National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Don't Worry About Russia Backing Away from Space and WMD Cooperation

    Feb 27, 2015

    Two symbols of U.S.-Russian cooperation are nearing the end of their life expectancies, the International Space Station and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. But both stand as remarkable milestones of achievement and reminders of what can be accomplished when nations put aside political differences for the betterment of humanity.

  • Attempting to Understand the Paris Attacks

    Feb 26, 2015

    The investigation will eventually fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge of the events leading up to the attacks in Paris, but some questions will remain unanswered. Embedded in the unknowns are some of the chronic dilemmas faced by counterterrorist authorities everywhere.

  • Enemies Among Us: What We Know About Homegrown Terrorists

    Feb 26, 2015

    Dozens of young Americans have attempted to join overseas jihadist groups in the past several years, raising special concern among counterterrorism officials that they might bring the fight home with them when they return.

  • Armed Drone Myth 3: Global Proliferation Demands Blanket Restrictions on Sales

    Feb 19, 2015

    More than 70 countries have acquired drones of different classes and for different purposes. However, the number of countries actually developing “armed” drones is far smaller. And smaller still is the number of those countries developing long-range armed systems.

  • Managing Technology in an Unmanageable World

    Feb 19, 2015

    The need for purposeful and focused R&D in the U.S. has never been greater, but technology is advancing so quickly that the structures available to manage it have not kept pace. A comprehensive examination of the technological landscape is needed to help the government take a more holistic approach to investing in and regulating technologies.

  • Somalia on the Mediterranean

    Feb 19, 2015

    Libya is as vulnerable to further inroads by ISIS now as Syria was a year ago. What can the United States and its allies do to stop the hemorrhaging? Many options have been debated, but none look very promising.

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