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Defining diplomacy



Defining diplomacy
He ordered another bottle … in honor of a career so comfortable that it is called The Career and a ministerial department so superior that it is called The Department. “Les Ambassades”, Roger Peyrefitte Most countries provide professional education for their diplomats and some operate establishments specifically for that purpose.… Read More

CGSC honors Simons Center authors



CGSC honors Simons Center authors
On August 21, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) awarded 33 Golden Pen Awards to faculty members in recognition of their published scholarly works. CGSC’s Golden Pen program recognizes faculty members for their professional writing, and are broken into three categories: golden, silver, and bronze. Included among the awardees were two authors… Read More

Let’s not have to relearn a lesson learned



Let’s not have to relearn a lesson learned
During World War II the United States understood it needed a capability that could occupy, control, and administer liberated by war torn areas of Europe. President Roosevelt, thus, directed the Army to organize, and train a civil administration capability able to assist with governance, security, and development. The Army gathered… Read More

InterAgency Journal 6-3 (Summer 2015)



InterAgency Journal 6-3 (Summer 2015)
Inside this issue: Features Demystifying the Interagency Process and Explaining the Ambassador’s Role by Ronald E. Neumann Disrupting the Foreign Fighter Flow: Interdiction and Prosecution by Jan Schwarzenberg Interagency: Nice to Talk About… Hard to Do by David Eaton and Gus Otto Whole-of-Government Teaming Through Collaborative Construction: NRO/NSA Synergy by Leilani… Read More

FEMA reports on progress after Katrina



FEMA reports on progress after Katrina
This August marks the tenth anniversary of the catastrophic 2005 Atlantic hurricane season that devastated the gulf coast region. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, followed shortly by Hurricanes Rita and Wilma in September and October. Ten years into the recovery and rebuilding efforts, the Federal Emergency Management… Read More

NIST report advocates cybersecurity standardization



NIST report advocates cybersecurity standardization
On August 10, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) released their draft Report on Strategic U.S. Government Engagement in International Standardization to Achieve U.S. Objectives for Cybersecurity. In 2014, NIST was tasked with collaborating with U.S. federal government agencies to ensure interagency coordination in “the development of international… Read More

When is an emergency an emergency?



When is an emergency an emergency?
Ever heard of the Gold King Mine or the Animus River in Colorado? Well by now most Americans have. On August 5, 2015, a week ago today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was conducting an investigation of the long-closed mine to determine how to stop the slow release of contaminated… Read More

DHS Secretary praises new NCCIC leadership



DHS Secretary praises new NCCIC leadership
Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced leadership changes at the Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). The NCCIC is the U.S. government’s 24/7 hub for cybersecurity information sharing, incident response, and coordination, and has been without permanent leadership for nearly a year. Dr.… Read More

DHS, others fight against human trafficking



DHS, others fight against human trafficking
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign observed their fifth year fighting human trafficking in the U.S. The DHS Blue Campaign brings together DHS, law enforcement, government, non-governmental, and private organizations to assist trafficking victims and bring traffickers to justice. In a statement commemorating the Blue Campaign milestone,… Read More

Simons Center farewells graduate fellow



Simons Center farewells graduate fellow
The Simons Center recently bid farewell to another extremely accomplished Graduate Fellow. From May to July, James Gilmore conducted research and wrote an original paper as the first graduate student enrolled at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., to intern at the Simons Center. Gilmore’s primary research effort was focused… Read More