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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Embedded Media

Read online these Perspectives on Embedded Media: Selected Papers from the US Army War College "Executive Summary: Five USAWC resident student papers — Information Operations and the New Threat; The Media and National Security Decision Making; Embedded Media: Failed Test, or the Future of Military/Media Relations? ; Leveraging the Media: The Embedded Media Program in Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Embedding Success into the Military Media Relationship — review the successes and failures of the OEF/OIF Embedded Media Programs and provide recommendations and predictions of future difficulties with respect to evolving relationships between the media and the military."

Here are some recent titles by or about War Correspondents: In an instant : a family's journey of love, courage, and healing by Bob Woodruff

Blood brothers : among the soldiers of Ward 57

The military and the press : an uneasy truce

Journalists under fire : information war and journalistic practices

Killing the messenger : journalists at risk in modern warfare

Related podcast - University Channel presentation: " The Media as Junkyard Dog: One Journalist's Journey From Secret CIA Prisons to the Walter Reed Scandal"

Summary: "While the "War on Terror" and the debate about its constitutionality continues, concerns about the system of American democracy and its morality are at the center of our national life. As the link between the government and the American public, the media are responsible for informing American citizens about Federal policies and practices, and the government's actions and inactions...In this time of war, what role should the media play? Is there a conflict between legality, ethics, national security and defense? And what exactly does having freedom of the press really mean?"

Monday, November 26, 2007

New at CARL: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

Check CARL Holdings: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

(this title also available at CARL as an audio book)

Summary: "The Israel Lobby," by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy." They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. This exceptional relationship is due largely to the political influence of a loose coalition of individuals and organizations that actively work to shape U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. Mearsheimer and Walt provocatively contend that the lobby has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East - in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - and the policies it has encouraged are in neither America's national interest nor Israel's long-term interest. The lobby's influence also affects America's relationship with important allies and increases dangers that all states face from global jihadist terror."--BOOK JACKET.

Related Podcast: University Channel - From Columbia University John J. Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Stephen M. Walt (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard) discuss their new publication `The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy`.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Center for Strategic Studies: Featured new pubs

Below are several recently featured publications by the Center of Strategic Studies, US Army War College including two top research papers in the USAWC Research Competition 1) Iraq: The Lessons of a Hard Place and 2) "Making Riflemen From MUD": Restoring The Army's Culture Of Irregular Warfare.

Collins Center Update Vol 9 Iss 4 (Fall 07)
  • Published:October 2007
  • Executive Summary:The Collins Center Update is a quarterly newsletter detailing the activities of the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College. Articles in this issue include: “The Sixth Annual Reserve Component Symposium”, “Linking Strategic Mission Command to Operational Battle Command”, “Education for Transatlantic Security”, “The Role of Armed Forces in the War on Terror” and “Transformation Efforts of the Moldovan Armed Forces.” View Publication

Threats at Our Threshold
  • Published: October 2007
  • Author(s): Professor Bert B. Tussing
  • Executive Summary: The terrible wake-up call of 9/11 brought homeland security and homeland defense into full focus for a nation ill-prepared for the threat of transnational terrorism. Our nation has done much to meet that threat, yet much more still needs to be done. Balancing security concerns against those of individual liberties, ensuring parallel commitments to law enforcement and defense remain complementary but distinct, are just two of the issues of concern. In this spirit, the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership partnered with The George Washington University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Heritage Foundation to conduct the first annual Homeland Defense/Homeland Security conference. The conference was an ambitious endeavor, designed to draw on a cross-section of experience from the partner institutions, their supporters, and their audiences in addressing the issues at hand. This volume is a reflection of those discussions. View Publication
  • "Making Riflemen From MUD": Restoring The Army's Culture Of Irregular Warfare
    • Published: July 2007
    • Author(s): LTC James D. Campbell, PhD, U.S. Army National Guard
    • Executive Summary: Nearly 300 years of American military tradition, from the colonial period until 1941, created a deeply engrained facility with unconventional warfare. Since World From the Pequot War in 1637, to the Seminole Wars in the early nineteenth century, the Apache campaigns after the Civil War, and in twentieth century small wars from the Philippines to Vietnam, the mandate for human intelligence has been a key component of unconventional warfare. Since World War Two, the wider military has lost this expertise and comfort with unconventional operations, with the Special Operations community taking on the sole proprietorship of this role. The top research paper in the USAWC Research Competition captures the experience, and lessons, of fighting on the western plains after the Civil War, and the creation of the Philippine Scouts at the beginning of the twentieth century. This was named top research paper in this year's USAWC Research Competition. View Publication
    Beyond Iraq: The Lessons of a Hard Place
    • Published: July 2007
    • Author(s): Mr. Anton K. Smith, U.S. Department of State
    • Executive Summary: The global jihadist insurgency is undercutting the modern states system. Rebalancing focus on the instruments of national power is key to containing and shaping instability in the Middle East. The author calls for better understanding of the cultural and historical differences between the West and the rest of the world; understanding the primacy of economic development over political process; and alliances with regional states. This is a USAWC award-winning student paper. This paper received The Military Order of the World Wars Writing Award. View Publication

Monday, November 19, 2007

Military Policy Awareness Links

Do you subscribe to Military Policy Awareness Links (MiPALs)?

MiPALs are published by the National Defense University (NDU) Library as a current awareness service. Their objective is to provide access to key U.S. policy statements on the country or topic of the MiPAL.

