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ReportsA Brief History of Defense Budget Instability
The Department of Defense (DoD) has lurched from one budgetary crisis to another for nearly a decade, through a series of continuing resolutions, short-term budget deals, and ...
By Susanna V. Blume & Lauren Fish
ReportsA Space Policy for the Trump Administration
The administration of Donald Trump finds itself in an exciting and challenging position with regard to space. It is the first administration of the 21st century not to have it...
By Jerry Hendrix & Adam Routh
ReportsA New Era in U.S.-Russian Strategic Stability
For more than two decades following the end of the Cold War, military conflict between the United States and Russia seemed highly implausible. While relations were sometimes r...
By James N. Miller, Jr. & Richard Fontaine
ReportsRisk Friction: How Risk Tolerance Biases Create Friction in the Civil – Military Relationship
Some of the friction points in the Civil-Military relationship center around how different actors view the risk associated with large force deployments. In the past 25 years, ...
By LtCol Dave Mueller
ReportsFrom Reform to Revolution
A New Phase in U.S.–Egyptian Relations The United States has long looked to Egypt as a key partner in the Middle East. Egypt’s adherence to the Camp David Accords is fundament...
By Alexander Velez-Green
ReportsHigher, Heavier, Farther, and now Undetectable?
On Christmas Day in 1914, three former cross-channel packet ships, the Engadine, Empress, and Riviera, stood off the island of Heligoland in the North Sea. Under the watchful ...
By Jerry Hendrix & Lt Col James Price
ReportsToward an “Open Source” Maritime Force Structure
The U.S. Navy’s updated Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower outlines several key themes and areas of development for the sea services as they continue the transitio...
By Nicholas C. Prime
Foreword By Robert D. Kaplan Geography still rules, despite the conceits of the jet age and the information age. Geography is where any discussion of the strategic environment...
By Julianne Smith & Jerry Hendrix
ReportsThe Unsettling View From Moscow
A rising number of Russia’s senior military strategists are advocating for the adoption of a doctrine of pre-emption for the defense of their nation. This doctrine would be in...
By Alexander Velez-Green
China is on the move. Statements from its military and civilian leaders regarding their aspirations, their sense of grievance, and their strategic aims all center on a theme o...
By Jerry Hendrix
In a chapter examining China’s thinking on escalation, the authors of a comprehensive 2008 RAND study of escalation management in the 21st century came to the stark, and since...
By Burgess Laird
ReportsIs the U.S. Military Getting Smaller and Older?
Concerns about the adequacy of the U.S. military frequently focus on two issues: whether its force structure has gotten too small, and whether U.S. forces are being modernized...
By Steven Kosiak
ReportsCapitalism in Space
It is essential for any nation that wishes to thrive and compete on the world stage to have a successful and flourishing aerospace industry, centered on the capability of putt...
By Robert Zimmerman
ReportsDrone Proliferation and the Use of Force
As more countries acquire drones, will their widespread availability lead to greater military adventurism and conflict? Will countries be more willing to put a drone in harm’s...
By Michael Horowitz, Paul Scharre & Ben FitzGerald
The war in Afghanistan was a topic largely absent from the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In 2012 and 2013 Donald J. Trump referred to Afghanistan as a “complete and total d...
By Christopher D. Kolenda
Preface by Paul Scharre Automation and autonomy are core components of the Department of Defense’s “third offset strategy,” designed to reinvigorate American military technolo...
By Dr. John K. Hawley
ReportsBusiness Reform in the Department of Defense
It is difficult to reform business practices at the Department of Defense (DoD). Senior officials who must lead reform efforts rightly focus their attention on warfighting mis...
By Robert F. Hale
ReportsFrom Blue to Black
The space environment is of great importance to the United States. However, space remains just unfamiliar enough to decision makers so as to introduce hesitation in those char...
By Michelle Shevin-Coetzee & Jerry Hendrix
ReportsU.S. Public Support for Drone Strikes
Over the past fifteen years, the United States has increasingly used drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as tools of foreign policy. Since the Bureau of Investigative ...
By Jacquelyn Schneider & Julia Macdonald
Over the last 20 years, digital technologies have revolutionized modern warfare. From network-centric warfare of the 1990s to Donald Rumsfeld’s transformation to today’s Third...
By Jacquelyn Schneider