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Scott Sigmund Gartner
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Dr. Scott Sigmund Gartner is a Professor of International Affairs at Penn State’s School of International Affairs and a Senior Advisor for Net Assessment of Violent Non-state Actors supporting a federal government agency. His publications include Strategic Assessment in War and The Historical Statistics of the United States, and articles in Political Science, Sociology, International Affairs, History, Intelligence, Law and Communications journals. His honors include the Thomas Jefferson award for the best government resource, the RUSA Outstanding Reference Award, Booklist Editor’s Choice Award, Library Journal Best Reference Award, and the History News Network Book of the Month. Gartner’s columns have appeared in over a dozen outlets, including The Huffington Post, USA Today and The Christian Science Monitor. He and his research have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Atlantic, MSNBC, NPR, and ABC. He is currently working on studies of suicide in the military, wartime strategic assessment and chemical weapons eradication.

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Why We Torture

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 8:15 PM

Co-authored by Catherine Langlois, Professor of economics and university Obmudsmen at Georgetown University

The debate on the use of torture has taken on an all-too-familiar face with the release of the Senate Committee Report on CIA interrogation methods. While the universal stigma against torture stems from its transgressions against...

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Why Do Russia and Iran Have More Cyber Commandos Than the U.S.?

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:07 PM

With new DOD leadership, troops returning to Iraq, and an extension of the U.S. stay in Afghanistan, doing more of the same is clearly not enough; it is time to embrace fresh national security ideas.

One of the key new approaches is the notion of special operations cyber warfare...

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A Net Assessment Approach to ISIS: Bash the Cash

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 5:41 PM

ISIS has rapidly emerged as a deadly threat to stability in Iraq. Much of the debate over how to respond focuses on either ISIS or US & Allied capabilities. A Net Assessment perspective, which looks at the strategic match between the two sides' strengths and weakness, suggests a number of...

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The MIA/POW Flag No Longer Flies for POWs in Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:53 PM

Nothing demonstrates how war has changed more than the fact that thousands of soldiers become prisoners of war (POW) or went missing in action (MIA) in previous conflicts whereas now, with the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, there are no American POWs. As we discuss the release of Bergdahl, it...

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Peace or Righteousness in the Ukraine?

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:17 PM

President Theodore Roosevelt famously stated that, "If given the choice between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness." The United States faces this same choice now in the Ukraine - Peace, such as allowing Russia portions of Eastern and Southern Ukraine while the Ukraine becomes a NATO member, or righteousness, such...

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Don't Forget the Pen After the War

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Co-authored by Professor Leo Blanken

Secretary of Defense Hagel's plan to reduce the military and the Russian attack in Crimea have raised the volume of the debate about the nature of the armed forces needed to meet America's security threats in the post Afghanistan War era. Under consideration are weapon...

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Israel Should Show Leadership and Ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention

(5) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:18 PM

This week Israel reaffirmed its decision not to ratify the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, even though senior Israeli defense personnel support ratification. Israel is one of only two countries in the world to sign but not ratify the Convention (the other is Myanmar). Now that Syria is party to the...

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Obliterating Chemical Weapons Eliminates both a Silent Killer and a Threat to the Concept of Exclusive State Sovereignty

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:16 PM

Driven by horrific pictures and statistics and the visceral fear of invisible death, the world's attention focuses on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Russian and American deal, now sanctioned by the UN Security Council, requires Syria to join the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Many see this...

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Treat Chemical Weapons Differently From Nuclear Weapons

(5) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 9:45 AM

The Obama administration has dug itself a hole in Syria by treating chemical weapons like nuclear weapons. While both are weapons of mass destruction, they are critically different on three key dimensions.These dimensions should shape U.S. chemical weapons policy in Syria now and with other countries in the future.

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