Environment


Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· African Conflicts and U.S. Diplomacy

· Building Trust Across the Taiwan Strait: A Role for Military Confidence-building Measures

· Comparative Connections v.11 n.4 – Full Version

· Defense Department PAS Positions [Updated January 13, 2010]
· Kenya Trip Report
· Policy Brief Number 6: Kazakhstan Holds the OSCE Chair
· "Shape, Clear, Hold, Build, and Transfer:" The Metrics of the Afghan War
· US Agricultural Research in a Global Food Security Setting
· Violence in the North Caucasus: 2009, a Bloody Year
· Wall Street and the Pentagon: Analyzing Defense Finance

Center for European Reform
· How to Restore Financial Stability


Chatham House
· Decisions and Deadlines: A Critical Year for Sudan


Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
· CTC Sentinel, Special Yemen Issue, January 2010

o AQAP in Yemen and the Christmas Day Terrorist Attack By Gregory D. Johnsen
o The Expansion Strategy of Al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula By Gregory D. Johnsen
o AQAP a Rising Threat in Yemen By Brian O'Neill
o Assessing the Strength of Al-Qa`ida in Yemen By Gregory D. Johnsen
o Al-Qa`ida in Yemen's 2008 Campaign By Gregory D. Johnsen
o Deconstructing Salafism in Yemen By Laurent Bonnefoy
o The Current State of Al-Qa`ida in Saudi Arabia By Michael Knights
o Examining Saudi Arabia's 85 Most Wanted List By Christopher Boucek
o The Dilemma of the Yemeni Detainees at Guantanamo Bay By Gregory D. Johnsen & Christopher Boucek

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings

o China: Recent Security Developments [January 13, 2010]
o Understanding Cyberspace as a Medium for Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization [January 13, 2010]

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· Hearings

o The Impact of U.S. Export Controls on National Security, Science and Technological Leadership [January 15, 2010]

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
· Preliminary Recommendations in Fort Hood Investigation


Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· Policies for Increasing Economic Growth and Employment in 2010 and 2011
· Unauthorized Appropriations and Expiring Authorizations

Council on Foreign Relations
· Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 6: Terrorist Attack Sparks Indo-Pakistani Crisis

Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
· An Assessment in the Context of Organised Crime and Terrorist Finance – Is There A Cause for Concern?


Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-10-30 - Improvements Necessary in DHS' Security Program and Practices For Its Intelligence Systems (Unclassified Summary)


DOD Independent Review on Fort Hood
· Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood

· DOD Special Report: Tragedy at Fort Hood

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· Islam and Islamism Today: the Case of Yusuf al-Qaradawi

· What’s So Important About the Abdulmutallab Affair?


Freedom House
· Freedom in the World 2009

· Previous reports


Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Briefing on Commercial and Department of Defense Space System Requirements and Acquisition Practices, GAO-10-315R

· Corporate Crime: DOJ Has Taken Steps to Better Track Its Use of Deferred and Non-Prosecution Agreements, but Should Evaluate Effectiveness, GAO-10-110


Heritage Foundation
· American Leadership Necessary to Assist Haiti After Devastating Earthquake

· The Cargo-Screening Clog: Why the Maritime Mandate Needs to Be Re-examined
· The Chinese Navy’s Budding Overseas Presence

· An Israeli Preventive Attack on Iran's Nuclear Sites: Implications for the U.S.
· Russia's Iran Policy: A Curveball for Obama

House of Commons Library
· The Islamic Republic of Iran: An Introduction


Human Rights Watch
· Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

· Unkept Promise: Failure to End Military Business Activity in Indonesia

Immigration Policy Center
· Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform


Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
· Gulf of Aden vs Malacca Strait: Piracy and Counter-Piracy Efforts

· Nuclear Iran: From Confrontation to Cooperation?
· Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Environments: A Critical Analysis of the UN Approach in Timor-Leste, Liberia and Nepal

International Crisis Group
· Central African Republic: Keeping the Dialogue Alive

· Nepal: Peace and Justice

· Sri Lanka: A Bitter Peace

International Relations and Security Network
· Charging the Future

· Costs of War: Connecting the Clichés
· Courting The Taliban
· A Plea to Yushchenko
· Zoning in on Greece

Jamestown Foundation
· Terrorism Monitor, January 14, 2010, v. 8, no. 2

o The Radical Source for Non-Arabic Speaking Muslims: Anwar al-Awlaki
o East African Terrorism Comes to Scandinavia
o Indonesian Counter-Terrorism: The Great Leap Forward
o The Growth of the Deobandi Jihad in Afghanistan

