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Welcome to the Center on Contemporary Conflict

The Center on Contemporary Conflict is the research wing of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School.

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Beginning in FY17, administration of PASCC transitioned to the U.S. Air Force Academy's Institute of National Strategic Studies. As of 1 October 2017, NPS will no longer update this website. For updated information about the PASCC program, please visit the U.S. Air Force Academy's PASCC website. PASCC reports will continue to be archived by HSDL (see links below).

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Research Spotlight

2016 PASCC Annual Report Released

PASCC has released its 2016 Annual Report, highlighting PASCC performers' research and summarizing PASCC's accomplishments and activities during FY16.

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FY16-17 Research in Progress Sheets Released

PASCC has released the list and Research in Progress (RIP) sheet descriptions for the 24 research projects and strategic dialogues selected to received FY16-17 funding through PASCC's 2015 Broad Agency Announcement. 

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September 16, 2016: Countering WMD amidst Global Tensions

On September 16, 2016, PASCC hosted its semi-annual workshop at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC to present PASCC-sponsored research on strategic stability among major powers as well as on emerging technologies in sensitive regions with implications for WMD proliferation. 

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2015 PASCC Annual Report Cover

2015 PASCC Annual Report Released

Each year, PASCC produces an annual report highlighting our achievements and our performers' research, both ongoing and recently concluded. We are pleased to share with you our 2015 Annual Report.

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Emerging Nuclear and CBW Challenges and Management Opportunities - PASCC Workshop 

On March 11, 2016, PASCC hosted its semi-annual workshop at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC to present PASCC-sponsored research on emerging nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons challenges and management opportunities. At this half-day event, experts briefed their findings from ongoing and recently completed research projects and international workshops, followed by a Q&A.

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New Approaches to Preventing Regional Conflict: A PASCC Workshop

On September 25, 2015, PASCC hosted its semi-annual workshop to present PASCC research on new approaches to preventing regional conflict. This half-day event hosted at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC highlighted PASCC-sponsored research on building strategic stability in East and South Asia and emerging security challenges in the Middle East. Experts briefed their findings from ongoing and recently completed research projects and international workshops, and engaged in a lively discussion about regional issues related to strategic stability and nuclear weapons.

Please visit our event page to view the complete agenda and more information about the research projects featured at this event.

Announcing FY 2015 PASCC Project Awards

Out of 103 proposals received in June 2014, PASCC selected 27 projects for funding in FY 2015. To learn more about these projects, we encourage you to read our Research in Progress summaries. To learn more about PASCC, please click here

The PASCC Semi-Annual Workshop 

On December 5, 2014, PASCC hosted a half-day workshop featuring PASCC-sponsored research on nuclear, chemical and biological threats, with specific discussions of China, Russia, and North Korea. Workshop speakers presented their findings from recent research projects and international workshops.

Please visit our event page to view the panel presentations, reports, and abstracts. We hope to see you at future PASCC events!

Photo from December 2014 PASCC Event at CSIS

Nuclear Learning in South Asia: The Next Decade

This collection of selected papers brings together findings from the Center on Contemporary Conflict’s (CCC) South Asian Nuclear Learning project. With support from the National Nuclear Security Administration, a group of regional scholars from India, Pakistan, and the United States convened in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012 to discuss the concept of nuclear learning and apply it to the regional context of South Asia. Participants presented research findings assessing regional perspectives on nuclear learning, doctrinal developments, command and control setups, deterrence strategies, and approaches towards arms control and confidence-building measures.

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HSDL LogoThe Center on Contemporary Conflict has partnered with the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) to house the collection of PASCC reports. Most reports are publicly available, with a small collection of For Official Use Only (FOUO) reports that require user authentication and log-on to access.

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You can browse and download our most recently released PASCC reports here. We upload new reports as soon as they're released, so please check back often!

We also offer Research in Progress (RIP) sheets, which provide concise summaries of all PASCC projects in progress, via Calhoun.