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2014

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Executive Orders on Immigration Encourage Greater Interagency Cooperation

President Obama recently announced a set of initiatives and Executive Orders to reduce the strain on the current immigration system. The executive actions also encourage increased interagency cooperation…


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Obama Calls for Interagency Review of Hostage Policy

This week it was announced that President Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy concerning American hostages held overseas. The proposed review will focus on several areas related to hostage cases…


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IAP no. 14W - November 2014

IAP 14W (November 2014) Strategic Approach to Combat Transnational Organized Crime

This paper looks at the disjointed efforts, a lack of understanding, and limited motivation to participate that characterize the current state of affairs on combating transnational organized crime, and examines approaches to better address this issue. The authors discuss whole-of-government and partner-nation efforts to combat transnational organized crime.


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Cybercom Commander Lauds Partnerships

Cybercom commander Adm. Michael S. Rogers addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in late October. Rogers focused his address on the importance of partnerships for effective cybersecurity…


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House Committee Reviews Multi-Agency Ebola Response

On October 24, experts and representatives from several U.S. departments and international organizations spoke at a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ebola response hearing…


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DHS Secretary Reviews 21st Century Border Security

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the subject of U.S. border security in the 21st century. His remarks were centered on the U.S. southwest border…


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USAID - Ebola - Oct. 2014

USAID, White House Release Ebola Factsheets

Earlier this month, the White House and USAID released factsheets updating the public on the U.S. government response to the Ebola outbreak…


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Johnson Encourages Further DHS/DoD Cooperation

On October 14, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke about past, current, and future collaborative efforts, and encouraged increased cooperation between all branches of U.S. government…


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USAID Leads, DoD Supports U.S. Ebola Response

In the past two weeks the U.S. government has made several announcements outlining whole-of-government response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa. USAID is the lead agency in the effort, with support from DoD and other agencies and organizations…


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NIST Releases Smart Grid Framework

In September, the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0, which provides an update on smart grid and critical infrastructure cybersecurity…


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USAID Builds on Iraq Emergency Response

In the past two month, the U.S. Agency for International Development has released a series of fact sheets outlining their role in the U.S. response to continuing conflict and hardship in Iraq…


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IAJ 5-3

InterAgency Journal 5-3 (Fall 2014)

Inside this issue: Insights to Effective Interorganizational Coordination, David Grambo, Barrett Smith and Richard W. Kokko; Improving Interagency Coordination in Africa, Robert Bennett; There is No Silver Bullet and Other Lessons from Colombia, Stuart Lippe… and much more.


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USAID - Ebola - Sept. 2014

USAID Outlines Ebola Response

On September 17, one day after President Obama laid out his response plan for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development released their fact sheet on the whole-of-government Ebola response…


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Whole-of-Government Response to Ebola Epidemic

On September 16, President Obama announced the plan for the whole-of-government response to address the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, declaring the outbreak to be a national security priority…


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State Issues Nonproliferation Compliance Report

This summer the U.S. Department of State issued the 2014 compliance report, which provides a detailed assessment of the adherence to arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements or commitments of the U.S. and other nations…


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State, Interagency Partner to Counter Terrorists

On September 10, acting Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security and Multilateral Affairs addressed the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security to discuss the threat posed by ISIL terrorists with Western passports…


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FEMA Releases National Protection Framework

This summer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released the first edition of their National Protection Framework. The framework examines how to safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats or hazards…


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FEMA Issues Federal Interagency Operational Plans

In July 2014, the FEMA released the Federal Interagency Operational Plans. The plans describe how the federal government aligns resources and delivers core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal…


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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and many U.S. government departments and agencies and related nonprofits are encouraging Americans to take the necessary steps to ensure they are prepared in the event of a disaster or emergency…


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DoD Updates Strategy for Countering WMDs

This June the Department of Defense released its strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction. The strategy emphasizes the importance of cooperating with DoD partners, including other U.S. government departments and agencies…


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CNAS Reports on U.S. Port Resiliency in Disasters

In early August the Center for a New American Security released a report examining port recovery efforts during Hurricane Sandy. The report details the public and private sector collaboration that successfully prepared for recovery efforts…


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DoD, Partners Part of U.S. Strategy to Combat ISIL

Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, Department of Defense Press Secretary, briefed the press Friday, August 22, on the U.S. strategy to confront the threat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists…


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Cybercom on Frontlines for Cyberattacks

In a recent interview at NSA headquarters, Cybercom commander Navy Admiral Mike Rogers noted cyber’s crucial role in future DoD operations, and spoke of Cybercom’s training exercises with interagency partners…


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Stimson Center Reports on U.S. Drone Policy

The Stimson Center recently published a report on U.S. drone policy. The report represents a preliminary effort to respond to President Obama’s May 2013 call for constructive new approaches to thinking about the use of drones…


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9th Annual Border Security Expo

April 21, 2015 – April 22, 2015

The 9th Annual Border Security Expo will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ, from April 21-22, 2015…


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Cybersecurity Framework Workshop

October 29, 2014 – October 30, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will hold a workshop on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity on Oct. 29 and 30, 2014…


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House Passes Cybersecurity Legislation

Last week, the House of Representatives passed three bills aimed at strengthening efforts to combat cyber attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure. These efforts include increased information sharing, advancing cyber technologies, and improving the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity workforce…


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U.S./Canada Border Conference

September 16, 2014 – September 17, 2014

The U.S./Canada Border Conference will be held at COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan, from September 16 to September 17, 2014…


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9-11 Comission Report - July 2014

Report Addresses Cyber, Terror Threats

The Bipartisan Policy Center recently released a report warning of myriad cybersecurity and terrorism threats to the United States. The report is a product of former 9/11 Commissioners….


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Cyber Exercise Improves Interagency Cooperation

Earlier this month, 550 participants engaged in Cyber Guard 14-1, a two-week exercise designed to test operational and interagency coordination in the event of a domestic cyberspace incident…


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IAJ 5-2

InterAgency Journal 5-2 (Summer 2014)

Inside this issue: Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge, Benjamin Cabana; Deep Analysis: Designing Complexity Into Our Understanding of Conflict, Thomas G. Matyók, Hannah Rose Mendoza and Cathryne Schmitz… and much more.


