Archive for October, 2011

Simons Center Releases Interagency Handbook for Transitions

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The Simons Center announces the release of the Interagency Handbook for Transitions.  This handbook is intended to provide leaders across the interagency community with an overview of transition conditions and considerations to better prepare them for anticipating, planning, executing, and assessing transitions…


Interagency Handbook for Transitions

Friday, October 28th, 2011

In early 2011, senior leaders from across the U.S. interagency community participated in a discussion on how to overcome the “messy” transitions in which they so often struggled.  This handbook is the result of those exchanges…

Sen. Moran Visits Simons Center

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

On October 21 U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) visited the Simons Center at Fort Leavenworth.  The visit followed his remarks earlier in the week on the floor of the Senate…

Sen. Moran Recognizes Simons Center in Statement to Senate

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) recognized the Simons Center in an October 18 statement delivered on the floor of the Senate.  In his remarks Senator Moran introduced the Simons Center, explaining its mission to improve coordination within U.S. government agencies…

Joint Publication 3-07 Sets Doctrine for Interorganizational Coordination During Stability Operations

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Joint Publication 3-07 provides doctrine for the conduct of stability operations during joint operations within the broader context of US Government efforts. It provides guidance for operating across the range of military operations to support US Government agencies, foreign governments, and intergovernmental organizations…

Angel Thunder Exercise Prepares Agencies for Rescue Operations

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The annual Angel Thunder exercise is sponsored by the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, and is the largest federal interagency exercise for personnel rescue and recovery.  Angel Thunder was founded in 2005 by former Air Force Rescue helicopter pilot Brett Hartnett, who describes the exercise as the “biggest bang for the buck in training dollars.”  The focus of Angel Thunder is saving lives…

IAE 11-04W Preparing to Lead in 21st Century Diplomacy (Web-Exclusive)

Friday, October 7th, 2011

by Robert M. Beecroft

Ambassador Beecroft reviews the State Department’s 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and a 2011 report by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Stimson Center, both reports stress the importance of professional education and training for the United States Foreign Service, and state that professional education and training are essential to the overall performance of the U.S. Foreign Service if it is to lead an increasingly multi-agency foreign policy apparatus…

Report Suggests Alignment of Federal Agencies

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The Government Accountability Office released a report in July of this year detailing the need for common alignment of world regions among certain U.S. federal agencies.  The report, GAO-11-776R, came as a response to Section 1055 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, which required an assessment of the need for common alignment of world regions in federal departments and agencies with international responsibilities…