Thursday, May 31, 2012

REPORT - America's Path: Grand Strategy for the Next Administration

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) just released this report - America's Path: Grand Strategy for the Next Administration - that might be of interest to some.  It will also be discussed at their annual conference next week.

From their website --

Authors: Dr. Robert J. Art, Dr. Peter Feaver, Richard Fontaine, Dr. Kristin M. Lord, Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter Type of Publication: Report
Date: 05/31/2012

America confronts a world in transition. Whatever the outcome of the November 2012 presidential election, America's next president will face many challenges. To lead America wisely, the president and his administration must answer several questions: What kind of world does America face and how is the strategic landscape evolving? What are America's core national interests? How should America pursue its interests and what threatens them? What opportunities exist and how can America seize them? How should America convey its purpose, both at home and globally? In America's Path: Grand Strategy for the Next Administration, editors and CNAS experts Richard Fontaine and Dr. Kristin M. Lord bring together four strategists - Dr. Robert J. Art, Dr. Richard K. Betts, Dr. Peter Feaver and Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter - with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to advance a common mission of promoting informed debate about America's role in the world and the best ways to fulfill it.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday's Miscellany 05-25-2012

Afghanistan Analysts Network (ANA)

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Critical Threats
·         Yemen Crisis Situation Reports [updated May 21, 2012] 

American Security Project (ASP)

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Berkman Center on Internet & Society

British American Security Information Council (BASIC)
·         Iran Update, Number 159, May 25, 2012 

·         It's the Climate, Stupid! 
·         Less Agreement Than Meets the Eye 

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

CATO Institute

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Center for American Progress

Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS)
·         Homeland Security Affairs Journal 
o    Best Paper of the Conference: Person Attribute Search for Large-Area Video Surveillance
o    Best Paper, Cyber Security Track: Measuring the Human Factor of Cyber Security
o    Best Paper, Attack and Disaster Preparation, Recovery, and Response Track: Integrated PMR-Broadband-IP Network for Secure Real-time Multimedia Information Sharing
o    Best Paper, Land and Maritime Border Security Track: Database of High-Z Signatures in Cargo
o    Best Paper, Biometrics, Forensics, and Physical Security Track: Tunable, Self-curing Polymers for the Forensic Collection of Latent Signatures from Within Porous Materials
o    Vocal Analysis Software for Rapid Security Screening: Validity and Credibility Assessment Potential
o    Vibration Based Damage Detection of Scour in Coastal Bridge
o    Decision Learning Algorithm for Acoustic Vessel Classification
o    Optimal Defensive Resource Allocations in the Face of Uncertain Terrorist Preferences with Emphasis on Transportation
o    Consequence Assessment for Complex Food Transportation System Facing Catastrophic Disruptions

Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS)

Center for Security Studies (CSS)

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
·         Hemisphere Insider: Volume II, Issue 12 - May 21, 2012 

Centre for Military and Strategic Studies
·         Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, Fall 2011, v. 14, no. 1 
o    Seventy Years On: New Perspectives on the Second World War
o    The War Hitler Won: The Battle for Europe, 1939-1941
o    German Counterinsurgency Revisited
o    Occupation Duty In The Dysfunctional Coalition: The Italian Second Army And Its Allies In The Balkans,1941–43
o    Something is Wrong with Our Army…’ Command, Leadership & Italian Military Failure in the First Libyan Campaign, 1940-41
o    A Stepping Stone to Success: Operation Battleaxe (June 1941) and the Development of the British Tactical Air Doctrine
o    Bomber Harris and Precision Bombing – No Oxymoron Here
o    ‘Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts’: El Alamein Reappraised
o    Airpower in the Battle of the Bulge: A Case for Effects-Based Operations?
o    A Neglected Story: German Prisoners of War in Italy (1945-1947)
o    The Second War in Every Respect: Australian memory and the Second World War

Century Foundation

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)

Chatham House

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
·         CTC Sentinel, May 2012, v. 5, no. 5 
o    The Abbottabad Documents: Bin Ladin’s Security Measures
o    The Evidence of Jihadist Activity in Syria
o    The Arab Spring and its Influence on Al-Qa`ida
o    Are Jihadist Groups Shifting Their Focus from the Far Enemy?
o    The Abbottabad Documents: Bin Ladin’s Cautious Strategy in Yemen
o    The Abbottabad Documents: The Quiet Ascent of Adam Gadahn
o    The Threat from Swarm Attacks: Case Studies from the North Caucasus
o    Recent Highlights in Terrorist Activity

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee

Congress. Senate. Armed Services Committee

Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
·         How to Read Egypt's Elections 

