This essay combines briefings and presentations given at various forums over the past several months. I would like to thank the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the Aspen Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Foundation for Research on Economics and Environment, the Manhattan Institute, the Mineta Transportation Institute, the National Capital Planning Commission, NATO, the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, the Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, and, of course, the RAND Corporation for providing the venues for the lively exchanges that helped shape and, I hope, sharpen the arguments.
I must also thank former Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis Charlie Allen and RAND colleague Seth Jones for their thorough and thoughtful reviews, and Ambassador James Dobbins for his helpful comments. Add to these my perennial gratitude to Janet DeLand for her always patient and skillful editing.
Finally, I would like to thank Jim Thomson, RAND’s former president, and Michael Rich, RAND’s current president, for their continuing support, along with RAND’s private supporters who enable RAND to conduct independent research.