Joint Guam Program Office
· Environmental Impact Statement / Overseas Environmental Impact Statement - Guam and CNMI Military Relaction Relocating Marines from Okinawa, Visiting Aircraft Carrier Berthing, and Army Air and Missile Defense Task Force


Legatum Institute
· Prospects for Pakistan


National Academies Press
· Choosing the Nation's Fiscal Future [free download but registration required]


National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)
· Counterterrorism Calendar for 2010


National Security Archive
· The Air Force versus Hollywood: Documentary on "SAC Command Post" Tried to Rebut "Dr. Strangelove" and "Fail Safe"


Naval War College
· Chinese Civil-Military Relations in the Post-Deng Era: Implications for Crisis Management and Naval Modernization

· Naval War College Review, v. 63, no. 1, Winter 2010
o China's Aircraft Carrier Ambitions: An Update by Nan Li and Christopher Weuve
o Great Britain Gambles with the Royal Navy by Geoffrey Till
o Australia's 2009 Defense White Paper: A Maritime Focus for Uncertain Times by Jack McCaffrie and Chris Rahman
o Major Convoy Operation to Malta, 10-15 August 1942 (Operation Pedestal) by Milan Vego
o How Will the DPJ Change Japan? by Tobias Harris
o Engaging Oceania by Sea Sovereign Thomas
· War in Afghanistan: A Legal Analysis


Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
· Norway’s Whole-of-Government Approach and its Engagement with Afghanistan

· Regional Conflicts and International Engagement on the Horn of Africa


Pak Institute for Peace Studies
· Pakistan Security Report 2009

· 2008 report


Police Executive Research Forum
· Benchmarks for Developing A Law Enforcement Pandemic Flu Plan


RAND
· Between Slogans and Solutions: A Frame-Based Assessment Methodology for Public Diplomacy
· Developing Headquarters Guidance for Army Installation Sustainability Plans in 2007
· The Impact of US Military Drawdown in Iraq on Displaced and Other Vulnerable Populations: Analysis and Recommendations
· Security, At What Cost? Quantifying People’s Trade-offs Across Liberty, Privacy and Security
· A Vehicle for Change: PNGV, An Experiment in Government-Industry Cooperation

Small Wars Journal
· An Asymmetric Approach to Yemen

· Host Nation Information Requirements: Achieving Unity of Understanding in Counterinsurgency
· Waiting to Win: From Deterrence to Deferrence in the War on Terror

Stimson Center
· Pharmaceutical Terror: Getting Health Care Reform Right


Strategic Studies Institute
· Towards a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy for Success: Retaining Talent


United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
· UNAMA report on Afghanistan: Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict 2009


US Institute of Peace (USIP)
· International Engagement with Somalia

· Iraqi Voices Entering 2010
· Prospects for Haiti’s New Government

USA and USMC Counterinsurgency Center Blog
· Taking the Next Step: Operationalizing a Population-Centric Strategy at the Battalion - Squadron Level


Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Deterred but Determined: Salafi-Jihadi Groups in the Palestinian Arena

· Much Traction from Measured Steps: The Iranian Opposition, the Nuclear Issue, and the West
· Renewed Violence against Egypt's Coptic Christians


World Economic Forum
· Global Risks 2010: A Global Risk Network Report

Friday, January 15, 2010

Findings of the Independent Review Relating to Fort Hood

The DOD Independent Review on the Fort Hood shooting report has been released and is now available.

Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood (01/2010)

Other information and news stories about the shooting can be found on the DOD Special FT Hood Shooting report page
and the press release about the report is also available.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Friday's Miscellany 01-08-2010

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)
· Finding Security in an Age of Uncertainty: German and American Counterterrorism Policies

· Transatlantic Counterterrorism Policy: Cultural, Economic, and Financial Aspects


