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Early-career investment in personnel strengthens military leadership decades later

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness has a new nominee. If the Senate confirms him, former California congressman and Navy veteran Gil Cisneros will face issues of building and maintaining human capital efforts in the department. Katherine Kuzminski, senior fellow and program director of the Military, Veterans and Society […]


Redundancy in long-range fires can be beneficial, says military force planning expert

The 2022 budget request for the Defense Department is due any day. The hints of what may be included are in the “skinny budget” the Biden administration released last month. Stacie Pettyjohn, Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, said she is interested to see what […]


United States can improve deterrence by posing dilemmas to China and Russia, says wargaming expert

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is putting the finishing touches on a new Joint Warfighting Concept, a strategy for multi-domain information warfare. The data and information that will drive that concept will mean a dramatically different way of warfighting than the services prepare for today. Chris Dougherty, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New […]


National Technology Strategy concept sparks bipartisan interest

The surge of money for the Technology Modernization Fund, a government funding vehicle encouraging modernization, means agencies will prioritize updates to legacy systems. Some experts say a National Technology Strategy is overdue to coordinate technology and innovation. Ainikki Riikonen, Research Assistant at the Center for a New American Security who is writing about the possibility […]


Former Defense Department comptroller: Budget execution system needs greater flexibility

The Senate Armed Services Committee is considering the nominations of two more people. The confirmation hearing for Ronald Moultrie to become under secretary of defense for intelligence and security and Mike McCord to become under secretary of defense (comptroller) was Tuesday. The first question at the hearing centered around the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution […]

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Virtual platforms drive equity in national security community

President Biden has a new executive order about revitalizing the national security workforce. Part of that process will include inspiring the next generation of national security leaders. Katherine Kuzminski, Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security, said although “Zoom burnout” is real, video […]


Pentagon must accept “good enough” strategies or risk losing to competitors

President Biden has not named an acquisition leader for the Pentagon yet. When the Senate confirms that nominee, the next under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment will need to make sure acquisitions at the department can keep up with China’s military modernization. Chris Dougherty, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American […]

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