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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
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
ReportsGame of Drones: Wargame Report
Drones are rapidly proliferating around the globe. Not only has the commercial market for drones dramatically expanded, but arms transfers of unarmed and armed drones between ...
By Alexandra Sander
Three CNAS experts provide a roadmap for the next U.S. administration and key U.S. allies in the region to address these challenges and potential escalation....
By Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper, Harry Krejsa & Dr. Patrick M. Cronin
For the better part of the past two decades, the world’s attention has been consumed by a string of crises in the Middle East and Asia. From conventional wars in Afghanistan a...
By Julianne Smith & Jerry Hendrix
ReportsNine Lessons for Navigating National Security
Few periods in modern world history have been as complicated and tumultuous as the one the next U.S. administration will confront. A long list of international problems will c...
By Michele Flournoy
Evermay Dialogue Co-Chairs Dr. Sachiko Kuno and the Honorable Michèle Flournoy released a new report on a U.S.-Japan alliance action plan for all-hazard emergency management. ...
By Michele Flournoy, Dr. Sachiko Kuno, Maki Fukami & Dr. Patrick M. Cronin
Autonomous Weapons and Operational Risk
20YY Future of Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre examines the risks in future autonomous weapons that would choose their own targets and the potential for catastrophic ...
By Paul Scharre