While MiPALs emphasize U.S. military policy, each MiPAL includes resources analyzing the topic from governmental and non-governmental sources, including think tanks and scholarly journals. All documents are available full-text on the internet. Some may be available only through commercial databases; these are clearly identified.

Track updates to the MiPALs by using the “Rich Site Summary (RSS)

Available MiPALs:

AfghanistanCentral AsiaChinaColombiaHaitiIndiaIran North KoreaPakistanRussiaSaudi ArabiaSyria Homeland Security National Security StrategyTerrorism TransformationWeapons of Mass Destruction

Regional Policy Overviews:

Africa East Asia & the PacificEurope & EurasiaNear East & North AfricaSouth & Central AsiaWestern Hemisphere

Friday, November 16, 2007

New at CARL : Hog pilots, blue water grunts

Check our holdings: Hog pilots, blue water grunts : the American military in the air, at sea, and on the ground by Robert Kaplan

Summary: "Foreign affairs journalist Kaplan lets readers experience up close the American military worldwide in the air, at sea, and on the ground: flying in a B-2 bomber, living on a nuclear submarine, and traveling with a Stryker brigade on missions around the world. Provided unprecedented access, Kaplan moves from destroyers off the coast of Indonesia to submarines in the central Pacific, from simulated Iraqi training grounds in Alaska to technology bases in Las Vegas. He goes deep into their highly technical and exotic worlds, and tells this story through the words and perspectives of the enlisted personnel and junior officers themselves--men and women who, as he writes, have "had their national identities as Americans engraved in sharp bas-relief." He not only conveys the vast scope of America's military commitments, but also shows us astonishing and vital operations as they unfold--from the point of view of the troops themselves.--From publisher description."

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Related podcast: Robert Kaplan talks about Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts , his new book about the modern military across the globe.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Brownbag topic today: Google Scholar

Our brownbag today will be held at 1200 in the Library Learning Center. The topic is How to access the CARL's fulltext resources via Google Scholar. You can view below our handout for this session.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Threat of Bioterrorism

Browse these CARL titles related to the subject of Bioterrorism

Listen to this Princeton University Channel podcast: The Threat of Bioterrorism: Private Sector Coordination with Governments

"There are deep flaws in the structure of global regimes designed to control access to WMD technology and sharp disagreement among major powers over the use of sanctions and military force to address potential threats. Often overlooked is the role of the private sector in issues surrounding WMD proliferation and responding to the threat of bioterrorism. Distinguished leaders from business and the United States government join Columbia and EWI experts to explore how the private sector can collaborate with governments in devising an effective response to these threats."

Speakers: Dr. Mark Chandler, Chairman and CEO, Biophysical; Brandon D. Declet , Counsel to the US House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security; Stuart Gottlieb, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Dr. Greg Austin, Vice President at the East-West Institute and Director of EWI's Global Security Program and Policy Innovation.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Military podcasts

Try subscribing to these podcasts covering contemporary as well as historical military topics. If you'd rather not subscribe but simply listen to a few audios from time to time remember you can listen to these MP3 files on your desktop. Thanks to the Marine Corps Library for compiling this list.

Pritzker Military Library: Military History

Military History Podcast

Military Podcasts for the Military

USMC Podcasts


Air Force Podcasts

Friday, November 9, 2007

CARL OpenSearch Plug-Ins

If you're using Firefox 2.0 or Internet Explorer 7.0 you're probably familiar with the small browser window in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. The default search engine is either Google or Yahoo.

In addition to these you can now add CARL research tools to your array of ready search engines on your IE 7 or Firefox 2.0 browser. On this Web page just hit the drop-down menu next to the search box in your browser window and you can add our CARL Catalog, CARL Digital Library, Praeger Security International or JSTOR search engines to your Firefox or IE 7 browser. This will allow you to search our library resources directly from your browser's search box.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Iran Military Policy

Browse these titles available at CARL related to Iranian military policy.

Pritzker Military Library Podcast: Topic: Iran : the next military frontier?

"The Sept. 2007 visit of Iran's president, Dr. Ahmadinejad, to the United States has brought U.S. relations with Iran into sharp focus. Iran's relationship with Iraq and role in the Middle East is complex. What role is Iran playing in the war on terror and in the U.S. role in Iraq? Does Iran's apparent supplying of weapons to Iraqi insurgents justify calls for action against that country? Join John Callaway and guests: Danny Postel, Ahmad Sadri, and Richard S. Williamson."

Friday, November 2, 2007

Popular bestsellers and new titles at CARL in October

Most popular bestsellers at CARL - Oct 2007

Fiasco the American military adventure in Iraq

Finding Noel

Making money a novel of Discworld

almost moon a novel

Clapton the autobiography

ice cold grave

Shadow of the Silk Road

Deceptively delicious simple secrets to get your kids eating good foods

The Afghan

Most popular new book titles at CARL - Oct 2007

day of battle the war in Sicily and Italy 1943 1944

Twelve great clashes that shaped modern America from Geronimo to George W Bush

Ulysses S Grant 1861 1864 his rise from obscurity to military greatness

Exit Rommel the Tunisian campaign 1942 1943

Invading Mexico Americas continental dream and the Mexican War 1846 1848

Mugged by reality the liberation of Iraq and the failure of good intentions

Charm offensive how Chinas soft power is transforming the world

Battalion of the damned the 1st Marine paratroopers at Gavutu and Bloody Ridge 1942

Wolf of the deep Raphael Semmes and the notorious Confederate raider CSS Alabama

United States Special Operations Forces

Books in the News

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