US Foreign Policy as a Global Power

June 2017 No Comments

Question (R4.5): Does US foreign policy strike the right balance in supporting US interests and its role as a global power? Or, should the US consider a more isolationist approach to foreign policy? What impact could an isolationist policy have on Middle East security and stability, balance of influence by regional and world actors, and […]

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TAB A – 4th Round Quick Look Questions

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Question TAB A: 4th Round Quick Look Questions Author | Editor: SMA Program Office. SMA Round Four Questions How strong a factor is Iraqi nationalism in countering Iranian influence? How could DoD and DoS be better postured to address regional and world conflicts to ensure a whole of government approach to identify and synchronize lines […]

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Panel Discussion on the Gray Zone

June 2017 No Comments

Panel Discussion on the Gray Zone. Author | Editor: Popp, G., Canna, C., Bragg, B., Stevenson, J. & Kuznar, L. (NSI, Inc.). Overview At the request of the Commander, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment (SMA) team initiated an effort, titled Gray Zone Conflicts-Challenges and Opportunities-A Multi-Agency Deep Dive Assessment, focused […]

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Role of Human Geography, Culture and Language

May 2017 No Comments

The Key Role of Human Geography, Culture and Language in Effective Communication. Author | Editor: Sutherlin, G. (Geographic Services, Inc.). Overview To begin with a truism, people in different places speak different languages; they belong to different cultures. This is not in dispute, but it remains a persistent operational challenge. Understanding other cultures well enough […]

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SMA Project Noor Programmatic Overview

May 2017 No Comments

Author | Editor: Popp, G. (NSI, Inc).   This video is a brief overview of the Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment (SMA) team’s Project Noor effort in support of USCENTCOM. Over the past year, the SMA Reach Back Cell has produced a vast corpus of knowledge and insight in support of key USCENTCOM questions regarding Syria and […]

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Discussion with NPS Experts – May 2017

May 2017 No Comments

SMA Reachback Panel Discussion with Experts from Naval Postgraduate School – May 2017. Author | Editor: Peterson, N. (NSI, Inc). On 11 May 2017, NPS convened a panel session and discuss areas related to the 4th round of CENTCOM Reach Back Cell Questions. The speakers are listed below, and their biographies are available in Appendix […]

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How Developments in Brain Science Afford Military Utility

April 2017 No Comments

Speaker: Giordano, J. (Georgetown University Medical Center) & DiEuliis, D. (National Defense University).   The use of sarin gas in Syria and the nerve agent VX to assassinate Kim Jong-nam, and ongoing international efforts in dual-use brain science (such as those described in the accompanying papers) prompt renewed interest in the current and near-term possibilities […]

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Highlights From Round 1, 2, 3 Questions

March 2017 No Comments

SMA Reachback: Highlights From CENTCOM Round 1, 2 and 3 Questions. Author | Editor: Astorino-Courtois, A. (NSI, Inc). Overview ISIS will be defeated militarily. However, whether it is ultimately overcome by containment or by deploying ground forces to apply overwhelming force, the path to mitigating violent extremism in the region is a generations-long one. Military […]

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Discourse Insights into Future US-China Relations

March 2017 No Comments

How Discourse Analysis Could Help Provide Insight into the Future of US-China Relations. Author | Editor: Kuznar, L., Peterson, N. & Popp, G. (NSI, Inc). Click here for timeline animation.   The future of the US-China relationship seems increasingly uncertain, to say the least. Increased tensions between the two international powers were seemingly ignited when […]

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Meaning of ISIS Defeat & Shaping Stability

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The Meaning of ISIS Defeat and Shaping Stability — Highlights from CENTCOM Round 1, 2 and 3 Reach-back Reports. Author | Editor: Astorino-Courtois, A. (NSI, Inc). Conclusion ISIS will be defeated militarily. However, whether it is ultimately overcome by containment or by deploying ground forces to apply overwhelming force, the path to mitigating violent extremism […]

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