Since 2010, there has been a 58 percent increase in the number of jihadist groups, a doubling of fighters, and a tripling of attacks by al Qaeda affiliates. The U.S. cannot afford to withdraw or remain disengaged from key parts of North Africa, the Middle East, or South Asia.
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Blog Posts and Media Coverage
This collection features twenty-five essays written between 2002 and 2007, covering a wide range of worldwide economic, political, security, and diplomatic issues.
When Jihadis Come Marching Home: The Terrorist Threat Posed by Westerners Returning from Syria and Iraq2014
This Perspective seeks to examine the scope of the threat posed by Westerners who return to their homes after fighting in Syria and Iraq; what can be done to reduce the threat, and whether military action is necessary in combating it, as well as whether a more ambitious American military intervention in Iraq and Syria is required.
In order to help the United States Special Operations Command identify countries to participate in the Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Network, researchers needed to assess countries' political attractiveness and reliability as SOF partners comparatively, objectively, and transparently. Part one of a four-part video series describes the consistent metrics established to do so: Foreign Relations, State Stability, and Political Environment.
Network analysis methodology can be used to identify important or influential nodes and the roles they play in a given network. In this video podcast, two network metrics — "in-degree" and "betweenness centrality" — are discussed using a network of South Asian countries as an example. The discussion and example are part of a larger project that supports the U.S. Special Operations Command's Global Special Operations Forces Network Vision.
Testimony presented before the House Financial Services Committee on November 13, 2014.
Analyzes many alternatives for reforming the military compensation system, focusing on retirement compensation, and reaches two concepts for reform. Both concepts retain positive aspects of the current system while also providing cost savings, improving equity, potentially adding force management flexibility, and simplifying the Department of Defense disability compensation system.