SMA Prior Work in the Information Environment: An Annotated Bibliography

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Authors | Editors: Heath, N. (NSI, Inc.); Murdoch, V. (Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA)) Quick Look Preview Introduction The current SMA project, Integrating Information in Joint Operations (IIJO), builds on a strong foundation of prior SMA work on influence and information operations. The themes underlying the research reflect shifting priorities as SMA has responded to requests ranging counterterrorism […]

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Cognitive Biases: Causes, Effects, and Implications for Effective Messaging

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Authors | Editors: Polansky, S. (NSI, Inc.); Rieger, T. (NSI, Inc.) Quick Look Preview In the current environment of contested norms, increasing great power competition, and rapid technological change, protecting and furthering US interests requires the ability to compete effectively in the information environment (IE). In recent years, the IE has seen the proliferation of actors, channels […]

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Extended Deterrence in Doubt? Possible German Futures: 2021

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Speaker: Dorondo, D. (Western Carolina University) Date: 27 October 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA STRATCOM Academic Alliance Speaker Series, featuring Dr. David Dorondo (Western Carolina University). Dr. Dorondo began his presentation by discussing the tumultuous time that nations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are […]

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COVID, Global Power, War, and US Restraint: A Conversation with Barry Posen

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Speaker: Posen, B. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)) Date: 28 October 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA UK MoD Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Barry Posen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)). Dr. Posen began the conversation by discussing grand strategy. He argued that whether states know it or […]

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Complex Social-ecological Systems and Environmental Shocks: A Threat for International Security

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Speaker: Natalini, D. (Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University) Date: 22 October 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA UK MoD Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Davide Natalini (Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University). Dr. Natalini began the presentation with an overview of complex social-ecological systems, or how different […]

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Trust, Confidence, and Organizational Decisions about AI Adoption: The Impact for US Defense

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Speaker: Horowitz, M. (University of Pennsylvania) Date: 20 October 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Michael Horowitz (University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Horowitz started the presentation by laying out three key findings derived from his research. First, the key challenges in adopting military […]

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Russian Cyber Strategies and Information Operations: From Cuba to Crimea and Beyond

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Speaker: Drozdova, K. (Seattle Pacific University) Date: 21 October 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Katya Drozdova (Seattle Pacific University). Dr. Drozdova began her presentation by emphasizing the need to understand the complexity of Russia, particularly when assessing its cyber and information […]

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The Emperor’s New Road: China and the Project of the Century

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Speaker: Hillman, J. (Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)) Date: 16 October 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA INDOPACOM Speaker Series, featuring Mr. Jonathan Hillman (Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)). Mr. Hillman’s presentation focused on the findings presented in his new book, entitled The […]

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America and the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

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Speakers: Zoellick, R. (Former World Bank President; US Trade Representative; and Deputy Secretary, Undersecretary, and Counselor to the US Department of State); Petraeus, D. (Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Commander of the International Security Assistance Force; Commander, US Forces – Afghanistan; Commander, US Central Command; and Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq) Date: 15 October 2020 Speaker Session Summary […]

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In the Eye of the Storm: Managing Terrorism and Asymmetric Threats During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Speakers: Braniff, W. (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland); Holt, C. (CHC Global); Smith, J. (CHC Global) Date: 14 October 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA UK MoD Speaker Series, entitled “In the Eye of the Storm: Managing Terrorism […]

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