Center for Strategic Communication

Egypt: Confidential “National Security” Dialogue Goes Viral in Egypt
Arwa Gaballa / allAfrica
On Monday, Mursi met with political figures and experts to discuss a report on the effects of a dam which Ethiopia plans to erect on the Nile River.

Crude Output Exceeds Imports for First Time in 16 Years
Morning Zhou / Bloomberg
U.S. domestic crude-oil production exceeded imports last week for the first time in 16 years, a government report showed.

Wind Forcing: New England’s Coming Energy War
Lisa Linowes / MasterResource
New England state Renewable Portfolio Standard (‘RPS’) policies represent some of the most aggressive and costly programs in the country. By 2021, over 20% of the electricity sold retail in the region must come from renewables.

United Airlines Buys Big Into Biofuels
Jason Paur / Autopia
United Airlines is taking a significant step forward in its use of biofuel with a plan to buy 15 million gallons of the stuff during the next three years.

Report: DoD guilty of 7 ‘deadly sins’ on spending
Stephanie Gaskell / POLITICO
A new report details the “seven deadly sins” of defense spending — and the Pentagon is committing all of them.

The Emerging Irony of US Energy Independence
Michael Levi / CNBC
For the first time in decades, pundits are talking seriously about U.S. energy independence. The United States is more entangled in the global energy system than it has ever been—and ever-rising world demand for energy will remain at the root of transformations in American energy for years to come..

On Our Flashpoint Blog

Sarin Manufacturing by Non-State Actors: A Possible Security Nightmare
Chris Smith
While chemical weapons are a major national security concern, the possible manufacturing of sarin by non-state actors should be given special consideration.  The manufacturing of sarin represents a unique threat because the relative ease of its synthesis and access to those chemicals needed for its synthesis; as such it is prudent to examine what treaties/regulations currently exist to hinder its manufacture and their failings.

Qatar’s Renewable Energy Solution to Middle East Food Security Problem
Andrew Holland
The Middle East is particularly vulnerable to food price spikes.The Qatari program aims to utilize seawater in order to make the arid desert bloom.

Strategy for Defense Savings: Reduce Number of 4-Star Generals
Wes Reichart
As the Pentagon looks to conduct more efficient and effective business, without inviting additional national security threats, one key target of cuts could be the plethora of Four-Star command positions in the armed forces.

The Potential Rise of Sarin Manufacturing Among Non-State Actors
Chris Smith
There is an increasing concern today about the chance that Syria’s chemical stocks could fall into the hands to non-state actors as the civil war there continues.

US-EU Trade Agreement Should Boost American Competitiveness
Justin Winikoff
As summer is set to begin, so too are negations between the United States and the European Union on what would be the largest free-trade agreement in history

ASP News

ASP Statement on Former ASP Board Member, Amb Susan Rice’s appointment as NSA 
The American Security Project congratulates its former Board Member Susan Rice on her appointment as National Security Adviser. She joins two other former ASP Board Members now serving their nation at the highest level: Secretary of State John Kerry, and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Upcoming Events

The Future of Stability Operations: Lessons From Afghanistan

Monday, June 17, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: 1100 New York Avenue, 7th Floor West Tower
The international community has learned a great deal about how to conduct stability operations in the last 12 years.  Join us for a fact-based discussion with leading experts on stability operations. The panel will discuss key lessons from the experience in Afghanistan and how they can be applied to future conflict environments. RSVP by emailing

North Korean Nuclear, Missile, and Space Programs: Imagery and Policy Options with Joel Wit

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 12:30pm to 2:00 pm.
Location: 1100 New York Avenue, 7th Floor West Tower.
Join us for a lunchtime discussion with Visiting Scholar and former State Department official Joel Wit as he describes current North Korean nuclear, missile, and space programs using imagery slides. Mr. Wit will give his views on the policy options for dealing with this difficult and dangerous nation. RSVP by emailing


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