The Social Media War on ISIS

Last Monday marked a year since the declaration of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria by the extremist group Daesh (Islamic State, ISIL, ISIS). Despite maintaining and even expanding their territorial claims over the past year, some argue that their greatest accomplishment is their social media campaign. Assisting in attracting fighters and spreading their extremist […]

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No Shangri-La in South China Sea

On Saturday in Singapore, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter addressed the attendants at the 14th Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-level security forum, asserting China’s recent land reclamation in the South China Sea was "out of step" with international norms, and adding his opposition to “any further militarization” in the region. Read more »

U.S. Confronts China Over Airspace in South China Sea

I had not given much thought to the flight plan of the airline I recently booked to go back to the U.S. from Vietnam, but recent events in the airspace over the South China Sea prompted an online search. As I discovered, my commercial flight will be flying not far from where a U.S. surveillance plane was warned on Wednesday to leave by a Chinese radar operator. Read more »

Lawrence Freedman’s Strategy: A History – A Book Review Essay

The major reason I decided to embark upon Freedman’s journey – and see it through to the end – was because the term strategy (or lack thereof) has become one of those words that are tossed around all too easily by people complaining that so and so or such and such organization has no strategy. But they then fail to define what they mean or they give it such a rigid, outdated meaning that they, in essence, render the term useless. Read more »

Event Recap: Defense Budget Issues 2015 with Dr. Larry Korb

Since sequestration and passage of the new budget, the Defense Department has been adjusting to a reduced funding environment. Dr. Larry Korb, a Senior Fellow at The Center for American Progress specializing in the federal budget, military, and national security, discussed the outlook for Pentagon spending for FY2015.

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Top Military Officials Summoned to Pentagon to Ensure Nuclear Security

Giving personal attention to the issue, Secretary of Defense and ASP founding member, Chuck Hagel, has summoned top military officials to the Pentagon for a conference to be held within two weeks. The nuclear summit, to be lead by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, will seek to raise and address any personnel problems within the nuclear force.

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What We Are Reading

ASP ICYMI - #afghanistan #boots_on_the_ground #fusion #plasma #confinement_time #soft_power #lebanon #iranian_embassy #beirut #greenpeace #voting #nepal #white_house #pentagon #israel #nuclear_program #obama_administration

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Death of the Early Bird

The recent government shut down has apparently sealed the fate of the Pentagon’s “Early Bird,” a daily early-morning collection of news stories circulated to the defense community. If you haven’t already, try signing up for our “In Case You Missed it” daily newsletter, which includes many of the day’s top national security news stories.

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