BGen David Reist, USMC (Ret.), is Vice President of Strategy & Planning at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. As a guest panelist at a March 7 Global Voice Hall/American University forum on "Iraq, a Look Back," he took part in a discussion of the US mission in Iraq and the ongoing debate over what was accomplished. Panelists looked at issues ranging from the US case for war to concerns over whether chaotic events in Iraq have created an opportunity for the ascendance of Iran. Click here to access AU video of the event.
Prof. James Giordano, PhD, is Vice President for Academic Programs and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In the latest post on his blog NeuroBioEthics, he writes about the "can of worms" opened by some of the latest neurotechnologies. Prof. Giordano explains that technologies including brain computer interfaces (BCIs), neurostimulation, and neural stem cell therapy have a wide range of applications in medicine, defense, education and other fields. But they also raise a host of ethical questions. "I think that it’d be foolish not to dip into the most current knowledge that neuroscience can provide to develop neurotechnologies that are more in tune with human physiology, and ecology. But ideas of what constitutes flourishing and the good life can be slippery," Prof. Giordano writes. Click here to visit the NeuroBioEthics blog site.
Jamie Barnett is a retired Navy Rear Admiral and a Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He is also on the Executive Advisory Council for Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit, bi-partisan organization led by senior retired military leaders dedicated to the health and welfare of American youth. In an interview on CBS This Morning, he noted that the nation's obesity epidemic is affecting military recruiting. "It's not just a major health issue for our nation, it's also become a national security issue," Barnett says. Click here to watch.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Spring 2012 Focus newsletter features a cover story on the new book by ICTS Director Yonah Alexander and Institute CEO Michael Swetnam, Al-Qai'da: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond. The book traces the terrorist group's development since the 9/11 attacks and since the death of its founder, Usama bin Laden. Also in this issue: a look at the new Potomac Institute Cyber Center, an interview with VP for Academic Programs Jim Giordano on his Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Germany, and highlights of this year's ICTS annual terrorism review. Click on the attachment below to read the issue in full.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith (Ret.) is the Director of the Potomac Institute Cyber Center. He is a cyber security and cyber policy analyst, and a former US arms negotiator. In an interview with Federal News Radio, he analyzed similarities and differences between two cyber security measures that have been introduced in the Senate. Smith says he sees advantages in both, and warns against getting bogged down in a political fight over the bills. "I think each one of them has got some strong points," he says. "Rather than have a duel, we need to have the best of both and let's do what's right for the security of the country." Click here to read and listen to the interview.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Harold B. (Buck) Adams, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.), has been named a Senior Fellow of the Institute. Commenting on the appointment, Institute Board of Regents Member and former DARPA Director Dr. Tony Tether said, “I have known 'Buck' Adams for over 30 years. Buck never forgot the moral contract with the airman; that if they did whatever was asked of them, that all Air Force officers would always provide the best technical capability that would not only help them do what was asked, but would also maximize the probability that they would return home safely and whole. The Potomac Institute is getting a real patriot whose experience and knowledge will raise the Institute another level or two in stature.”
Mr. Adams added, "The Potomac Institute is a highly respected organization. It is a recognized leader in conducting ground-breaking research in leading-edge science, technology, and national security issues and then developing and working with the 'whole of government' for their implementation. It is a special privilege and honor to be named a Senior Fellow. I look forward to working with the all of the Institute’s members and bringing my military and commercial business experience to what promises to be exciting and fulfilling endeavors."
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith (Ret.) is the Director of the Potomac Institute Cyber Center. He is a cyber security and cyber policy analyst, and a former US arms negotiator. In comments to Government Computer News, he looks at competing cyber security bills now under consideration on Capitol Hill. Bills introduced by Senator Joseph Lieberman and Senator John McCain both have strengths and weaknesses - and some notable omissions, Smith says. He adds, “We’re now set for a classic Washington duel on a vital matter of national security.” Click here to read the article in full.
- James L. Armitage Named Senior Fellow
- Prof. Yonah Alexander in The Jerusalem Post
- "Al-Qa'ida: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond" Now Available in Kindle Edition
- Amy Vanderbilt, PhD, Named Senior Fellow
- Prof. Yonah Alexander in Chemistry World
- Senior Research Fellow Jamie Barnett in Signal Magazine
- Potomac Institute Cyber Center Opens
- Prof. Yonah Alexander in The Washington Post
- Academic Fellow Ben Sheppard on Iranian Terror Threat
- Senior Fellow David Smith on FOX-5 News
- Senior Fellow David Smith: SOPA Comments to Voice of America
- Senior Fellow David Smith on SOPA Protests
- Senior Fellow David Smith on SOPA
- Prof. James Giordano, PhD, Helms "Towards a New Psychiatry" on the Web
- Dr. Tawfik Hamid in Stars and Stripes
- Senior Fellow David Smith on the Year in Cybersecurity
- Prof. James Giordano, PhD, on Neuroscience and National Security Panel
- Senior Fellow Robert Scales on New Defense Strategy
- Senior Fellow Tevi Troy on the Evolution of Think Tanks
- Prof. Alexander Book Receives Lyman Award
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