Are They “Ticking Time Bombs?” Children and Terrorism

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“Are They ‘Ticking Time Bombs?’ Children and Terrorism” Speaker: Bloom, M. (Georgia State University) Date: 9 January 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Mia Bloom (Georgia State University) as a part of its SMA CENTCOM Speaker Series. During her brief, Dr. Bloom spoke about the roles of women and children in terrorist networks. She explained that each terrorist […]

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Russian “Trojan Horses” and Fellow Travelers: Destabilization in German-speaking and East Central Europe (GS-ECE)

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“Russian ‘Trojan Horses’ and Fellow Travelers: Destabilization in German-speaking and East Central Europe (GS-ECE)“ Speaker: Dorondo, D. (Western Carolina University) Date: 7 January 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. David Dorondo (Western Carolina University) as a part of its Future of Global Competition & Conflict Speaker Series. Dr. Dorondo began by stating that “Trojan Horses” and “fellow […]

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Complex Adaptive Systems

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“Complex Adaptive Systems“ Author | Editor: Lawson, S. (University of Utah); Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.) Executive Summary In his interview with Lt Col David Lyle (US Air Force Academy) on 4 June 2019, Dr. Sean Lawson discusses how complexity might inform SMA’s Future of Global Competition & Conflict study. More specifically, Dr. Lawson argues that although it […]

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Discrete, Specified, Assigned, and Bounded Problems: The Appropriate Areas for AI Contributions to National Security

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“Discrete, Specified, Assigned, and Bounded Problems: The Appropriate Areas for AI Contributions to National Security“ Author | Editor: Rogers, Z. (Flinders University of South Australia); Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.) Executive Summary The cluster of technologies associated with artificial intelligence (AI) research and development, and the implications of these technologies across the spectrum of human activity […]

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The Drivers of Grievance and Unrest in the World’s Populations: Understanding Instability, Terrorism, and Migration

December 2019 No Comments

“The Drivers of Grievance and Unrest in the World’s Populations: Understanding Instability, Terrorism, and Migration“ Speaker: Kuznar, L. (NSI, Inc.) Date: 20 December 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Lawrence Kuznar (NSI, Inc.) as a part of its SMA DHS CAOE Speaker Series. During his presentation, Dr. Kuznar discussed his team’s findings regarding the drivers […]

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Don’t Believe Your Eyes (Or Ears): The Weaponization of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deepfakes

December 2019 No Comments

“Don’t Believe Your Eyes (Or Ears): The Weaponization of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deepfakes” Speaker: Littell, J. (Duke University) Date: 17 December 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by CPT Joseph Littell (Duke University) as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series. CPT Littell’s brief focused on deepfakes, visual and audio manipulation, forgery, and data poisoning. To begin, […]

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Contextualizing the Gray Rhino: The Central American “Cycle of Violence” as a Catalyst to Migration

December 2019 No Comments

“Contextualizing the Gray Rhino: The Central American ‘Cycle of Violence’ as a Catalyst to Migration“ Speaker: Cooley, S. (Oklahoma State University) Date: 13 December 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Skye Cooley (Oklahoma State University) as a part of its SMA DHS CAOE Speaker Series. During his presentation, Dr. Cooley discussed his and his colleague, Dr. […]

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Chinese Strategic Intentions: A Deep Dive into China’s Worldwide Activities

December 2019 No Comments

“Chinese Strategic Intentions: A Deep Dive into China’s Worldwide Activities” Authors | Editors: Allen, G. (Center for a New American Security (CNAS)); Astorino-Courtois, A. (NSI, Inc.); Beckley, M. (Tufts University); Bragg, B. (NSI, Inc.); Bremseth, L.R. (Computer Systems Center Incorporated (CSCI)); Cheng, D. (Heritage Foundation); Cooley, S. (Oklahoma State University); Copeland, D. (University of Virginia); DeFranco, […]

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Investing In Bad Governance: China and Latin America

December 2019 No Comments

“Investing In Bad Governance: China and Latin America “ Author | Editor: Perera, F. (William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies); Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.) Executive Summary Though there have been many reports of the strengthening of commercial and financial relations between Latin America and China, comparatively few explore the conditions within the countries […]

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Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs): The Strategic Importance of Defining the Enemy

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“Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs): The Strategic Importance of Defining the Enemy” Author | Editor: Liebl, V. (Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL)); Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.) Executive Summary In this paper, as part of SMA’s Invited Perspectives series, Mr. Vern Liebl indicates that ‘violent extremist organization’ (VEO) may not be an accurate term for […]

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