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GAO-14-494

Better Collaboration Needed Along Southwest Border

In June the Government Accountability Office released a report reviewing collaborative efforts among the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other interagency partners along the U.S. southwest border…


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Interagency Partnerships Crucial to Safeguarding Infrastructure

At a recent cyber symposium, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers stressed the importance of building partnerships among the federal government, the private sector, and academia for the defense of critical infrastructure…


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QHSR 2014

2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Published by DHS

In June the Department of Homeland Security published its second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. The original QHSR, published in 2010, outlined the vision, mission areas, goals, and objectives for homeland security…


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Coordination Group Provides Update on Unaccompanied Child Immigration

The Unified Coordination Group recently provided an update on the federal response and efforts taken to address the influx of unaccompanied child immigrants entering the United States across the southwest border…


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Report Recommends Improved Transportation Collaboration in Disaster Response

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report in May of this year assessing the collaborative efforts made by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Hurricane Sandy…


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DOJ/DHS Partnership Curbs Cybercrime

In early June, the Department of Homeland Security reported on the success of its partnership with the Department of Justice in containing the spread of Gameover Zeus, a sophisticated piece of malware that steals banking information…


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RAND - IA info sharing - Mar2014

Research Suggests Use of DoD-Developed Technology along U.S. Border

The RAND Corporation recently completed research into Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration use of DoD-funded intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies along the U.S. southern border…


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GAO-14-442

Report Praises Current Measures in U.S. Biological Defense

In a May report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report assessing the U.S. government’s preparedness for biological threat agents…


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President Calls for Interagency Group to Address Unaccompanied Child Immigration

Earlier this week, President Obama issued a memorandum calling for an interagency Unified Coordination Group to respond to the influx of unaccompanied alien children across the U.S. southwest border…


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DISA Releases 2014-2019 Strategic Plan

In May, the Defense Information Systems Agency released its strategic plan for 2014-2019. The strategic plan outlines DISA’s focus areas, guiding principles, and strategic goals for supporting joint, interagency, and international mission partners…


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2014 QDR

DoD Releases 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

Earlier this spring, the Department of Defense released its fifth Quadrennial Defense Review. The QDR seeks to adapt, reshape, and rebalance the U.S. military, and is intended to set the course for the department to address current and future conflicts and threats…


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Civil Service Framework - April 2014

Report Proposes New Civil Service Framework

In April, the Partnership for Public Service released a report calling for major reforms to the federal government’s decades-old civil service system, which does not adequately address today’s complex, interagency challenges…


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IAP no. 13W - April 2014

IAP 13W (April 2014) The Future of Interorganizational Operations

This paper examines the U.S. responses to the disasters in Haiti and Japan, and how these Operations informed government policy and doctrine, including JP 3-08.


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State, USAID Launch Second QDDR

On April 22, the State Department announced the launch of its second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The QDDR focuses on human rights, democracy, and civilian security, and recognizes the importance of engaging diplomats and development experts…


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Interagency Task Force Reports on Human Trafficking

The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons recently released their progress report on combating trafficking in persons. The report reviews their ten strategic objectives and addresses efforts made to combat the trafficking of persons…


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House Committee Cites Need for Better Information Sharing in Boston Marathon Report

Last month, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee released a bipartisan report detailing the timeline of last year’s Boston Marathon terrorist attack. The report makes recommendations for improving counterterrorism efforts in the future…


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IAS-003 (April 2014) 9/11, Counterterrorism, and the Senior Interagency Strategy Team

This study examines the role of the National Counterterrorism Center’s Senior Interagency Strategy Team (SIST), which was assigned a key role in countering terrorism. This case study explains how and why the SIST failed to yield a real strategy for counterterrorism.


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Interagency Cooperation Important to Border Security

Last month, law enforcement professionals gathered in Phoenix, Arizona to take part in the Border Security Expo. The Expo included keynote addresses from high ranking representatives from several U.S. government agencies…


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Army Pamphlet Calls for Interagency Partnerships

Earlier this year, the Department of the Army released a pamphlet on the subject of engagement. The pamphlet includes a section which calls for Soldiers to be trained to work with host nation security forces, international government organizations, and interagency partners…


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CSO Evaluates Two Years of Engagement

Last week, the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations published a report detailing CSO’s efforts in its two years in existence. CSO was established in 2011 to improve the effectiveness and coherence of the U.S. government in conflict situations…


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GAO-14-229

GAO Assesses State and USAID Contracting

In February 2014 the Government Accountability Office released a report assessing the progress made by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development in addressing issues related to contingency operations…


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IAJ 5-1

InterAgency Journal 5-1 (Winter 2014)

Inside this issue:  Adapting to Change: Strategic Turning Points and the CIA/DoD Relationship, by David Oakley; Everyone Else is They: A New Framework for Operational Culture, by Megan Kraushaar; The National Security Council Deputies Committee – Engine of the Policy Process, by Mark Wilcox …and much more.


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IAP no. 12W

IAP 12W (February 2014) Systems Theory and Military Leadership

The author analyzes the methods of Lieutenant General David M. Rodriguez, Commander of International Security and Assistance Force Joint Command, to articulate his understanding and interventions in Afghanistan.


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Preparations Underway for Angel Thunder ‘14

Preparations are already underway for the 2014 Angel Thunder exercise that will be conducted from May 4 to May 17. Angel Thunder is a joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to provide training for personnel recovery…


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Cybersecurity Framework to Protect U.S. Critical Infrastructure

On February 12, NIST released the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The framework was developed by hundreds of companies, several federal agencies, and many international contributors as a how-to cybersecurity guide…


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Joint Pub 3-24

Joint Publication on Counterinsurgency Reviewed by CSIS

Last week the Center for Strategic and International Studies released their review of recently updated Joint Publication (JP) 3-24. The review recognizes changes made to the JP and makes suggestions for future revisions…


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Global Health - CSIS - jan 2014

Report Examines U.S. Agencies’ Role in Global Health

Last month, CSIS published a report on the Office of Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. The report reviews the history of HHS, its previous role in global health affairs, and…


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U.S. Support Needed for Counternarcotics Efforts in Afghanistan

Erin Logan, principal director for counternarcotics and global threats with the Department of Defense, warned about the growing danger of narcotics originating in Afghanistan in an address to the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control earlier this month…


