Daily Archives: April 18, 2018

Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)

The CNA Corporation (CNAC) is a non-profit research organization that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research. Through innovative analysis, CNAC provides public sector organizations with the tools to tackle complex problems. CNAC’s objective, empirical research and analysis help decision makers form sound policies, make better informed decisions, and manage programs more effectively. In so doing, CNAC has established itself at the forefront of efforts to make our country safer and stronger, and our government more efficient. The organization is defined by a unique brand of multi-disciplinary, field-based “real world” research and analysis.

CNAC’s roots trace back to 1942 and World War II. During this period our scientists conducted seminal research that helped the Allied Forces with the German U-Boat threat. In the process, we pioneered the field of operations research and analysis, now a distinct field of study and a series of techniques widely used in both military and civil society.

The purpose of this study is to examine the national security consequences of climate change. A dozen of the nation’s most respected retired admirals and generals have served as a Military Advisory Board to study how climate change could affect our nation’s security over the next 30 to 40 years—the time frame for developing new military capabilities.The specific questions addressed in this report are: 1. What conditions are climate changes likely to produce around the world that would represent security risks to the United States? 2. What are the ways in which these conditions may affect America’s national security interests? 3. What actions should the nation take to address the national security consequences of climate change?The Military Advisory Board hopes these findings will contribute to the call President Bush made in his 2007 State of the Union address to “…help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change” by contributing a new voice and perspective to the issue.

CNA’s approach to research is a modern iteration of the Newtonian principle that complex, dynamic processes are best understood through direct observation of events and people.

That was the methodology CNA analysts first applied in the 1940s when they pioneered the field of operations research by helping the Navy address the German U-boat threat. Not content to study the problem from afar, this small group of MIT scientists insisted on deploying with Navy forces in order to observe operations and collect the data needed for meaningful analyses. Their groundbreaking work, and the anti-submarine warfare equations it produced, set a standard for operations research methods that CNA has maintained for 75 years.

Today, with more than 500 professionals at our headquarters and 50 researchers in the field, CNA still takes a multi-disciplinary, real-world approach to our work. On-site analysts carefully observe all aspects of a process—people, decisions, actions, consequences—and then collaborate with a headquarters-based research team to assess data and arrive at findings.

CNA’s objective, empirical research and analysis helps decision makers develop sound policies, make better-informed decisions, and manage programs more effectively. Our work, which in its early decades focused solely on defense-related matters, has grown to include investigation and analysis of a broad range of national security, defense, and public interest issues including education, homeland security and air traffic management. Through our Center for Naval Analyses and Institute for Public Research, we provide public-sector organizations with the tools they need to tackle the complex challenges of making government more efficient and keeping our country safe and strong.

https://www.cna.org/experts/

News Release | CNA

 

The opening of the Arctic to resource exploration has created the need for a unified response from the six Arctic nations exposed to both the benefits and the risks of accelerating development in the region. This is the conclusion of CNA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mark Rosen and Research Specialist Cara Thuringer in “Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security.”

Their study draws on a wide range of sources to compile a list of 21 Arctic investments of more than $1 billion by Chinese companies and banks as well many other smaller investments. The authors estimate that Chinese investment in the Arctic and near-Arctic above 60 degrees latitude has reached roughly $90 billion.

The paper also examines the legal frameworks for foreign direct investment in the six Arctic nations — Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Russia and the United States — to reach the conclusion that the national laws alone are not sufficient to protect the sensitive region from harm to the marine environment that would spread well beyond national boundaries. “The current legal structure is too diverse to monitor and regulate inbound foreign investments in large projects such as mines, and oil and gas facilities,” Rosen and Thuringer write.

