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posted by Paul Hamill on December 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

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21 Dec 2011

A Changing NATO for a Changing World

John Adams / American Security Project / The Atlantic

Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, NATO can point with pride to its history. But can it point with confidence to its future? NATO’s viability in the 21st century depends on applying the lessons of the past, but it also depends on seeing the present clearly.

What Nuclear Weapons Cost Us – It’s the Right Time for a Debate

Joel Rubin / Ploughshares

The debate over the extent to which the U.S. government is committing itself to spending vast sums of taxpayer dollars on nuclear weapons and related programs over the next decade is in full force in Congress, inside the administration, and in the media. Ultimately, this estimate provides both the public and American policymakers with an additional tool to debate the type of future they want for their country. We look forward to exploring these strategic security and financial questions in the days ahead as this issue makes its way into the public eye.

 Dear Internet: It’s No Longer OK to Not Know How Congress Works

Clay Johnson /  http://www.informationdiet.com/

Joshua Kopstein, is right: it’s not ok to not know about something before legislating or regulating it. The confessions by members of Congress that they are “not nerds” is frustrating at best because these guys, the guys that are regulating the Internet can’t tell a server from a waiter.

Foreign Relations Committee Releases Comprehensive Report On Central Asia And The Transition In Afghanistan

SCFR

As part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s ongoing oversight of U.S engagement in Afghanistan and the broader region, Chairman John Kerry today released a report examining Central Asia’s critical role in Afghanistan.

Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

AP

Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan

 EPA unveils rules limiting mercury, other power plant toxics

Andrew Restuccia / The Hill

EPA estimates the standards will prevent 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 cases of childhood asthma per year.

 

 

 

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Fusing Fusion Concepts: Plasma-Jet driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion (PJMIF)

The fusion projects we often hear about fall into one of two camps: Magnetic Confinement Fusion (MCF) or Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF). Of course, each project has its own spin on fusion. For example, MIT’s Levitated Dipole Experiment (LDX) follows the tokamak model commonly used in MCF, but instead of generating the magnetic field through coils wrapped around the reactor, LDX brings the magnetic field inside the chamber, allowing for different interactions with the plasma. On the ICF side of things, the Naval Research Lab is taking a direct drive target approach, while scientists at Lawrence Livermore’s NIF have opted to go the indirect drive route. Despite their differences, all of these projects rely on the two fusion concepts that dominate the fusion discourse. 
On Budgets and National Security
Just what exactly is the cost of national security? After spending the better portion of a week researching this very question, I’m hard-pressed to give an answer. Looking through countless tables of budgets, estimates, inflation calculations, congressional testimonies, fact sheets, and think tank assessments, I’m ready to declare anyone who claims to have an accurate…

 

Hearts and Minds: Al Qaida’s Visit to Somalia
Al-Qaeda’s recent appearance at the Ala-Yasir refugee camp in southern Somalia was certainly unexpected. While the camp is located in the large expanse of territory controlled by al-Shabaab, a militant group associated with al-Qaeda, this was not only the first time the organization had spoken publicly in Somalia, but that it had distributed aid in…

 

About the American Security Project: The American Security Project is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges.

 

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