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IAE 14-01W January 2014

IAE 14-01W Understanding Environmental Security and Climate Change

This essay analyzes the impacts of climate change on the security of the United States, and helps military, defense, and other national security professionals understand environmental security issues by explaining how environmental issues become national security issues…


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Senate Intelligence Committee Releases Declassified Report on 2012 Benghazi Attacks

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released their report on the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi. The report includes recommendations designed to improve security of American diplomatic and intelligence facilities abroad…


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2013

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EPREP Guides Interagency Humanitarian Action in Pacific

In December, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, or the EPREP. The EPREP is designed to guide interagency humanitarian action in the Pacific…


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Joint Pub 3-24

Joint Publication on Counterinsurgency Updated

This fall the Joint Chiefs of Staff released an updated version of Joint Publication 3-24, Counterinsurgency, which provides joint doctrine for the planning, execution, and assessment of counterinsurgency operations, and builds on and amends the original joint publication that was published in 2009…


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GAO-14-99R

FEMA Actions Address Post-Katrina Act

A Government Accountability Office report released in November of this year assesses the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s efforts in disaster and emergency management since Hurricane Katrina in 2005…


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Symposium Touts Partnership, Shared Responsibility

On 2-3 December 2013, world leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. for the launch of the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment, entitled “No Time to Lose: Sharing the Responsibility to Save Lives.”


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Congress.gov to Replace THOMAS.gov

Earlier this month, the Library of Congress began redirecting visitors from THOMAS.gov to Congress.gov.  The newer site now features updates on legislation, the congressional record, committee information, committee reports…


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Whos in charge here - ALNAP

Paper Examines Approaches to Leadership

Earlier this year, ALNAP published a working paper reviewing approaches to leadership. The paper builds on a previous ALNAP study, examining some of the questions raised about the role of effective leadership, particularly the “strong element of collective leadership”…


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IAP no. 11W - November 2013

IAP 11W (November 2013) Evolving a Hamstrung and Broken System

The author of this paper argues there is a need for an evolution in interagency training and education to efficiently and effectively enable collaborative teams to achieve strategic objectives in complex humanitarian assistance/disaster response (HA/DR) operations overseas…


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Conference Report Covers Transitions, Multi-Agency Operations

Earlier this year, the Australian Civil-Military Centre released the follow up report from the 8th International Lessons Learned Conference. The goal of the conference was to promote best practice in international lessons learned by bringing together civil, military, and police professionals…


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Hagel Speaks on National, Cyber Security

Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ 2013 Global Security Forum. At the Forum, Hagel discussed several issues related to the Nation’s security.


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Executive Order Creates Interagency Council on Climate Preparedness

On November 1, President Obama issued an Executive Order that is aimed at preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change. The Executive Order calls for close cooperation and coordinated planning to manage the risks associated with impact of climate change…


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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Draws to a Close

This October was the tenth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year’s theme was “Our Shared Responsibility,” and focused on future cybersecurity challenges…


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Partnerships Integral to Africom Mission

Africom has made great strides in the five years since it was established. According to Africom commander Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, the Department of Defense’s newest geographic combatant command has been building on multinational and interagency partnerships…


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RAND Reports on DoD Disaster Relief Efforts

Earlier this year the RAND Corporation published a report examining Department of Defense humanitarian assistance/disaster response operations in four major international disasters occurring between 2008 and 2011. The report underlines the key lessons learned from DoD’s role…


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Coordinating for Results

Report Examines Interagency Coordination in Afghanistan

The IBM Center for The Business of Government recently published a report examining interagency coordination in Afghanistan. The author draws on interviews with ambassadors, generals, and other important figures, analyzing the interactions between U.S. civilian and military efforts in Afghanistan from 2001-2009…


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GAO-13-736

Report Reviews Nuclear Response Preparedness

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report that reviewed the level of preparation of U.S. cities considered to be at high risk of a nuclear terrorist attack. The report stressed the importance of interagency involvement in preparing for and responding to a nuclear disaster…


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GAO-13-809

Report Assesses Global Food Security Efforts

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report assessing progress made in the whole-of-government Feed the Future food security initiative. The report, GAO-13-809, follows previous reports on the subject, which found that food security efforts were fragmented and uncoordinated…


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Director Discusses DIA’s Future, Cybersecurity

Earlier in September, Defense Intelligence Agency director Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn addressed a panel at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Summit. In his remarks, Flynn said that DIA must “continually emphasize burden sharing, partnerships, and integration…”


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Agencies Engage in Emergency Response Training

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and emergency response officials from Massachusetts and Boston will participate in a training exercise involving an integrated, multi-agency response to the release of hazardous materials…


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IAE 13-02W Interagency Planning Case Study: The Postal Model and Plan

This essay describes the process undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies when developing and coordinating their portion of a plan to speed the delivery of antibiotics after a biological attack with anthrax…


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Report Appraises U.S. Border Security

In June, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report addressing DHS efforts to secure the southwest border, interagency oversight and information sharing efforts related to the southwest border, and DHS management of assets used to secure the southwest border…


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Panel Discusses Possible Post-Conflict Reform

On August 13, panelists from various agencies and organizations met at the Stimson Center to discuss possible reform for future post-conflict situations. Among the topics discussed were ways to improve transitional and reconstruction efforts in post-conflict countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali…


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Building the Enterprise - effective government - August 2013

Report Calls for More Effective Government

The Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton recently released Building the Enterprise: Nine Strategies for a More Integrated, Effective Government, a new report designed to assist the Obama administration’s efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government…


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IAJ 4-2

InterAgency Journal 4-2 (Summer 2013)

Inside this issue:  Defeating the Taliban’s Shadow Government: A Foreign Internal Governance Strategy, by Daniel R. Green; Team of Rivals: Building Civil-Military Synergy in the Interagency, by Jeffrey S. Han; Fiscal Crises Experimentation: A Darwinian Approach, by Allan D. Childers and Mark H. Sweberg …and much more.


