Considering Technical Information Protection through an Evaluation of ASAT Technology in Japan

By |2020-12-17T16:14:14-10:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: Oehlers, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Considering Technical Information Protection through an Evaluation of ASAT Technology in Japan” is the title of a paper written by Mr. Junichi Nishiyama and Dr. Al Oehlers for Security Nexus. This article details the significance of Japanese advances in space, while emphasizing the need for protecting these technologies against espionage and theft. Summary Recent civil space missions have highlighted the significant advances Japan has accomplished in this high technology field.  While deserving recognition and celebration, in an increasingly competitive space domain, urgent attention is also needed in safeguarding the intellectual property and technical information around these missions.  Japanese advances in [...]

The Evolving Significance of Afghanistan in China’s Strategic Calculus: From an Insignificant ‘Backyard’ to a Consequential Geostrategic Hub

By |2020-11-24T16:38:17-10:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Journal, news|Tags: , , , |

“The Evolving Significance of Afghanistan in China’s Strategic Calculus: From an Insignificant ‘Backyard’ to a Consequential Geostrategic Hub” is the title of a paper written by Dr. Atal Ahmadzai for Security Nexus. This article addresses how Afghanistan may shift its strategic outlook to meet the shift in Beijing’s behavior, which is part of a broader strategy to expand and consolidate its influence in Central, South, and Western Asia. Abstract: Paradoxical to its historic no-interest policy, China’s projection of strategic influence in Afghanistan has become increasingly visible. This shift in Beijing’s behavior is part of a broader strategy to expand and [...]

Competitive Security Gaming: Rethinking Wargaming to Provide Competitive Intelligence that Informs Strategic Competition and National Security

By |2020-11-24T05:58:49-10:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , , , |

“Competitive Security Gaming: Rethinking Wargaming to Provide Competitive Intelligence that Informs Strategic Competition and National Security” is the title of a paper written by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. This article illustrates how wargaming may be used to inform a higher-level strategy, rather than conflict. Summary Generating competitive intelligence to make intelligent decisions in a world increasingly facing complex security challenges is more difficult than ever before. Competitive Security Gaming reframes wargaming in terms of strategic, operational and tactical competition rather than conflict. Like business wargames, it produces quality insight into the reactions and strategies of competing actors. But [...]

Planning for Military Involvement in an Indo-Pacific Pandemic Vaccination Program

By |2020-11-18T15:54:08-10:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Planning for Military Involvement in an Indo-Pacific Pandemic Vaccination Program” is the title of a paper written by Sebastian Kevany, University of California, San Francisco; Deon Canyon, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii; Robert Ostergard, U.S. Navy (Retired); Michael Baker, U.S. Navy (Retired); Sheena Eagan, East Carolina University and Jacob Baker, Georgetown University, for Security Nexus. This article addresses the pros, cons, and planning of military involvement in an Indo-Pacific Pandemic Vaccination Program. Summary The Indo-Pacific contains most of the world’s population and many frail health systems that may falter when it comes to implementing a vast [...]

Media and the Security Practitioner

By |2020-10-29T16:10:18-10:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: Tekwani, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Media and the Security Practitioner” is the title of a paper written by DKI APCSS professor Shyam Tekwani for Security Nexus. This article makes recommendations for the security practitioner and news consumer to overcome the hazards of diminishing trust in mainstream media and the resulting widespread outrage against journalism. Excerpt It is impossible to overstate the supreme importance of seeking information from diverse sources for a balanced understanding of our world. Relying largely on social media is as much an impediment to the effectiveness of a security practitioner as is seeking news to fit one’s views. It’s as important for professional [...]

Partnerships and Soft Power in Space

By |2020-10-22T14:39:15-10:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Oehlers, Journal, news|Tags: , , , |

“Partnerships and Soft Power in Space” is the title of a paper written by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Al Oehlers for Security Nexus. This article emphasizes the importance in examining the role of allies and international partners in the newly-formed U.S. Space Force and Space Command’s evolving mission. Excerpt There are valuable gains to be won by reaching out to these many other nations either lacking in space capabilities or with civilian-led space security-related sectors. For example, in a context of strategic competition and aggressive initiatives such as the Belt and Road Space Information Corridor led by the People’s Republic [...]

Is the U.S. Relationship with Australia Detrimental to Strategic Aspirations with Papua New Guinea?

By |2020-10-19T15:55:41-10:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Is the U.S. Relationship with Australia Detrimental to Strategic Aspirations with Papua New Guinea?” is the title of a paper written by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Deon Canyon  and Michael Kabuni for Security Nexus. This article discusses the pitfalls of the U.S. - Australia relationship, and how they relate to Papua New Guinea. Excerpt The United States partnership with Australia is beyond doubt the most significant in Oceania. As a western nation, Australia holds many of the same values as the U.S. and there are extensive economic, diplomatic and military ties that bind the two countries together. There are, however, [...]

Why We Believe: Disinformation, Misinformation, and Neuroscience

By |2020-10-14T14:18:45-10:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Journal, news, Allen|Tags: , , |

“Why We Believe: Disinformation, Misinformation, and Neuroscience” is the title of a paper written by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Ethan Allen for Security Nexus. This article states how disinformation, particularly in social media, may have devastating effects during crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Excerpt Critically, the algorithms that underlie social media platforms exacerbate the different realities that we each see. Social media sites are designed to track what their users each individually see, click on, and listen to, and then to provide them with more information of a similar nature; this is their core, and the basis on which [...]

Religion in a Values-Based Approach to Strategic Competition

By |2020-10-14T12:21:16-10:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Oehlers, Journal, news|Tags: , |

“Religion in a Values-Based Approach to Strategic Competition” is the title of a paper written by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Alfred Oehlers for Security Nexus. This article asks the question “Can we bring religious faiths and beliefs to bear in our strategic competition with our competitors?” Excerpt We speak often of a values-based approach to strategic competition.  In so doing, we usually operate within a mental frame that privileges familiar political and economic values such as those associated with our democratic political systems and practices, and our liberal market-led approaches to economic organization.  Less often do we draw attention to [...]

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