Counter-Proliferation Finance

In 2003 President George W. Bush called on members of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to pursue more targeted forms of sanctions that would prevent sub-state and non-state actors from acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Out of this came United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1540. UNSC Resolution 1540 (simply '1540' below) does … Continue reading Counter-Proliferation Finance

Buying a Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defense System

In September of 2017 Turkey signed a $2.5 billion contract to buy S-400 Triumf air defense systems from Russia. The US was none-too-pleased with the news and voiced disdain for the purchase repeatedly. Frustration with Turkey is based on the expectation that they will procure NATO-approved products for the sake of systems interoperability. In a … Continue reading Buying a Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defense System

Coursework: NODIS – Stretch Armstrong

This was a response memo crafted to simulate having 24hrs to recommend to the US Department of State, whether or not to use a tactical nuclear strike against five high value terrorists gathered “at a cave complex in the Mount Lebanon range, not far from Qurnat as Sawda.” MEMO TO: The SecretarySUBJECT: Emergency NSC Meeting … Continue reading Coursework: NODIS – Stretch Armstrong

Cover for presentation: COIN in the Sahel

US Counterinsurgency Strategy in the Sahel

The deaths of four special operators in Niger late last year introduced the public US military activity in the African Sahel. This band of semi-arid flat land between the Sahara and savannah stretches from Africa’s Atlantic coast across to the Red Sea. It is home to an interlocking network of insurgencies, drug and human trafficking, … Continue reading US Counterinsurgency Strategy in the Sahel

Cabinet-level Influence of Executive Leadership

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, have each demonstrated a willingness to speak publicly in contradiction or refutation of President Donald Trump’s tweets. Contradicting a sitting president to the public while being a member of the cabinet would normally … Continue reading Cabinet-level Influence of Executive Leadership

Does the US Need Cyberspace Strategy Modeled on NSC-68?

The 1950 report by the National Security Council interpreted George F Kennan’s “warning about Soviet ideological expansionism as a warrant for a build-up and projection of American military strength, force-backed intervention in countries at risk of adopting communist government, and a framework for understanding and negotiating with the USSR.  NSC-68 provided a compelling raison d’être … Continue reading Does the US Need Cyberspace Strategy Modeled on NSC-68?