The Evening CSIS: ISIS Warning, New CSIS Commission Website, Wilco & More
February 9, 2016
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ISIS to Attack US
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said today that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the US in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders, as Brian Bennett of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman has published a new analysis, Key Trends in the Uncertain Metrics of Terrorism . For this analysis, Dr. Cordesman has prepared a graphic survey of reporting from different officials, media, and research centers on the recent trends in terrorism and key related factors.
President Obama today sent a $4.1 trillion budget to Congress, which, as the Wall Street Journal’s Nick Timiraos reports, is not just “dead on arrival” but was probably “dead before arrival.”
Congressional Quarterly offers extensive coverage of the President’s FY 17 budget proposal.
And, in an exclusive interview for Breaking Defense, Sydney Freedberg spoke with Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work on details of the Pentagon’s 2017 budget proposal.
Plus, Andrew Clevenger of Defense News reports that the DoD budget request seeks more for research and development and the fight against ISIS.
Dive Deeper: In a new Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked & answered short papers) CSIS’s Lisa Sawyer Samp and Mark Cancian published “ The European Reassurance Initiative ,” which discusses President Obama’s FY 2017 budget proposal to quadruple funding for the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) to $3.4 billion, up from $789 million in FY16.
Plus, last week CSIS’s Kathleen Hicks and Heather Conley published a new report, Evaluating Future U.S. Army Force Posture in Europe .
And, CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman published a new commentary, “ Defense versus Mandatory Spending: What Drives the Burden on the Budget and Economy ?”
In addition, for more critical defense analysis, visit the CSIS International Security Program’s new micro website, “ Defense 360.”
As part of the Obama budget proposal the White House today laid out a broad Cybersecurity National Action Plan, calling for $19 billion to bolster cybersecurity and strengthen IT security defenses, as Defense One’s Aliya Sternstein reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Strategic Technologies program has developed an interactive timeline of significant cyber events.
CSIS Asia Economic Strategy Commission Micro Website Launched
CSIS’s Asia Economic Strategy Commission today launched its new micro website which will house all content for the Commission’s work. The bipartisan Commission, chaired by Charlene Barshefsky, Evan Greenberg, and Jon Huntsman will develop a comprehensive strategy for the US to pursue vital interests in the Asia-Pacific region. Don’t miss this website and its fantastic new interview with Co-Chair Jon Huntsman.
In that Number
The president’s FY2017 budget proposes quadrupling the European Reassurance Initiative to $3.4 billion.
“Politics have changed, deficits have gone down, people are less concerned with the overall deficit and more concerned with security. We see that sentiment reflected in Congress.”
—Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at CSIS, on the new FY2017 budget.
Source: Defense News.
One to Watch
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In the White House Roosevelt Room, President Obama discusses cybersecurity proposals, including a budget increase to $19 billion in funding.
“Norway’s ‘Hunter Troop’: The World’s First All-Female Special Forces,” by Elisabeth Braw for Foreign Affairs.
Today, CSIS hosted CJ Chivers, a New York Times investigative reporter, for a talk on ISIS, WMDs, and how the international community should respond if terrorist groups were to acquire nuclear material.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Atlantic Council tomorrow for a discussion on the scope, scale, and policy implications of the ongoing Syrian siege and crisis. Register online or watch live.
CSIS on Demand
Earlier this week, Andrew Shearer, former national security adviser of Australia, joined CSIS to discuss how Australia views challenges and opportunities through the lens of international development, and how Australia works with diverse stakeholders, including the private sector, to achieve its development and security objectives.
As the United States plans to increase its presence and military readiness in Europe, CSIS’s Kath Hicks talks through the thorny issues of managing the expectations of allies and handling a resurgent Russia.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism published a paper in December about the current state of Podcasting. Fascinating read.
So, Monday’s smile was a clip of America’s current best rock and roll band, Wilco, performing their sensational song, “Monday."
Monday (yesterday) was a big smile for me personally, and Wilco had something to do with it.
Thanks to my friend, the great NPR correspondent Michele Kellemen, I attended a taping of NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” featuring Wilco.
At NPR, I had the pleasure of hanging out a bit with lead singer Jeff Tweedy (as you can see from the photo below.) I don’t usually take selfies except with family. But with Jeff, I just had to. Cool guy, great musician, and fun to talk with about Donald Trump and cover tunes.
If you haven’t heard Wilco’s new album “Star Wars,” it’s the best thing currently spinning in the galaxy. Here’s one song from it that they played on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert the other night.
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