From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
May 17, 2013
Strategy and Policy department professor Joshua Rovner’s book, Fixing the Facts National Security and the Politics of Intelligence has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award. The award is given annually to books that make an outstanding contribution to the study of national and international security.
Professor Joan Johnson-Freese, National Security Affairs recently spoke at several different venues recently. Johnson-Freese spoke at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC and at Chatham House in London on the Chinese space program on May 2 and May 7 respectively. Johnson-Freese also discussed Professional Military Education at Wilton Park, UK on May 14.
Professor Martin L. Cook, Admiral James Bond Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics, spoke on the final summation panel at the 3rd Annual meeting of the European International Society for Military Ethics in Amsterdam, May 2-3.
Military professor Cmdr. James Kraska, Howard S. Levie Professor of Operational Law in the International Law department, and professor Raul "Pete" Pedrozo, International Law department and College of Operational and Strategic Leadership, participated in the 37th Annual conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy of the University of Virginia School of Law, which was held this year in conjunction with the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI). The theme of the conference is "Global Challenges and Freedom of Navigation," and it was held from May 1-3 in the Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, Korea. Kraska delivered a presentation on the rules concerning private maritime security contractors to protect shipping from attack by maritime pirates and Pedrozo spoke about the complex legal issues in the South China Sea. Naval War College professors presented Hak-So Kim, President of KMI, with the first printed copy of their new treatise, International Maritime Security Law, which was published this month by Martinus Nijhoff. The 1,000-page volume is the first complete study of the international legal regimes that apply to hybrid or asymmetric threats in the maritime domain.
Professor Michael Schmitt, Chairman of the International Law department, and professor Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, Stockton Professor, were named Senior Fellows by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence. The nominating committee took particular note of their work in authoring the Tallinn Manual and their follow-on project examining the international law governing cyber activities falling short of the "armed attack" threshold.
On April 26, Schmitt spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations regarding his experiences as director of the Tallinn Manual project and the deliberations that led to the conclusions of the international experts convened to draft a manual.
Schmitt was named an Honorary Visiting Professor at Exeter University in the United Kingdom. In that capacity, he will cooperate and collaborate with members of both the Law School and Exeter's Strategy and Security Institute.
Professor John Schindler, National Security Affairs, chaired the spring meeting of the Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) in Bucharest on April 16-18. The CTWG, which Schindler has chaired since 2011,
is a component of the Partnership for Peace Consortium, and includes terrorism practitioners and scholars from over two dozen countries. Hosted by the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), this meeting addressed issues of radicalization and counter-radicalization, as well as the crises in Mali and Syria, and will be followed in September by a CTWG conference in Garmisch, Germany that will develop similar themes.
Later on in the month in Geneva, the International Security Forum 2013 Conference (22-24 April) featured Schindler, where he unveiled a new book authored by the Combating Terrorism Working Group, "The Dangerous Landscape." The book consists of articles on various aspects of terrorism written by members of the CTWG, which is a unique body consisting of terrorism practitioners and scholars from over two dozen countries." The Dangerous Landscape," which includes articles on several facets of counterterrorism strategy and policy, is intended to be used by Professional Military Education institutions in many countries. Schindler is the current chairman of CTWG, a position he has held since 2011.
The editors of The Nonproliferation Review selected professor David Cooper of the National Security Affairs department as the featured author from their spring March 2013 issue to give a public lecture and discussion last month at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Cooper offered a briefing on his article, Globalizing Reagan’s INF Treaty: Easier Done Than Said? and then conducted a lively question and answer session with members of the well-attended audience of current a former U.S. officials, think thanks and non-governmental organization representatives, members of the press and diplomatic corps, and faculty and students from the Elliott School. He was joined by Nikolai Sokov, Senior Fellow at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation,who served as a discussant and focused on Russian perspectives on this proposal. The session was moderated by Leonard “Sandy” Spector who heads the Martin Center Washington Office.
The College of Operational and Strategic Leadership's (COSL) Assist and Assess Team (AAT) conducted two related events in support of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command's (NAVCENT) in Bahrain. The first was a Tailored Assist Visit (TAV), April 1-4 focused on educating approximately 50 active and reserve personnel on the Navy Planning Process, followed by three days of planning exercises. The team consisted of Cmdr. Matt Graham, Cmdr. Ben Smith, Lt. Cmdr. Ellen Sharp and professor Sean Henseler. AAT then teamed up with seven U.S. Fleet Forces N74 personnel and eight Joint Staff J7 Deployable Training Team (DTT) personnel to act as observer / trainers for NAVCENT during its participation in Exercise CENTCOM EVENT 13-1 from April 10-14. The combined team assisted the NAVCENT staff in improving and refining its MOC processes at the operational level of war. The AAT team for this event consisted of Capt. Paul McKeon, Cdr. Ben Smith, Lt. Cmdr. Duffy Cully, Graham, Sharp, and Henseler.
Military professor Lt. Col. Jeffrey Thurnher, International Law department, recently traveled to Ohrid, Macedonia, helping lead a five-day regional training event focused on the legal aspects of combating terrorism and stability operations. The regional event was attended by 50 commanders and legal advisors from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Albania. It took place from April 15-19, 2013.
The event was sponsored by the Macedonian Ministry of Defense, the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia and the Defense Institute of International Studies (DIILS) which provides training seminars on law and leadership to
international military officers worldwide. Other members of the teaching team included Nathan Kearns and John McLoughlin from DIILS, Professor Eric Jensen from Brigham Young University, Professor Metodi Hadzi Janev from the Macedonian Military Academy, and Lt. Col. Ron Gilissen from the Dutch Air Force.
The training covered topics such as the law of armed conflict, NATO's role in counterterrorism, legal aspects of cyber war, the use of drones in combat, and discussions of future weaponry. Thurnher instructed the group on rules of engagement, detainee operations, and autonomous weapon systems.
"I was honored to be part of such an excellent program of instruction. The attendees offered valuable insight on the topics from their individual nation's perspectives and collectively as a region, and I learned a great
deal from our discussions during the week,” said Thurnher. “ The representatives from these key partner countries had tremendous experience and professionalism. I look forward to hopefully working in coalitions together with them in the future."
Professor Michael Schmitt, Chairman of the International Law department, delivered a public lecture on May 6 at the Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn, Estonia, on the law of cyber warfare. Schmitt was in Estonia with the Naval War College's Stockton Professor, Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, for a meeting of the Tallinn 2.0 project, which is the follow-on to research effort to the Tallinn Manual on the International Law of Cyber Warfare Project.
Professor Hayat Alvi, National Security Affairs, gave a lecture on May 14, 2013 titled "Egypt: Navigating an Uncertain Transition" at the Newport Public Library. The discussion was part of the "Great Decisions" seminar, sponsored by the Newport Council for International Visitors.
Professor Stephen Knott, National Security Affairs, was awarded an honorary degree on May 11, 2013 from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Knott, an alumnus of the college, earned his bachelor's degree in politics from Assumption in 1979. Also present at the ceremony was Rick Deslauriers, the head of the FBI's Boston field office, who was also awarded an honorary degree. Deslauriers led the search for the Boston Marathon bombers just a few weeks ago.
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