I do not know if things around your house are like they are at mine – every year we are inundated with subscription requests for ourselves or others (as gifts) from a variety of publications. At DISAM we do not beat the bushes, but we are glad you are on one of approximately 1500 that we send printed copies of the Journal. I hope that you get something out of each edition and we are proud of this. Our feature articles this edition focus on the five Department of Defense Regional Centers for Security Studies. We have an overview article and then individual articles provided by each center. It will not take you long to read each of them, and I know most will focus on the one more that may be most applicable to you if you have a particular area of responsibility of interest. In addition to those, there is a variety of regional articles in our Legislation and Policy section that provide policy inputs from the Department of State, addressing the Americas, Middle East, East Asia and Pacific, and South and Central Asia. Also, countryspecific topics addressing Japan, Korea, and Taiwan further develop Pacific regional issues. Our Perspectives section contains articles from one of DISAM’s guest instructors, Mr. Roland Trope who looks at the importance and relevance of technology transfer rules in dealing with “Immaterial Transfers with Material Consequences ” as well as two of DISAM’s full-time faculty. Major Hank Kron presents a paper he recently presented at an Army conference dealing with Middle Cross-Cultural issues
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