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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Publishing Note: "The Pre-Graduate Years (2012-2013): Vol. II, Kyle R. Brady: The Collected Works" on Amazon Kindle

"The Pre-Graduate Years (2012-2013)" is Volume II of Kyle R. Brady: The Collected Works, a collection of my academic works, divided into specific and tangible periods, meant for both the curious reader and posterity itself. Each individual piece serves as a short-but-detailed introduction to the subject under consideration, in a way that's aiming for both understanding and relevance. Moreover, each piece serves as a brief window to my worldview at the time and my evolving interests, creating an important record in understanding my academic and professional development.

The individual works that constitute Vol. II, much like Vol. I, are not particularly revolutionary, groundbreaking, or deep, nor are they very original. However, the shift away from a traditional undergraduate framing to something that attempts to be more original is clearly evident, as are the early themes of my career.

Subjects include American inequality, economic and personal liberties, sociopolitical and economic freedom, progressive politics, liberal politics, generational development, sociopolitical development, political discourse, social cohesion, education, 2012 Presidential Campaign, truth, religion, and national security.

Now available in both print and for the Amazon Kindle platform.

Chapters:
  1. 2012 America: A Marked Increased Interest in Inequality
  2. Economic and Personal Liberties: The Eternal, Imperfect Quests of Humanity
  3. Solutions from the Top: Dialogue, Education, and Toleration for the Benefit of Future Generations
  4. Modern America: The End of Political Discourse and Social Cohesion
  5. Campaign 2012: Pre-Election Thoughts
  6. Campaign 2012: Post-Election Thoughts
  7. Truth and Religion: An Exploration
  8. American National Security: Public Safety and the Public

Publishing Note: "The Undergraduate Years (2011-2012): Vol. I, Kyle R. Brady The Collected Works" on Amazon Kindle

"The Undergraduate Years (2011-2012)" is Volume I of Kyle R. Brady: The Collected Works, a collection of my academic works, divided into specific and tangible periods, meant for both the curious reader and posterity itself. Each individual piece serves as a short-but-detailed introduction to the subject under consideration, in a way that's aiming for both understanding and relevance. Moreover, each piece serves as a brief window to my worldview at the time and my evolving interests, creating an important record in understanding his academic and professional development.

Volume I -- while not particularly revolutionary, groundbreaking, or deep -- contains top-notch academic work for a student who was, at the time, an A-level political science undergraduate trying to understand the world through the lenses of political theory, political philosophy, international relations, and realism.

Subjects include Aristophanes, Thucydides, The Republic of Turkey, Sigmund Freud, Herbert Marcuse, Aristotle, Mencius, David Bohm, John Dewey, Jurgen Habermas, Michael Walzer, the City of San Jose, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Realism, and The Russian Federation.

Now available in both print and for the Amazon Kindle platform.

Chapters:
  1. Public Opinion and the Politics of War: Aristophanes' Lysistrata and Thucydides' On Justice, Power, and Human Nature
  2. Türkiye Cumhuriyeti: The Republic of Turkey, The European Union Member Who Never Was
  3. Sigmund Freud: Suppressing the Violent Tendencies of Humanity through Governance
  4. Herbert Marcuse: Moving Beyond the Triumvirate of Art, Language, and Politics
  5. Governance and Public Duty: Balancing Pragmatism and Benevolence
  6. Properly, Politically Educating the American Public: Examining Great Thinkers and Theorists - Bohm, Dewey, Habermas, and Walzer
  7. The City of San Jose, the City Council, and the Public: A Demonstrated Power Differential
  8. Thomas Hobbes and the Theory of Consent: Foreshadowing Modern Systems of Governance
  9. Rousseau's Civil Religion: A Worthwhile Unifying Force
  10. The Many Faces of Realism: An Examination of Pragmatic Ideology
  11. The Facade of Russian Democracy: Examining the Quality and Truth of Democracy in the Russian Federation

Monday, December 21, 2015

Recommended Reading: December 2015, Part II

Note: this is part of a regular series, "Recommended Reading," published biweekly as a collection of longform, academic, or journalistic works well worth the time to read them.  These are drawn through my own readings related to the fields of homeland security, national security, homeland defense, law enforcement, foreign policy/international relations, security studies, and intelligence.  I receive no benefit -- financial or otherwise -- through the recommendations and/or links provided.  The format used is simple title-link, due to the volume and effort required to properly format them in more scholarly forms.  Links are not endorsements; they also don't always open in new windows:  be sure to click carefully.  (Full disclaimer.)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Publishing Note: "Kyle R. Brady: The Collected Works" Vol. I - III

My academic work to-date has been collected and divided into three periods -- Undergraduate, Pre-Graduate, and Graduate -- for publishing.  All three are currently available worldwide on Amazon in print format and will soon be available for Kindle.

