Considering and Containing Crises: Biosecurity Beyond COVID

June 2020 No Comments

Speaker: Giordano, J. (Georgetown University Medical Center/US Naval War College) Date: 12 June 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. James Giordano (Georgetown University Medical Center/Naval War College) as a part of its new speaker series with the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD), entitled “COVID-19: Second- and Third-order Effects—System Shocks, Disruption, and […]

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The COVID Crisis: Implications for United States—and Global—Biosecurity

June 2020 No Comments

The COVID Crisis: Implications for United States—and Global—Biosecurity Authors | Editors: Giordano, J. (Georgetown University Medical Center/US Naval War College); Venkatram, V. (Georgetown University) Special Topics Paper Preview The United States’ (US) engagement of public health resources to meet the current SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) crisis has revealed vulnerabilities in testing and treatment components of biosecurity. Facing a […]

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6 Things We’ve Learned Managing Virtual Teams

April 2020 No Comments

In the era of social distancing and COVID-19, NSI’s Chief Analytic Officer, Dr. Allison Astorino Courtois, details 6 quick insights and lessons from managing NSI’s innovative, virtual workplace for over 13 years. In parallel, NSI’s President, Mr. Tom Rieger, presents NSI/NBI and the Oxford Brain Institute’s strategic partnership to leverage the latest research in psychology, […]

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COVID, Artificial Intelligence, and the Global Order

April 2020 No Comments

Speaker: Wright, N. (Intelligent Biology) Date: 14 April 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Nicholas Wright (Intelligent Biology) as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series. The novel coronavirus pandemic is upending societies and their assumptions. Going forward, one of its most significant legacies will be the way that the pandemic dovetails […]

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COVID-19 Operational Environment Impacts

April 2020 No Comments

Speakers: Canton, J. (Institute for Global Futures); Giordano, J. (Georgetown University Medical Center/US Naval War College) Date: 1 April 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. James Canton (Institute for Global Futures) and Prof. James Giordano (Georgetown University Medical Center/US Naval War College) as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series. Post-Pandemic Impact Futures: […]

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SMA CENTCOM Panel Discussion- Black Swan Scenarios

March 2020 No Comments

Speakers: Ackerman, G. (University at Albany); Clifford, D. (University at Albany); Dorondo, D. (Western Carolina University); Jiang, M. (Creighton University); Kuznar, L. (NSI, Inc.) Date: 27 March 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a panel discussion as a part of its SMA CENTCOM Speaker Series. The panelists included Dr. Gary Ackerman (University at Albany), Mr. Doug Clifford (University at Albany), Dr. David Dorondo […]

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How Seasonal Migration May Reduce Security Threats from Climate-Induced Migration

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Author | Editor: Schon, J. (University of Florida); Yager, M. (NSI, Inc.) Invited Perspective Preview There are estimates that by 2050, roughly 150 million people will be internally displaced. This displacement is also expected to turn into international migration and refugee flows, as displaced populations search for areas where they have a chance to survive and prosper. In this piece, I will show that […]

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Summary of NSI’s “Assessment to Collapse in the DPRK: A NSI Pathways™ Report—Featured in Red Diamond Volume 10, Issue 1

March 2020 No Comments

Authors | Editors: Polansky (Pagano), S. (NSI, Inc.); Laster, N. (US Army TRADOC G2) This article was featured in Volume 10, Issue 1 of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command’s (TRADOC G2) journal, entitled Red Diamond. Journal Article Preview Following the collapse of the North Korean economy and disastrous famine of the mid- 1990s, […]

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A Stable Nuclear Future? The Impact of Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence

March 2020 No Comments

Speaker: Horowitz, M. (University of Pennsylvania) Date: 18 March 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Michael Horowitz (University of Pennsylvania) as a part of its SMA STRATCOM Academic Alliance Speaker Series. Dr. Horowitz began by explaining how nuclear technologies are shaping global politics. He used the global telegraph program, the Cuban missile crisis, the Campaign […]

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The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Speakers: Bar-Yam, Y. (New England Complex Systems Institute [NECSI]) Date: 19 March 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam (New England Complex Systems Institute [NECSI]) as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series. Dr. Bar-Yam first stated that decisions matter. Rapid response planning and determining how to execute a plan quickly is best understood from a military […]

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