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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Fall 2013 features a cover story on the convergence of criminal activity in the local arena and the impact internationally and on national security.  Other stories include:  "Climate Change and Human Health," a review of environment and security issues; a listing of recent ICTS reports; The Potomac Institute's Cyber Center "Stuxnet" discussion; "Effects of Climate Change in the Pacific," environmental and security implications; The Minerva Initiative, applying science to culture and politics; Kearsarge ARG and 26th MEU deployment overview; and an overview of PIPS Press books and reports.

 

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Summer 2013 newsletter features a cover story on the challenges of using intelligence to address terrorism threats.  Other stories in this issue include:  announcement of new CReST fellows, a summary of the PIPS/ICTS event "The Power of Sufism," an overview of the Potomac Institute's Cyber Center "Cyber Scenarios 2023," an opinion by CReST titled "Civil Liberties Under Attack," coverage of a $25,000 donation from PIPS to the Semper Fi Fund (representing book sales of "Al Gray, Marine"), a summary of the USMC Returning Command Speaker Series featuring the commanders of the Peleliue Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, highlights of a U.S.-Azerbaijan Strategic Dialogue, and an overview of PIPS experts in the news.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Spring 2013 newsletter features a cover story on the first volume of a biography on Gen. Al Gray, 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and the current Chairman of the Board of Regents at the Institute.  The issue includes other stories, including new members of our Board of Regents, a story on the first CReST Bold Ideas seminar with noted author David Brin, an opinion piece on BRAIN Mapping written by the CReST team, an overview of the ICTS events on Refugeeism Challenges and Combatting Hizballah's Global Network, featured news stories that featured Institute experts, and a story focusing on the Marine Coprs reset as they rebalance toward the Pacific.

 

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Winter 2013 newsletter features a cover story on the release of "#CyberDoc: No Borders -- No Boundaries," which was launched at the National Press Club Dec. 4.  A call to action, the book calls on national leaders to articulate a doctrine that will help put an end to the scattershot approach that has evolved in the absence of real guidance in the cyber realm.  This issue also includes coverage of a Diplomatic Security panel, the launch of a the "Terrorism: An Electronic Journal and Knowledge Base (www.terrorismelectronicjournal.org), a program titled "Addressing the Supply Chain Threat" regarding cyber hacking, and more.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Summer 2012 Focus newsletter features a cover story on the 11th Navigator Awards, held June 21, 2012.  This year's winners were The Honorable James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; and Abe Karem, Founder and President of Karem Aircraft.  This issue also features an interview with new Senior Vice President of Academic Programs and Research Jamie Barnett, RDML USNR (Ret.)., and coverage of the ICTS Press Club event on Middle East security.  Click below to read the newsletter in full.

 

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.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Fall 2011 Focus newsletter features a cover story on "Lean Times as Opportunity: The Case for S&T When Defense Budgets Shrink."  In this article, the Director of the Institute's Concepts and Analyses Division, Dwight Lyons, talks about the need to save research and development efforts from the chopping block as the Pentagon is forced to make hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of budget cuts. Also in this issue:  an interview with CETO's Dr. Bill Powers on the future of unmanned vehicle systems in the Marine Corps, an overview of the Institute's new Innovation series, and a look at the Navy's Cyber Federal Executive Fellowship program, which is housed here at the Institute and at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Summer 2011 Focus newsletter features a cover story on the Institute's response to the death of Usama bin Laden.  Institute experts were in-demand media commentators in the wake of Bin Laden's death. Also in this issue:  an interview with historian Williamson "Wick" Murray, on his new book The Shaping of Grand Strategy: Policy, Diplomacy, and War, and an overview of the CNS-sponsored conference on Ethical Issues in the Use of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology in National Defense.   Click on the attachment below to read the newsletter in full.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Spring 2011 Focus newsletter features a cover story on the Institute's new Cyber Challenge series of symposia.  These programs bring together experts in a variety of disciplines to examine the challenge of maintaining security while upholding civil liberties and maintaining privacy and functionality in the new cyber world.  Click the attachment below to open and read the Spring 2011 Focus.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Winter 2011 Focus newsletter features a cover story on the 2010 Navigator Awards, presented to science and technology innovators. Click the attachment below to open and read the Winter 2011 Focus.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Fall 2010 Focus newsletter features a cover story on the Institute's Capitol Hill briefing on Foreign Affinity Terrorism. Click the attachment below to open and read the Fall 2010 Focus.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' Spring 2010 quarterly newsletter, Focus, features a cover story on the Institute's participation in NATO's Turkish Partnership for Peace Training Center in Ankara. In March, Institute CEO Michael Swetnam and Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director of the Institute's International Center for Terrorism Studies, were invited to speak to military officers from 19 countries about the use of strategic communication to combat terrorism.  Also in the Spring 2010 issue: a CETO initiative to help the USMC address climate change. Click below to read the Spring 2010 issue.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' quarterly newsletter, Focus, returns with a cover story on the efforts of the Institute's cyber team.  That team - led by BGen David Reist, USMC (Ret.) and Justin Rossi - is engaged in a critical project aimed at defining and combating the risk of a "cyber 9/11."  Also in the Winter 2010 issue: a program developed with assistance from the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab's Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO), designed to counter the threat of web-savvy enemies surfing the internet for weapons or data intended to do harm.  Click below to read the Winter 2010 issue.

Editor Christopher Brown is a former Senior Research Associate at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies who worked on issues relating to terrorism and the Islamist ideology for a number of years.

This report is meant to provide a survey of recent events and occasional commentary in the areas of terrorism with a breakdown into international, domestic, ideological and technology. All non-original materials are excerpts of 250 words or less with proper citations and hyperlinks to where the original material appeared. All original materials represent the views of the authors alone unless otherwise indicated.

Terrorism Report Vol 1 - March 20, 2008 [pdf]

Terrorism Report Vol 2 - April 3, 2008 [pdf]

Terrorism Report Vol 3 - May 7, 2008 [pdf]

Terrorism Report Vol 4 - July 8, 2008 [pdf]

Terrorism Report Vol 5 - November 21, 2008 [pdf]

Terrorism Report Vol 6 - January 7, 2009 [pdf]

Past issues of the Potomac Institute newsletter highlighting research projects, academic centers, and fellows.

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