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US global leadership coalition report - July 2013

Report Analyzes Civilian Agency Power

In June, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition released a report analyzing development and diplomacy efforts among U.S. civilian agencies. The report analyzes over 30 reports from government agencies, and identifies six areas of consensus on how to improve existing initiatives…


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Study Examines Civil-Military Role in Regional Stability

The Center for Strategic & International Studies has released a study analyzing the causes of instability in the Middle East and North Africa. The study examined the causes of terrorism, insurgency, and other forms of violence, and calls for fully integrated interagency efforts to address the violence…


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USAID DRG Strategy - June 2013

USAID, Agencies Address Democracy, Human Rights, Governance

In June, the U.S. Agency for International Development released its new Strategy on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. The strategy was crafted to advance freedom, dignity, and development around the globe…


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2013 Trafficking in Persons Report

State Department Releases Human Trafficking Report

In June, the U.S. State Department released their 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report. The report focuses on how well both U.S. and foreign governments respond to human trafficking…


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Alliance for Peacebuilding Launches New Publication

This month the Alliance for Peacebuilding announced the launch of their new publication Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century


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DoD, Agencies Focus on Cyber Security

Many senior leaders within the Department of Defense (DoD) spoke on the important role interagency cooperation plays in cyber security at the recent Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International Cyber Symposium…


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APB report - June 2013

Center Releases Report on Atrocities Prevention Board

In April 2012, the Atrocities Prevention Board was formed to make the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities “a core national security interest.” The Center for American Progress has recently issued a report describing the APB’s record as “decidedly mixed”…


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JSP - Intellectual Property - 2013

Strategic Plan Addresses Intellectual Property Enforcement

On June 20, the Obama Administration released the 2013 Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Joint Strategic Plan which will help guide Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies’ efforts to combat the theft of intellectual property…


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Panel Focuses on Future of Stability Operations

On June 17, the American Security Project in conjunction with Development Transformations hosted “The Future of Stability Operations: Lessons from Afghanistan,” a panel discussion addressing the challenges faced during U.S. stability operations…


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DoD Releases Joint Publication on Peace Operations

In early June, the Department of Defense released its updated doctrine on peace operations. The doctrine now includes updated information about peace operations…


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IAE 13-01W Twenty-First Century Governance: Ten Strategies for Success

This essay presents ten strategies for working across traditional agency boundaries…


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Interagency Leaders Needed in Government

In a recent Excellence in Government podcast, Admiral Thad Allen, former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Ron Sanders, formerly of the U.S. Intelligence Community, spoke about the need for “enterprise leaders” in government…


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GSA Asks for Comment on Cybersecurity

Earlier in May, the U.S. General Services Administration issued a request for information asking for public comment on improving federal government resiliency in the area of cybersecurity…


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Task Force Makes Strides in Combating Human Trafficking

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough recently spoke at the Annual Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, where he reviewed the Task Force’s progress since meeting last year…


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Developing SES Capabilities

Report Addresses SES Collaboration

Earlier this year, the IBM Center published a report examining the ability of Senior Executive Service members to lead and collaborate on cross-agency initiatives. The report is one of three recent IBM Center reports that examine the impact of the Government Performance and Results Act of 2010…


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DHS Nat'l Response Framework - 2013

FEMA Releases Disaster Response Frameworks

FEMA recently released updated editions of three of their five National Planning Frameworks. The National Planning Frameworks are part of FEMA’s National Preparedness System, which includes one Framework for each of the five preparedness mission areas…


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USAID Partnership Focuses on Global Food Security

The U.S. Agency for International Development recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Syngenta International AG, one of the world’s leading companies focused on increasing crop productivity and improving health and quality of life…


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IAS-002 (April 2013) Internal Security Forces

This study examines the relationship between internal security forces and sub-state political violence. The author looks at how civil conflict is shaped by both the quantity and quality of ISFs, and the need for an interagency approach in building security capacity, including government, military, peacekeeping, and law enforcement training.


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IA Cooperation Crucial to Boston Response

The cooperative efforts of law enforcement, investigative, and security personnel and first responders are being praised in the aftermath of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing…


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DoD Official Testifies at Nonproliferation Hearing

Assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs Madelyn R. Creedon, recently testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee in a hearing on nonproliferation activities…


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Davis-Monthan Hosts IA Personnel Recovery Exercise

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base recently hosted the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, with various training scenarios located in California, Arizona, and New Mexico…


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Agencies Prepare for Hurricane Response

Earlier this month, the Department of Defense and their interagency partners began preparing for the 2013 hurricane season. The annual drill was hosted by U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas…


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Interagency Task Force Releases Report on Human Trafficking

On April 9, the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons released a progress report on their anti-trafficking efforts as of February 2013…


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CCO Publishes Book on Illicit Networks

The Center for Complex Operations recently published an edited volume addressing illicit networks and U.S. national security. Convergence: Illicit Networks and National Security in the Age of Globalization explores many aspects of transnational organized crime…


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IAJ 4-1

InterAgency Journal 4-1 (Winter 2013)

Inside this issue:  When Diplomacy Fails: Consent, Risk and Modern Warfare, by M. Shane Riza; Is it Time for an Interagency Goldwater-Nichols Act?, by Sean M. Roche; Social Capital in the Interagency Environment of Iraq, Lynne Chandler-Garcia …and much more.


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Civil, Military Leaders to Review Strategy

Senior civilian and military personnel were recently requested to examine the Defense Department’s strategic assumptions in light of the changes in the fiscal environment…


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New Directive Addresses Critical Infrastructure Security

In February 2013, the White House released the Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, which promotes unity of effort to strengthen and maintain secure and resilient critical infrastructure, and tasks government entities with securing critical infrastructure…


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DHS to Defend Against Cyber Attacks

According to a department official, the Department of Homeland Security is preparing for its growing role in protecting U.S. critical infrastructure from catastrophic cyber attacks…


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Report Identifies Lessons Learned for Stability, Reconstruction Operations

The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction recently released it’s final report identifying lessons learned in the rebuilding of Iraq. The report explores the challenges faced by those involved in the various projects and programs during the nine-year reconstruction effort…


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State Releases International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

Early in March, the Department of State released the 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. The report provides an overview of counternarcotics efforts by the governments of over 90 countries, including several U.S. departments and agencies…


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USAID Forms New Partnerships

In February, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced several new partnerships aimed at supporting scientists in developing countries, combating crime and violence, and improving response to humanitarian challenges…


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DoD, DHS, Others Discuss Improved Cooperation

On February 25, senior leaders from the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security met with representatives from the Council of Governors to discuss ways in which the two departments can better cooperate and work together…


