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United States military strategy should better match interests, says defense research expert

The U.S. military has made hefty investments in the Middle East for the past two decades, but shifts in the Biden administration’s priorities toward the Indo-Pacific have caused the U.S. to reassess how to maintain its interests in the region while also scaling back. Becca Wasser, fellow in the Defense Program at the Center for […]


US must take proactive steps to avert future 6G security issues, says national security expert

Maintaining American tech leadership will require planning. That includes having a national strategy for the development of 6G technology even though it is still years away. Martijn Rasser, senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said 6G research and development are already happening, […]


Defense Department makes progress on implementing the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017

Gender-based harassment and assault are long-standing issues for the United States military. According to the New York Times, nearly one in four service women report being sexually assaulted in the military. The Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, while mostly focused on international partners, also has requirements for the Defense Department (DoD). Kyleanne Hunter, […]


Russian militarization in Arctic could lead to offensive action, says former defense official

During the June 2021 summit with the Russian president, President Biden talked to Putin about the Arctic remaining “a region of cooperation rather than conflict,” but there has been increased Russian militarization in the region. Jim Townsend, adjunct senior fellow in the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security and former […]


Sanctions worsening food insecurity in Afghanistan, says sanctions policy analyst

The United States has provided $474 million in aid to Afghanistan in 2021, but U.S. sanctions could worsen the humanitarian situation and increase food insecurity. The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has led to challenges for U.S. foreign policy, sanction strategy and humanitarian aid. Jason Bartlett, research assistant for the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at […]


Air Force has range of options to respond to Covid-19 vaccine refusals

The Washington Post reports that up to 12,000 Air Force personnel are rejecting the Pentagon mandate and refusing to get vaccinated for Covid-19. Overall, hundreds of thousands of service members are unvaccinated. Those who do not get the vaccine could face dismissal from the service and even charges in the military justice system. Katherine Kuzminski, […]


Some United States aid to Afghanistan should be conditional, says national security expert

The United States will send $64 million of aid to support humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. At the same time, the Defense Department will shift its approach to countering terrorist threats in the area. Lisa Curtis, senior fellow and director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, former deputy assistant […]

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