07:08 PDA Bulletin -- Prisoner to Primacy
"A Prisoner to Primacy" by Carl Conetta, a commentary on the paralysis
of the US security policy debate and why the country may not see a
fundamental shift after 2008. Since the end of the Cold War, much of
the US policy community has been mesmerized by the advent of US
military primacy and the advantages it supposedly conveys. Primacy has
become a security end in its own right and the cornerstone of our
global policy. Trouble is: primacy is not sustainable. Indeed, the
more it is exercised, the more it invites balancing behavior on the
part of others. And, if recent experience teaches anything, it is that
we have dangerously overestimated both the extent and utility of our
"Defense Analysis Bulletin No. 5" by Bipasha Ray, 08 December 2007.
This is an occasional series reviewing reports and articles pertaining
to international security, terrorism, U.S. military and defense
policy. This edition summarizes recent relevant reports from the
Congressional Research Service and the Congressional Budget Office
addressing Army reset costs, problems with the mission of combating
terrorism in the 2006 National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, the
costs of long-term deployments in Iraq under differing circumstances
and U.S. reactions to the state of emergency in Pakistan.
"Security in the Great Transition" by Charles Knight, Tellus Institute
Great Transition Initiative Series, 2006. This essay seeks to make
plausible that which seems difficult to imagine at this moment in
history. To that end it offers a plausible narrative on how the world
moves very close to the elimination of large-scale organized violence
in the seventy-eight years between 2006 and 2084. The narrative is
written with the voice of a grateful historian in 2084. Whatever
reality emerges seventy-eight years from now will not be constructed
out of human imagination and agency alone. Much is beyond our control.
But as humans we have some freedom to apply our labor and skills with
spirit and purpose toward goals. The first step on this path of
purpose is in the imagination.