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“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security (pt. 2)



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security (pt. 2)
On September 19, part two of Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy’s conversation with former Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and former Senior USAID Mission Director James Bever was released on “The General and the Ambassador.” This episode continues the examination of the role of development assistance… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security
On September 7, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy was joined by former Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and former Senior USAID Mission Director James Bever on a new episode of “The General and the Ambassador.” This episode is a departure from the podcast’s typical format. Instead… Read More

Featured Article: Intellectual Habits in Understanding the Operational Environment



Featured Article: Intellectual Habits in Understanding the Operational Environment
Featured article: Intellectual Habits in Understanding the Operational Environment by James T. Wilson Einstein acknowledges the importance of understanding the operational environment. If we do not understand the complex environment in which we operate, then we are likely wasting effort or possibly worsening the condition. The Interagency Conflict Assessment Framework… Read More

Featured Article: Fiscal Crises Experimentation…



Featured Article: Fiscal Crises Experimentation…
Featured article: Fiscal Crises Experimentation: A Darwinian Approach by Allan D. Childers and Mark H. Sweberg History demonstrates that periodically the nation goes through fiscal evolutions that change the environment in which U.S. government departments and agencies shape their organizations, programs, and activities. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution posits that… Read More

Featured Article: Defeating the Taliban’s Shadow Government…



Featured Article: Defeating the Taliban’s Shadow Government…
Featured article: Defeating the Taliban’s Shadow Government: A Foreign Internal Governance Strategy by Daniel R. Green As the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) assumes greater control of its sovereignty and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan diminishes, the ability of Special Operations Forces (SOF) to exercise positive political… Read More

Featured Article: Fundamentally Restructuring Interagency Operations…



Featured Article: Fundamentally Restructuring Interagency Operations…
Featured article: Fundamentally Restructuring Interagency Operations for Future Success by Ryan Hilger “The whole thing was uncoordinated and did not get us very far. The upshot is that in the ninth year of the war we are starting from scratch.” – Ambassador Richard Holbrook Ambassador Holbrooke’s lighthearted comments about the… Read More

Stabilization Symposium findings published



Stabilization Symposium findings published
Findings from the Stabilization Symposium have been published. The Stabilization Symposium was held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., from June 26 to June 27, and focused on the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) that was published earlier that month. The SAR aims to streamline U.S. government stabilization efforts and… Read More

Featured Article: Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge



Featured Article: Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge
Featured article: Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge: Applying FEMA’s Interagency Coordination Doctrine to International Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations by Benjamin Cabana There are two things for certain when it comes to the study of the interagency process for successful stabilization and reconstruction operations. First, a successful operation requires the… Read More

Featured Article: USAID and USACE Collaboration in the Pacific



Featured Article: USAID and USACE Collaboration in the Pacific
Featured article: USAID and USACE Collaboration in the Pacific by Patrick J. Wesner and Brett D. Fuller The United States must use its diplomatic, economic, and military tools simultaneously when assisting aspiring partners. — National Security Strategy, December 2017 The recently released U.S. National Security Strategy (2017 NSS) highlights the… Read More

Centcom official speaks on Stabilization Assistance Review



Centcom official speaks on Stabilization Assistance Review
The deputy commander at U.S. Army Central Command (Centcom), Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., gave the keynote address at a stabilization symposium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on June 27. During his keynote, Brown spoke on the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR), which was published earlier… Read More