Five Military Fellows Join SSP

Five new military fellows have joined the Security Studies Program for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Standing (l-r) Jeff McCoy, Jason Eckberg; Seated (l-r) John Krisciunas, Joel Schmidt, Steve Gabavics.

Where We Spoke

David Blum, alum

Presenter, “New Uses of Overhead Persistent Infrared in Support of the Counter-IED Mission,” 83rd Military Operations Research Society Symposium, June 22-25, 2015.

 Frank Gavin, faculty

 Interview, “The U.S.-Iran nuclear deal: MIT’s experts size it up,” by Peter Dizikes, MIT News, July 24, 2015.

Eugene Gholz, alum

Presenter, “The Case for a U.S. Grand Strategy of Restraint,” Koch Associates Program, Arlington, VA, August 27, 2015; The Koch Internship Program, Arlington, VA, July 21, 2015; and the Institute for World Politics, Washington, DC, July 9, 2015.

Presenter, “Commercial-Military Integration in the U.S. Defense Industrial Base,” (With Andrew James, Manchester University, and Thomas Speller, Johns Hopkins University), 19th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security, Grenoble, France, June 26, 2015.

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What We Wrote

Daniel Altman, alum

“The Strategist’s Curse: A Theory of False Optimism as a Cause of War,” Security Studies, Vol. 24, No. 2, (2015) pp. 284-315.

Mark Bell, grad student

“Beyond Emboldenment: How Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Can Change Foreign Policy,”International Security , 40 (1) Summer 2015, pp. 87-119.

“Okay, So What If Iran Does Get Nuclear Weapons” The Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog, August 20, 2015.

David Blum, alum

“Probabilistic Warnings in National Security Crises: Pearl Harbor Revisited,” Decision Analysis(Institute for Operations Research and Management Science: Forthcoming).

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Notes From All Over

Laura Holgate, alum

Nominated as United States Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador and United States Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, with the rank of Ambassador, Department of State.

Randy Jayne, alum

Has agreed to step into the chairmanship of the USAFA Endowment Board of Directors this fall. The Endowment is the central fundraising and financial support arm for the Air Force Academy.

 Sameer Lalwani, alum

 Selected as new Deputy Director of the Stimson Center South Asia Program.

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Awards and Scholarships

The MIT Security Studies Program extends its appreciation to the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has awarded SSP a 36 month, $1 million dollar grant to support our research on the global “Diffusion of Power.” This will allow us to sustain and expand our work on Asian Security, Nuclear Arms Control and Strategy, Domestic Political Instability and Violence in the Greater Middle East, and U.S. Grand Strategy.

Jonathan Caverley, Research Associate

Received an Honorable Mention for his book, Democratic Militarism: Voting, Wealth and War for the William Riker Book Prize, APSA Political Economy Section. His book was also listed as one of the ten best books of the year by the French web site “War Studies Publications”.

William (Butch) Graham, US Army Fellow 2009-2010

Promoted to Brigadier General August 3, 2015.

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