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  • 04/22/2014

    Ten Key Facts – Climate Change

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    The basics of climate change, therefore, are solidly established. However, the political discourse on the issue is very different than the scientific arguments.

    In order to clearly show the basics that policymakers need to know, this paper lays out 10 essential facts about climate change.

  • 04/17/2014

    FACT SHEET – Current Space Launch Vehicles Used by the United States


    At present, the United States relies on Russian rocket engines to launch satellites into space. The U.S. also relies on Russia to transport its astronauts to the International Space Station, as the U.S. Space Shuttle program ended in 2011. This paper serves as a brief, but factual overview of active launch vehicles used by the United States

  • 04/10/2014

    WHITE PAPER – National Security and Space – The Next Space Race: Competition


    This paper goes into detail on the next steps the United States should be considering to enhance our national security, secure our access to space, as well as to gain value for money from taxpayers.

  • 04/03/2014

    Tennessee and Climate Change


    As members of the American Security Project prepare to visit Tennessee to discuss the threats of climate change, ASP has published a short document detailing some of the threats that climate change poses to the state.

  • 04/01/2014

    National Security and America’s Space Challenge

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    America’s long-term strategic advantage and economic security depend on policies that create safe, reliable and affordable satellite launch capabilities. U.S. power cannot be measured in the 21st Century without accounting for the safety and security of our military space access.

  • 03/13/2014


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    Never before have we seen the level of interdisciplinary security issues that we see today occurring in all corners of the globe. Read more in this edition of ASQ.

  • 03/11/2014

    ASP Briefing Note: National Security and Climate Change


    A briefing note on climate change and national security. Find out the facts here.

  • 03/06/2014

    ASP Briefing Note: The Ukraine Crisis and the Geopolitics of Energy


    A briefing note on the Ukraine Crisis and the Geopolitics of Energy – click to find out the facts and way forward the United States could take.

  • 02/19/2014

    Mapping the Conflict in Aleppo, Syria


    Over the course of four months American Security Project supported Caerus Associates and First Mile Geo in what may be the highest fidelity, time series analysis of the ongoing human tragedy unfolding inside of Aleppo, Syria.

  • 01/30/2014

    Fact Sheet — Executive Authority in US Trade Policy

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    There has been an increasing discussion regarding the possibility of Congress granting the US presidency “fast track” authority in free trade agreements. This report gives the facts.

  • 01/28/2014

    WHITE PAPER: America’s Energy Choices – 2014

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    Three years after ASP first released “America’s Energy Choices” in 2011, the U.S. remains stuck in a political stalemate over energy. Even so, the energy choices made years or even decades ago by politicians, businesses, and consumers have led to a revolution in how the U.S. produces energy. The reality of change in America’s energy system is far different from the stagnation of the political debate.

  • 01/27/2014

    PERSPECTIVE: Five Choices on Energy that We Need to Make

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    We are in the midst of an energy revolution. There are key choices on energy we must make, but our government has become complacent about the problems of our energy future. This means that we are still coasting on the choices made in response to the crises of the 1970s – we are not responding to the challenges of the 21st Century.

  • 01/02/2014

    Top Ten Blog Posts of 2013

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    Last year was a busy year for ASP, exploring the issues of climate security, next generation energy and investment, the links between a strong economy and enhanced national security, chemical weapons, as well as the vital U.S. and Egypt strategic relationship.

    This reports collects together the top ten blog posts on ASP website in 2013, we hope you find them interesting and useful.

On Our Blog

  • 04/23/2014

    Event Recap: A Conversation with Dr. Kevin Geiss


    On Tuesday, April 22nd, the American Security Project (ASP) hosted a discussion with Dr. Kevin Geiss, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy. The discussion focused on energy management in the Air Force, moderated by BGen Stephen Cheney USMC (Ret) and Andrew Holland, ASP’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate.

  • 04/23/2014

    What We Are Reading


    ASP ICYMI – #Japan #Russia #Ukraine #Sanctions #PLO #Hamas #Trade #TTIP #Egypt #Mexico

  • 04/22/2014

    INVITE – 21st Century U.S.-Egypt Strategic Relations Conference


    Join ASP on May 7, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel as we take an in depth look into the current state of Egypt, the challenges the nation faces, and the future outlook for the government and people.

  • 04/22/2014

    No doubts at the Boston Marathon


    From our man at the Marathon – The 2014 Boston Marathon was going to be special, no matter who won. That an almost 40-year old American, Meb Keflezighi, crossed the line first among the elite men made it historic sporting day for U.S. running. No American had won the Boston Marathon since 1983

  • 04/21/2014

    Welcome, Undersecretary Stengel


    Rick Stengel was recently sworn in as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and sat down with CNN to discuss public diplomacy and his new role. He offered several interesting remarks, especially in light of Stengel’s previous experience as a journalist in Russia and recent events in there and in Ukraine.

  • 04/21/2014

    A deeper look into the Melting Arctic

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    The Arctic is melting because of global warming. Just how extensively is examined here.

  • 04/17/2014

    Secured Space Access is Needed Now – Time to look at the Commercial Market

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    In one critical but usually overlooked corner of the national security realm, attention is focusing on how intertwined Russia is with the U.S. space program. What has caught the wary eye of lawmakers and Defense Department officials is the use of Russian rocket engines to power America’s heavy rockets, which frequently carry secret, and expensive, military and intelligence payloads.

