Center for a New American Security
Most widely held works about Center for a New American Security
Most widely held works by Center for a New American Security
Fixing intel a blueprint for making intelligence relevant in Afghanistan by Michael T Flynn ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
"This paper ... critically examines the relevance of the U.S. intelligence community to counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. Based on discussions with hundreds of people inside and outside the intelligence community, it recommends sweeping changes to the way the intelligence community thinks about itself -- from a focus on the enemy to a focus on the people of Afghanistan. The paper argues that because the United States has focused the overwhelming majority of collection efforts and analytical brainpower on insurgent groups, our intelligence apparatus still finds itself unable to answer fundamental questions about the environment in which we operate and the people we are trying to protect and persuade. This problem or its consequences exist at every level of the U.S. intelligence hierarchy, and pivotal information is not making it to those who need it. The answer is to build a process from the sensor all the way to the political decision makers. This need spans the 44 nations involved with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). This paper is the blueprint for that process. It describes the problem, details the changes and illuminates examples of units that are "getting it right." It is aimed at commanders as well as intelligence professionals, in Afghanistan and in the United States and Europe."--P. 4.
Crime wars gangs, cartels and U.S. national security by Robert B Killebrew ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
As illustrated by the unprecedented violence in Mexico, drug trafficking groups have evolved to not only pose significant challenges to that country, but to governments and societies across the Western Hemisphere, including the United States. This report surveys organized crime throughout the Western Hemisphere, analyzes the challenges it poses for the region and recommends the United States replace the "war on drugs" paradigm with comprehensive domestic and foreign policies to confront the interrelated challenges of drug trafficking and violence ranging from the Andean Ridge to American streets. The result of a yearlong study by the Center for a New American Security, the report provides some elements of such a strategy, including recommendations for the U.S. government to: renew political and military outreach to Latin American states; enhance efforts to strengthen state institutions throughout the region; and better attack cartels' financial networks. At the same time, domestic policy should aim to disseminate better intelligence among law enforcement, federally fund additional campaigns to diminish drug demand and safeguard U.S. communities against gang recruitment. Only by dealing with transnational crime in a comprehensive manner will societies in the hemisphere be able to mitigate its impact.
Strategic leadership : framework for a 21st century national security strategy by Anne-Marie Slaughter ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
The United States and the Asia-Pacific region security strategy for the Obama administration ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Ongoing shifts in geopolitical power from West to East make the Asia-Pacific region more important to the United States today than ever before. The region is already an engine of the global economy, and major Asian countries are becoming global economic and political actors. Yet, as Asia's importance has grown over the last decade, Washington has often been focused elsewhere. The Obama administration needs a more active approach to the Asia-Pacific region that recognizes the new geopolitical realities and positions the United States to deal effectively with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Such a strategy must build upon America's long-standing positive engagement in Asia and articulate a vision that can advance U.S. interests and attract support from countries in the region.
The age of consequences the foreign policy and national security implications of global climate change ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Finding our way : debating American grand strategy ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
While each paper stands on its own, the range of assessments regarding the current and future security environment, America's core interests, and the various strategies presented offer the reader a compelling snapshot of the contemporary debate over American grand strategy. As such, this volume is intended to offer a new administration useful intellectual capital on which to draw in developing a new direction and course for America. We hope that it plays at least a small part in helping to shape and elevate the ongoing and critical debate over America's purpose and place in the complex and dynamic world of the 21st century.
The age of consequences : the foreign policy and national security implications of global climate change ( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
In August 2007, a Russian adventurer descended 4,300 meters under the thinning ice of the North Pole to plant a titanium flag, claiming some 1.2 million square kilometers of the Arctic for mother Russia. Not to be outdone, the Prime Minister of Canada stated his intention to boost his nation's military presence in the Arctic, with the stakes raised by the recent discovery that the icy Northwest Passage has become navigable for the first time in recorded history. Across the globe, the spreading desertification in the Darfur region has been compounding the tensions between nomadic herders and agrarian farmers, providing the environmental backdrop for genocide. In Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the risk of coastal flooding is growing and could leave some 30 million people searching for higher ground in a nation already plagued by political violence and a growing trend toward Islamist extremism. Neighboring India is already building a wall along its border with Bangladesh. More hopefully, the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a clear recognition that global warming poses not only environmental hazards but profound risks to planetary peace and stability as well.
