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NSA Department Welcomes New Educational Technician
Congratulations to the NSA Department’s newest staff member, Myrna Hill, who has recently joined the department as an Educational Technician. Read More

SIGS Dean, Professor James Wirtz, to receive Distinguished Scholar Award
Dean Jim Wirtz will be receiving the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association at the ISA conference in Atlanta in March. Read More

Professor Clay Moltz launches the National Security Space Institute's speaker series
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - National space security expert and author James Clay Moltz presented “Asia’s Rise in Space and Implications for the United States,” January 29th in the Peterson Air Force Base auditorium. The presentation is the first open event as part of the National Security Space Institute’s speaker series bringing in authors of books on its annual Space Professional’s Reading List. Read More

Professor Covell Meyskens in the Los Angeles Book Review
Every Day Life in Mao's China: A Q&A with Historian Covell Meyskens Read More

Professor Zachary Shore, "Provoking America: Le Duan and the Origins of the Vietnam War", Journal of Cold War Studies
Journal of Cold War Studies, Fall 2015, Vol. 17, No. 4 , Pages 86-108 Read More

Erik J. Dahl, “A Homeland Security Net Assessment Needed Now!” Strategic Studies Quarterly
  The concept of net assessment has long been considered an important tool for American national security strategists, and the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment is widely regarded as a key ... Read More

Mohammed M. Hafez and Creighton Mullins, “The Radicalization Puzzle: A Theoretical Synthesis of Empirical Approaches to Homegrown Extremism,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 38, November 2015.
On this solemn anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks, a new publication appeared summarizing the decade-long research on violent radicalization and terrorism. The study, which is titled “The Radicalization Puzzle: A Theoretical Synthesis of Empirical Approaches to Homegrown Extremism,” was published in the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. It was jointly authored by MAJ. Creighton Mullins (USAF and recent graduate of the NSA department) and myself. We are proud of this piece because it exemplifies the nexus between relevant security research and education at NPS. It is also unfortunate that this type of research is still relevant 14 years after that ill-fated morning in America. Read More

Naazneen Barma, “Imagine a World in Which”: Using Scenarios in Political Science
Naazneen H. Barma, Brent Durbin, Eric Lorber, and Rachel E. Whitlark. 2016. “Imagine a World in Which: Using Scenarios in Political Science.” International Studies Perspectives 17(2), May 2016 Read More

CHDS Alum devises better way to transport infected patients
Center for Homeland Defense and Security master’s degree graduate Leonard Guercia and his team watched with great interest as the 2014 Ebola scare roiled the health community, in particularly EMS workers charged with transporting potentially infected patients. Working for the private company Ambulance Protection System that includes fellow EMS veterans, Guercia and company developed a now patented system that can quickly shield emergency vehicles and workers from infectious diseases. Read More

2015 PASCC Annual Report Released
Each year, PASCC produces an annual report highlighting our achievements and our performers' research, both ongoing and recently concluded. We are pleased to share with you our 2015 Annual Report. Read More

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Maritime Strategy and Global Order
Author: Dan Moran and James Russell
Taken for granted as the natural order of things, peace at sea is in fact an immense and recent achievement—but also an enormous strategic challenge if it is to be maintained in the future. In Maritime Strategy and Global Order, an international roster of top scholars offers historical perspectives and contemporary analysis to explore the role of naval power and maritime trade in creating the international system.

Grad School Essentials
Author: Zachary Shore
What’s the hardest part of grad school? It’s not simply that the workload is heavy and the demands are high. It’s that too many students lack efficient methods to let them do their best. Professor Zachary Shore aims to change this. With humorous, lively prose, Professor Shore teaches you to master the five most crucial skills you need to succeed: how to read, write, speak, act, and research at a higher level. Each chapter in this no-nonsense guide outlines a unique approach to acquiring a skill and then demonstrates how to enhance it. Through these concrete, practical methods, Grad School Essentials will save you time, elevate the quality of your work, and help you to earn the degree you seek.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Author: Ryan Gingeras
Part of The World in A Life series, this brief text provides insight into the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. By the outbreak of World War II, the Republic of Turkey epitomized more than a state bound for better times; it aspired to represent the essence of modern politics in the twentieth century.

Nationalism, Language, and Muslim Exceptionalism
Author: Tristan J. Mabry
In an era of ethnopolitical conflict and constitutional change worldwide, nationalist and Islamist movements are two of the most powerful forces in global politics. However, the respective roles played by nationalism and Islamism in Muslim separatist movements have until recently been poorly understood. The conventional view foregrounds Muslim exceptionalism, which suggests that allegiance to the nation of Islam trumps ethnic or national identity. But, as Tristan James Mabry shows, language can be a far more reliable indicator of a Muslim community's commitment to nationalist or Islamist struggles.

The US Military in Africa
Author: Jessica Piombo
Recent US security policy toward Africa has adopted a multidimensional approach—including the use of military assets to promote economic development and good governance—that has raised questions and generated considerable debate. Can actors like the US military develop appropriate methods to address both US and African interests? What blend of civilian and military programs are most likely to produce the best outcomes? And more fundamentally, is the military the appropriate actor to undertake governance and development projects?

Institutions Taking Root
Author: Naazneen Barma
Building and operating successful public institutions is a perennial and long-term challenge for governments, which is compounded by the volatile conditions found in fragile settings. Yet some government agencies do manage to take root and achieve success in delivering results earning legitimacy and forging resilience in otherwise challenging contexts.

Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey
Author: Ryan Gingeras
Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey explores the history of organized crime in Turkey and the roles which gangs and gangsters have played in the making of the Turkish state and Turkish politics.

Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies
Author: James Wirtz
Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies--An Anthology, Fourth Edition, is the most up-to-date reader in intelligence studies. Editors Loch K. Johnson and James J. Wirtz present a diverse, comprehensive, and highly accessible set of forty readings by leading experts in the field. This unique volume features comprehensive coverage of many hot topics including methods of intelligence collection, intelligence analysis, the danger of intelligence politicization, relationships between intelligence officers and the policymakers they serve, covert action, counterintelligence, accountability and civil liberties, the implications of major intelligence failures in 2001 and 2002, and recent controversies over highly classified documents leaked by insiders.

Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency
Author: Tom Johnson
The authors of Culture, Conflict and Counterinsurgencycontend that an enduring victory can still be achieved in Afghanistan. However, to secure it we must better understand the cultural foundatio...

Crowded Orbits
Author: James Clay Moltz
Space has become increasingly crowded since the end of the Cold War, with new countries, companies, and even private citizens operating satellites and becoming spacefarers.

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