Army Combined Arms Center
· Military Review, v. 90, no. 1, January-February 2010

  • Strengthening the Bridge: Building Partnership Capacity by Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy, Colonel Bart Howard, U.S. Army
  • Guiding Principles for Stability and Reconstruction: Introducing a Roadmap for Peace, by Beth Cole and Emily Hsu, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Forward in Africa: USAFRICOM and the U.S. Army in Africa by Major General William B. Garrett III, U.S. Army, Colonel Stephen J. Mariano, U.S. Army, Major Adam Sanderson, U.S. Army
  • The European Union Military Operation in Chad and Central African Republic by Major General Boguslaw Pacek, Polish Army, Ph.D.
  • Adapting the Generating Force by Lieutenant General Michael A. Vane, U.S. Army
  • Partner Nation Capacity Building: Setting Conditions for Success by Colonel Kenneth J. Crawford, U.S. Army
  • Integrating Economic and Social Aspects into Military Operations by Jonathan Brown, Joseph Ingram, Ayse Kudat, Michael Gillette
  • The Interagency Abroad: The New Paradigm’s Progress by Major G. J. David, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Interagency Operations: General Geoffrey Keyes in Austria 1947–1950 by Lieutenant Colonel James Jay Carafano, U.S. Army, Retired, Ph.D.
  • Political Advisors: Harnessing the Soft Power of Brigade Commanders by Captain Adam Scher, U.S. Army
  • Providing Security Force Assistance in an Economy of Force Battle by Colonel Anthony E. Deane, U.S. Army
  • The Glass Balls of the Brigade Aviation Element: The Brigade Aviation 
Officer in Combat
by Major Erick “Zeke” Sweet II, U.S. Army
  • The Renaissance in American Strategy and the Ending of the Great Cold War by Gordon S. Barrass, CMG
  • Saving Military Families by Captain Gene Thomas Gomulka, U.S. Navy, Retired
  • Ambush and Aftermath: Contractors and Bureaucracy on the Interagency Battlefield by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Christopher, U.S. Army, Retired, Ph.D.

Brookings Institution
· Iraq Index: Tracking Variable of Reconstruction & Security in Post-Saddam Iraq [updated January 7, 2010]
· Archive

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
· Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan

Center for American Progress
· Paying for the Troop Escalation in Afghanistan: Ten Ways to Cut Baseline Defense Spending to Fight this War within Our Means

· Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform · Terrorism in Yemen Rediscovered: There Is No Single Central Front in the War Against Al Qaeda

Center for Global Development
· Bases, Bullets, and Ballots: The Effect of U.S. Military Aid on Political Conflict in Colombia


Center for Infrastructure Protection (CIP)
· CIP Report, no. 89, December 2009 Commercial Facilities Sector


Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· Afghan War at End 2009: A Crisis and New Realism

· Defense Department PAS Positions [updated January 6, 2010]
· The New "War on Terrorism": Yemen is Only a Symptom of A Far more Complex Mix of Threats

· The Northern Distribution Network and Afghanistan: Geopolitical Challenges and Opportunities


Center on International Cooperation
· The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan
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· Robust Peacekeeping: The Politics of Force


Century Foundation
· Exceptional Meets Universal: Moscow and Washington at the United Nations


Chatham House
· Towards a Post-Crisis Economy: Sombre Mood as Recovery Limps into 2010

· Unlocking Finance for Clean Energy: The Need for ‘Investment Grade’ Policy

Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
· Behavioural Conflict: From General to Strategic Corporal: Complexity, Adaptation and Influence

· Cockroaches, 'X-Men' and the "Black Day": Food Security and the Russian Federation


Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
· Interim Implementation Guide for the National Health Security Strategy of the United states of America
· National Health Security Strategy of the United States of America

Department of the Army
· TRADOC Pam 525-3-0 - The Army Capstone Concept - Operational Adaptability: Operating Under Conditions of Uncertainty and Complexity in an Era of Persistent Conflict, 2016-2028


Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· Abdurrahman Wahid, The Indonesian Republic, and Dynamics in Islam

· The Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s U.S. Cell [1988-95]: The Ideological Foundations of its Propaganda Strategy


Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Maximizing DOD's Potential to Face New Fiscal Challenges and Strengthen Interagency Partnerships

· VA Health Care: Improved Oversight and Compliance Needed for Physician Credentialing and Privileging

Heritage Foundation
· Christmas Day Terror Plot Highlights Need to Sharpen Intelligence System

· Planning for the Future: How and Why to Salvage the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review
· Secure Communities: A Model for Obama's 2010 Immigration Enforcement Strategy
· Six Questions for Detroit Terror Plot Hearings

· Yemen and the Resurgent Al-Qaeda Threat

· Yemen Terrorist Transfers: Policies That Make Sense

Human Rights Watch
· “Where Darkness Knows No Limits”: Incarceration, Ill-Treatment and Forced Labor as Drug Rehabilitation in China


Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
· Energy Security: A Global Challenge [presentation links embedded in agenda]


Institute for the Study of War
· The Quetta Shura Taliban in Southern Afghanistan: Organization, Operations and Shadow Governance


Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
· Af-Pak: A Strategic Opportunity for South Asia?


Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
· Questions and Answers Regarding Iranian Document: “Outlook for Special Neutron-Related Activities over the Next 4 Years”


Islamic Studies Program, Harvard
· Islamic Heritage Project


International Crisis Group
· Asia Report N°183 - Central Asia: Migrants and the Economic Crisis


International Relations and Security Network
· Baghdad to Pursue Justice for Blackwater Victims

· Beltran Leyvas Down but Not Out
· The Pentagon’s Defense Review Trap
· South America's Power Puzzle

Jamestown Foundation
· China Brief, v. 10, no. 1, January 7, 2010

o Major Reshuffles in China's Military and Security Leadership
o China’s Conventional Cruise and Ballistic Missile Force Modernization and Deployment
o Canada Resumes Summit Diplomacy with China
o China’s Inroads into North Africa: An Assessment of Sino-Algerian Relations
· Terrorism Monitor, v. 8, no. 1, January 7, 2010

o Algeria Introduces New Military Strategy to Combat Terrorism in the Sahara
o Abu Sayyaf Resurgent in the Philippines
o Opposition Group Promises Attacks Following Sanctions on Eritrea for Support of Terrorism
o Iraq's Security is Kurdistan's Security: An Interview with KRG Intelligence Chief Masrour Barzani

Middle East Forum
· Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2010, v. 17, no. 1
o How Taqiyya Alters Islam's Rules of War: Defeating Jihadist Terrorism

o Syria's Path to Islamist Terror

National Academies Press
· The Domestic and International Impacts of the 2009-H1N1 Influenza A Pandemic: Global Challenges, Global Solutions: Workshop Summary [free download but registration required]

· Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases


National Bureau of Asian Research
· Counterterrorism Cooperation in South Asia: History and Prospects

· Narco-Jihad: Drug Trafficking and Security in Afghanistan and Pakistan
· Pakistani Partnerships with the United States: An Assessment


National Security Archive
· Obama Commits to Declassification, Begins Shift in Classification Programs: Public Engagement Impacts Presidential Action


Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research
· Closing the Gender Land Gap: The Effects of Land-Titling for Women in Peru

· Compensation or Restitutation of Land Rights in the Colombian Peacemaking Process: Economic Effiency vs. Society Building?

· The Muslim Brotherhood in the Wider Horn of Africa
· Piracy in the Greater Gulf of Aden


Peterson Institute for International Economies
· The International Monetary System and Global Imbalances

· The Winter of Their Discontent: Pyongyang Attacks the Market

Pew Internet & American Life Project
· Internet User Profiles Reloaded: Updated Demographics for Internet, Broadband and Wireless Users


Pew Research Center for the People & The Press
· Current Decade Rates as Worst in 50 Years: Internet, Cell Phones Are Changes for the Better

· Millennials: They’re Younger -- But Their Preferences Aren't That Different

Progressive Policy Institute (PPI)
· Spooks in the Machine: How the Pentagon Should Fight Cyber Spies


Rand
· Mullahs, Guards, and Bonyads: An Exploration of Iranian Leadership Dynamics


Sanford School of Public Policy
· Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-Americans


Small Wars Journal
· Beyond the “Hybrid” Threat: Asserting the Essential Unity of Warfare

· Building a Sustainable, Legitimate, Effective Afghanistan Security Force: A Holistic Perspective
· Developing Foreign Security Force Capabilities as a “Strategic Way”
· Economics: The Better Bullet for Grey War

· First Anglo-Afghan War: Why are Empires Buried in Afghanistan?
· Hybrid Threats and Challenges: Describe… Don’t Define

· The Loss of Strategic Legitimacy
· Yemen’s Strategic Boxes
· War Comes to Long An Back Story to the Writing of a Military Classic

Strategic Studies Institute
· Security Sector Reform: A Case Study Approach to Transition and Capacity Building


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
· Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Armed Violence in African Pastoral Communities


US Institute of Peace (USIP)
· Congress and Parliaments in Security Sector Reform

· Establishing Leadership on Civilian Assistance to Afghanistan

· Iraq's Oil Politics: Where Agreement Might Be Found


Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Fighting al-Qaeda: The Role of Yemen's President Saleh

· Security Challenges in the Broader Middle East [ADM Mullen]

· Strengthening Yemeni Counterterrorism Forces: Challenges and Political Considerations

White House
· Directive - Attempted Terrorist Attack on December 25, 2009: Intelligence Screening, and Watchlist System Corrective Actions

· Review on the December 25, 2009 Attempted Terrorist Attack

Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control
· Chinese Companies Evade U.S. Trade Ban