The Graduate Years (2013-2015): Vol. III, Kyle R. Brady: The Collected Works
"The Graduate Years (2013-2015)" is Volume III of Kyle R. Brady: The Collected Works, a collection of my academic works, divided into specific and tangible periods, meant for both the curious reader and posterity itself. The individual works that constitute Vol. III not only help trace the source and paths of my academic and professional development, but also represent my first real -- arguably successful -- attempts at producing work of interest to the wider world. Every piece was produced with an eye toward a broader academic and professional audience, which has helped separate them from standard graduate work. Progressing sequentially through the pieces, a reader can watch ideas and concepts build upon each other, ultimately growing into a more coherent, pragmatic, and actionable whole.

This Volume spans two specific periods: my first year of graduate school at Regent University (AY2013), where I was studying Government, and the remainder of my graduate schooling at Pennsylvania State University, my alma mater, where I studied Homeland Security. The difference of focus between the two programs is evident in the topics of his work.

Subjects inevitably revolve around homeland security, national security, homeland defense, terrorism, international relations, the intelligence community, the law enforcement community, border security, critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, history, and policy matters.

Chapters:
  1. Iranian Democratization Potential: Comparing Ahmadinejad and Rouhani
  2. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C): A Tumultuous Turkish Terror
  3. A Time for Choosing: The Most Dangerous Enemy, War, and the Freedoms Intended
  4. Plagiarism: Definitions, Development, and Integrity
  5. History Over Religion: Misperceptions of Primary Influence in the Middle East and North Africa
  6. On Libraries and the Modern Era
  7. An Asymmetric Israel: Perceived Threats and Response Behaviors
  8. Comprehensive Realism: a New Way Forward from the Ashes of Foreign Policy Analysis
  9. The Digital Age and the United States of America: a Pervasive Cybersecurity Threat
  10. The Persistent Threat to American Transportation Infrastructure: an Unaddressed Homeland Security Issue
  11. Better Integrating American Intelligence Agencies and Products: Revising a Recurring Solution for a Recurring Problem
  12. The Role of Federal Law Enforcement in Preventing Terrorism and Enhancing Security
  13. Secure Management of American Borders in the Modern Era: Developing an Evolving Strategy
  14. The Homeland Security Grant Program: Opportunities, Challenges, and Obstacles to Preparedness
  15. Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources: Securing the American Internet in the Digital Era
  16. Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA): Domestic Military Deployments, Homeland Security, and Public Support
  17. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): The Next Frontier of Terrorism
  18. Metropolitan Terrors: The Continued Relevance of the Mumbai Attacks
  19. ISIS Arrives in America: A Fictional Scenario to Develop Homeland Security Policies
  20. Assessing Operation Jump Start: Intricacies and Nuances of Domestic Deployments
  21. Public Transportation, Cyberattacks, and Washington, D.C.: Using Critical Infrastructure as a Weapons Platform
  22. The United States, Terrorism, and the Evolving ISIS Threat
  23. The 2005 London Train Bombings: Terrorism and the Soft Target of Critical Infrastructure
  24. A City Under Attack: A Fictional Scenario and Report to Analyze, Respond To, Mitigate, and Prevent a Multi-stage Terror Attack
The Pre-Graduate Years (2012-2013): Vol. II, Kyle R. Brady: The Collected Works
"The Pre-Graduate Years (2012-2013)" is Volume II of Kyle R. Brady: The Collected Works, a collection of my academic works, divided into specific and tangible periods, meant for both the curious reader and posterity itself. Each individual piece serves as a short-but-detailed introduction to the subject under consideration, in a way that's aiming for both understanding and relevance. Moreover, each piece serves as a brief window to my worldview at the time and my evolving interests, creating an important record in understanding my academic and professional development.

The individual works that constitute Vol. II, much like Vol. I, are not particularly revolutionary, groundbreaking, or deep, nor are they very original. However, the shift away from a traditional undergraduate framing to something that attempts to be more original is clearly evident, as are the early themes of my career.

Subjects include American inequality, economic and personal liberties, sociopolitical and economic freedom, progressive politics, liberal politics, generational development, sociopolitical development, political discourse, social cohesion, education, 2012 Presidential Campaign, truth, religion, and national security.

