The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Erin Fitzgerald, PhD, has joined the Institute as a Research Fellow in the Policy Research Division. Dr. Fitzgerald supports the Basic Science Office within the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. She works primarily to manage the Minerva Research Initiative, a university-based basic research program with the goal of improving fundamental understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith, (Ret.), is the Director of the Georgian Security Analysis Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. In a recent column for Georgian media, he writes about the Georgian contribution to the mission in Afghanistan. Smith describes how Georgian troops have been trained by US Marines and have accompanied the Marines into combat. He writes that "Georgia insisted on taking a full (and dangerous) combat role," and that it wanted its units to operate under the command of American Marines. Click here to read the article in full.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that The Honorable Donald M. Kerr, PhD, has joined the Institute as a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Regents. Dr. Kerr is a distinguished scientist who has held several prominent positions in government service and private industry. He has served as Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Central Intelligence Agency, and Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in charge of the Laboratory Division. He has been honored with the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Dr. Kerr is a Research Professor in George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the MITRE Corporation. He is also a member of the Defense Science Board.
Regarding Dr. Kerr's appointment as a Senior Fellow and Member of the Potomac Institute's Board of Regents, Institute Chairman and CEO Michael Swetnam said, "Don Kerr is one of this country's most distinguished leaders. It is a profound honor to have him join us."
Prof. Yonah Alexander, PhD, heads the Potomac Institute's International Center for Terrorism Studies. In comments to The Globe and Mail, he reacted to the attack on the US embassy in Kabul, which comes as the US and allies are planning to turn security over to Afghanistan's own forces. The attack was timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Click here to read the article including Prof. Alexander's comments.
Prof. James Giordano, PhD, is a neuroscientist, Vice President for Academic Programs and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In an essay for a Government Security News series on national security since 9/11, he writes about increasing interest in the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology to predict - and perhaps prevent - violence and terrorism. He writes that while we are "headed inexorably down this path," it is an avenue strewn with legal, social and ethical hazards. Click here to read the article in full.
The Potomac Institute Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of the new book Al-Qa'ida: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond, (Potomac Institute Press, 2012) by Institute Chairman and CEO Michael Swetnam and ICTS Director Prof. Yonah Alexander, PhD. The authors previously collaborated on a 2001 landmark book on al-Qa'ida entitled Usama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida: Profile of a Terrorist Network (click here to access the Amazon.com listing). Their follow-up book, Al-Qa'ida: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond, will be available in an early-release version at the February 2 ICTS event at the National Press Club (see event listing, below) and soon on Amazon.com. In the book, the authors describe an al-Qa'ida that they say has been significantly weakened, but not destroyed. Click below to watch video comments by the authors on their new book.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith, (Ret.), is the Director of the Georgian Security Analysis Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. He writes and lectures extensively on cybersecurity and the role of electronic media in international relations and security. In anarticle on the NextGov news website, Amb. Smith's comments on the part played by social media in the recent "Arab Spring" and other uprisings were quoted extensively, based on his web chat entitled "Social Media, Democracy and Oppression." Click here to read the article in full.
- CETO's Dr. Bill Powers on UAVs and UCAVs
- Dr. Tawfik Hamid Comments on Virginia Terror Arrest
- Senior Fellow Tevi Troy on FOX-5 News
- Senior Research Fellow Jamie Barnett on Post-Earthquake Cell Phone Outage
- Senior Research Fellow Jamie Barnett Speaks on Cybersecurity
- ICTS Director Yonah Alexander in the Boston Herald
- Senior Fellow Alden Munson in "Space News"
- ICTS Director Yonah Alexander on Al Qa'ida Threat
- Research Fellow Martin Leppert on Afghan Water Security
- Prof. James Giordano Blogs on "Predictive Neurotechnology"
- Prof. James Giordano on NeuroTechZone Blog
- Video: Prof. Williamson Murray on Grand Strategy
- Prof. Giordano Letter to The Washington Post: Google vs. Terrorism?
- Cyber Challenge Symposium in "Network World" Online
- Cyber Deterrence Issue Sparks Concern
- Cyber Challenge Symposium Featured in Media Coverage of Cyber Security Issue
- Focus Newsletter: "Death of a Terrorist"
- Sr. Research Fellow David Reist on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal"
- Amb. David Smith on Turkish Elections
- Research Fellow Martin Leppert Talks to FOX-5 News About Afghanistan Mission
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