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of the Navy
·         SECNAV M-5000.2 - Acquisition and Capabilities Guidebook 2012 

Department of State

East-West Center

European Council on Foreign Relations
·         The EU and Azerbaijan: Beyond Oil 

European Policy Centre

Foreign Policy
·         The Candidates [Egyptian presidential elections] 
·         Me Against the World 
·         Power Ballad [Azerbaijan]    
·         Romney: Year One 

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
·         How Washington Lost Syria 

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
·         Bureau of the Public Debt: Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls.  GAO-12-616R 
·         Defense Infrastructure: Documentation Lacking to Fully Support How DOD Determined Specifications for the Landstuhl Replacement Medical Center. GAO-12-622 
·         Information Technology Reform: Progress Made; More Needs to Be Done to Complete Actions and Measure Results.  GAO-12-461 
·         Information Technology Reform: Progress Made; More Needs to Be Done to Complete Actions and Measure Results.  GAO-12-745T [testimony] 
·         Military Disability System: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Improve Performance, by Daniel Bertoni, director, education, workforce, and income security, before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. GAO-12-718T [testimony] 
·         Nuclear Safety: DOE Needs to Determine the Costs and Benefits of Its Safety Reform Effort.  GAO-12-347 
·         Public Service: The Chance to Remake Our World, by Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States before the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. GAO-12-787CG 
·         Streamlining Government: Questions to Consider When Evaluating Proposals to Consolidate Physical Infrastructure and Management Functions. GAO-12-542 
·         Uranium Mining: Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight of Financial Assurances.  GAO-12-544 

Heritage Foundation

Hudson Institute

Human Rights Watch

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)

Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence
·         International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 2012, v. 6, no. 1 
o    Guest Editorial: Processes of Radicalization and De-Radicalization
o    Political Commitment under an Authoritarian Regime: Professional Associations and the Islamist Movement as Alternative Arenas in Jordan
o    Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Radical Islam in Post-Suharto Indonesia
o    Electing Not to Fight: Elections as a Mechanism of Deradicalisation after the Irish Civil War 1922–1938
o    State Violence and Oppositional Protest in High-Capacity Authoritarian Regimes
o    The States Must Be Crazy: Dissent and the Puzzle of Repressive Persistence
o    Intra-Party Dynamics and the Political Transformation of Non-State Armed Groups
o    Neo-liberal Governing of “Radicals”: Danish Radicalization Prevention Policies and Potential Iatrogenic Effects
o    Internal and External Collective Memories of Conflicts: Israel and the 1948 Palestinian Exodus
o    Cool Minds in Heated Debates? Migration-related Attitudes in Germany Before and After a Natural Intervention

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
·         The Moroccan Path to Islamism 

Institute for the Study of War
·         Afghanistan Order of Battle [updated May 2012] 
·         Iraq’s Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 22 May 11, 2012-May 18, 2012 

Institute of National Security Studies (Israel)

International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Relations and Security Network
·         Moscow's Vision for the Backyard 

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Jamestown Foundation
·         China Brief, May 25, 2012, v. 12, no. 11 
o    Wang Yang: The Future Torchbearer of Reform?
o    Organized Crime Exploits China’s Growing Links to Latin
o    China’s Hydropower Miscalculation
o    Beijing Lays the Groundwork in Tajikistan: A View from the Ground

Joint Planning and Development Office

Justice Policy Institute

National Academies Press

National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NIMO)
·         NMIO Technical Bulletin, April 2012, v. 2 
o    European Maritime Surveillance Networking - MARSUR
o    NORAD and Maritime Domain Awareness
o    New Zealand National Maritime Coordination Centre
o    ONR Global – Pushing the Leading Edge of International Science and Technology
o    Suspicious Activity Reporting - Maritime Sector
o    High Neutron Sources to Detect Nuclear & Chemical Weapons

National Security Archive
·         Anatoly S. Chernyaev Diary, 1972 

NATO Civil-Military Fusion Center
·         Afghanistan Review [latest update May 22, 2012

NATO Defense College

Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability

New America Foundation

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
·         Chicago Summit Declaration

Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense

Office of the Director Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE)

Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency

Pew Global Attitudes Project

Polish Institute of International Affairs

Portuguese Institute for International Relations and Security


Royal United Services Institute

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Satellite Industry Association (SIA)

SETA - Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research

Small Wars Journal

Stanley Foundation

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)

Transatlantic Academy

US Institute of Peace (USIP)

United States International Trade Commission

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
·         Arab Spring Heats Up Kurdish Issue 
·         The Clerics vs. Modernity 
·         Command and Control 
·         Egyptian Elections: Beyond Winning 
·         Syria's New Jihadis