Whitman: American Competitiveness and National Security
What We Are Reading
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he will renew efforts for a diplomatic resolution to Iran’s suspected attempt to build a nuclear weapon, but denied that any talks with Tehran were imminent.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will host a meeting of representatives of six major powers in Brussels on Wednesday, as part of efforts to dissuade Iran from its nuclear programme, a spokeswoman for Ashton said on Thursday.
A U.N. report on Iran’s nuclear programme is also likely to show this week that it continues to use some of its most sensitive material for reactor fuel, at least temporarily making it unavailable for any quick atom bomb bid.
Benjamin Loehrke / Roll Call Opinion
In a time when tough budget choices need to be made to avoid the looming fiscal cliff, there is a major question before Congress — will America spend $640 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs or reshape our military budget to match 21st-century realities?
Benjamin Plackett/Danger Room in Wired
Researchers at MIT are exploring how to combat one of the challenges UAV pilots face: boredom.
Congo-Kinshasa: UN Report Finds Evidence of Arbitrary Killings in Easter DR Congo, Prompts Calls for Action
UN News Service in AllAfrica
UN human rights investigators report that rebels in eastern DR Congo “arbitrarily executed at least 264 civilians, including 83 children, over a five-month period this year,” and warned of a worsening security environment as the conflict is increasingly “ethnically charged.”
American Forces Press Service
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is “disappointed” that an effort to move pending cybersecurity legislation forward failed in the Senate yesterday, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
Allen Carlson/The Diplomat
With regimes solidified for the foreseeable future in China and the U.S., it is plausible leadership might find common ground in fostering the development of a new, rigorous multilateral agreement on climate issues.
Mali’s North is now under the control of Islamist extremists, generating concerns for further instability and violence. The American Security Project has compiled this factsheet to trace the development of the crisis in Mali and understand the implications of the potential military intervention.
In the News
ASP CEO BGen Steve Cheney, USMC (Ret.) participated in a panel discussion as part of the Climate Reality Project, a 24-hour newscast on climate change.
The American Security Project is dedicated to fostering fact-driven, non-partisan debate about critical national security issues. To that end, we asked our friends and colleagues both within ASP and associated with the Consensus for American Security to answer the question: what is the biggest issue facing us in the next four years that isn’t on anyone’s radar?
On Our Flashpoint Blog
The carbon tax is being considered as a way to address deficit reduction. Why now?
Recently, the National Academies released a report seeking to analyze the major factors affecting the relationship between climate change and national security.
Recent reports suggest that U.S. oil production has the potential to overtake Saudi Arabian production by 2017. What does this mean for America and its energy future?