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Bin Laden: Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

JOHN T. BENNETT / US News and World Report

Osama bin Laden was long the most-wanted person on the planet. He was the maestro of the 9/11 attacks, and the commander of the world’s most lethal and feared terrorist syndicate. Yet, documents taken from his Pakistan hideout reveal bin Laden had. 

Increasing our national security with new technology

Retired Lt. Gen. John Castellaw USMC/ The Hill

The United States military is the single largest purchaser of petroleum fuel in the world, burning through about 325,000 barrels of fuel per day. Almost all of that fuel is derived from oil. This is important not because of the vast carbon footprint (or boot print) that the military has – a separate, and important problem. It is actually the dependence on oil that presents the military with a long-term strategic risk.

Secretary of Defense on Climate, Foresight and the National Interest 


It’s worth noting Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s remarks on energy, climate and security last night at an Environmental Defense Fund event honoring the Defense Department for its work on the intersection of these issues. Here’s an excerpt: very frankly, one of the things I hope we get a chance to work on is to finally get the United States of America to approve the Law of the Seas treaty, which has been hanging out there for so long. We are the only industrialized nation that has not approved that treaty. It’s time that we did that.

Analysis: The ins and outs of Russia’s next government

Douglas Busvine / Reuters

When Vladimir Putin stood for re-election to the presidency in 2004, he named a new government even before the vote. Now, days before he is sworn in as Kremlin chief for a third time, the shape of his next administration remains a mystery.

More doubts cast on European missile defense plan

DESMOND BUTLER /  Associated Press

The National Academy of Sciences is casting more doubt on whether the Obama administration’s European-based missile defense shield can protect the United States and recommends scrapping key parts of the system.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

New ASP event: A Conversation with Walter Pincus: Nukes, Missiles, and the Truth

Wallin: Intelligence and Aid Work do not Mix

One of the most troubling elements of the bin Laden raid is the use of medical aid workers in the effort to find the now-deceased terrorist leader.

On one hand, the American people expected the President to use every tool at his disposal to either kill or capture bin Laden. We would expect nothing less. On the other hand, the disclosure of those tools can have ill effects both on innocent actors in the area of operations and on the potential success of future or concurrent missions. Talking about it was a mistake.

Holland: America Has More Oil than We Know What to Do With, Yet Gas Prices Remain High

America has more crude oil than we know what to do with. And yet, because gas prices are tied to global markets, the price at the pump has not gone down.

Dorsk: Boeing 787 completes flight across Pacific on biofuel

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner recently proved its ability to aid in establishing energy security for the airline industry, according to an article in TG Daily

ASP Reports and Media

ASP Podcast: Afghanistan

In the podcast we discuss the Afghan conflict, the implications of the SPA, and what next for Afghanistan and its people. ASP is joined by Joshua Partlow from the Washington Post, in a personal capacity. He spent over 3 years covering Afghanistan as the bureau chief in Kabul, and before that was in Iraq.

The War on Terror: One Year On

One year ago, Osama bin Laden was killed in a daring nighttime raid by Navy SEALs on his compound in a small military garrison town in Pakistan. Since then, how has the war on terror changed? Should we be looking at it more critically than we are? In this essay collection, we examine the war on terror from several angles not often found in the popular discourse.

About the American Security Project: The American Security Project is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges.


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