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. Prof. Giordano recently participated in a panel discussion on Neuroscience and National Security at the International Neuroethics Society's 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Prof. Giordano and fellow panelists discussed applications of neuroscience in military settings to enhance performance, as well as the need for ongoing scrutiny of the ethics of such applications. Click here to read about the panel on page 4 of the Neuroethics Society newsletter.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith, (Ret.), is a former US arms negotiator and a defense, foreign affairs, and international security expert. He writes and lectures frequently on cybersecurity and the role of electronic media in international security and foreign relations. In an interview with Defense Systems, he commented on the increasing danger and sophistication of cyberattacks throughout 2011. Among other observations, Smith notes that "the human in the loop" is often the "weakest link," from a security standpoint. Click here to read the article in full.
Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, USA (Ret.) is a Senior Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and a former commandant of the US Army War College. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, he comments on the new military strategy unveiled by the Obama Administration. Maj. Gen. Scales writes that the new strategy risks repeating the mistakes of past administrations who have sought to downsize the armed forces, leaving the US unprepared for future conflicts. Click here to read the article in full.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Tevi Troy, PhD, is a former deputy secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, a writer and consultant on health care and domestic policy, and a presidential and political historian. In the Winter 2012 issue of National Affairs, he writes about the recent politicization of Washington think tanks. Dr. Troy warns that as a result of a phenomenon he describes as “lose an election, gain a think tank," many think tanks are becoming so dominated by one political party or another that they risk losing their value as unbiased sources of solutions to public policy problems. While the Potomac Institute remains avowedly nonpartisan, Dr. Troy writes that some newer think tanks make no bones about the fact that they exist to serve a political purpose. Click here to read the article in full.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Terror on the High Seas: From Piracy to Strategic Challenge, by ICTS Director Prof. Yonah Alexander, PhD, and Tyler B. Richardson, has been honored with a John Lyman Book Award by the North American Society for Oceanic History. NASOH states that the Lyman Award is given "to recognize excellence in the publication of books that make significant contributions to the study and understanding of the maritime and naval history of North America, its lakes, rivers, and adjacent waters." Terror on the High Seas is available on Amazon.com. Click here to access the Amazon listing. For more information about Prof. Alexander, click here.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith, (Ret.), is a former US arms negotiator and a defense, foreign affairs, and international security expert who currently serves as Director of the Georgian Security Analysis Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. In comments to Voice of America on the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union, he recalls the 1991 START treaty. Amb. Smith notes that from the Soviet perspective, the pact represented a way to demonstrate global significance on a par with that of the US. Click here to read and watch.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Herbert A. Hunter has joined the Institute as Special Security Officer and Administration Manager. Mr. Hunter has over 25 years of experience in the security field and will oversee various aspects of the Institute's security and administrative operations.
Potomac Institute Executive Vice President and COO Tom O'Leary commented, "We are all very pleased to have someone of Mr. Hunter's experience join our team and we all look forward to working with him."
Mr. Hunter says he is looking forward to being a part of the Potomac Institute. His most recent position was at CACI, as an Information Specialist and SAPCO Administrator supporting DARPA.
- Prof. James Giordano, PhD, Blogs on Neuroscience in National Defense
- Associate Academic Fellow Khatuna Mshvidobadze on Internet Politics in Russia
- Dr. Tawfik Hamid on WRC-TV
- Guy DuBois Named Senior Fellow
- Dr. Tawfik Hamid on Crisis in Egypt
- Focus Newsletter: "Lean Times as Opportunity"
- Dr. Alan Moghissi to Testify on Hill November 30
- CETO's Dr. Bill Powers on UAVs
- Prof. James Giordano, PhD, on Neuroweapons
- Institute Fellow Gary Anderson in The Washington Times
- Senior Research Fellow Jamie Barnett Testifies on the Hill
- Senior Fellow David Smith on Security in Cyberspace
- Dr. Tawfik Hamid on Tunisian Elections
- Academic Fellow Ben Sheppard on Fear After 9/11
- "Neuroweapons" Highlighted in Latest Issue of Synesis Journal
- Senior Fellow David Smith on FOX-5 News
- VP of Strategy & Planning David Reist on Iraq Troop Pullout
- ICTS Director Yonah Alexander on FOX-5 News
- Institute's Martin Leppert Advises on Afghan Agribusiness
- Senior Fellow David Smith on Cyber Policy
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