Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friday's Miscellany 01-13-2012

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit

Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS)

Air Land Sea Application (ALSA) Center
·         Air Land Sea Bulletin (ALSB), January 2012 
o    MASOC Can Provide Tactical C2 of Joint Assets in the Mari-time Domain
o    Doctrine 2015
o    Codifying Lessons Learned Teaches Something Fundamental About War
o    Military Text Chat is ‘Communication at the Edge’
o    Multi-Service Success Story in Offensive and Defensive Tactics

American Enterprise Institute
·         Yemen Crisis Situation Report [latest update]   

American Security Project (ASP)
·         American Security Quarterly, January 2012
o    Russia and The United States in the 21st Century
o    Defining Victory in Afghanistan
o    Foreign Policy Issues for the 2012 Presidential Election
o    Fusion for the Future
o    Why We Can’t Let Solyndra Fail Kill Support for Solar
o    U.S. Military’s Efforts to Reduce Exposure to Energy Security Risks
o    It’s Time for International Emissions Reductions
o    How To Break the Choke Hold Oil Has on Our National Security
o    A Bigger Bang for Our Buck?
o    The Research and Development Gap
o    The Brilliant, Unworkable New Silk Road
o    Foreign Aid Shouldn’t be the First thing on the Chopping Block
o    Are Private Contractors undermining the Intelligence Community
o    Kyrgyzstan’s Promising but Uncertain Political Future
o    Hearts and Minds: Al-Qaeda’s Visit to Somalia
o    Add Carrots to Iran Policy Menu
o    Defense Spending in an Age of Austerity

Amnesty International

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

·         Afghanistan Index: Tracking Progress and Security in Post-9/11 Afghanistan [updated December 31, 2011] 
·         Pakistan Index: Tracking Variables of Reconstruction & Security in Pakistan [updated December 29, 2011] 
·         The Situation in Camp Ashraf, Iraq 

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC)
·         Strategic Insights, Winter 2011, v.10, no. 3
o    NATO's Deterrence Review: Strategic Fiddling while Rome Burns?
o    Rebuilding the Acropolis: Putting the Strategic Back into a Hollow NATO
o    NATO: Prologue or Requiem?
o    NATO's Policy in Africa
o    NATO's Relations with New Members and Partners
o    Transatlantic Defense Troubles
o    Implications of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union's Common Security Defense Policy for NATO and the EU

Center for Global Development

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
·         Comparative Connections, January 2012, v.13, n.3 
o    Regions - China, East Asia and the Pacific, Japan, Korea, Russia, South Asia, Southeast Asia

Chatham House
·         Somaliland's Place in the World 

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
·         Oil's Trouble Spots 

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Department of Defense
·         CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, January/February 2012 
o    Do Not Get Out of Control: Achieving Real-time Quality and Performance
o    High Maturity Pays Off: It is Hard to Believe Unless You Do It
o    Why CMMI Maturity Level 5?
o    Taking an Agile Organization to Higher CMMI Maturity
o    Extending the Range of Value of the CMMI To a New Normal
o    DoD Agile Adoption: Necessary Considerations, Concerns, and Changes

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General

Department of the Navy (DON)

East West Center

Energy Information Administration (EIA)
·         Azerbaijan Country Analysis Brief   
·         World Oil Transit Chokepoints 

EU Institute for Security Studies

European Network and information Security Agency (ENISA)

Foreign Policy
·         False Flag (A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran) 
·         Haiti's 1 Percent 
·         My Mesopotamian Getaway 
·         The Problem Prisoners (Ten of the most controversial detainees still held at Guantánamo) 

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
·         Africa Spectrum, 2011, v. 46, no. 2 
o    The Ethnic Politics of Coup Avoidance: Evidence from Zambia and Uganda
o    Access to Resources and Predictability in Armed Rebellion: The FAPC’s Short-lived “Monaco” in Eastern Congo
o    Democratisation and Political Participation of Mbororo in Western Cameroon
o    Competing Claims and Contested Boundaries: Legitimating Land Rights in Isiolo District, Northern Kenya
o    The Growing Influence of Al-Qaeda on the African Continent

German Marshall Fund of the United States and others

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
·         Arctic Capabilities: DOD Addressed Many Specified Reporting Elements in its 2011 Arctic Report but Should Take Steps to Meet Near- and Long-term Needs,  GAO-12-180 
·         Chemical Assessments:  Challenges Remain with EPA's Integrated Risk Information System Program, GAO-12-42 
·         Critical Infrastructure Protection:  Cybersecurity Guidance Is Available, but More Can Be Done to Promote Its Use, GAO-12-92 
·         Defense Contracting: Improved Policies and Tools Could Help Increase Competition on DOD's National Security Exception Procurements, GAO-12-263  
·         Risk Retention Groups:  Clarifications Could Facilitate States' Implementation of the Liability Risk Retention Act, GAO-12-16 
·         Risk Retention Groups: Survey of State Regulators GAO-12-17SP (an E-supplement to GAO-12-16)
·         Securities Research: Additional Actions Could Improve Regulatory Oversight of Analyst Conflicts of Interest.  GAO-12-209 
·         Troubled Asset Relief Program:  As Treasury Continues to Exit Programs, Opportunities to Enhance Communication on Costs Exist.  GAO-12-229 

Heritage Foundation
·         2012 Index of Economic Freedom 

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
·         2011: A Strategic Survey 

Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)

Institute for National Security Studies (Israel)

Institute for National Strategic Studies/Center for Strategic Research

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)

Institute for Strategic, Political, Security and Economic Consultancy

Institute for the Study of War

Institute for the Understanding of War
·         Afghanistan - Order of Battle [updated January 2012]

International Crisis Group

International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Jamestown Foundation
·         Terrorism Monitor, January 12, 2012, v. 10, no. 1 
o    The American Military Presence and Terrorist Safe Havens in the Southern Philippines
o    Is al-Qaeda Infiltrating Syria through Lebanon’s Beka’a Valley?
o    Rivalry between Iran’s Conservative Factions May Be the Biggest Threat to the Strait of Hormuz

Korea Institute for National Unification

National Academies Press

NATO Civil-Military Fusion Center
·         The Impact of Corruption on Investment [Part 5 of a 6-Part Series on Corruption & Anti-Corruption Issues in Afghanistan] 

Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability
·         Air Operations in the Taiwan Crisis of 1958 [FOIA release] 

Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
·         Nuclear materials Security Index 

Office of Naval Intelligence
·         Iran's Naval Forces—From Guerilla Warfare to a Modern Naval Strategy [from 2009 but resending due to recent events]

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Pak Institute for Peace Studies
·         SouthAsiaNet Regional Watch, December 2011 

Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)
·         How to Rebuild Russia 

Pew Hispanic Center

Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)

Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security
·         Peru and the Search for Gateways Into the EU (Viewpoints, No. 83) 

Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA)


Refugees International

Small Wars Journal
·         Civilians on the Battlefield 
·         The Next Iraqi Civil War 
·         A Rose By Any Other Name 

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)

Texas Border Coalition

United Kingdom Parliament, House of Commons
·         Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia  

UN Office on Drugs and Crime
·         Afghanistan Opium Survey 2011

US Institute of Peace (USIP)

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
·         Sinai: A New Front 
·         A Testing Weekend in Bahrain 

White House