Effects of Investment on Pathways to Space Security

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Effects of Investment on Pathways to Space Security Author | Editor: Stevenson, J. (NSI, Inc.) [Q10] Does substantial investment and heavier commitment by both governments and commercial interests provide an avenue of approach for space ‘security’ and disincentive for kinetic military action? Summary Response Expert contributors wrestle with three factors in answering this question: • […]

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How Disagreement Over Space Terms Can Create Barriers to Transparency in the Space Domain

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How Disagreement Over Space Terms Can Create Barriers to Transparency in the Space Domain Authors | Editors: Pagano, S. (NSI, Inc.); Stevenson, J. (NSI, Inc.) Abstract Because limitations space situational awareness functionally limit direct observation of adverse events in space, actors in space instead rely on other methods of making inferences about the causes behind […]

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Post-War Economic Development in Iraq & Syria

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Question (R6.5): After a long period of war, both Iraq and Syria are devastated and considerable rebuilding efforts will be necessary to make these countries economically sound again. Is there an opportunity to entice regional countries to invest and thus improve stability and inter-state relations in the region and decrease their (economical) dependence on western […]

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Capturing the Islamic State’s Words: Manichaeism, Ideology, Propaganda

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Capturing the Islamic State’s Words: Manichaeism, Ideology, Propaganda Speaker: Benraad, M. (University of Leiden) Date: 20 April 2018 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Myriam Benraad (University of Leiden) as a part of its SMA CENTCOM Speaker Series. During this session, Dr. Benraad presented the main points of her research, […]

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Russian Nuclear Strategy after the Cold War

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Russian Nuclear Strategy after the Cold War Speaker: Ven Bruusgaard, K. (Center for International Security and Cooperation [CISAC] at Stanford University) Date: 17 April 2018 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Ms. Kristin Ven Bruusgaard (Center for International Security and Cooperation [CISAC] at Stanford University) as a part of its SMA […]

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Nuclear Entanglement: The Growing Threat to Command and Control

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Nuclear Entanglement: The Growing Threat to Command and Control Speaker: Acton, J. (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Date: 19 April 2018 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. James Acton (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) as a part of its SMA Space Speaker Series. Dr. Acton’s talk focused on two findings: […]

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US Retain Stability in Post-Kurdish Referendum Iraq

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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

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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

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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

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[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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