Susan Puska

Susan Puska is a retired U.S. Army Colonel turned entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in logistics operations, who also served as China Foreign Area Officer. She led Joint Logistics Support operations to over 30,000 Cuban and Haitian refugees and supported humanitarian medical assistance in Mongolia. She is a noted China expert who has written on political-military, logistics modernization, crisis management, and research and development topics. Her forthcoming publication is 'Commissars of Weapons Production: The Chinese Military Representative System,' with Debra Geary and Joe McReynolds, in "Forging China's Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Innovation," edited by Tai Ming Cheung.

rss feed

Susan Puska's Latest Articles

Three Things to Know about Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones)

Filed in Economic Development by on August 31, 2017 0 Comments
Three Things to Know about Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones)

Whether economic change occurs quickly or slowly, it can lead to decline, or even collapse, of once vibrant communities. Economic renewal and rebuilding take time and resources. One program the U.S. Government (USG) has developed to help communities and businesses revive neighborhoods in economically distressed areas is the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program. The […]

Continue Reading »

Taking ISD to Northern Afghanistan

Filed in ISD Certification Program by on July 26, 2017 0 Comments
Taking ISD to Northern Afghanistan

Over the last three years, Kanava International has been building the capacity of local organizations by applying its Impact Strengthening Development (ISDTM) assessment tool and methodology in multiple organizations across varied technical areas in different countries. ISDTM systematically assesses the organizations in nine areas to strengthen them to receive USAID grants, diversify funding sources, and […]

Continue Reading »

Major Military Increases Comes with Deep Cuts to Diplomacy and Foreign Assistance

Filed in Geopolitics by on June 25, 2017 0 Comments
Major Military Increases Comes with Deep Cuts to Diplomacy and Foreign Assistance

In testimony to the Foreign Relations Committee on June 13, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson strongly supported increasing the U.S. military (“hard power”) budget by 10%, while deeply cutting America’s diplomacy and foreign assistance (“soft power”) capabilities, which represent only 1% of the national budget, by 30%. This would slash the International Affairs account, […]

Continue Reading »