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Navy needs thorough evaluation to ensure readiness, says top strategic advisor

The nominee for Navy secretary, Carlos del Toro, faces two big questions if the Senate confirms him. A Surface Navy investigation 11 years ago and the investigation after two collisions in 2017 ask the same questions House and Senate Armed Services Committee members are asking today. Harlan Ullman, chair at the Killowen Group, senior advisor […]


More discussion on unexpected national security threats is critical, says strategy expert

The latest assessment from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence anticipates the threat of disruptive technologies. It also finds the COVID-19 pandemic will generate aftershocks for years. Barry Pavel, Senior Vice President and Founding Director of the Scowcroft Center at the Atlantic Council, said the assessment is good but lacks enough detail on […]


U.S. adversaries are waging war disguised as peace, argues foreign policy expert

The F-35 program is taking fire from Congress. The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith says the Defense Department should “cut its losses on the plane and look at other platforms.” The program is an example of what’s wrong with weapons buying, according to Sean McFate, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. […]


Erica Borghard: U.S. should reassess level of reliance on coercion strategies

The State Department under the Trump administration emphasized the need for deterrence against Iran, but one expert says the strategy is better described as coercion. Erica Borghard, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, said the distinction is important, because how we communicate strategy affects its likelihood of success. She said we should reassess the extent […]


Anticipating the next National Defense Strategy

Clementine Starling, Deputy Director of Forward Defense and Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council, discusses her piece on regaining an advantage over competitors in the next NDS


Creating a Grand Strategy based on resilience

Erica Borghard, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, explains how resilience can help with deterrence and how the government can learn from the private sector in this area

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Foreign intelligence officials “almost certainly” entered Capitol building, according to national security expert

Tom Warrick, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Katrina Mulligan, Managing Director for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, discuss the security implications of the riots at the Capitol

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