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Report: Oil production booming, imports falling

Andrew Restuccia/Politico

A federal report released Wednesday offers the latest indication that U.S. energy production will continue to boom in the coming decades amid surging production from shale while imports plummet and gasoline consumption falls below previous estimates.

Middle East Beginning to Embrace Solar Energy

Michael Casey/AP

Covering nearly 300 football fields in a remote patch of desert, the Shams 1 solar project carries off plenty of symbolic significance for the United Arab Emirates. It will be the first, large-scale solar project in the oil-rich country when it is completed at the end of the year, and the largest of its kind in the Middle East.

Dory: Northern Mali a Terrorist Safe Haven

Jim Garamone/American Forces Press Service

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and its affiliates are using northern Mali as a safe haven, a senior defense official told Congress Wednesday. DOD will continue to work with local African nations and regional organizations to isolate and degrade the threat emanating from the area.

U.S., Iraq Sign Defense Cooperation Memo of Understanding

Jim Garamone/American Forces Press Service

American and Iraqi officials signed a memorandum of understanding today in Baghdad that will make it easier for the two countries to work together. The memo was one result of the Defense and Security Joint Coordination Committee that met yesterday and today in the Iraqi capital.

US, Russia set for surprise Syria meeting

Associated Press

The top U.S. and Russian diplomats will hold a surprise meeting Thursday with the United Nations’ peace envoy for Syria, signaling fresh hopes of an international breakthrough to end the Arab country’s 21-month civil war.

Accelerated Warming Driving Arctic Into New Volatile State

Andrew Freedman / Climate Central

Global warming is rapidly driving the Arctic into a volatile state characterized by massive reductions in sea ice and snow cover, more extensive melting of the Greenland ice sheet, and a host of biological changes, according to a comprehensive report published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday.

Thoughts on a Long-Awaited Natural Gas Exports Study

Michael Levi / Council on Foreign Relations

Earlier today, the Department of Energy released a long-awaited (and long-delayed) study on the macroeconomic impacts of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. The study, prepared by the consultants NERA, is the most in depth look at the economics of LNG exports published to date.

3 Charged With Plotting to Export Sensitive Materials to Iran and China

Benjamin Weisner/ The New York Times

Three people have been charged with conspiring to illegally export to Iran and China a superstrong material called carbon fiber that can be used to make machines that can enrich uranium, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said on Wednesday.

Japan Deploys Missile Interceptors Ahead of N. Korean Rocket Launch

Voice of America News

Japan is deploying its missile defense system in anticipation of North Korea’s planned rocket launch, which could occur as early as Monday.

U.S. Energy Outlook: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Daniel Weiss /

New projections released by the Department of Energy show a mixed — but mostly scary — picture for America’s energy and environmental future.

EU climate aid promises fail to unlock U.N. deal in Doha

Daniel Fineren and Regan Doherty / Reuters

European Union promises of rising aid to help developing countries tackle climate change on Thursday failed to ease a stand-off at U.N. talks in Doha that green groups said were on the brink of disaster.

In the News

ASP Fellow Joshua Foust interviewed on Huffington Post Live

ASP Fellow Joshua Foust was interviewed as part of a panel discussion about Al Qaeda’s global presence, and whether or not the terrorist organization is expanding and strengthening.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

“Red Team” Exercise: The Insurgency/Crime Nexus

William Chodkowski 

How might insurgents, terrorists, or other non-state actors seek to maximize their gains in the globalized environment? It is plausible that by leveraging their overlapping specializations, they could initiate enduring and expensive “hybrid wars” against America.

National Security in an Era of Global Upheaval

Aaron Hesse

American Security Project hosted James Kitfield, Senior Correspondent for the National Journal. Mr. Kitfield came to ASP to talk about National Security in an Era of Global Upheval. The challenge has become about having enough strategic foresight to properly identify where our security interests lie and how to balance risks with resources.

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