An indispensable force investing in America's National Guard and Reserves by John A Nagl ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the National Guard and Reserves, which comprise nearly half of total U.S. military manpower, have served repeatedly in Iraq and Afghanistan while simultaneously protecting the homeland against threats ranging from natural disasters to terrorism. Yet America's need for operational service by its cost-effective Guard and Reserves will last beyond the current conflicts. In this report, authors John Nagl and Travis Sharp argue that although policymakers have taken great strides in recent years to support the Guard and Reserves, the U.S. government still is not investing sufficiently in the policies, laws, and budgets required for the Guard and Reserves to fulfill their current and future role in U.S. national security. Nagl and Sharp recommend that the Pentagon take advantage of this opportune moment, when the wartime experience of the Guard and Reserves make them more capable than ever before, to make further improvements in roles and missions, readiness, cost, education and the "continuum of service" concept of flexible 21st century personnel management.
Iran assessing U.S. strategic options ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
"Dealing with Iran and its nuclear program will be an urgent priority for the next president. In order to evaluate U.S. policy options, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) convened a bipartisan group of experts on foreign policy and national security, retired military personnel, former diplomats and other government officials, and specialists on Iran and the region. Ambassador Dennis Ross presented a paper on diplomatic strategies for dealing with Iran, and Dr. Suzanne Maloney wrote on potential Iranian responses. Dr. Ashton Carter evaluated various U.S. military options, and Dr. Vali Nasr described likely Iranian reactions and other potential impacts. Ambassador Richard Haass considered the challenges of living with a nuclear Iran. Each of these papers represents an important contribution to a much-needed national discussion on U.S. policy toward Iran. Based on these papers and expert group discussion, as well as additional research and analysis, three CNAS authors (Dr. James Miller, Christine Parthemore, and Dr. Kurt Campbell) proposed that the next administration pursue 'game-changing diplomacy' with Iran. While both Iran and the international community would be better off if Iran plays ball, game-changing diplomacy is designed to improve prospects for the United States and the international community irrespective of how Iran responds."--Publisher description.
From preponderance to partnership American maritime power in the 21st century by Frank Hoffman ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
"One of the most important national security challenges facing the next president of the United States will be preserving America's maritime power. The U.S. Navy has been cut in half since the 1980s, shrinking steadily from 594 to today's 280 ships. The fleet size has been cut by 60 ships during the Bush administration alone, despite significantly increased Pentagon budgets."--P. 3.
Lost in translation closing the gap between climate science and national security policy by Will Rogers ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
National security policymakers point to climate change as a key trend that will shape the current and future global security environment, but do not always have the scientific information they need to plan and prepare for the security challenges it may cause. This report explores the gap between the science and policy communities and offers recommendations for how they can work together to ensure the United States can effectively plan for the national security implications of climate change.
Keeping the edge revitalizing America's military officer corps ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
The U.S. military officer corps, the professional body entrusted with preparing and training the armed forces for war and peace, is at the forefront of an ever-increasing array of challenges. Indeed, America arguably relies on its armed forces to perform a wider variety of functions than any other nation in history. To respond effectively to a rapidly changing strategic environment, the U.S. military must develop and maintain a high degree of adaptability within the officer corps. Twenty-first-century military officers must learn and embody enduring principles of warfare and leadership, but the teaching and training of officers must change to meet the contemporary demands and opportunities they are likely to face. In addition to demonstrating a high degree of proficiency in conventional state-on-state warfare, officers must also develop a broader skill set in politics, economics, and the use of information in modern warfare to cope with a more complicated and rapidly evolving international environment. Determining the proper balance between conventional competencies and emerging requirements-- and the best means to train and educate a corps of adaptive leaders-- remains a contentious issue with no obvious consensus solution.
Unfinished business : u.s. overseas military presence in the 21st century by Michael O'Hanlon ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Contested commons the future of American power in a multipolar world ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
The United States has been the primary guarantor of the global commons since the end of World War II. The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have dissuaded naval aggression and fought piracy around the world, ensuring unprecedented freedom of the seas. The United States led the creation of international agreements on air transportation, enabling the creation of a global air industry. America also forged an international consensus on the openness of space, ensuring all countries with the means to do so can utilize orbital space for scientific, commercial and military purposes. Lastly, research funded by the U.S. government led to the creation of a decentralized network of connections now called the Internet, which connects physically dispersed markets, capital and people. For the past 60 years, and especially since the end of the Cold War, America's nearly unchallenged military advantage in the global commons has guaranteed their openness and stability. Yet, this dominance is increasingly challenged. New powers are rising, with some adopting potentially hostile strategies and doctrine. Meanwhile, globalization and technological innovation are lowering the threshold for states and non-state actors to acquire asymmetric anti-access capabilities, such as advanced anti-ship cruise missiles, anti-satellite weapons, and cyber warfare capabilities. The decentralization of military power and expanded access to technologies once reserved for superpowers will necessarily contest America's 60-year-old dominance over the global commons and its ability to maintain their openness.
The inheritance and the way forward by Kurt M Campbell ( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
This essay explores the complex nature of the next president's national security inheritance and offers recommendations for how the next president should begin to chart a new course to restore America's credibility, influence and power in the world. In the face of skeptical publics at home and abroad, a deeply divided nation and Congress, disillusioned and wary allies, and tenacious adversaries, charting this new way forward for America will likely be the most difficult, vexing, and time-consuming challenge the next president will face. It will also be the most important. How he or she manages the inheritance will in large part determine whether U.S. security and influence will wax or wane still further in the years to come.
Pressure coercive economic statecraft and U.S. national security by David L Asher ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
In recent years, the world has witnessed the power of the global economy to impact states' behavior and interactions within the international community. The rise of non-state actors and the increasing threat to international stability from states like North Korea and Iran signal that the United States must continue to use financial pressure as a key tool in U.S. national security and leverage the power of the private financial sector to optimize chances for success. In this report, the authors examine the capacity of the United States to use counter-threat finance by examining three cases -- North Korea, Serbia and Iraq -- to glean lessons learned for the future.
Leverage designing a political campaign for Afghanistan by Andrew Exum ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
"The purpose of this paper is to provide an initial template for how to influence the strategic choices of actors within the Afghan government. This paper starts with an overview of sources of U.S. and allied leverage in Afghanistan and then discusses why military campaign design provides a useful template for designing a political strategy for Afghanistan. This paper concludes with six considerations for U.S. and allied policymakers and a short series of policy recommendations."--P. 6.
Uncharted waters the U.S. Navy and navigating climate change ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
For the next 30 years, a certain amount of climate change is locked in; a failure to cut global greenhouse gas emissions will mean even more dramatic change by the end of the century. The U.S. Navy must start considering how it will deal with global climate change over the next 30 years, with a tremendous range of impacts and uncertainty. This paper looks at anticipated changes in the operating and strategic environments, with consideration for implications for the Navy's strategy, planning, and requirements.
A strategy for American power : energy, climate, and national security by Sharon Burke ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
To protect the American way of life and secure the future, the United States needs an energy security strategy that will cut both our dependence on oil and our greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the energy we use keeps our economy and security dependent on unstable and hostile states, vulnerable to natural disasters, and subject to the consequences of climate change. With a comprehensive strategy to change both our supply of fuels and our demand, the United States can win the energy war, just as the strategy of containment helped win the Cold War. This report gives an overview of the nature of the energy challenge, the main elements of a strategy for energy security, and then offers a plan of action for how to actually execute that strategy.--CNAS website.
The power of balance : America in iAsia by Kurt M Campbell ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
"As the tides of influence and power shift from Atlantic to Pacific shores--propelled by the remarkable ascents of China and India and the economic growth of an entire region that now accounts for over 30 percent of global GDP--America must reassert its strategic presence in Asia. Unfortunately, many strategists shape policies toward the region through either a Cold War or anti-terrorism lens; both are limited in dealing with Asian dynamism. The region must be described in creative and forward-looking terms--Kurt Campbell and his team from the Center for a New American Security deem it iAsia--and U.S. strategy must be made anew to match. A traditional approach will not suffice if the United States is to protect American interests and help iAsia realize its potential. The new strategic vision, articulated as the 'power of balance,' involves creative engagement in multilateral forums while strengthening existing bilateral alliances and relations. It demands a willingness to enter agreements on specific issues, rather than as a means to cement broad-based, balance-of-power alliances. And, perhaps most importantly, it requires American political parties to perform a balancing act at home: bipartisanship in foreign policy debates must be the goal not lofty rhetoric. American engagement in iAsia demands as much."--Publisher description.
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