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It All Comes Back To Religion
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, June 16, 2016

Jihadists are hailing the mass shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse as an Islamist victory. The Islamic State terror group has claimed credit for the atrocity, saying "a soldier of the Islamic State has carried out the attack." President Barack Obama said that the shooter, Omar Mateen, was "filled with hatred" and that the investigation "will go wherever the facts lead us." They will lead directly to radical Islamism. 

'Collective Responsibility' For Terror
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, June 14, 2016

Israel responded to a Palestinian terror attack in Tel Aviv which claimed four lives by revoking 83,000 travel permits for Palestinians to enter the country during Ramadan. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights suggests that response amounts to "collective punishment" and is, thus, illegal under international law. 

Don't Be Scared To Squeeze Pakistan
By Jeff M. Smith, The National Interest, June 10, 2016

Pakistan returned to the headlines last month, after a U.S. air strike eliminated Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Mansour inside Pakistani territory. It marked the first ever U.S. strike on an Afghan Taliban leader inside the group's Pakistani sanctuary of Baluchistan, which had been off-limits to U.S. drones as part of an informal arrangement with Islamabad. Washington has touted the drone strike as an important victory for the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. However, it will prove symbolic and short-lived unless it prompts more fundamental reform of America's Pakistan policy. To effect real change, Washington must increase pressure not just on the Taliban residing in Pakistan, but on Pakistan itself. 

Iran's Indian Opening
By Ilan Berman, Washington Times, June 8, 2016

Nearly a year after its passage, the nuclear deal with Iran - formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - remains a political football in Washington. In response to pressure from Tehran, the Obama administration continues to seek ever-greater sanctions relief for the Iranian regime. The justification propounded by administration officials, from Secretary of State John Kerry on down, is that Iran has yet to reap real benefits from the deal and, therefore, a further sweetening of the pot is necessary to ensure its continued compliance with the terms of the deal. 

Ignoring Iran's Abuse
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, May 31, 2016

"I can assure you," Wendy Sherman, President Barack Obama's lead negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal, said the other day, "that if Iran takes truly horrific terrorist action, or truly horrific human rights action, that people will respond." Uh huh. 


Latest In-House Bulletins

Defense Technology Monitor - No. 5
June 17, 2016

Rise of the bio bot drones;
The Pentagon's micro UAVs
A new kind of submarine hunter;
Missile defense looks left of launch;
Blimp funding deflated

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2072
June 17, 2016

Freedom for Savchenko;
The Kremlin's plan to control the Russian internet

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2071
June 14, 2016

Moscow seeks a stake in internet governance;
New penalties for insulting the national anthem
 

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 25
June 14, 2016

Islamist synergy in the Sinai;
France's African outpost;
Islamism's rising tide in the Americas;
A Jihadist sanctuary in Pakistan

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2070
June 13, 2016

What Russia learned in Syria;
Russia's schools get militarized


Latest Policy Papers

Strategic Primer - Drones
By Richard M. Harrison , June 20, 2016

Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs, or drones) are playing an increasingly important role in modern warfare, and performing a growing nunmber of surveillance and reconnaissance missions at home and abroad. This Primer describe how the United States, as well as our allies and our enemies, are using drones, discusses challenges posed by RPAs, and offers recommendations for future defense planning. 

 

Strategic Primer - Cybersecurity
By Richard M. Harrison , April 1, 2016

The goal of the new Strategic Primer initiative is to provide a concise, comprehensive overview of specific defense technology issues presented in a clear, direct, and graphical manner that serves as an accessible reference to policymakers. Volume 2 of the series focuses on Cybersecurity.

 

Cyber Threats in the Space Domain
By Eric Sterner and Jennifer McArdle , March 31, 2016

The ability to access and exploit space has long been woven into the fabric of American national power. It is a critical component of global political leadership, the economy, and military power. Unfortunately, those pillars are increasingly at risk. The spread of space technology to new international actors and the increasing sophistication of those capabilities have made it possible to threaten American space systems directly. The national security community is accustomed to analyzing these threats and vulnerabilities and is pursuing a reasonable mix of policies and programs to address them. (Whether those actions are sufficient is subject to debate). However, over the last decade space and cyberspace have grown increasingly integrated. This opens up new vulnerabilities in American space systems, and gives a greater number of actors the potential to exploit those vulnerabilities...

Shale 3.0 The Revolution Reshaping America and the World
By Jeff M. Smith , March 9, 2016

The world has long known of the existence of a virtual ocean of underground oil and gas deposits imprisoned in “tight,” low-permeable shale rock formations. Until recently, however, it was convinced there was no profitable extract them. Through the stubborn, decades-long persistence of a Texas oilman, and a committed effort by the U.S. government to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into “unconventional” oil and gas research, in 1998 Mitchell Energy CEO George Mitchell discovered the right combination of water, sand, and chemicals to extract natural gas from a shale formation using a hydraulically-fractured horizontal well...