National Security – Social & Complexity Science Insights

July 2012 No Comments

National Security Challenges: Insights from Social, Neurobiological, and Complexity Sciences. Author | Editor: Astorino-Courtois, A. (NSI, Inc), Cabayan, H. (Joint Staff), Casebeer, W. (DARPA), Desjardins, A. (NSI, Inc), DiEuliis, D. (HHS), Ehlschlaeger, C. (ERDC), Lyle, D. (USAF) & Rice, C. (USA/TRADOC). This White Volume assesses U.S. long term national security challenges, employing a global perspective […]

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Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations and Their Supporters without Adverse Side Effects

December 2011 No Comments

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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