Protection’s Price: Reassurance and Burden-Sharing in U.S. Alliances

December 2020 No Comments

Speaker: Blankenship, B. (University of Miami) Date: 9 December 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA STRATCOM Academic Alliance Speaker Series, entitled “Protection’s Price: Reassurance and Burden-Sharing in US Alliances.” The speaker was Dr. Brian Blankenship (University of Miami). Dr. Blankenship began his presentation by discussing the conditions under […]

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Russian Military Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Developments: An Assessment

November 2020 No Comments

Speaker: Bendett, S. (CNA) Date: 4 December 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted speaker session presented by Mr. Samuel Bendett (CNA) as a part of its SMA EUCOM Speaker Series. Mr. Bendett began his presentation by recognizing that new threats require new approaches to technological, intellectual, and human potential. The Russian Ministry of Defense (MOD), particularly over the […]

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The Development of Communication Models

November 2020 No Comments

Authors | Editors: Kuznar, L. (NSI, Inc.); Yager, M. (NSI, Inc.) Quick Look Preview Introduction In July 2019, the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) endorsed a list of specific actions for the Operations in the Information Environment (OIE) DOTMLPF-P Change Recommendation (DCR). A requested action under item 1b asks for a “process to develop a baseline […]

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Influencing Public Behavior: Takeaways From Public Communication Scholarship

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Authors | Editors: Cooley, A. (Oklahoma State University); Cooley, S. (Oklahoma State University); Hinck, R. (Monmouth College); Kitsch, S. (Monmouth College) Quick Look Preview Summary Effective communication is a complex and fragile human process that requires strategic design, careful monitoring, and responsive adaptation (Kreps & Neuhauser, 2010). This report reviews scholarship on public communication campaigns and […]

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American Businesses and Great Power Competition

November 2020 No Comments

Speaker: Votel, J. (Former Commander, USSOCOM and USCENTCOM; President and CEO, Business Executives for National Security (BENS))  Date: 18 November 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA INDOPACOM/AFRICOM Speaker Series. The speaker was GEN (Ret.) Joseph Votel (Former Commander, USSOCOM and USCENTCOM; President and CEO, Business Executives for National Security (BENS)). GEN […]

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India and Post-COVID Global Competition: Everything You Need to Know

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Speakers: Vaishnav, M. (South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment); Madan, T. (The India Project, Brookings Institution); Chaudhuri, R. (Carnegie India); Ladwig, W. (Senior Lecturer, King’s College, London) Date: 17 November 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a panel discussion as a part of its SMA UK MoD Speaker Series. The panelists included Dr. Milan Vaishnav (Director, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment), Dr. Tanvi […]

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Evaluation of Counter Violent Extremism Campaigns in Nigeria, Indonesia, and the Philippines

November 2020 No Comments

Speakers: Helmus, T. (RAND); Bodine-Baron, E. (RAND); Marrone, J. (RAND) Date: 13 November 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session as a part of its SMA INDOPACOM/AFRICOM Speaker Series. The panelists included Dr. Todd Helmus (RAND), Dr. Elizabeth Bodine-Baron (RAND), and Dr. James Marrone (RAND). Dr. Helmus began the presentation by emphasizing the importance of counter violent […]

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Artificial Intelligence, COVID, and Global Democratic-authoritarian Competition

October 2020 No Comments

Speakers: Chen Weiss, J. (Cornell University); Feldstein, S. (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace); Nemitz, P. (Directorate General for Justice and Consumers at the European Commission); Wright, N. (Georgetown University) Date: 10 November 2020 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a panel discussion as a part of its SMA UK MoD Speaker Series. The panelists included Mr. Paul Nemitz (Principal […]

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SMA Prior Work in the Information Environment: An Annotated Bibliography

October 2020 No Comments

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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