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Gov. Whitman Interviewed on CNN: American Competitiveness is National Security Issue

Former New Jersey Governor and EPA Administrator, Christine Todd Whitman, an ASP Board Member, was interviewed this morning on CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien where she discussed American competitiveness.

Losing our competitiveness jeopardizes national security

August Cole, ASP adjunct fellow, in The Hill

Current policies and objectives in the public and private sector, taken together, dangerously undercut America’s current and future global position through instability, inefficiency and risk. America’s political and business leaders must understand that improving our nation’s competitiveness is an urgent priority with much higher stakes than is acknowledged today.

ASP Event Recap: American Competitiveness

ASP Launch Event: American Competitiveness Report – An Issue of National Security

Martin Bee

On November 28th, the American Security Project launched its new work entitled, “American Competitiveness Report – An Issue of National Security”, which links America’s global competitiveness to its national security and provides a framework for politicians to determine a long-term, viable path forward.

New ASP Report: American Competitiveness

American Competitiveness – A matter of national security

The American Security Project released a new report analyzing the issues of our national competitiveness. The report clearly lays out urgent social, political and economic challenges and links these with our national security.

What We Are Reading

Al-Qaeda urges Mali to reject foreign troops

Al Jazeera

In a recent message, a high-ranking AQIM commander declared that the current crisis in Mali is an internal conflict and does not require an intervention by the international community.  Experts warn that al-Qaeda is positioning itself as an actor in “’a national liberation struggle’” and the US is viewing the Mali situation with increasing concern.

Kosovo ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj cleared of war crimes

BBC News Europe

Though still considered a war criminal by the government of Serbia, Ramush Haradinaj, former Prime Minister of Kosovo, has been cleared of war crimes in the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict by the Hague after a retrial.

U.N. nuclear chief sees no progress on Iran concerns

Fredrik Dahl/Reuters

The U.N. nuclear agency made no progress in a year-long push to find out if Iran worked on developing an atomic bomb, its chief said on Thursday, calling for urgent efforts to end Tehran’s standoff with the West.

North Korea pushing ahead with new nuclear reactor: IAEA

Fredrik Dahl/Reuters

North Korea has made further progress in the construction of a new atomic reactor, the U.N. nuclear chief reported on Thursday, a facility that may extend the country’s capacity to produce material for nuclear bombs

Armageddon on a Budget

Jeffery Lewis/Foreign Policy

As we speed toward the so-called fiscal cliff, we are confronted by dire warnings. A Thelma-and-Louise style plunge will drag the country back into recession, inflict terrible hardship on the less fortunate, and decimate our military might.

Broken BRICs

Ruchir Sharma/Foreign Affairs

The global economy is returning to its normal state of churn, with many laggards and just a few winners rising in unexpected places. The implications of this shift are striking, because economic momentum is power, and thus the flow of money to rising stars will reshape the global balance of power.

U.N. Agency Says 2012 Ranks Among Hottest Years

Nick Cumming-Bruce/New York Times

This year has ranked among the nine warmest since records began more than 160 years ago, continuing a trend for the planet that is increasing the dangers of extreme weather events, according to United Nations meteorologists.

Evidence for man-made climate change getting stronger: U.N.

Alister Doyle/Reuters

Evidence that global warming is man-made is getting stronger, the head of a U.N. panel of climate scientists said, in a further blow to skeptics who argue rising temperatures can be explained by natural variations.

BP has been called incompetent, reckless and negligent, but “dishonest” is worse

Steve LeVine

BP has suffered multi-billion-dollar fines, criminal charges and an existential threat since the 2010 blowout of its Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. But through it all the worst it was called was incompetent—until today.

For Energy, There’s No Place Like Home

Thomas Donohue

For decades, the concept of energy self-reliance in America has been little more than a political talking point and a pipe dream. But owing to a range of new technologies across the energy industries and America’s vast natural resource base, it no longer seems so far-fetched.

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Senate Restores DoD’s Biofuels Program

Nicholas Cunningham

The U.S. Senate today took up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the central piece of legislation that outlines how the Defense Department will be funded and how it will spend its money. As the end of the year draws near, the military is growing concerned about the inability of Congress to pass the NDAA, without which DoD will need to begin cutting programs.

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