Chapters:
  1. 2012 America: A Marked Increased Interest in Inequality
  2. Economic and Personal Liberties: The Eternal, Imperfect Quests of Humanity
  3. Solutions from the Top: Dialogue, Education, and Toleration for the Benefit of Future Generations
  4. Modern America: The End of Political Discourse and Social Cohesion
  5. Campaign 2012: Pre-Election Thoughts
  6. Campaign 2012: Post-Election Thoughts
  7. Truth and Religion: An Exploration
  8. American National Security: Public Safety and the Public
The Undergraduate Years (2011-2012): Vol. I, Kyle R. Brady The Collected Works
"The Undergraduate Years (2011-2012)" is Volume I of Kyle R. Brady: The Collected Works, a collection of my academic works, divided into specific and tangible periods, meant for both the curious reader and posterity itself. Each individual piece serves as a short-but-detailed introduction to the subject under consideration, in a way that's aiming for both understanding and relevance. Moreover, each piece serves as a brief window to my worldview at the time and my evolving interests, creating an important record in understanding my academic and professional development.

Volume I -- while not particularly revolutionary, groundbreaking, or deep -- contains top-notch academic work for a student who was, at the time, an A-level political science undergraduate trying to understand the world through the lenses of political theory, political philosophy, international relations, and realism.

Subjects include Aristophanes, Thucydides, The Republic of Turkey, Sigmund Freud, Herbert Marcuse, Aristotle, Mencius, David Bohm, John Dewey, Jurgen Habermas, Michael Walzer, the City of San Jose, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Realism, and The Russian Federation.

Chapters:
  1. Public Opinion and the Politics of War: Aristophanes' Lysistrata and Thucydides' On Justice, Power, and Human Nature
  2. Türkiye Cumhuriyeti: The Republic of Turkey, The European Union Member Who Never Was
  3. Sigmund Freud: Suppressing the Violent Tendencies of Humanity through Governance
  4. Herbert Marcuse: Moving Beyond the Triumvirate of Art, Language, and Politics
  5. Governance and Public Duty: Balancing Pragmatism and Benevolence
  6. Properly, Politically Educating the American Public: Examining Great Thinkers and Theorists - Bohm, Dewey, Habermas, and Walzer
  7. The City of San Jose, the City Council, and the Public: A Demonstrated Power Differential
  8. Thomas Hobbes and the Theory of Consent: Foreshadowing Modern Systems of Governance
  9. Rousseau's Civil Religion: A Worthwhile Unifying Force
  10. The Many Faces of Realism: An Examination of Pragmatic Ideology
  11. The Facade of Russian Democracy: Examining the Quality and Truth of Democracy in the Russian Federation

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Publishing Note: "The 2005 London Train Bombings: Terrorism and the Soft Target of Critical Infrastructure"

A new graduate case study ("The 2005 London Train Bombings: Terrorism and the Soft Target of Critical Infrastructure") is now available on Academia.edu:
On July 7, 2005, London found itself the victim of a coordinated terror attack: explosions occurred on three separate subway trains of the London Underground and an additional one on a bus. These attacks killed fifty-two individuals and harmed approximately another seven hundred. All four attackers employed a suicide bomber attack strategy and were British citizens: three natural born and one naturalized. A group claiming affiliation with al Qaeda -- the Secret Organization of Al Qaeda in Europe -- claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were allegedly conducted in retaliation for the United Kingdom’s participation in the modern Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. The explosives employed were organic peroxide-based, placed inside backpacks or bags, and, in at least one case, detonated using a battery-powered timing device.

These devastating and terror-inducing attacks, despite having occurred more than a decade ago, maintain extraordinary modern relevance, particularly in the modern threat environment following the 2015 Paris attacks. Since 2005, terror actors’ interest and ability to execute attacks within Western states has arguably only increased -- as the result of the conflict in Syria and the growth of the Islamic State -- while the ability to conduct attacks using easily acquired weapons, whether explosives or firearms, has similarly failed to diminish. The vast multitude of soft targets, however, remain largely unprotected, undefended, and open to attack.

Brady, K. R. (2015). The 2005 London Train Bombings: Terrorism and the Soft Target of Critical Infrastructure. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/19451482/

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Recommended Reading: December 2015, Part I

Note: this is part of a regular series, "Recommended Reading," published biweekly as a collection of longform, academic, or journalistic works well worth the time to read them.  These are drawn through my own readings related to the fields of homeland security, national security, homeland defense, law enforcement, foreign policy/international relations, security studies, and intelligence.  I receive no benefit -- financial or otherwise -- through the recommendations and/or links provided.  The format used is simple title-link, due to the volume and effort required to properly format them in more scholarly forms.  Links are not endorsements; they also don't always open in new windows:  be sure to click carefully.

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