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News

Cyber Security Hall of Famer Discusses Ethics of Cyber Warfare

DA Enlisted SOF Student Creates Smartphone App

Robo Ethics 2014 Takes the Debate to the Naval Commander

CORE Lab Research on Human Domain Published in SWJ.

NPS Faculty, Researchers Stand Up New Littoral Operations Center. Click here to go to the LOC site.

NPS' CORE Lab Rethinks Traditional Intelligence Analysis

Arquilla Interview with PRI's The World
The Cold War is over but the "Cool War" is on. Professor Arquilla tells host Lisa Mullins that Russia's military is reasserting itself on the world stage and that in the "quiet arms race" the Russians are gaining a step on America.

SOF 2030 Brief

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Faculty Spotlight

The Path to Salvation: Religious Violence from the Crusades to Jihad

In the wake of 9/11, policy analysts, journalists, and academics have tried to make sense of the rise of militant Islam, particularly its role as a motivating and legitimating force for violence against the United States. The general perception is that Islam is more violence prone than other religions and that scripture and beliefs within the faith, such as the doctrines of jihad and martyrdom, demonstrate the inherently violent nature of Islam.

Here, however, Heather S. Gregg draws comparisons across religious traditions to investigate common causes of religious violence. The author sets side by side examples of current and historic Islamic violence with similar acts by Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu adherents.

Based on her findings, Gregg challenges the assumption that religious violence stems from a faith’s scriptures. Instead, Gregg argues that religious violence is the result of interpretations of a religion’s beliefs and scriptures. Interpretations calling for violence in the name of a faith are the product of individuals, but it is important to understand the conditions under which these violent interpretations of a religion occur. These conditions must be considered by identifying who is interpreting the religion and by what authority; the social, political, and economic circumstances surrounding these violent interpretations; and the believability of these interpretations by members of religious communities.

Combating Terrorism Exchange/GlobalECCO

GlobalECCO's mission is to build and strengthen the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program's (CTFP) global alumni network of Combating Terrorism (CbT) experts and practitioners through innovative and engaging technologies and techniques that both enable and encourage collaborative partnership between individuals, nations, organizations, and cultures.

Looking for the latest issue of CTX? It's here!

DA Faculty Publications

Disrupting Dark Networks
by Sean F. Everton

This is the first book in which counterinsurgency theory and social network analysis are coupled. Disrupting Dark Networks focuses on how social network analysis can be used to craft strategies to track, destabilize, and disrupt covert and illegal networks.

Rational Empires: Institutional Incentives and Imperial Expansion
by Leo J. Blanken

Imperialism remains a perennial issue in international relations today, and nowhere is this more evident than in the intensifying competition for global resources. Leo J. Blanken explains imperialism through an analysis of the institutions of both the expanding state and its targets of conquest.

Opposing Perspectives on the Drone Debate
by Bradley Jay Strawser

Critics and supporters of unmanned aerial vehicles have divergent attitudes regarding their place in counterterrorism and covert operations. Both sides are quick to oversimplify the moral complexities that any assessment of drones should acknowledge. In a point-counterpoint debate, this book unravels the complex questions behind drone warfare.

lluminating the Dark Arts of War is a comprehensive survey ofI the threats posed by terrorism, sabotage and subversion to the security of the United States.  By looking at how these threats connect and what their limitations are, the book calls into question the belief that the United States is now facing unprecedented and unmanageable threats to its security from the "new conflict" carried on by al Qaeda, other non-state actors, and states using the dark arts of war.  The book contrasts the limited threats posed by terrorism, sabotage and subversion with the resilience and power of America's government and political system.

The book should interest anyone concerned about America's security, particularly those involved in homeland security and those working to counter unconventional threats to the United States. 

 

See all Chairman John Arquilla's Foreign Policy articles here.

NPS Students, Staff and Faculty Build Culture of Volunteerism Off Campus

by Kenneth A. Stewart

Students from the Naval Postgraduate School and nearby Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) joined the regional community in welcoming Army Sgt. Brian Jergens and family to their new home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Hollister, Calif., Dec. 12.

The home was donated by Homes for Troops, a national non-profit organization founded in 2004, and was built by members of the local community including a cadre of volunteers from both NPS and DLIFLC. Homes for Troops has built and donated 155 homes in the last 10 years to wounded service members.

While deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, Jergens was severely injured by a roadside bomb in the Uruzgan Province. The improvised explosive device that ripped through his vehicle blew off both his legs below the knee, broke his neck, and injured his brain, hearing and internal organs.

Despite the trauma, or perhaps because of it, Jergens remembers nothing of the long road home that took him from field hospitals and medical centers in Afghanistan to Landstuhl, Germany and then to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. In fact, he does not remember Afghanistan at all.

“I don’t remember what happened until I look down,” quipped Jergens with his ever-present smile and infectiously positive attitude.

Jergens and his wife are working hard to reclaim their lives and to raise their young family in Hollister, and the community has welcomed them with open arms. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the mayor, the chief of police, city council members, a local Boy Scout troop, members of the Patriot Guard Riders, and even Santa Claus himself.

NPS Department of Defense Analysis student, U.S. Air Force Maj. Jeff McMaster of Fort Worth, Texas, was one of many volunteers to work on the Jergens family home.

“It was a great chance to give back to someone who has sacrificed so much, someone who maintains a great attitude and who is such an inspiration despite the severity of his injuries. It was a privilege,” McMaster said.

Army Maj. Alex Williams, also in the defense analysis program, coordinated much of the NPS contributions to the volunteer effort for Jergens.

“All of us have friends, colleagues and comrades who have been injured or damaged in some capacity,” said Williams. “It’s kind of cathartic for us to see that people do get better. The courage of this Soldier and his wife is truly inspiring … it puts your own problems into perspective.

“When all of the fanfare dies down and these people start getting back to their daily lives, things are going to be very difficult. These Soldiers need to know that they have somewhere to turn, that there are people out there that they can contact. We are in this for the long haul,” Williams added.

 

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