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White House Releases Executive Order for Improving Cybersecurity

On February 12, the Obama Administration released their Executive Order for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity…


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Partnerships Vital to CENTCOM, AFRICOM

On February 14, the two generals nominated to lead U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command testified together in a confirmation hearing. The nominees focused on the important role partnerships play in national defense strategy…


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Naval Postgraduate School Hosts Interagency Program

The Naval Postgraduate School recently conducted Joint Interagency Field Experiment 12-2 from February 11 to 14. The experiment included students, faculty and staff from NPS, as well as representatives from Department of Defense combatant commands and federal, local and state agencies…


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Special Report: Greater Kansas City Cyber Security Seminar

The Greater Kansas City Cyber Security Seminar explored threats to U.S. cyber security, and discussed the myriad challenges faced across business and government information system platforms. This report provides a summary of the remarks from the event’s speakers and panelists…


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Proposed Immigration Reform Promotes Cooperation

In January 2013, the White House released a fact sheet detailing President Obama’s four part immigration reform proposal. The proposed reforms focus on the hiring of undocumented workers, earned citizenship, streamlining legal immigration, and strengthening U.S. border security…


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IAS-001 (December 2012) U.S. Southwest Border Security

This study focuses on security at the U.S. Southwest border, and begins with a broad view of border region issues before narrowing its focus to security and how DoD can support a whole of government approach to border security. The authors examined the border region from various perspectives and applied selected tools of anthropology, physical and cultural geography, and military doctrine.


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Interagency Health Operations Essential to National Security

In a recent interview, Dr. Charles Beadling, director of the Department of Defense Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, stated that global health operations have an important role in U.S. national security…


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USAID, Other Agencies Develop Action Plan on Children in Adversity

In December 2012, the U.S. Agency for International Development released its first-ever Action Plan on Children in Adversity. The plan calls for an interagency strategy to assist vulnerable children in low- and middle-income countries…


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Partnerships Key to USNORTHCOM Success

USNORTHCOM is a model of successful cooperative partnerships, as is its sister command, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)…


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2013 NDAA Addresses Interagency Issues

On January 2, 2013, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 into law. The Act authorizes appropriations for DoD activities for fiscal year 2013. The Act also addresses specific DoD programs and personnel issues…


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InterAgency Journal 3-4 (Special Edition)

This special edition of the InterAgency Journal focuses on Southwest Border Security…


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Report Makes Suggestions for South Asia Policy

Earlier this month, Asia Society published a report on U.S. policy in South Asia that offers new ideas on how to better integrate U.S. interests in South Asia, strengthen interagency collaboration, and expand expertise on South Asia in the U.S. government…


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Interagency Cost-Saving Efforts Applauded

Panelists at Defense Logistics 2012, recently applauded cost-saving efforts by U.S. combatant commands, the joint staff and services, the State Department, and other agencies…


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Increased Collaboration Recommended for Coast Guard

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Va., recently presented a panel discussing challenges at the U.S. Coast Guard…


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Homeland Security Partnership Council Established

In October 2012, the Obama Administration established the White House Homeland Security Partnership Council.  The Council was established through an Executive Order released October 26…


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Report Assesses DoD-DHS Cooperation

In October the Government Accountability Office released a report assessing cooperation efforts between the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security…


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Update on Cybersecurity Executive Order

According to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano an Executive Order on cybersecurity is being reviewed by various departments, and will be issued once a “few issues” have been resolved…


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Course Focuses on Interagency Humanitarian Operations

Nearly 40 U.S. Army Africa personnel recently attended a two-day Joint Humanitarian Operations course. The course was taught by instructors from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of the U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance…


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Changes Coming to Defense Intelligence Agency

The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency recently spoke at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, sharing his vision for changes and capacity building within DIA…


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Report Identifies Mechanisms for Collaboration

In September 2012 the Government Accountability Office released a report identifying mechanisms to implement interagency collaborative efforts. The report also examines the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 Modernization Act of 2010…


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Conference Focuses on Cyber Defense

U.S. Cyber Command recently hosted a two-day Interagency Legal Conference involving discussions on national defense, cybersecurity, and the role of international law…


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IAP 10W (September 2012) Domestic Security Cooperation: A Unified Approach to Homeland Security and Defense

Using a capabilities-based assessment model as a guide, this paper examines the current operational capabilities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and NORTHCOM. The analysis highlights the capabilities required to combat current and future threats along the southwest border and identifies the gaps between existing and required capabilities.


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Report Examines Federal Property Security

In September, the Government Accountability Office released a report that makes recommendations to the Interagency Security Committee regarding the security of federal property…


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Executive Order to Address Cyber Security

The White House recently drafted a preliminary executive order aimed at protecting the nation’s computer systems against cyberattacks…


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Partnerships Essential to Bio Threat Prevention

Greg Delawie, State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, recently spoke about the need for partnerships in addressing biological threats and biodefense, including biological weapons and infectious disease…


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USAID Details Multi-Agency Efforts Against Gender-Based Violence

In August, the U.S. Agency for International Development released its strategy to establish a government-wide approach that identifies, coordinates, integrates, and leverages current efforts and resources in preventing and responding to gender-based violence around the world…


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InterAgency Journal 3-3 (Summer 2012)

Inside this issue:  Radiological Nuclear Detection Task Force, by Kevin L. Stafford; The Interagency Role in Conflict Prevention, by Kevin D. Stringer and Katie M. Sizemore; Interagency Collaboration by Design, by Alex J. Ryan …and much more.