…(read more).
https://www.cna.org/news/releases/arctic

How to talk to an OSTRICH: The Pentagon & Climate Change


Earth: The Operators’ Manual
Published on Apr 17, 2012
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Do only tree-huggers think climate change is real? Not exactly.The Pentagon, mandated to look decades ahead for threats to the nation’s security, started factoring climate change into strategic doctrine with the 2012 Quadrennial Defense Review, the QDR. Admiral David Titley, director of Task Force Climate Change and former Oceanographer of the Navy, explains why the Pentagon accepts climate change as real, and how it’s impacting military planning.

National Security: Climate Change And The QDR – YouTube

Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
Published on Feb 12, 2010

http://www.mslaw.edu
Avoiding the perfect storm. The Massachusetts School of Law’s Educational Forum presents part 4 of a Conference on Global Climate Change with John Ackerman, Phd., Assistant Professor of National Security ACSC Maxwell Air Force Base.
The Massachusetts School of Law at Andover also presents information on important current affairs to the general public in television and radio broadcasts, an intellectual journal, conferences, author appearances, blogs and books.

The Massachusetts School of Law also presents information on important current affairs to the general public in television and radio broadcasts, an intellectual journal, conferences, author appearances, blogs and books.

Dick Cheney The Living Embodiment Of Eisenhower’s Greatest Fear

The Young Turks, Published on Jul 16, 2014

"Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that President Barack Obama is "devastating" the U.S. military and needs to divert more resources away from domestic priorities such as rebuilding roads and making sure low-income people can get food.

During an event sponsored by Politico, Cheney said the next president needs to "turn around the whole trend" of cutting defense dollars.

"That ought to be our top priority for spending. Not food stamps, not highways or anything else," Cheney said. "Your No. 1 responsibility as president is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. [Obama] is the commander-in-chief and he’s absolutely devastating the United States military today.""* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07…

The Banned MLK Interview


Reflect
Published on Jan 18, 2016

This interview, produced by the United States Information Agency, didn’t reach American airwaves until 12 years after it reached the rest of the world in 1963. USIA programs were restricted by law from airing in the USA until a dozen years after production.

The Dark Side of Dick Cheney: An Inside Look at American Ideals


The Film Archives
Published on Jan 9, 2018

Richard Bruce Cheney (born January 30, 1941) is an American politician and businessman who was the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheney was primarily raised in Sumner, Nebraska, and Casper, Wyoming. He attended Yale and then the University of Wyoming, at the latter of which he earned a BA and an MA in Political Science. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger, eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations, where he later served as the White House Chief of Staff, from 1975 to 1977. In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing Wyoming’s at-large congressional district from 1979 to 1989; he was reelected five times, briefly serving as House Minority Whip in 1989. Cheney was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the Presidency of George H. W. Bush, holding the position for the majority of Bush’s term from 1989 to 1993. During his time in the Department of Defense, Cheney oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, among other actions. Out of office during the Clinton administration, Cheney was the Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000.

In July 2000, Cheney was chosen by presumptive Republican Presidential nominee George W. Bush as his running mate in the 2000 Presidential election. They defeated their Democratic opponents, incumbent Vice President Al Gore and Senator Joe Lieberman. In 2004, Cheney was reelected to his second term as Vice President, defeating Senator John Kerry’s running mate, Senator John Edwards. During Cheney’s tenure as Vice President, he played a leading behind-the-scenes role in the George W. Bush administration’s response to the September 11 attacks and coordination of the Global War on Terrorism. He was an early proponent of Operation Iraqi Freedom and defender of the Administration’s anti-terrorism record. He became at odds with President Bush’s position against same-sex marriage in 2004.[4] Cheney was often criticized for the Bush Administration’s policies regarding the campaign against terrorism, wiretapping by the National Security Agency (NSA), and so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.[5][6][7]

In 2011, Cheney published his memoir In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, written with daughter Liz Cheney, and in 2015, published another book, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America, again co-authored with his daughter. He has been cited as the most powerful Vice President in American history.[8][9] At the same time he has been among the least favored politicians in the history of the United States: his approval rating when leaving office was only 13%.