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New Space Priorities Framework builds on policy from previous administrations, says military space researcher

The White House will update its policy for space with its new Space Priorities Framework. President Biden’s goals focus on developing and enhancing capabilities to protect national interests. Kaitlyn Johnson, deputy director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the document demonstrates continuity of policy for space, a […]


Defense industry expert on defense acquisition spending trends

The Defense Department has seen a surge in spending over the last five years. That growth comes along with shifts in acquisition and strategic priorities for the Pentagon. Gregory Sanders, deputy director and fellow for the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said budget caps caused a low point in […]


Government can use publicly available data to combat gray zone tactics, international security expert says

U.S. adversaries like China and Russia are stepping up efforts to engage in cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns. Those actions are part of the gray zone, an area of intensifying strategic competition. The increasing frequency of adversarial efforts is revealing cracks in the U.S. government’s data sharing and analyses. Emily Harding, deputy director and senior […]


Deep military force structure cuts would challenge US commitments to allies, defense expert says

Active duty forces have decreased slightly for fiscal year 2022, but long-term force structure is still undetermined. Mark Cancian, senior adviser in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former chief of the Force Structure and Investment Division at the Office of Management and Budget, said large cuts to […]


Few options for agencies to get around continuing resolutions, defense budget expert says

The continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress affects every federal agency’s ability to fund new initiatives. For the Pentagon, the CR will stall new-start programs as well as production increases. Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis and the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said there are not many […]


Defense Department should take holistic approach to reducing military personnel costs, says defense budget analyst

The size of the United States military has declined more than 60% since the Korean War, but the cost of military personnel has doubled. Can the Defense Department afford a military force big enough to address current and future threats? Seamus Daniels, associate director and associate fellow for Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for […]


International relations expert says North Korea times missile tests to create political problems

Another crisis may be brewing with North Korea. As it continues weapons tests, development of long-range ballistic missiles that reach the U.S. homeland also continues unabated. Robert King, Korea Chair and senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said North Korea is conducting missile tests now partly because it makes sense logistically […]

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