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Defense Intelligence Agency Urges Intel Sharing, Cooperation

Newly appointed director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, recently spoke on the need for increased intelligence sharing…


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Shapiro Speaks on State-Defense Cooperation

Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro recently spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies about the new era in State-Defense cooperation. Shapiro spoke on State’s efforts to improve interagency cooperation…


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Countertrafficking Efforts at JIATF West

Like JIATF South at Key West, FL, and JIATF North at Fort Bliss, TX, JIATF West’s main focus is countering drug trafficking and other organized crime that directly impacts U.S. national security…


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Report Reviews Unified Command Plan

In mid July, the Congressional Research Service published a report about the Armed Forces’ Unified Command Plan and the Combatant Commands…


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Researcher Looking for People Who Worked with Iraqi Army 2006-2011

Researcher Brian Humphreys is currently studying the development of the Iraqi Army between 2006 and 2011. He is most interested in learning about Iraqi and American efforts to redefine the Iraqi Army’s cultural identity during this period…


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IAE 12-03W The Sound of One Hand Clapping: The Expeditionary Imperative of Interagency Integration

This essay discusses the need for U.S. government agencies to develop a ground-level understanding and execution in its expeditionary interagency professionals in order to synchronize broader institutional reforms.  The author posits that the teams that have defined the expeditionary interagency since 9/11…


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Senior Executive Service Reform Proposed

Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) recently introduced new legislation aimed at reforming the Senior Executive Service. The Senior Executive Service Act of 2012 includes reforms that address compensation and professional development…


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CCO Hosts Dialogue on Combating Crime-Terror Pipelines

The U.S. Department of State recently hosted a dialogue on combating crime-terror pipelines. The event was hosted at the Center for Complex Operations in partnership with National Defense University and the Departments of State and Defense…


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IAE 12-02W Preventing Conflict: Interagency Village Stability Operations Model

This essay explores village stability operations (VSO) in Afghanistan as an “innovative, low-cost, and small footprint” method of achieving U.S. security objectives…


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DHS Releases Northern Border Strategy

In early June, the Department of Homeland Security released its 2012 Northern Border Strategy (NBS). The NBS is the first unified strategy for DHS operations along the U.S.-Canada border…


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State, SOCOM Partner to Counter Cyberterrorism

The State Department and United States Special Operations Command have undertaken a new counterterrorism mission that focuses on the relationships between organized crime, political or ideological extremism, and terrorism. The new mission includes countercyberterrorism efforts…


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

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.


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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

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.


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

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.


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Progress Made in Countertrafficking Efforts in Africa

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…


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Interagency Cooperation Brings Results for Combatant Commands

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…


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New Task Force to Aid in Countertrafficking Efforts

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…


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Intergovernmental Partnership Advances Hydropower Development

A report about developments in hydropower was recently released by the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Energy. The report highlights the collaborative accomplishments the three departments have made…


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InterAgency Journal 3-2 (Special Edition)

Inside this issue:  A New Era of Conflict Resolution, by Roméo A. Dallaire; The Military Profession and Counter-Genocide Leadership, by Michael H. Hoffman; The Killing Fields, Ethnic Cleansing, and Genocide in Europe, Hal Elliott Wert …and much more.


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White House Announces Strategy for Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response

The White House released the fact sheet for a comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities.  The strategy stems from an August 2011 Presidential Study Directive…


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Report Assesses DoD Role in Southwest Border Security

On April 17, the Government Accountability Office released a report assessing the Department of Defense’s role in securing the United States’ southwest border…


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PKSOI Releases Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response Handbook

In March, the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute released its policy planning handbook on mass atrocity prevention and response operations.  The handbook was developed to aid in interagency policy making decisions dealing with mass atrocity and genocide situations…


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Agencies Report on Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network was created as a result of the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, and advocates for more effective and accountable U.S. foreign assistance…


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USAID, AFRICOM Discuss Interagency Cooperation

Assistant administrator for USAID’s Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, discussed USAID’s efforts in Africa and how USAID and AFRICOM can better work together to achieve common goals…


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Aging Air Tankers Undermine Interagency Efforts

Recent reports have raised concerns about the U.S. Forest Service’s aging fleet of air tankers, which has dwindled to just 11 air tankers. The shrinking fleet may undermine interagency agreements…


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USAID Releases New Human Trafficking Policy

USAID released its new Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy in February 2012. The new policy lays the groundwork for USAID counter-trafficking in persons  programs and highlights the importance of partnerships with the State Department, DoD, and other stakeholders…


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Flournoy Speaks on Interagency Imbalances

Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy recently spoke at the Chairman’s Forum at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.  Flournoy discussed imbalances in interagency resourcing, the growth of interagency operations, the National Security structure, and public-private partnerships…


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Water Partnership Unites Government Agencies and NGOs

On March 21, the State Department released a fact sheet detailing the establishment of the US Water Partnership (USWP). The USWP is a U.S.-based public-private partnership established to unite American expertise, knowledge, and resources to address water challenges around the world…


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Agencies Participate in Nuclear Forensics Exercise

Participants from the U.S. military and multiple U.S. government agencies recently took part in Exercise Trinity Oak at Fort Gordon, GA.  The exercise took place from Feb. 24 to March 1, and trained interagency participants in nuclear forensics…


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Report Evaluates State and Army Personnel Rotation Programs

In March 2012 the GAO released a report evaluating the current conditions of interagency personnel rotation programs within the Department of State and the U.S. Army.  The report is a follow-up to a previous study that examined approaches that would help facilitate greater interagency cooperation…


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Multi-Agency Centers Improve Export Control

On March 7, 2012, the Obama Administration officially opened two new national, multi-agency centers to improve and streamline the U.S. Government export control system. The centers are a part of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative…


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Report Examines Embassy Management

A report released by the Government Accountability Office appraises current administrative service costs incurred by the State Department’s overseas embassies…


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President Establishes Interagency Trade Enforcement Center

On Feb. 28, 2012, the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) was established through an Executive Order. ITEC is established within the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and will strengthen U.S. capacity to monitor and enforce U.S. trade rights and domestic trade laws…


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DHS Testimony Assesses Information Sharing Efforts after 9/11

Joint written testimony by recently outlined progress made in information and intelligence sharing initiatives undertaken since 9/11…


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InterAgency Journal 3-1 (Winter 2012)

Inside this issue:  The Need for Interagency Reform: Congressional Perspective and Efforts, by Geoffrey C. Davis and John F. Tierney; Implementing the QDDR, by Edward Marks and Christopher Lamb…and much more.


