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The National Security Analysis Mission Area produces the following types of publications. All publications must meet the highest quality standards. There must be a clear objective, justified assumptions, a well-defined scope, reproducible quantitative analysis and/or transparent qualitative analysis, and clear linkage between analysis and conclusions. Prior to publication, the papers are subject to both internal and external peer review.


Document substantial analytic efforts that are typically the primary documentation of a project. Reports are fully referenced, scholarly analyses of significant national security issues.


Document significant analytic content similar to a report but with somewhat greater leeway for author opinion.


Provide opportunity for further documentation of a project. A note may describe or critique a methodology in detail and be directed at analysts or technical experts rather than policy makers.

Workshop Proceedings

Document the structure and intellectual content of a collaborative analysis event.

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Rethinking Seminar Series

Since 2004, APL has organized and sponsored the Rethinking Seminar Series, a recurring series of seminars on national security and foreign relations topics. These free events, held near the Pentagon, bring together distinguished speakers and those interested in exploring such important issues. The evening seminars are open to the public, and videos and related materials are posted to the Rethinking Seminar Series website after each event.