DISAM Journal

Publication covering politics and the aerospace and defense industries.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 4, December

America's Global Leadership Challenge in the 21st Century
[The following are excerpts of the speech presented to Boston College, Newton, Massachusetts, April 11, 2007.] Leadership is vital to any successful human endeavor to businesses that must compete in an increasingly tough global marketplace, to non-government...
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April 2007 Defense Security Cooperation Agency Humanitarian Assistance Conference
More than 100 experts gathered in Washington for the 2007 Defense Security Cooperation Agency's (DSCA) Humanitarian Assistance (HA) Conference. The event drew representatives from across the spectrum, covering everything from budget, policy and training...
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Center for Civilian and Military Relations, Forging the Link between Academic Excellence and Program Development and Delivery
There is a common perception in mainstream academia that research and teaching on topics of current relevance are often characterized by conceptual poverty and mediocrity. On the other hand, policy makers frequently criticize the research and publications...
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Center for Civil-Military Relations Counter-Terrorism Fellowship Program
The advent of more deadly forms of terrorism has challenged all governments to craft responses that stop terrorism while strengthening democracy--and without breeding more terrorism. The era of new terrorism is fraught with paradoxes and dilemmas that...
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Combined Exercises: A Security Cooperation Tool
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When we think of security cooperation (SC) many of the things that come to mind are humanitarian assistance, demining operations, counternarcotics, counterterrorism, among a growing number of programs. Another key component...
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Defense Intelligence Agency
The DIA was established October 1, 1961, and designated a combat support agency in 1986. DIA is a major producer and manager of foreign military intelligence for the Department of Defense and a principal member of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The...
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Differences in Authorizations
The established rule is that the expenditure of public funds is proper only when authorized by Congress, not that public funds may be expended unless prohibited by Congress. U.S. vs. MacCollom, 426 U.S. 317 (1976) Moderate caution prevails in...
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Dr. Craig M. Brandt Dean of Academic Affairs, and Deputy Commandant Retires from the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management
Dr. Craig Brandt served as an instructor of security assistance management during his last tour of duty in the United States Navy, and as Director of Research. the Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management...
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Global Center for Security Cooperation
The Global Center for Security Cooperation (GCSC) is a subordinate organization of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). It was established by the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy to build cohesion amongst the Department of Defense (DoD)...
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Helping Countries to Better Manage Limited Defense Resources
The Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI), located at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, is an educational institution sponsored and supervised by the Secretary of Defense. The DRMI teaches graduate level, professional...
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Latin America and the Debate over Environmental Protection and National Security
Abstract In this paper, we examine the national security issues resulting from environmental transformation and demographic change in Latin America. We note a lack of consensus in the literature as to what constitutes environmental change, security,...
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Masters Program Key to Tomorrow's Mission
When the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) set out to increase educational opportunities for the Department of Defense (DoD) international affairs community, it partnered with Boston's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University...
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Naval International Aviation Logistics Process Improvement through Enhanced International Partner Relationships
The Naval International Aviation Logistics Process Improvement Team (LPIT), consists of representative members from: * Navy International Program Office (Navy IPO) * Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) * Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP)...
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Overview: The Center for Civil-Military Relations
The CCMR for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) in Monterey, California, helps nations strengthen their democracies and resolve issues resulting from defense transformation, stability, security, transition and reconstruction (SSTR) operations, terrorism,...
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Pentagon Hopes to Expand Aid Program: Legislation Would Help Fund Foreign Governments' Military, Security Forces
[The Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management gratefully acknowledges reprint permission for this article granted by the Washington Post. It appeared in the 13 May 2007 edition, on page 13 and provides insights into potential growth in current...
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Pentagon Planning Five Regional Teams under United States Africa Command Framework
[The Editor of the DISAM Journal would like to thank Defense News for permission to include the following article in our Journal. Additional articles by authors of Defense News are available at the following web site: http://www.defensenews.com.] ...
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Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2008: Memorandum for the Secretary of State
Pursuant to section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries: Afghanistan, The Bahamas,...
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Russia: In Transition or Intransigent?
[The following is the testimony presented to the Helsinki Commission, Washington, D.C., May 24, 2007.] Russia is critical to the United States and our partners, particularly in Europe. Whether Russia is in transition or intransigent or a useful...
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Security Assistance: Train to Obtain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The representatives from the Afghan National Army and National police waited in the small room for class to begin. They'd literally come to learn something early. For the 46 students waiting to learn about defense acquisition,...
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The Defense Contract Audit Agency
History Audits of military contracts can be traced back sixty years or more. Initially, the various branches of the military had their own contract audit function and associated instructions and accounting rulings. Uniformity was non-existent. Contractors...
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The Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management Says Goodbye to Mr. Roger Reynolds
September 10, 2007 Mr. Roger Reynolds taught his last class at the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM) as one of its most esteemed and highly respected Adjunct Faculty Members. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since December 1997,...
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The Defense Offset Valuation Model
Introduction Defense offsets are a type of counter-trade obligations related to the transfer of defense core technologies and component parts production required by the importing country as part of a large defense procurement contract for export...
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The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service: At a Glance
[The following information about the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) is courtesy of the DRMS web site listed at: http://www.dla.mil/drms.] Reutilization Means Big Savings In fiscal 2006, $1.9 billion worth of property was reutilized....
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The Future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization: How Valuable an Asset?
[The following are excerpts of the testimony presented to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Washington, D.C., June 22, 2007.] I will make two key points: * First, I will describe how the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is meeting...
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The School of International Graduate Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School: Building Partnership Capacity through International Military Education and Training
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, has emerged as a center of excellence in the advanced study and application of defense matters. Further, the school has aided in the building of security alliances...
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The United States and Pakistan Relations and Cooperation: Key to Regional Stability
[The following are excerpts of the statement presented to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Washington, D.C. July 12, 2007.] Pakistan plays a key role in some of our most...
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United States Air Force International Affairs Career Field
International relationships are critical enablers for United States Air Force (USAF) expeditionary air and space forces conducting global operations and fighting the war on terrorism. Building these critical relationships requires skilled, knowledgeable,...
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"Where's My Stuff?": Examining the Challenges of Tracking Foreign Military Sales Material Moving through the Defense Transportation System
"Where's My Stuff?" For centuries, operational commanders have demanded a response to that question from their logistics officers. Pinpointing an exact location of materiel shipments has only become possible in the last decade. Technological innovations...
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