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Report Assesses Interagency Operations Centers

In February 2012 the Government Accountability Office released a report assessing the implementation and management of Interagency Operations Centers, which were intended to facilitate maritime information sharing between the Coast Guard and port partners…


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USAID Office Change Reflects Interagency Focus

The U.S. Agency for International Development announced recently that it will be changing the name of the Office of Military Affairs to the Office of Civilian Military Cooperation. This change reflects the office’s evolving role in facilitating civilian-military cooperation…


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JIATF-South, Multinational Efforts Target Transnational Organized Crime

Joint Interagency Task Force South recently participated in a U.S., European, and western hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus…


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DHS Stresses Supply Chain Security

The expansive nature of the global supply chain leaves it vulnerable to disruption, whether the disruption is naturally occurring or manmade.  To ensure the security and resilience of the global supply chain, there is a need to shift focus from “just-in-time” delivery to “just-in-case” security…


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Joint Planning and Development Office Delivers Presentation on Interagency Information Sharing

In Washington, D.C. on January 24, Acting Director of the Net-Centric Operations Division (NCOD) for the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), gave a presentation on interagency information sharing…


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Defense Releases Joint Operational Access Concept

The JOAC defines how joint forces will operate in response to emerging antiaccess and area-denial security challenges, and is a crucial first step in ensuring the joint force has the capabilities to accomplish any assigned mission…


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State Department Announces Reorganization Changes

The Department of State recently established two new reorganization initiatives, the Bureau of Counterterrorism and the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights…


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New State/Defense Personnel Exchange Agreement Reached

On January 19 the Department of State announced a new agreement on the exchange of personnel between State and Defense. The agreement is intended to increase cooperation between the two agencies, and establishes the most significant formal exchange of personnel between the two departments in history…


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IAE 12-01W Multilateralism and U.S. Interagency Economic Development Efforts

by David A. Anderson

This essay investigates collaboration among the U.S. interagency and multilateral development-promoting organizations, financial institutions, and initiatives. U.S. interagency collaboration and information sharing must take place among all U.S. agencies that assist in economic development…


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Report Examines U.S. Civilian Operations Abroad

A recent report published by the Center for a New American Security examines the history of U.S. civilian operations abroad during the past 20 years and identifies several trends that are likely to affect future requirements…


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White House Releases Government Reorganization Fact Sheet

In an effort to make U.S. government leaner, smarter and more consumer-friendly, the President has called on Congress to reinstate the authority to reorganize the government. The President’s first proposed use of that authority is consolidating six agencies into one more efficient department…


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Report Examines New Strategic Guidance for DoD

The Congressional Research Service has released a report that examines the new strategic guidance set forth by the Department of Defense. The report also poses questions about how the changes will be implemented and what effect the changes will make…


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Panetta Releases New Strategic Guidance for DoD

On Jan. 5, 2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta released new strategic guidance for the Department of Defense to articulate priorities for a 21st century defense that would sustain U.S. global leadership and prepare for future challenges…


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FEMA Suggests Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management

A recent report by the FEMA presents a foundation for increasing individual preparedness and engaging with members of the community as vital partners in enhancing the resiliency and security of the nation through a Whole Community approach to emergency management…


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More Oversight of Interagency Programs Needed

According to a new Government Accountability Office report, interagency programs would benefit from more Congressional oversight. The report also details the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010, which calls for increased interagency cooperation as a way of achieving meaningful results…


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Survey Reveals Necessity of Interagency Cooperation

According to a recent survey, 65% of federal managers say budget pressures will increase the importance of interagency collaboration.  The survey revisted the idea of “smart power”…


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Brownfield Encourages Interagency Cooperation in Narcotic Trafficking Efforts

On December 15, William Brownfield, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, gave a statement before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs on the important steps that need to be taken in U.S. anti-narcotic trafficking efforts…


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IAP 6 (December 2011) Active Inaction: Interagency Security Assistance to Egypt

This paper explores the relationship between the Egyptian military and U.S. security assistance forces, and examines long term U.S. interests in Egypt.  The author proposes a novel course of action, “active inaction,” as a method of addressing the U.S.-Egyptian security relationship…


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Interagency Cooperative Efforts Contribute to Counterfeiting Crackdown

The domain names of 150 commercial websites have been seized as part of a federal law enforcement operation.  The seizure is a coordinated anti-counterfeiting effort of the Department of Justice, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement…


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State Department Establishes New Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations

On Monday, November 21, the U.S. Department of State established a new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) to focus on conflict prevention, crisis response, and stabilization activities…


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Project on National Security Reform Envisions Transformed National Security System

The Project on National Security Reform envisions a collaborative, agile, and innovative system that would combine all elements of national strength, integrating intelligence, making timely and informed decisions, and taking decisive action.  A transformed national security system would be characterized by a broadened and re-balanced concept of national security…


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National Security Reform Mid-Term Assessment Addresses Interagency Issues

The Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College recently published National Security Reform 2010: A Mid-Term Assessment.  The report is the result of a national security colloquium which focused on the need for advancing the research and study of national security reform…


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EPA and DOT Join U.S. Customs and Border Protection Import Safety Center

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently signed agreements with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) to enhance information sharing among the agencies…


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

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…


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Angel Thunder Exercise Prepares Agencies for Rescue Operations

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…


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

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…


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Report Suggests Alignment of Federal Agencies

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…


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SIGAR Audit Reveals Limited Interagency Coordination in Afghanistan Reconstruction

The July 2011 performance audit by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reports on U.S. efforts to improve the capacity of the Afghan government to regulate Afghanistan’s financial sector and to strengthen the controls U.S. agencies use to track U.S. funds in the Afghan economy…


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Report Details JIATF-South’s Interagency Success

Joint Interagency Task Force–South (JIATF–South) is well known within the U.S. Government as the “gold standard” for interagency cooperation and intelligence fusion.  It is often cited as a model for whole-of-government problem-solving, and other national security organizations have tried to copy its approach and successes…


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InterAgency Journal 2-2 (Summer 2011)

Inside this issue:  A Ticking Time Bomb, by Joseph I. Lieberman and Susan M. Collins; Swords and Plowshares: DoD and USAID on the Battlefield, by Quy H. Nguyen…and much more.


