Emerging Alliance, Part IV

07/13/2011
Criminalized States and Terrorist-Criminal Pipelines By Douglas Farah Senior Fellow, Financial Investigations and Transparency International Assessment and Strategy Center Adjunct Fellow, Americas Program, CSIS http://www.ndu.edu/press/emerging-alliances.html 07/13/2011 Viktor Bout: A Case Study in the New World Order 07/05/2011 - Viktor Bout, a former Soviet military intelligence official, became one of the…

Russian Bulava SLBM Will Enter Service Next Year

07/11/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz 07/11/2011 - The recent successful launch of Russia’s RSM-56 Bulava (NATO code name SS-NX-30) Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) may finally mark a turning point for this troubled weapons system. On June 28, a Bulava left a submerged next-generation Borey-class submarine, the Yuri Dolgoruky, and flew…

Lessons from Broken Japanese Supply Chains

07/11/2011
07/11/2011 By Dr Harald Malmgren Some analysts are forecasting a capital spending rebound in Japan as businesses “rebuild” after the Great Earthquake of March, 2011.  I believe a new wave of Japanese corporate investment is likely – but it is not evident where such investment will take place, whether at…

How to Make USCG Modernization Unaffordable

07/08/2011
07/08/2011 Recently on AOL Defense, Michael W. Jones argued that maintenance costs are eating the modernization budgets in DOD.  Jones argues that a key need to is to buy for affordability by “smart budgeting.” Fortunately, there is a proven path forward for reducing ownership costs - while maintaining, if not…

Emerging Alliance, Part III

07/08/2011
Criminalized States and Terrorist-Criminal Pipelines By Douglas Farah Senior Fellow, Financial Investigations and Transparency International Assessment and Strategy Center Adjunct Fellow, Americas Program, CSIS http://www.ndu.edu/press/emerging-alliances.html The Case of Charles Taylor in Liberia 07/08/2011 - Liberia under Charles Taylor offers several important lessons in this context. At the height of his…

Panetta At The Helm

07/07/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz 07/07/2011 - Notwithstanding his achievements during his more than four years as Defense Secretary, Robert Gates left some unfinished tasks for his successor, Leon Panetta.He has many tough challenges ahead. The Senate’s 100-to-0 vote in favor of Panetta’s confirmation showed strong confidence in Panetta’s ability to…