Archive for June, 2010

BP Oil

June 25, 2010

With the BP oil disaster still in flux, it is valuable to think through the various policy options  for the future of America’s energy security.  Are we learning the right lessons from the BP oil spill?

BP Oil Disaster: The Right Lessons Learned?
By Eric S. Morse

Israel Naval Blockade and Strategic Response

June 16, 2010

Israel’s naval blockade is inflaming tensions in the Middle East.  News agencies have reported that Iran is sending humanitarian aid ships to Gaza, possibly escorted by Revolutionary Guard vessels (see Reuters link below).  A naval confrontation is likely in the near future.

The NSF has written a strategic analysis of Israel’s available options for response.  In addition, several other links below provide contextual background to the recent naval blockade conflict.  One way or another, Israel will have to think critically about the strategic options available for action, and the potential consequences to its international relationships.

NSF Insiders: The Israel Naval Blockade and Strategic Response
By Richard E. Friedman and Eric S. Morse

Reuters News: Iranian Aid Ships Head for Gaza

A Brief History of the Gaza Folly
By Gershom Gorenberg

Report: IHH Preparation for a Violent Confrontation with IDF Soldiers Aboard the Turkish Ship Mavi Mamara

Weekly Standard: Erdogan, Qaradawi, Ramadan, Hamas, and Obama
By Stephen Schwartz

Cyber Deterrence Strategy

June 10, 2010

Cybersecurity issues are heating up on the national stage.  Following the unveiling of U.S. Cyber Command on May 21, Cyber Czar Keith Alexander has warned that cyber attacks on the U.S. defense networks may be imminent, see news link below.

The NSF has long been a voice for promoting cyber security strategy and discussing privacy legislation alternatives.  We have written a summary of a comprehensive cyber security strategy, posted below.  In addition, we have posted our 2009 cyber security conference report that discusses, in great detail, the challenges of developing national cyber deterrence policy.

The last link is an article by Mark Bowden, published in The Atlantic, about the Conficker worm.  Conficker was a frightening computer virus that many people thought was eliminated in 2009.  News flash: it wasn’t, and the culprits may be planning even more threatening viruses in the future.  If you ever wanted to know how cyber warriors fight computer viruses and hackers, we can highly recommend this riveting article.

A Strategy for Deterring Cyber Attacks

By Richard E. Friedman and Eric S. Morse

Conference Report: National Security Threats in Cyberspace

Washington Post: Cyber Command Chief Warns of Possible Attacks
By Ellen Nakashima

The Atlantic: “The Enemy Within”

By Mark Bowden

U.S. National Security Strategy 2010

June 3, 2010

On May 27, 2010, the Obama administration released their “National Security Strategy 2010.”  Given the Memorial Day weekend, and the BP oil disaster, many news agencies glossed over this document’s release.

Five months before the government’s strategy, in December 2009, the NSFR published an in-house “U.S. National Security Strategy 2010,” which has been widely read amongst national security analysts, including those who drafted the Obama administration’s document.  Today, even after the release of the U.S. government’s document, the NSFR publication ranks #1 in a Google search result for “U.S. National Security Strategy 2010.”

We have written an brief comparison of the NSFR national security strategy and the Obama administration’s national security strategy, found in the link below.  In addition, you will find direct links to both the NSFR “U.S. National Security Strategy 2010” and the Obama administration’s “National Security Strategy 2010” documents in the links below.  We invite you to compare and contrast the documents on their own merits, and to keep in mind that they are written for different audiences and purposes.

Analysis of the Obama Administration’s “National Security Strategy 2010”
By Eric S. Morse

NSFR Publication: U.S. National Security Strategy 2010

White House Document: National Security Strategy 2010