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A Tale of Six Cities: Underfunded Retiree Health Care

by Joshua D. Rauh, Robert C. Pozenvia Analysis
Friday, June 17, 2016

The growing costs of health care benefits for retired public employees—known as OPEB (other post-employment benefits)—pose a serious challenge to many city governments. In this paper, we analyze the retiree health care systems of six American cities: Boston, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Antonia, and Tampa, Florida.

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Reflections on Secrecy and the Press from a Life in Journalism

by Walter Pincusvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Looking back over 60 years of experience with classified information as a journalist who also briefly served in Army counterintelligence in the 1950s and ran two investigations for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 1960s, the author reviews the longstanding conflict between the media and government.

In Defense of FAA Section 702

by John C. "Chris" Inglis, Jeff Kosseffvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

An Examination of Its Justification, Operational Employment, and Legal Underpinnings. The authors argue that Congress should reject calls to repeal or amend Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

Beyond Privacy & Security: The Role of the Telecommunications Industry in Electronic Surveillance

by Mieke Eoyangvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

This paper examines the need for reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act from the perspective of the technology and communications industries. After reviewing the gatekeeper role that industry has played in previous statutes governing national security electronic surveillance, it recommends three specific reforms...

Trends and Predictions in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance: The FAA and Beyond

by David S. Krisvia Aegis Paper Series
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Beginning in 2013, Edward Snowden’s leaks caused the U.S. government to significantly reduce the scope, and increase the transparency, of its foreign intelligence surveillance, while the President urged caution and restraint in response to the extraordinary rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Beyond Privacy & Security: The Role Of The Telecommunications Industry In Electronic Surveillance

by Mieke Eoyang, David Forsceyvia Aegis
Monday, April 11, 2016

The court fight between Apple and FBI over access to a terrorist iPhone is just the latest chapter in the long-running tension between security professionals trying to get access to information and communications companies who hold user data. The debate is often framed as a balance between government power and individual privacy.

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Hidden Debt, Hidden Deficits: How Pension Promises Are Consuming State And Local Budgets

by Joshua D. Rauhvia Analysis
Monday, April 11, 2016

Most state and local governments in the United States offer retirement benefits to their employees in the form of guaranteed pensions. To fund these promises, the governments contribute taxpayer money to public systems. Even under states’ own disclosures and optimistic assumptions about future investment returns, assets in the pension systems will be insufficient to pay for the pensions of current public employees and retirees.

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Are Traditional US Security Guarantees Still Sufficient?

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Analysis
Thursday, March 24, 2016

To defend allies against nuclear-armed nations we must become able to protect ourselves against missile attack. Our missile defense programs are not serious about that and cannot lead to that. To avoid defending ourselves, we defend allies badly. The United States has shelved the technologies that make for seriousness in missile defense: launching surface-based interceptors on the basis of data from orbit and striking missiles as they rise into space with orbit-based lasers. Taking these technologies off our shelf before others develop them is essential if our guarantees are to safeguard rather than endanger all concerned.

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A Single British Soldier: On Extended Deterrence and Security Guarantees for America's Allies

by Josef Joffevia Analysis
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Reliable guarantees do not come on paper, as the protector can always opt out. The most effective pledge in history, by the United States to Cold War Europe, did not rest on the NATO treaty, which contains no automatic obligation. The real commitment was embodied in 300,000 US troops plus their nuclear weapons on the firing line. These kept the peace because they spelled out to the Soviet Union that an attack on the allies was an attack on America itself. This lesson holds for the future, as well. The guarantor must tie his hands, and he does so with maximal credibility by putting his own forces in harm’s way.

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A Winning Strategy: Combine Military Force With Good Governance

by Kori Schakevia Analysis
Thursday, March 24, 2016

The United States has been unable to translate frequent tactical successes into strategic victories in most of its recent overseas interventions for two reasons: first, because our political leaders have not defined clear political end states; and second, because we have relied too heavily on military means instead of crafting an integrated mix of political, diplomatic, economic, intelligence, information, and cultural elements. Our outcomes have been actually worse than just successes that are not quantifiable: we are telegraphing to allies and to enemies an incapacity to act strategically.

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