A Monthly Newsletter of the CSIS International Security Program

Does European Public Opinion Make A Difference?
Gabriel Coll | 28 October

European public opinion impacts defense investments. Public support leads to additional military dollars, but there’s typically a three-year gap between formation of positive opinions about defense investments and actual increased spending.

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Operating in the Dark: Rules of Engagement Needed for Space
Todd Harrison | 29 September

Space-based capabilities are a routine part of U.S. military operations, yet they are vulnerable to a number of threats such as jammers, lasers, and other high-powered microwave weapons. The time may be right for the military to consider outlining explicit rules of engagement in space.

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Russia’s Play in Syria
Melissa Dalton | 29 September

Russia’s military deployment into Syria this month adds a layer of complexity to a multifaceted conflict, complicating how the war there will be fought and how it will end. Russian assets in Syria heighten the risk of altercations with counter-ISIS coalition forces and provide Russia with leverage in diplomatic engagement on Syria’s future.

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Keeping the Technological Edge by Leveraging Outside Innovation
Ryan Crotty | 29 September

The new global innovation environment requires an expanded set of tools and processes to realize the gains of the global technology innovation revolution by leveraging this “outside innovation.” Ultimately to succeed, the Department of Defense must be a proactive participant in harnessing the power of the market and the “global brain.”

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War Powers Irresolution
Colin McElhinny | 29 September

The war against the Islamic State continues to be fought without explicit authorization from Congress, the proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) languishing with no lawmaker action in sight.

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1st Lieutenant Kristen Griest, and Captain Shaye Haver with fellow Ranger School graduates.
From the Director’s Chair
Kathleen Hicks | 31 August

The graduation of two female officers from the U.S. Army’s elite Ranger School is very much in the news this August. Odds are strong that all military occupations will be opened to women, certainly within the next few years if not the next few months. This opening to women comes on the heels of the Defense Department’s 2011 decision to lift the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Both decisions may help the military attract and retain the high-quality workforce it needs for the future.

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Migrants crowded on boat
Migrants and Security
Beverly Kirk | 31 August

The nonstop arrival of migrants in Europe poses a security challenge. Frontex, the European border agency warned in its 2015 risk analysis report of the possibility that foreign fighters might try to blend in with migrants so they could move about without drawing attention.

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Passengers on a commercial airliner
Analyzing Data for Safer Travel
Josh Kussman | 31 August

Efforts by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect and analyze data using the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) have successfully demonstrated how risk-based approaches can both improve border security and make travel more efficient and convenient. APIS data includes flight information plus traveler information found on a passport.

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U.S. Army Humanitarian aid being delivered
Navigating Instability: Collaborative Approaches, Complex Environment
Sarah Minot | 31 August

Much more collaboration is needed between the health and security communities to address instability in conflict zones. Instead of creating solutions together, instability has been addressed on a sector-by-sector basis.

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Aegis Ashore radar March2015 Romania
European Missile Defense after Ukraine and the Iran Deal
Thomas Karako | 27 July

With the conclusion of a joint plan for Iran’s nuclear program, Russia has refocused on calling for NATO to scale back missile defense. Europe’s missile defense needs have arguably increased, thanks to Russia’s actions. With the memory of Ukraine still fresh, instead of scaling back EPAA, we should be considering ways to expand it.

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