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Edward Corcoran — Senior Fellow

LTC Edward Corcoran, USA-retired, Ph.D., serves as a Senior Fellow on national security issues at GlobalSecurity.org.

Ed ended his military career as a Strategic Analyst at the US Army War College where he chaired studies for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Operations. Prior to that, as a Soviet affairs specialist, he served on intelligence staffs and spent two years as a Liason Officer to the Commander-in-Chief, Group of Soviet Forces, Germany. In his primary military specialty as a Nuclear Weapons Officer he served on overseas assignments with depot units.

After his military career, Ed provided extensive support to Department of Energy activities on Operations Security and technology transfer issues, as well as serving as a core member of the Secretary's Safeguards and Security Task Force which evaluated security throughout the DOE complex. During this time he also served as the Rappoteur of the Defence of Europe Working Group of the Common Security Programme, based in Oxford, England, and had extensive discssions with European specialists on NATO defense issues. Ed has authored numerous professional writings and presentations on military and security issues. He is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues.

  • STRATEGIC MYOPIA Edward A. Corcoran, 9 November 2006 -- The core objective of national security is insuring the survival and prosperity of the nation. With the disappearance of the Soviet Union, the most significant threats of violence are now from a loose collaboration of terrorists and transnational criminal elements, while emerging economic and environmental threats have the potential to undermine prosperity and eliminate the United States as a world power. Yet, the National Security Strategy fails to recognize these challenges as security issues, so an inordinate share of national resources, including leadership attention, is applied to a relatively narrow range of short-term threats. The nation requires first of all a system for developing a comprehensive National Strategy which can identify and prioritize the most critical threats and challenges it faces.
  • STRATEGIC NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND DETERRENCE Edward A. Corcoran 29 November 2005 - This paper examines the utility of strategic nuclear weapons. These weapons, a legacy of the Cold War, were developed to deter Soviet actions which would threaten vital interests or the survival of the United States. Such strategic deterrence seeks to convince adversaries that the benefits of hostile actions would be far outweighed by the consequences. More recently, as the Soviet threat has all but disappeared, emerging nuclear threats from proliferation and terrorism reinforce the need for deterrence. Nevertheless, the usefulness of nuclear weapons in general and strategic nuclear weapons in particular has drastically declined.
  • COOPERATIVE US-RUSSIAN THREAT REDUCTION EFFORTS Edward A. Corcoran - The purpose of this study is to assess current cooperative programs involving the United States and Russia in the field of nuclear threat reduction. This brief outline is intended to set the current programs in historical and international context, as well as to identify major elements of those efforts and show how they fit together.
  • BALKH DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL - Operations in Afghanistan have heavily emphasized military operations and neglected economic development to build support for the government. Now the biggest opportunity to develop in quieter areas while confronting the Taliban in contested areas lies in Balkh Province. This is a quiet area in the far north of the country. It has high commercial potential and a competent Provincial Governor who is working hard to minimize Taliban influence. It also has a significant German presence and they are very interested in promoting development. A successful project could be a model for the entire country, and even for the region, a project that could get Afghans enthused about the possibilities of their own country.