Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations and Their Supporters without Adverse Side Effects

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Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations and Their Supporters without Adverse Side Effects Author | Editor: Davis, P. (RAND) Summary In developing strategy to affect violent extremist organizations (VEOs) it is useful to take a “system perspective” to characterize the different elements of a VEO and the larger environment in which the VEO operates. It is also useful to […]

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Towards a Framework for Dealing with Potential Unintended Consequences of Influence Activities

December 2011 No Comments

Towards a Framework for Dealing with Potential Unintended Consequences of Influence Activities Authors | Editors: Ackerman, G. (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism); Asal, V. (University at Albany, State University of New York); Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.); Davis, P. (RAND and Pardee RAND Graduate School); DeRouen, K. (University of Alabama); Helfstein, S. (Combatting Terrorism Center […]

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5th Annual SMA Conference – State/Non-State Actors

November 2011 No Comments

5th Annual SMA Conference. Author | Editor: Canna, S. & Popp, G. (NSI, Inc). The 5th Annual Strategic Multi-layer Assessment (SMA) Conference was held at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland from 29-30 November 2011. The SMA program is prioritized by the Joint Staff (JS/J-3/DDGO) and executed by ASD (R&E) RFD. The focus […]

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Analytic Techniques for Nuclear Strategy Analysis

November 2011 No Comments

A Guide to Analytic Techniques for Nuclear Strategy Analysis. Author | Editor: Bragg, B. & Popp, G. (NSI, Inc). The Concepts & Analysis of Nuclear Strategy (CANS) project undertaken for US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) was tasked to examine the utility of alternative analytic techniques for assessing nuclear force attributes and sufficiency under a variety of […]

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Attribute Tradeoff Model (ATOM) for Force Posturing

October 2011 No Comments

Attribute Tradeoff Model (ATOM): Model and Software Documentation. Author | Editor: Bragg, B., Orlina, E. & Salwen, M. (NSI, Inc). The ATOM model seeks to link discrete and measurable force posture attributes (such as flexibility, sustainability and reach) to such broad concepts as deterrence and counter proliferation in a systematic and meaningful way. Given New […]

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Influencing Al Qaeda’s Violent Extremists AQAP

September 2011 No Comments

Influencing Violent Extremist Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Author | Editor: Desjardins, A. & Adelman, J. (NSI, Inc). In 2010 the Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment (SMA) office saw a need to bring academics, practitioners, and individuals from all branches of the United States government together to discuss the current research and debate issues surrounding […]

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Concepts and Analysis of Nuclear Strategy

September 2011 No Comments

Concepts & Analysis of Nuclear Strategy Theory Team Framework Report. Author | Editor: Bragg, B. (NSI, Inc). This paper reports the theoretical review and framework development conducted by the STRATCOM/J-5 “Concept and Analysis of Nuclear Strategy (CANS) Theory Team. It reports the theoretical review and framework development with two goals in mind: Framing the problem […]

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Methods and Strategies to Counter Violent Extremism

September 2011 No Comments

Countering Violent Extremism: Scientific Methods & Strategies. Author | Editor: Fenstermacher, L. & Leventhal, T. (Air Force Research Laboratory). If there were a simple solution for countering violent extremism, a solution would have been found centuries ago. Countering violent extremism successfully requires a balanced approach between security-related strategies and initiatives and those that address the […]

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Assessing Intent – From the Mind to the Feet

February 2011 No Comments

From the Mind to the Feet: Assessing the Perception-to-Intent-to-Action Dynamic. Author | Editor: Kuznar, L., Astorino-Courtois, A. & Canna, S. (NSI, Inc). The purpose of From the Mind to the Feet is to open a much deeper dialogue about gauging intent than currently exists ei- ther in operational or academic arenas. It is intended to […]

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Use of Remote Sensing to Assess Political Durability

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The Use of Remote Sensing to Support the Assessment of Political Durability. Author | Editor: Canna, S., Baker, T. & Yager, M. (NSI, Inc). The Use of Remote Sensing to Support the Assessment of Political Durability Pilot Workshop was held jointly by the Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) Office and the US Army Corps of Engineers […]

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