Sandra I. Erwin / National Defense Magazine
The biofuels industry is seeing promising signs from Washington. President Obama in his inauguration speech tied green energy to economic growth. Congress agreed to allow the Pentagon to continue to buy alternative fuels.
Neal Conan / NPR
Responding to tightened sanctions and a new United Nations Security Council resolution condemning their December rocket launch, North Korea has threatened a new nuclear test, explicitly warning that the North Korean weapons program will target the United States.
World powers have asked Iran to hold a new round of talks over its nuclear work in February, while expressing disappointment over Tehran’s reluctance to schedule negotiations.
Matthew Waxman / Advancing a Free Society
The last four years should have been a good period for executive-congressional relations in the areas of national security and foreign affairs. The president, vice president, and secretary of state were former Senators. They all viewed President George W. Bush as too inclined to bypass or ignore Congress and they promised to do better.
Kenneth Anderson / Lawfare
US “counterterrorism-on-offense,” (…) consists of much more than simply drone strikes; much of it is denial of territory to terrorist groups. The Obama administration needs to emphasize the broader strategy to journalists, policy folks, activists, and general public, because its utilization of drone warfare is not really comprehensible save in this broader strategy.
Afghan orchestra set to hit the right notes
Jennifer Glasse / Al Jazeera
Country’s first post-Taliban orchestra set to travel to the US to disprove stereotypes associated with Afghanistan.
Kareem Fahim, David D. Kirkpatrick and Mayy El Sheikh / The New York Times
Reacting to Egypt’s growing chaos, the head of the army warned on Tuesday of the “collapse of the state” if political forces in the country did not reconcile, reflecting growing impatience with the crisis from Egypt’s most powerful institution.
Niger has given permission for U.S. surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara, a senior government source said.
Householders are to be offered long-term loans to help make their homes more energy efficient and cut bills under a new government scheme.
Chico Harlan / The Washington Post
Until Tuesday, North Korea appeared on Google Maps as a near-total white space — no roads, no train lines, no parks and no restaurants. The only thing labeled was the capital city, Pyongyang.
This all changed when Google, on Tuesday, rolled out a detailed map of one of the world’s most secretive states.
ASP Published Today
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.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
ASP’s CEO BGen Steve Cheney and Andrew Holland spoke on a panel at Washington Clean Energy Conference, discussing the military’s role in driving energy innovation.
ASP and WCTA cohosted a clean energy conference in Seattle on January 28. Among the distinguished speakers, Gov. Inslee spoke on clean energy.
Read about the Iran nuclear talks, North Korea’s nukes, defense spending, and more!
NextGen FPN’s first event, “A 21st century concept of peace – as defined by a lifetime warrior,” will take place on February 6, 2013, with Robert DuBois, former Navy SEAL and author of Powerful Peace – A Navy SEAL’s Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War.