As our soldiers are engaged in war in Afghanistan (America's longest
war) and winding down in Iraq, the military must also look to a diverse
and unpredictable melange of future threats. For example, former
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has cited "terrorism and terrorists in
search of weapons of mass destruction, Iran, North Korea, military
modernization programs in Russia and China, failed and failing states,
revolution in the Middle East, cyber, piracy, proliferation, natural
and man-made disasters, and more." Meanwhile, here in the United
States, homeland security encompasses issues ranging from terrorism to
activity at the borders to securing cyberspace.
THINK TANKS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Center for Strategic & International Studies: Defense and Security
"provides strategic insights and practical policy
solutions to decision makers committed to advancing global security and
prosperity. Founded in 1962 by David M. Abshire and Admiral Arleigh
Burke, CSIS is a bipartisan, non-profit organization headquartered in
Washington, D.C with more than 220 employees."
"provides expert analysis on various components of U.S. national security, international security and defense policy. CDI promotes wide-ranging discussion and debate on security issues such as nuclear weapons, space security, missile defense, and military transformation... To ensure the ability to provide objective analysis, CDI accepts no U.S. government or defense industry funding. To encourage the intellectual freedom of the staff, CDI does not hold policy positions."
Institute-Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
The Brookings Institution-Defense
CATO Institute-Foreign Policy and National Security
Center for American Progress-National Security
The Heritage Foundation-Issues, Foreign & Defense
Rand Corporation-National Security
"has sought to adapt security policy to the challenges and opportunities of the post-Cold War era. Toward this end it promotes consideration of the broadest range of defense options. Central to its mission is the development of "transitional security policy," which would serve to create conditions favorable to the advent of regional and global cooperative security regimes."
"The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with nearly 120 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict."
"an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts."
"seeks the reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons as a significant tool of U.S. national security policy."
"Founded by eminent nuclear physicist Leo Szilard, the
Council for a Livable World has advocated for the elimination of
weapons of mass destruction since 1962."
"The Center for Security Policy has, since its founding in 1988, operated as a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to the time-tested philosophy of promoting international peace through American strength. It accomplishes this goal by stimulating and informing national and international policy debates, in particular, those involving regional, defense, economic, financial and technology developments that bear upon the security of the United States."
"formed to take a leadership role in promoting sound military personnel policies in the armed forces. CMR is a unique alliance of civilian, active duty and retired military people in all 50 states, and is the only organization that concentrates on military personnel issues full-time."