Archive for May, 2012

IAP 9W (May 2012) Rethinking the Interagency Role in Preventing Conflict in Dealing with Failing or Failed States

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Contingency operations are currently taking place in dangerous, unpredictable, and highly volatile environments where local government institutions have weakened or collapsed. In view of these conflict situations, it is recognized that the initial task of the military (whether national or multilateral) is to provide security.


IAP 8W (May 2012) Embassy in the Lead: Lessons on Interagency Unity of Effort for Today’s U.S. Mission to Iraq from the 1947–1949 U.S. Mission to Greece

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

On December 15, 2011, the U.S. mission in Iraq became State Department-led, and all U.S. military activities became the responsibility of the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation–Iraq (OSC-I). There are few, if any, well-known examples of such a transition in U.S. history that might inform civilian and military leaders in Baghdad.

IAP 7W (May 2012) The Genie in the Bottle: Opportunist and Antagonistic Responses to Whole of Government Approaches

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

When intervening forces create a safe and secure environment to implement a whole of government approach, they simultaneously create opportunities for hitherto unnoticed and powerless opponents to do the same—and sometimes more successfully.

Simons Center announces winners of public writing competition

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Col. Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation announces the winners of its Interagency Writing Competition for 2012. The competition was open to the public and ran from September 2011 through March 2012. The top three papers…

Help Tell Bull’s Story

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The Simons Center is calling on the public to collaborate on its new project to prepare a biography of Col. Arthur David “Bull” Simons, namesake of the Simons Center…

Progress Made in Countertrafficking Efforts in Africa

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The Department of Defense recently reported on efforts being made in confronting drug trafficking in West Africa. The West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative is meeting the threat head on…

Interagency Cooperation Brings Results for Combatant Commands

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Interagency collaboration has been embraced by U.S. combatant commands.  These efforts are an integral part of “Smart Defense,” and have had a major impact on U.S. European Command…

New Task Force to Aid in Countertrafficking Efforts

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

U.S. European Command (EUCOM) has established a new task force up to aid U.S. government agencies in counteracting Europe’s growing trafficking problem…