Saudi-Iranian Gray Zone Competition in MENA

November 2016 No Comments

Examinations of Saudi-Iranian Gray Zone Competition in MENA, and of Potential Outcomes of the Flow of Foreign Fighters to the United States. Author | Editor: Capps, R., Ellis, D. & Wilkenfeld, J. (University of Maryland, START). The United States is regularly challenged by the actions of states and non-state actors in the nebulous, confusing, and […]

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Joint Concept for Human Aspects of Military OPs

October 2016 No Comments

Joint Concept for Human Aspects of Military Operations (JC-HAMO). Author | Editor: Joint Staff. The Joint Concept for Human Aspects of Military Operations (JC-HAMO) describes how the Joint Force will enhance operations by impacting the will and influencing the decision making of relevant actors in the environment, shaping their behavior, both active and passive, in […]

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Applying Bio-Psycho-Social to Cognitive Engagement

October 2016 No Comments

White Paper on Bio-Psycho-Social Applications to Cognitive Engagement. Author | Editor: Spitaletta, J. (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory). The recently released White Paper entitled “Assessing and Anticipating Threats to US Security Interests: A Bio-Psycho-Social Science Approach for Understanding the Emergence of and Mitigating Violence and Terrorism” that Giordano discusses in the succeeding section provided […]

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Understand and Respond to Contemporary Russia

October 2016 No Comments

Finland, After ‘hybrid warfare’, what next? – Understanding and responding to contemporary Russia. Author | Editor: Bettina Renz ja Hanna Smith (Office of the Prime Minister of Finland). More than two years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the West continues coming to terms with the implications of this event. As discussed by the project’s the […]

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Iran’s Approach to Shaping | Influencing Operations

October 2016 No Comments

Everything is Gray: Iran’s Approach to Shaping and Influence Operations. Speaker: Eisenstadt, M. (Washington Institute for Near East Policy). Date: October 2016. Michael Eisenstadt is Kahn Fellow, and director of the Military and Security Studies Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. A specialist in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs, he has […]

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Iran’s Regional Policy after the Nuclear Agreement

September 2016 No Comments

Iran’s Regional Policy after the Nuclear Agreement. Speaker: Nader, A. (RAND). Date: September 2016. Alireza Nader is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and author of The Days After a Deal With Iran: Continuity and Change in Iranian Foreign Policy. His research has focused on Iran’s political dynamics, elite decisionmaking, and Iranian […]

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Using Neuroscience to Understand Decisions

September 2016 No Comments

Using Neuroscience to Understand Decision Making. Speaker: Huettel, S. (Duke). Date: September 2016. Scott Huettel is the Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurobiology. His research uses a combination of behavioral, genetic, physiological, and neuroscience techniques […]

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Defense Science Board 60th Anniversary

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Defense Science Board 60th Anniversary. On September 20, 2016, the Defense Science Board celebrated its 60th anniversary with an all-day event in Washington DC focused on a variety of topics from a host of speakers and panelists. Dr. Popp took part on a panel focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI): What’s Real, What’s not and is […]

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PLA Views of Information Warfare and Cyberwarfare

September 2016 No Comments

Information Dominance: PLA Views of Information Warfare and Cyberwarfare. Speaker: Cheng, D. (Heritage Foundation). Date: September 2016. Dean Cheng is currently the Senior Research Fellow for Chinese Political and Military Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. He is fluent in Chinese, and uses Chinese language materials regularly in his work. Prior to joining the Heritage Foundation, […]

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Geopolitical Visions in Chinese Media

September 2016 No Comments

Geopolitical Visions in Chinese Media. Author | Editor: Hinck, R., Manly, J., Kluver, R. & Norris, W. ((Texas A&M University). USPACOM requested that the SMA team initiate an effort to provide the Command analytical capability to identify areas of strategic risk and opportunity in the Asia- Pacific region over the next two decades. These capabilities […]

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