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Defense Department’s perception of Russia must change, says national security expert

While the unclassified version of the National Defense Strategy is not yet public, the fact sheet that has been released raises questions about the strategy that will guide Pentagon policymaking. Barry Pavel, senior vice president and director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council and former special assistant to the […]

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‘We’ve got to gut this one out’: former CIA Senate Liaison says US must continue strong support of Ukraine

While history does not always repeat itself, it does offer lessons. Mimi Geerges sat down with Ron Marks, former DCI Senate Liaison at the Central Intelligence Agency, to discuss what history can tell us about Putin’s actions against Ukraine. Marks, currently a visiting professor at George Mason University and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, […]

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Expert advises US to send offensive weapons to Ukraine

Western leaders have vowed to hold Russians accountable for alleged war crimes in Ukraine. However, the current priority must be protecting the Ukrainian population from further crimes against humanity, argues Peter Dickinson, UkraineAlert editor at the Atlantic Council and chief editor of Business Ukraine Magazine. Dickinson said the weapons the United States has provided to […]

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US government should prioritize cybersecurity of undersea communication cables, says internet security expert

There are over 800,000 miles of communication cables lining the sea floor and circling continents. Around 95% of global internet traffic flows through those undersea cables. Justin Sherman, nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, says it’s time the U.S. government got serious about ensuring the security and resiliency of those cables. Sherman […]

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Climate consultant recommends Defense Department use smart technology to strengthen military bases

Climate change is affecting U.S. military bases, damaging them with floods and other natural disasters. The increasing frequency of these events could lead to major consequences for the United States’ armed forces. Kiran Jivnani, consultant with the GeoTech Center at the Atlantic Council, said the military is already focusing on preventative measures to secure vulnerable […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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