Blood and Robots: How Remotely Piloted Vehicles and Related Technologies Affect the Politics of Violence

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“Blood and Robots: How Remotely Piloted Vehicles and Related Technologies Affect the Politics of Violence“ Speaker: Gartzke, E. (University of California, San Diego) Date: 17 January 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Erik Gartzke (University of California, San Diego) as a part of its SMA DHS CAOE Speaker Series. Dr. Gartzke’s presentation focused on emerging technologies and how they […]

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List of Upcoming SMA Speaker Sessions

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Hypersonic Weapons and Strategic Stability

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“Hypersonic Weapons and Strategic Stability” Speaker: Wilkening, D. (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Date: 15 January 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Dean Wilkening (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory) as a part of its SMA STRATCOM Academic Alliance Speaker Series. During his brief, Dr. Wilkening spoke about hypersonic weapons, crisis instability, and arms race instability. He began […]

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Iraqi Stability and the Impacts of Recent US-Iranian Tensions

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“Iraqi Stability and the Impacts of Recent US-Iranian Tensions“ Speaker: van den Toorn (Iraq Fund for Higher Education (IFHE)) Date: 14 January 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Ms. Christine van den Toorn (Iraq Fund for Higher Education (IFHE)) as a part of its SMA CENTCOM Speaker Series. Ms. van den Toorn’s presentation focused on Iraqi stability and […]

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Rethinking Communication Influence from a Strategic Communication Approach

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Rethinking Communication Influence from a Strategic Communication Approach Authors | Editors: Lieber, P. (US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Joint Special Operations University (JSOU)); Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.) Executive Summary For over a decade, many within US defense and interagency circles maintain a belief they are ‘losing’ the communication influence battle, one its adversaries are excelling at due to seemingly better strategy […]

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Antecedents of Organizational Sophistication in Violent Non-State Actors in the USCENTCOM AOR

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“Antecedents of Organizational Sophistication in Violent Non-State Actors in the USCENTCOM AOR” Speaker: Logan, M. (University of Nebraska, Omaha) Date: 10 January 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Mr. Michael Logan (University of Nebraska, Omaha) as a part of its SMA DHS CAOE Speaker Series. Mr. Logan’s presentation focused on his dissertation, wherein he measured the organizational sophistication of 280 […]

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Are They “Ticking Time Bombs?” Children and Terrorism

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“Are They ‘Ticking Time Bombs?’ Children and Terrorism” Speaker: Bloom, M. (Georgia State University) Date: 9 January 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Mia Bloom (Georgia State University) as a part of its SMA CENTCOM Speaker Series. During her brief, Dr. Bloom spoke about the roles of women and children in terrorist networks. She explained that each terrorist […]

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Russian “Trojan Horses” and Fellow Travelers: Destabilization in German-speaking and East Central Europe (GS-ECE)

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“Russian ‘Trojan Horses’ and Fellow Travelers: Destabilization in German-speaking and East Central Europe (GS-ECE)“ Speaker: Dorondo, D. (Western Carolina University) Date: 7 January 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. David Dorondo (Western Carolina University) as a part of its Future of Global Competition & Conflict Speaker Series. Dr. Dorondo began by stating that “Trojan Horses” and “fellow […]

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Complex Adaptive Systems

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“Complex Adaptive Systems“ Author | Editor: Lawson, S. (University of Utah); Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.) Executive Summary In his interview with Lt Col David Lyle (US Air Force Academy) on 4 June 2019, Dr. Sean Lawson discusses how complexity might inform SMA’s Future of Global Competition & Conflict study. More specifically, Dr. Lawson argues that although it […]

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Discrete, Specified, Assigned, and Bounded Problems: The Appropriate Areas for AI Contributions to National Security

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“Discrete, Specified, Assigned, and Bounded Problems: The Appropriate Areas for AI Contributions to National Security“ Author | Editor: Rogers, Z. (Flinders University of South Australia); Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.) Executive Summary The cluster of technologies associated with artificial intelligence (AI) research and development, and the implications of these technologies across the spectrum of human activity […]

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