Prof. James Giordano, PhD, is Vice President for Academic Programs and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In comments to the Los Angeles Times, he reacted to revelations that the US Army sergeant who confessed to a deadly shooting rampage had been previously diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. The shooting spree killed 16 Afghan civilians. Prof. Giordano says the behavioral effects of a brain injury can be complex and difficult to predict. Click here to read the article in full.
Prof. James Giordano, PhD, is Vice President for Academic Programs and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In an interview with Nature, he discussed the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the context of the Afghanistan killing spree allegedly committed by US Army sergeant Robert Bales. Prof. Giordano says TBI can produce a wide range of symptoms in sufferers, and it's difficult to predict whether it will cause violent behavior in any one individual. Click here to read the article in full.
Prof. James Giordano, PhD, is Vice President for Academic Programs and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In the latest post on his blog NeuroBioEthics, he writes about the "can of worms" opened by some of the latest neurotechnologies. Prof. Giordano explains that technologies including brain computer interfaces (BCIs), neurostimulation, and neural stem cell therapy have a wide range of applications in medicine, defense, education and other fields. But they also raise a host of ethical questions. "I think that it’d be foolish not to dip into the most current knowledge that neuroscience can provide to develop neurotechnologies that are more in tune with human physiology, and ecology. But ideas of what constitutes flourishing and the good life can be slippery," Prof. Giordano writes. Click here to visit the NeuroBioEthics blog site.
BGen David Reist, USMC (Ret.), is Vice President of Strategy & Planning at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. As a guest panelist at a March 7 Global Voice Hall/American University forum on "Iraq, a Look Back," he took part in a discussion of the US mission in Iraq and the ongoing debate over what was accomplished. Panelists looked at issues ranging from the US case for war to concerns over whether chaotic events in Iraq have created an opportunity for the ascendance of Iran. Click here to access AU video of the event.
Jamie Barnett is a retired Navy Rear Admiral and a Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He is also on the Executive Advisory Council for Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit, bi-partisan organization led by senior retired military leaders dedicated to the health and welfare of American youth. In an interview on CBS This Morning, he noted that the nation's obesity epidemic is affecting military recruiting. "It's not just a major health issue for our nation, it's also become a national security issue," Barnett says. Click here to watch.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Spring 2012 Focus newsletter features a cover story on the new book by ICTS Director Yonah Alexander and Institute CEO Michael Swetnam, Al-Qai'da: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond. The book traces the terrorist group's development since the 9/11 attacks and since the death of its founder, Usama bin Laden. Also in this issue: a look at the new Potomac Institute Cyber Center, an interview with VP for Academic Programs Jim Giordano on his Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Germany, and highlights of this year's ICTS annual terrorism review. Click on the attachment below to read the issue in full.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith (Ret.) is the Director of the Potomac Institute Cyber Center. He is a cyber security and cyber policy analyst, and a former US arms negotiator. In an interview with Federal News Radio, he analyzed similarities and differences between two cyber security measures that have been introduced in the Senate. Smith says he sees advantages in both, and warns against getting bogged down in a political fight over the bills. "I think each one of them has got some strong points," he says. "Rather than have a duel, we need to have the best of both and let's do what's right for the security of the country." Click here to read and listen to the interview.
- Harold "Buck" Adams Named Institute Senior Fellow
- PICC Director Amb. David Smith in Government Computer News
- James L. Armitage Named Senior Fellow
- Prof. Yonah Alexander in The Jerusalem Post
- "Al-Qa'ida: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond" Now Available in Kindle Edition
- Amy Vanderbilt, PhD, Named Senior Fellow
- Prof. Yonah Alexander in Chemistry World
- Senior Research Fellow Jamie Barnett in Signal Magazine
- Potomac Institute Cyber Center Opens
- Prof. Yonah Alexander in The Washington Post
- Academic Fellow Ben Sheppard on Iranian Terror Threat
- Senior Fellow David Smith on FOX-5 News
- Senior Fellow David Smith: SOPA Comments to Voice of America
- Senior Fellow David Smith on SOPA Protests
- Senior Fellow David Smith on SOPA
- Prof. James Giordano, PhD, Helms "Towards a New Psychiatry" on the Web
- Dr. Tawfik Hamid in Stars and Stripes
- Senior Fellow David Smith on the Year in Cybersecurity
- Prof. James Giordano, PhD, on Neuroscience and National Security Panel
- Senior Fellow Robert Scales on New Defense Strategy
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