The media landscape in Israel is shifting, thanks to the emergence of independent digital magazines. Join us this morning at New America for a discussion of these changes co-sponsored by Just Vision and the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Click here to find out more and RSVP; join the conversation online using #EyesOnIsraeliMedia and following @NewAmerica.
Friday November 21, 2014
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
The story of how this good war went so bad may well turn out to be a defining tragedy of the 21st century—yet as acclaimed war correspondent Jack Fairweather explains, it should also give us reason to hope for an outcome grounded in Afghan reality, rather than our own.More about the event
The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today
The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad
Pakistan: A Hard Country
The Longest War
The Enduring Conflict Between America and al-Qaeda
The Bin Ladens
An Arabian Family In the American Century
A Vision for America’s Role in the World
The Osama bin Laden I Know
An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader
When assessing events on the ground — particularly in dynamic situations like Iraq and Syria — it is devilishly difficult to determine if and when a game-changing event will occur. “Unforeseeable” game-changers are, well, “unforeseeable.” Part of the intelligence challenge is trying to prepare for all possible scenarios and making assessments about what the future might hold. We’ve identified five black swans — high-impact but low-probability events that could alter the course of the conflict. Will any of them occur? Nobody knows. But if any does happen, all bets are off as to the next chapter in Iraq and Syria.
It’s one thing to be able to create a policy. It’s another altogether to be able to execute it. Without a strategy that is executable and with sufficient resources behind it, our national security objectives are worth little more than the paper they are written on. To that end, it is important that our key leaders have past operational expertise, so that they understand the immense challenges involved with implementing a strategy. In cases when on-the-ground experience doesn’t exist, our leaders must surround themselves with experienced hands, such as Ronald Reagan did. Reagan was a visionary and fantastic communicator, but lacked a military or diplomatic background. His solution was to surround himself with true professionals such as Colin Powell and George Schultz.
Endgame is one of a small but growing number of boutique cyber mercenaries that specialize in what security professionals euphemistically call “active defense.” It’s a somewhat misleading term, since this kind of defense doesn’t entail just erecting firewalls or installing antivirus software. It can also mean launching a pre-emptive or retaliatory strike. Endgame doesn’t conduct the attack, but the intelligence it provides can give clients the information they need to carry out their own strikes. It’s illegal for a company to launch a cyberattack, but not for a government agency. According to three sources familiar with Endgame’s business, nearly all of its customers are U.S. government agencies. According to security researchers and former government officials, one of Endgame’s biggest customers is the National Security Agency. The company is also known to sell to the CIA, Cyber Command, and the British intelligence services.
China puts autonomous and armed robots up for sale at the 2014 Zhuhai Air Show. In one package, you get three robots!
This paper is a unique opportunity to examine the environmental challenges of India and Pakistan, the two neighboring nations perhaps most important in South Asia, and what they can hope to learn from each other in a new era of political engagement.
The Human Dimension White Paper describes what is arguably the most significant institutional challenge we will face in the next generation -- optimizing human performance (or, in layman's terms, getting the most out of what people we have left after the personnel pendulum finishes swinging).
"Health Care is the most important part of the president's legacy, and the most unstable part of his legacy," said Julian E. Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. "Clearly the Court can have an impact on one of the pillars of his presidency in a negative fashion."
Earlier today, a group of legal experts–including Rosa Brooks, Sarah Cleveland, Jen Daskal, Walter Dellinger, Harold Koh, and Marty Lederman–released a set of “Principles to Guide Congressional Authorization of the Continued Use of Force Against ISIL.”
A group of Chinese companies has developed a powerful anti-drone laser for use in urban areas. In the next few years, mini-UAVs like quadcopters and hand launched drones will proliferate to hobbyists, activists, journalists, businesses, and quite likely, terrorists as well.
Last week, three teenage girls from Denver were alleged to have tried to join ISIS. The key lead in this case wasn't high-tech surveillance by the National Security Agency or a tip by a government informant, but a tip to the FBI by the girls' worried families.
These scenarios are well within the realm of possibility should the major powers and Iran succeed in concluding a nuclear deal.