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Request for Public Comments on the Inter-Agency Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group

The Federal Government is currently undertaking a significant effort to eliminate counterfeit products from the U.S. Government supply chain. In June 2010, Vice President Biden and White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, announced the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, laying out a coordinated government-wide approach to strengthening intellectual property enforcement and directing the establishment of an inter-agency working group…


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Presidential Study Directive Aims to Prevent Mass Attrocities and Genocide

Sixty-six years since the Holocaust and 17 years after Rwanda, the United States still lacks a comprehensive policy framework and a corresponding interagency mechanism for preventing and responding to mass atrocities and genocide.  This has left the United States ill prepared to engage early, proactively, and decisively to prevent threats from evolving into large-scale civilian atrocities…


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IAE 11-03W Role of Information Management in Advancing Homeland Security (Web-Exclusive)

by David T. Culkin

In an era of persistent threats to the homeland and constricted decision cycles, American policy makers must embrace information sharing if they are to protect the citizens and infrastructure of the United States. The key to advancing homeland security lies in managing information so efficiently and effectively that U.S. policy leaders rapidly acquire the understanding they need to make decisions…


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IAP 5 (June 2011) Interagency Collaborative Arrangements and Activities: Types, Rationales, Considerations

by Frederick M. Kaiser

Interagency coordinative arrangements and activities—called for in public laws, executive orders, and administrative directives—appear to be growing in number, prominence, and proposals throughout virtually all individual policy areas and across-the-board. Underlying this growth are several developments…


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Joint Special Operations University updates SOF Interagency Counterterrorism Reference Manual

Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) recently revised and republished its SOF Interagency Counterterrorism Reference Manual.  In the past, the manual has provided a valuable reference for JSOU students, SOF staff officers, and partners in the interagency process…


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Joint Publication 3-08 Sets Doctrine for Interorganizational Coordination During Joint Operations

This capstone document sets forth doctrine governing the activities and performance of the Armed Forces of the United States for coordination of military operations with U.S. government agencies; state, local, and tribal governments; and intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector…


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Legislation Seeks Modest Reduction in Senate Confirmed Nominees

S.679 would eliminate the need for Senate confirmation for about 200 positions, mostly in the areas of legislative and public affairs; internal management positions, such as chief financial officers…


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New Interagency Bill Introduced in House and Senate

The interagency Personnel Rotation Act of 2011, S. 1268 and H.R. 2314, is an effort to increase interagency cooperation between Executive Branch employees working in National Security and Homeland Security…


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IAE 11-02 Expanding Chief of Mission Authority to Produce Unity of Effort

by Christopher Lamb and Edward Marks

In this essay we argue that the interagency integration problem can be rectified by expanding the President’s power to delegate a modified “chief of mission” authority similar to that granted ambassadors to oversee and direct the activities of employees from diverse government organizations working in a foreign country…


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Study Recommends Improved Professional Education and Training for Diplomats

In the 21st century, the relatively small U.S. citizen workforce of the Foreign Service must cover duties ranging from the traditional promotion of foreign and economic policies, treaty negotiation, crisis prevention and management, and protection of American citizens to a growing roster of responsibilities on counterterrorism…


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IAE 11-01 Converging on Whole-of-Government Design

by Rick Swain

This paper argues that USAID and military problem-solving approaches are converging, and broadly understood techniques of design offer the best synthesis for achieving unity of effort in whole-of-government operations.


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IAP 4 (April 2011) Inception, Challenges, and Impact on S/CRS

by Major Jay Liddick and Dr. David A. Anderson

Like the post-9/11 Bush administration, the Obama administration must confront numerous security threats to U.S. national interests at home and abroad. The Obama administration, however, has the added challenge of a severe domestic economic recession. Amidst the economic quandary, President Obama and Congress must prudently go about the arduous task of determining how to best utilize U.S. resources to mitigate national security threats in a domestic environment demanding fiscal discipline.


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InterAgency Journal 2-1 (Winter 2011)

Inside this issue:  What “right” looks like in the Interagency: A Commander’s Perspective, by Gen. William “Kip” Ward; Interagency Cooperation: An Ambassador’s Perspective, by Thomas J. Miller…and much more.


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IAP 3 (Jan 2011) Is a Sense of Community Vital to Interagency Coordination?

by William J. Davis, Jr., Ph.D.

What causes a large group to operate in an efficient, effective, innovative manner? Is it the way it is organized, its executive structure, its mechanisms for gathering and disseminating information, its internal communications, its analytic capacity, its contributions from staff, its morale, or its sense of community?


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Revised National Military Strategy released

The new National Military Strategy was release Feb. 8, 2011.  It is the first revision since 2004 and calls for “redefining leadership in a changing world.”


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State Department releases first ‘QDDR’

The U.S. State Department released its first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), “Leading Through Civilian Power,” Dec. 15, 2010…


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IAP 2 (Nov 2010)- Principles, Mechanisms, and Practicalities for Interagency Operations

by Nicholas H. Riegg

The military’s relatively new “full spectrum” approach to warfare emphasizes that military and other U.S. interagency partners must address the full gamut of needs of nations defeated in war or ravaged by natural or manmade catastrophes.


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A member of the Civilian Response Corps discusses his agenda during the largest EUCOM exercise in history, Austere Challenge 2009, which brought together unprecedented numbers of reconstruction and stabilization experts from the eight member agencies of the Civilian Response Corps.

IAE 10-02 WE are the Interagency: Exercising a Comprehensive Approach to Crisis Action and Conflict Termination and Stabilization

by Major Edward Lee Bryan, U.S. Army &
Lieutenant Colonel David Pendall, U.S. Army

For years, the federal government has grappled with the question of how best to consolidate its response to a major crisis—that is, to share relevant information to create unity of purpose while preserving the operational effectiveness of each agency or component…


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InterAgency Journal 1-1 (Fall 2010)

InterAgency Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2010– This is our inaugural edition of this semi-annual journal.


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IAP 1(October 2010)- Assessing the Effectiveness of Agricultural Advisor Projects in Afghanistan

by Karisha Kuypers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and
Professor David A. Anderson, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

To assist the nation in rebuilding its agricultural economy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided advisors who have worked on Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Based largely on their end-of-tour reports, this paper examines and evaluates the challenges, successes, and modes of interaction of USDA advisors with their PRT and Afghan colleagues and concludes with recommendations for the future.


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VENICE, La. - Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen speaks during a conference call at Coast Guard Station Venice May 2, 2010.  Allen received input from local, state and other federal officials concerning the uncontrolled oil discharge that continues in the Gulf of Mexico.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley.

IAE 10-01 About Interagency Cooperation

by Bob Ulin

In recent years there has been much discussion, frustration and angst about the lack of cooperation and coordination between and among agencies and departments of the federal government in response to disasters (natural and manmade) and overseas contingencies…


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