  • 04/17/2014

    Event Recap: Fusion Power: The Answer to an Uncertain Energy Future – A Discussion with Dan Clery


    On Tuesday, April 15th, the American Security Project hosted a discussion about fusion power with Dan Clery, moderated by Andrew Holland, ASP’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate.

  • 04/17/2014

    What’s a Degree Here or There Really Matter?

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    It is hard to put the temperature change of climate change into context. We try to put it in perspective here.

  • 04/16/2014

    In Wielding Natural Gas Price Against Ukraine, Putin May Have Miscalculated

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    The landscape on which this latest energy-based geopolitical battle will be fought is changing. Shifting energy markets and a renewed commitment by Europe to wean itself off Russian gas imports mean that Putin’s calculations may prove costly.

  • 04/16/2014

    ASP in Tennessee: Climate Change Threatens Security

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    Representatives of the American Security Project visited Western and Central Tennessee for a series of meetings, public events, and briefings on how climate change is affecting security, and how businesses are planning for it.

  • 04/15/2014

    China’s Xi talks up military role in space

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    Both China and the U.S. know the strategic value of space, even if it has not been militarized in the conventional understanding of the word. Armed satellites do not square off against one another in a warlike manner, but no modern military can fight as it wants to without reliable space-based communications and surveillance.

  • 04/10/2014

    ASP’s Holland on KCRW’s To the Point: “Climate Change: Will we Have to Get Used to It?”


    ASP’s Holland discussed climate change and national security on KCRW’s “To The Point” with Warren Olney. Take a listen!

Must Reads

  • 01/28/2014

    WHITE PAPER: America’s Energy Choices – 2014

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    Three years after ASP first released “America’s Energy Choices” in 2011, the U.S. remains stuck in a political stalemate over energy. Even so, the energy choices made years or even decades ago by politicians, businesses, and consumers have led to a revolution in how the U.S. produces energy. The reality of change in America’s energy system is far different from the stagnation of the political debate.

  • 03/21/2013

    The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change: Preliminary Results


    The American Security Project releases the preliminary results of a new resource on climate change and national security: The Global Security and Defense Index on Climate Change. The Index analyzes how governments around the world and their militaries plan for and anticipate the strategic threats of climate change.

  • 03/13/2013

    WHITE PAPER: Fusion Power – A 10 Year Plan to Energy Security

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    Fusion energy holds great promise to meet America’s energy needs. Energy from fusion is clean, safe, secure and abundant. ASP’s new White Paper report provides a detailed plan on how to accelerate the development of fusion power.

  • 01/29/2013

    WHITE PAPER: Advanced Biofuels and National Security

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    ASP’s White Paper report, “Advanced Biofuels and National Security” builds on ASP’s long history of demonstrating the importance of reducing oil use for national security and highlighting the work of the Department of Defense in promoting alternative fuels. This report demonstrates that developing advanced biofuels are important in reducing America’s dependence on oil; this dependence presents real national security threats to the United States and the American military.

  • 01/24/2013

    PERSPECTIVE: Understanding the Strategic and Tactical Considerations of Drone Strikes

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    This American Security Project report, the second in our series on drone strikes and targeted killing, examines the known data to generate a series of ten metrics to gauge the effects of the program. This paper presents a factual, apolitical discussion of the many aspects of the lethal drones program, and suggests how policymakers and the public can make it more effective.

  • 11/28/2012

    WHITE PAPER: American Competitiveness Report – An Issue of National Security

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    This report examines interrelated elements of American present vulnerabilities: business climate, infrastructure, national debt, labor market and immigration, defense industrial base, as well as education and healthcare. And turning these to the strengths they once were. In keeping with ASP’s core mission of examining more than military might when assessing national security, the report also reframes one of the recurring questions of international relations: What factors really make us strong and safe?

  • 11/01/2012

    Climate Security Report

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    Climate change poses a clear and present danger to the United States through its effects on our global allies as well as its direct effects on our agriculture, infrastructure, economy and public health.
    This report aims to move past the current debate about climate change and towards a real, informed discussion about its security implications—both global and domestic.

  • 08/07/2012

    WHITE PAPER – The New Public Diplomacy Imperative

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    The New Public Diplomacy Imperative takes a look at the strategic necessity for strong American public diplomacy. Author Matthew Wallin examines many of the issues in contemporary public diplomacy, and recommends best practices for policy makers and public diplomacy practitioners.

  • 06/26/2012

    FACT SHEET: Law of the Sea – separating fact from fiction

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    Although the Law of the Sea Treaty has been overwhelmingly backed by the private sector, military officials, Democrats and Republicans – including the previous George W. Bush Administration, unfortunately a minority partisan opposition seeks to block the treaty’s ratification.

  • 11/07/2011

    REPORT: Nuclear Security Index


    The spread of nuclear weapons continues to be an urgent national security concern for the United States. The analysis included within the NSI is intended to encourage productive, informed debate about nuclear security challenges while also encouraging broader citizen participation in that debate. The NSI was produced with the American public in mind and it distills this highly technical subject and the complex debate surrounding it.

  • 05/26/2011

    Pay Now, Pay Later: A State-by-State Assessment of the Costs of Climate Change


    The American Security Project released a series of 50 reports which analyze and project possible economic losses—or in some cases, gains—on a state-by-state basis as a result of unmitigated climate change. The project, “Pay Now, Pay Later” (PNPL), draws attention to the costs of inaction for each state if we fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.