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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 […]


No way to eliminate risk of terrorist attacks in an evacuation, says former defense official

Explosions outside the Kabul airport killed a number of U.S. service members and caused civilian casualties. The escalation of violence has complicated the Biden administration’s plan to evacuate those remaining in Afghanistan. Anthony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former director of intelligence assessment in […]


Communication framework would strengthen future battle networks, says defense expert

The Pentagon tests machine learning technologies aiming to increase data sharing among combatant commands. Those experiments are part of the larger Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) guiding concept, which aims to improve interoperability among military platforms. Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis and the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and […]


Data localization mandates pose increasingly relevant challenges, says global fragility expert

A new bill in Congress could require the Commerce Department to conduct data localization assessments. Federal News Network reports the SHIELD Act would focus on studying the impacts of e-commerce, data sharing and data flow on the economy. Erol Yayboke, director and senior fellow for the Project on Fragility and Mobility at the Center for […]


Government must expand its work with bioeconomy, says Center for Strategic and International Studies associate fellow

The Biden administration says it will spend more than $3 billion on a program for antivirals to fight pandemics. The leader of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, says the money will go toward everything from drug design to clinical trials. Rose Butchart, associate fellow in the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center […]


Civics education is a national security imperative, says former Department of Homeland Security under secretary

The Defense Department has a new assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security, among other spots. The Senate confirmed Ely Ratner and five other national security nominees. Civics education is critical to sustain democracy and particularly important for the next generation of leaders in the national security community, said Suzanne Spaulding, former under secretary for […]


Russia capitalizes on old Soviet programs in new space race

Russia is making some major moves in the new space race. It will spend up to $20 billion on space by 2026 to keep pace with China and the United States. Russia is building on old programs from the Soviet Union, including a positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system, robust communications and Intelligence, Surveillance and […]


Stronger intellectual property laws necessary to protect artificial intelligence, says cybersecurity expert

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the Pentagon has more than 600 artificial intelligence projects underway. The Defense Department will invest close to $1.5 billion to accelerate AI adoption. Andrei Iancu, senior adviser (non-resident) for the Renewing American Innovation Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the United States must update intellectual property […]

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