Center for Strategic Communication

CNO Meets with Commander of Chinese Navy

USNI News Editor / USNI News

 ‘Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert hosted the head of the Chinese Navy during a visit to the U.S. 3rd Fleet headquarters in Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on Monday.’


Kenya Aquifers Discovered in Dry Turkana Region


‘A huge water source has been discovered in the arid Turkana region of northern Kenya, which could supply the country for 70 years…’


Counterfeit Culture


 Counterfeit Culture is a one-hour documentary that explores the dangerous and sometimes deadly world of fake, fraudulent, and faux products.’


Fewer Canadians Living Paycheque to Paycheque


 42% of Canadians said that they would be in financial trouble if their pay was delayed week to week, a drop from 47% last year.  At the same time, 40% of employed Canadians are spending all or more than their pay, while 45% are able to put only five per cent or less into savings.


Chile 40 Years after the Coup: A Polarized Nation Bearing Scars

Tomas Urbina / CBC

 In 2011, the estimated number of victims during Pinochet’s dictatorship was revised upwards to 40,018.  A total of 3,065 were killed or vanished; many family members still do not know what happened to their loved ones.  Many within the country, particularly the youth, believe that without information they cannot reconcile and move forward.


Going to Mars via Fusion Power? Could Be

Michael Lemonick / Time

 Princeton Satellite Systems (PSS) think that they can build a fusion-powered rocket motor decades ahead of estimates.  A proposal that is plausible enough that the Department of Energy has sponsored some of its research.


North and South Korea to reopen Kaesong Industrial Complex

Reuters / The Guardian

North and South Korea have agreed to re-open the Kaeson Industrial Zone on a trial basis.  It was shuttered in April amid rising tensions between the two nations.


Google Faces Streetview Wi-Fi Snooping Action


‘A US judge has ruled that Google did break the law when it scooped up unsecured wi-fi data while collecting images for Streetview…Google had hoped to have the case dismissed, arguing that its ‘mistaken collection’ of the data did not break wire-taping laws.’


SONENSHINE: Personifying America Outside the Perimeter

Tara Sonenshine / Washington Times

‘The public piece of diplomacy is important and often overlooked.  We don’t see on our television screens the process of relationship-building that diplomats do with ordinary citizens in extraordinary places, particularly interactions with youth overseas whose ideas and perceptions of America will influence how they behave and the degree to which we can sustain robust trade and interactions with other nations.’


Map of the Day: Climate Change Probably a Factor in Syrian Civil War

Kevin Drum / Mother Jones

The past five years in Syria have seen a serious drought.  While it would be imprudent to suggest that the drought caused the civil war, the internal migration and loss of agricultural based livelihoods may have helped compound the stress on Syrian society which resulted in the civil war.


U.S. Diplomats need Disciplined Message from Home

Brian Cullin and Matthew Leatherman / Politico

On the anniversary of Ambassador Chris Stevens’ death a year ago in Libya the authors remind us that he went there ‘to communicate America’s message, and to fight back against extremism with the power of words.’   The Departments of State and Defense need to coordinate their public messaging better to avoid the duplication of effort, and gaps in messaging that occur today.