DISAM Journal

Publication covering politics and the aerospace and defense industries.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, March

Allies at Sixes and Sevens: Sticky Issues in Australian and the United States Defence Trade Controls
The following article explains the rationale of United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). It argues that the current Australian effort to procure waivers or relaxations of ITAR requirements is misplaced. The best way to facilitate...
Announcing the 16th Annual Naval International Aviation Logistics Workshop
The 16th Annual Naval International Aviation Logistics Workshop will be held in Tucson, Arizona 14-18 April 2008. The theme of the Workshop will be "Real Time Operational Logistics Support". We have scheduled additional foreign military sales (FMS)...
Caribbean Community and the United States Initiative to Combat Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons
Today, the U.S. and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries pledged to enhance regional cooperation to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons in the region. Illicit trafficking in small arms and light...
Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1999-2006
[The following are excerpts of the Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1999-2006, the complete report including all supporting charts and graphics are available at the following web site: http://openers.com/document/RL34187/2007-09-26%2000:00:00.]...
Government Accountability Office: United States Export Licenses Take Too Long
[The editor of the DISAM Journal would like to thank the Defense News for allowing us to reprint the following article. DefenseNews can be accessed through the following web site: http://www.defensenews.com.] A U.S. government study confirms what...
History of Joint Forces Staff College
In the 1930s, few officers were qualified, either by training or experience, to engage in joint operations. The demands of World War II brought out the urgent need for joint action by ground, sea, and air forces. To alleviate the friction and misunderstanding...
Human Trafficking in China
[The following are excerpts of the speech presented to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus Briefing, Washington, D.C., October 31, 2007.] Although Chinese law prohibits forced and compulsory labor, including by children, serious problems of forced...
Landon Lecture at Kansas State University
[The following are excerpts of the speech delivered at the Kansas State University, 26 November 2007.] Looking around the world today, optimism and idealism would not seem to have much of a place at the table. There is no shortage of anxiety about...
Rolling Up Sleeves at the United States Africa Command: Tips for Starting a New Job in African Security Assistance
On October 1, 2007, a new sub-unified command devoted solely to Africa was established with the official stand-up of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. While the creation of a new regionally-based, major command,...
Security Assistance Management Advanced Training Course (SAM-AT)
Our field is just too broad and complex to "know it all." I have worked in the field for a long time as have other "full timers," and I readily admit my own dissatisfaction over my breadth of knowledge. Mr. Charles E. Collins In-Country English...
The Air Force Security Cooperation Knowledgebase: A Critical Enabler Moves into the Future
In 2004, senior Air Force leaders directed the development of a software tracking tool that would allow users within the Air Force Security Cooperation Community, ranging from Action Officers and Attaches to senior leaders and decision makers, to quickly...
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency: Combating the Threat of Small Arms and Light Weapons Overseas
The problem of unsecured and uncontrolled small arms and light weapons (SALW) throughout the world, but particularly in lesser developed regions like Africa, has been recognized for years. Since the 1970s, at least forty civilian aircraft have been...
The Joint Forces Staff College
For sixty-one years, the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) has educated officers from all military services in the art and profession of warfighting. JFSC is the Norfolk, Virginia component of the National Defense University, our nation's premier joint...
The United States and Australia Treaty on Defense Trade Cooperation
[The following is an expert of the Congressional Research Service Report prepared for members and committees of Congress, Order Code RS22772, December 12, 2007. To view the complete report go the following web site: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22772.pdf.]...
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Adds Ethics to the Human Rights Program
"Building on the Democracy and Human Rights Program" described in The Disam Journal (Fall, Volume 27, No. 1, p. 137), The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) has added yet another block to an already outstanding program....
Twenty-First Century Security in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in the European Region
[The following are excerpts of the testimony presented to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Washington, D.C., November 5, 2007.] I will discuss key security challenges that confront the Organization for Security and Cooperation...
United States Leadership in Clearing Landmines and Saving Lives
The 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State's Public-Private Partnership Program to Reinforce Humanitarian Mine Action occurred last month. Next month marks the 9th anniversary of the entry into force of Amended Protocol II to the Convention...
United States Security Cooperation in the Middle East Cross-Cultural Considerations and Customer Relations
Key points in establishing and nurturing an effective "relationship" with Middle Eastern military representatives All people are the same; it is only their habits that are different. Confucius In a practical sense, cultural adjustment to different...