Renewing the National Security Consensus in Congress

In February 2019, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) launched a major new initiative, Renewing the National Security Consensus in Congress. The project will promote bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill by offering a series of practical policy proposals for lawmakers and staff, creating fora for productive engagement on complex foreign policy challenges, and focusing dialogue on Congress’s role in national security.

CNAS inaugurated a new Key National Security Issues for Congress policy brief series as a key element of this initiative. In addition to its policy brief series and events for and with congressional staff and Members, CNAS dedicated a session at its annual conference on Congress’s role in national security.

Read more from the Key National Security Issues for Congress policy brief series:

Energy, Economics & Security

Proliferation Finance: Critical Issues and Priorities for Congress

The lack of effective and universal financial controls to prevent weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation is a gaping security vulnerability for the international comm...


What Congress Should Do with the 2020 Defense Budget

Summary There are many things that the administration’s 2020 defense budget request gets right. However, the proposal remains too focused on both the size of the joint force a...

Securing U.S. Democracy Initiative

Managing the National Security Workforce Crisis

The federal national security workforce is entering a perfect storm shaped by workforce demographic trends, short-sighted leadership, slow adaptation to modern challenges, and...


Implementing the National Defense Strategy Demands Operational Concepts for Defeating Chinese and Russian Aggression

Summary The 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) shifted the Department of Defense (DoD) away from a strategy focused on counterterrorism and deterring regional threats like I...

Transatlantic Security

Bolstering Congressional Support for NATO

In January, The New York Times reported that President Trump suggested to senior advisors several times over the course of the previous year that he might withdraw the United ...

Technology & National Security

The National Security Imperative of Protecting User Data

Privacy legislation directed at 21st-century technology platforms and internet companies is not just about privacy; it is also important to address modern-day national securit...

Middle East Security

Congressional Action on Yemen Isn’t Only About Yemen

Summary House Joint Resolution 37 (H.J. Res. 37) concerns U.S. support for Saudi Arabia/U.A.E.- led coalition military activities against the Iran-backed Ansar Allah (Houthi)...

Military, Veterans & Society

Congress Should Vigorously Oversee Implementation of the Mission Act

By Kayla M. Williams: Congress should rigorously oversee implementation of the Mission Act to ensure that quality of care and fiscal responsibility are not sacrificed to the i...

Indo-Pacific Security

To Compete with China, Get the New U.S. Development Finance Corporation Right

By Dan Kliman: China’s economic statecraft advances its broader vision of a future defined by great power spheres of influence, rigged economic interactions, and creeping auth...