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National Military Strategy - 2015

Updated National Military Strategy Released

The Pentagon recently released a new National Military Strategy that reflects the new global security situation, including threats from both traditional state actors and transregional networks of sub-state groups…


GAO Audits Counterterrorism Bureau Coordination

The Government Accountability Office has released a report examining the Bureau of Counterterrorism. GAO notes that they found that the Counterterrorism Bureau was generally consistent with key practices for interagency collaboration…

CRS - Cybersecurity and Information Sharing

Report Examines Cybersecurity Bills

In mid June the Congressional Research Service released a report comparing three bills that address information sharing and related activities in cybersecurity…


White House Establishes Interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell

President Obama announced the completion of the review of U.S. hostage policy on June 24. The President also announced the creation of an interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell aimed at improving how the government develops hostage recovery plans…


Greater Interagency Cooperation Needed with Nuclear Weapons Council

In May the Government Accountability Office released a report recommending the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy update the Nuclear Weapons Council’s 1997 memorandum of agreement…

USAID - DoD Policy

USAID Updates Civilian-Military Cooperation Policy

Earlier this month, the U.S. Agency for International Development released their updated Civilian-Military Cooperation Policy. The updated policy builds on the 2008 policy, which established civilian-military cooperation as fundamental to a whole-of-government approach to contemporary national security challenges…


Testimony Critical of Interagency Cooperation in U.S. Hostage Policy

On June 11, Army Special Forces Lt. Col. Jason Amerine spoke before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, testifying that a “dysfunctional” U.S. bureaucracy is the primary cause of failure in returning U.S. hostages…

IAP no. 16W - June 2015

IAP 16W (June 2015) Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge

This paper seeks to demonstrate the utility of the domestic emergency response model for complex stability operations. The analysis in this paper will demonstrate that the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and National Response Framework (NRF) doctrine for interagency management of domestic contingency operations is far more advanced than the parallel efforts of foreign policy civilians to manage the interagency in foreign contingency operations.


Davis-Monthan Hosts 9th Angel Thunder

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is once again hosting the Angel Thunder exercise. Angel Thunder is the largest and most realistic joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise…

21st Century Policing - DOJ

Interagency Task Force on Policing Releases Report

In May, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing released their final report identifying best practices and recommendations for mending relationships between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve…