US Retain Stability in Post-Kurdish Referendum Iraq

April 2018 No Comments

Question (R6.8): What is the role of the United States and coalition partners in maintaining stability as Iran, Iraq, Turkey, as other groups grapple with the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum? Authors | Editors: Aviles, W. (NSI, Inc.) Overview Since the controversial September referendum for Iraqi Kurdish independence, the political stability of the Kurdistan Regional Government […]

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Vulnerability-Credibility Tradeoff in Space Domain

April 2018 No Comments

Space Deterrence: The Vulnerability-Credibility Tradeoff in Space Domain Deterrence Stability Authors | Editors: Jafri, A. (NSI, Inc.); Stevenson, J. (NSI, Inc.) Abstract We define space deterrence as preventing intentional attacks against space capabilities, regardless of their physical location. Intentional attacks may target space capabilities to deprive space-dependent nations of the ability to leverage space capabilities […]

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Measuring Success: Reconsidering the Use of Data for Evaluating Military Operations and Strategy

April 2018 No Comments

Measuring Success: Reconsidering the Use of Data for Evaluating Military Operations and Strategy Speaker: Koven, B. (University of Maryland START) Date: 11 April 2018 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Barnett Koven (University of Maryland START) as a part of its SMA CENTCOM Speaker Series. Dr. Koven began the session […]

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Enforcement as Verification, and the Problem of Dual-Use

April 2018 No Comments

[Q21] What can the US do to best facilitate development of verifiable norms that maintain a peaceful space domain? Author | Editor: Kuznar, L. & Stevenson, J. (NSI, Inc). Summary Response This report describes expert views on the existence and non-existence of space norms and the challenges and opportunities norms represent for peaceful space use. […]

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Governing in a Crowded Space – The Legal Regime for Space

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[Q19] What international legal codes or norms are needed to govern the increasingly crowded space domain? [Q23] Fifty years of space has seen much change. Which aspects of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 are still valid and which need updating? Is it better to add to/amend the 1967 Treaty or to establish a new […]

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Challenges in Multilateral Work, Iraq 2009-2014: Lessons Learned

April 2018 No Comments

Challenges in Multilateral Work, Iraq 2009-2014: Lessons Learned Speaker: Allan, J. (independent) Date: 27 March 2018 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Mr. Jeffrey Allan (Independent) as a part of its SMA CENTCOM Speaker Series. Mr. Allan worked as a United Nations political affairs officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission […]

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The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters

March 2018 No Comments

The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters Speaker: Kroenig, M. (Georgetown University) Date: 30 March 2018 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Matt Kroenig (Georgetown University) as a part of its SMA STRATCOM Academic Alliance Speaker Series. Dr. Kroenig began the session by posing the question “What […]

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Exploring the Economic Effects of Conflict in Space

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[Q5] Is it possible to realistically quantify the economic impact of warfighting events in space (e.g., increase in insurance costs for commercial satellites, stock market perturbations of a space attack, change in consumer behavior due to disruption of communication or PNT services)? Author | Editor: Avilies, W. (NSI, Inc). Summary Response This report captures the […]

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Space-Based Missile Defense: Still Grounded

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Space-Based Missile Defense: Still Grounded Speaker: Hitchens, T. (Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland [CISSM]) Date: 29 March 2018 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Ms. Theresa Hitchens (Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland [CISSM]) as a part of its SMA Space Speaker Series. Ms. Hitchens began […]

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What Do Others Think / How Do We Know What They Think?

March 2018 No Comments

What Do Others Think and How Do We Know What They Are Thinking? Author | Editor: Yager, M. (NSI, Inc). Executive Summary This white paper deals with broad topic of assessing options to gain better understanding of the subjective world of populations we need to interface and relate to. How can we reliably anticipate behavior […]

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