Modern societies are in the middle of a strategic, multidimensional competition for money, power, and control over all aspects of the Internet and the Internet economy. Melissa Hathaway, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow and former acting senior director for cyberspace at the National Security Council, assess the increasing pace of discord and the competing interests that are unfolding in the current debate concerning the control and governance of the Internet and its infrastructure in her recent American Foreign Policy Interests article, “Connected Choices: How the Internet Is Challenging Sovereign Decisions.”
The Truth is Hard to Find in the Digital AgeCharles Mueller & Jennifer Buss Do you trust everything you read on the Internet? No,...
A National Focus on NeuroscienceBrian Barnett Neuroscience and neurotechnology have the potential to greatly improve our society, but the...
Constitutional EvolutionCharles Mueller I think it is time we reexamine our Constitution. The purpose of the...
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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to present Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research. This book, authored by study lead Dr. Robert Hummel, Chief Scientist of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, arose out of a study conducted for the Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight (CPO) of the Office of the Secretary of Defense on research directions for alternative futures for corrosion and degradation.
Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research offers a road map for novel research directions that could lead to dramatic changes in how the nation views and deals with corrosion and degradation problems. Corrosion is a national problem that goes beyond the rusting of metal. The issues associated with corrosion and degradation are responsible for more than one trillion dollars in annual national expenditures. This study outlined new approaches and technologies to materials sustainment, which could lead to reduced maintenance requirements and planned lifetimes for systems.
Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research sparks the discussion of functional advances in corrosion control, including development of new materials and coatings, as well as novel systems engineering approaches to mitigate corrosion effects in systems throughout their lifecycle. Materials sustainment approaches include “the portfolio of long-range research programs should group programs that address the design and production phase, other programs that address the development of new materials and coatings, and other programs that address inspection and maintenance of systems.”
Potomac Institute Releases New Paper by Board of Regents Member Lt. Gen. George Flynn, USMC (Ret.):"Military Readiness in the Age of Complexity and Uncertainty"
In "Military Readiness in the Age of Complexity and Uncertainty," Lt. Gen. George Flynn outlines how the US has adapted to evolving security challenges and argues that to be successful and prepared for future conflicts of any kind, military training is key.
When global security challenges and conflicts arise, the United States is the first to be called upon. When responding to these calls it is essential that the men and women in uniform have the tools and training they need to be successful.
The current threat environment is rapidly evolving, uncertain and highly complex. At the same time, the Department of Defense faces budgetary constraints that threaten readiness budgets.
With that in mind, Lt. Gen. Flynn reminds us, "History has shown that investing in training has been the one consistent edge that has enabled the US to respond to unexpected changes in our security environment... it is the training of our forces, people and units that has allowed the US to deal with unexpected security challenges."
How can we expect the military to succeed against global threats if the significance and necessity of their training and readiness isn't given priority? As Secretary Hagel has noted, "Our men and women signed up to be a part of... a team that trains, deploys and protects their country.We need to give them the opportunities and the resources they require to successfully accomplish the mission."