National Security

The Hunt for Mobile Missiles: Nuclear Weapons, AI, and the New Arms Race

Download The Hunt for Mobile Missiles: Nuclear Weapons, AI, and the New Arms Race  This report examines the increasing ability ...

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The Problem with Soft Power

International relations is going soft, with countries from India to Qatar to Turkey opting for soft power persuasion over hard power pressure. Soft power collectively refers to the tools in a nation-state’s arsenal that do not punish, reward, or...

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Edward Snowden Deserves a Trial, Not a Pardon

On August 15, 2020, President Donald Trump announced that he would look into the possibility of granting a pardon to Edward Snowden, the former contract employee for the National Security Agency (NSA) who “perpetrated the largest and most damaging...

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Can Sudan Escape Its History as a Transit Hub for Violent Extremist Organizations?

When the U.S. Department of State released its annual country reports on terrorism a few weeks ago, many security analysts were curious how Sudan would be assessed. The state has been officially listed as a sponsor of terrorism since...

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Revamping American “Soft Power”: The Case for Centralizing America’s Messages to the World

The threat to American influence from the propaganda and disinformation activities of a range of actors—from powers like the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation to non-state actors like violent extremists—is one of the most pressing challenges...

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What the Russian Bounties Story Says About the National Security Process of the Trump Administration

With its passage of the National Security Act of 1947, Congress created the National Security Council (NSC) as part of its reorganization of the federal government’s national security appa-ratus following World War II. The primary role of the NSC...

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Still The One: Great Power Competition and Special Operations Forces

With the unveiling of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that great power competition was now the “primary focus of U.S. national security.” After nearly 20 years of muddling through counterinsurgencies in Iraq...

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COVID-19 and Pandemics: The Greatest National Security Threat of 2020 and Beyond

How should the United States define its national security? At the U.S. Army War College, where I teach, that is one of the first questions we pose to our students. It’s not a simple one. While there is general...

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Rising Tides of Terrorism

COVID-19 has shown that atypical, transnational security issues need to be taken seriously. Man-made threats are not the only forces that can devastate the globe and fundamentally disrupt daily life. Experts refer to climate change as a “force multiplier,”...

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Finding Off Ramps to the Ongoing S-400 Crisis with Turkey

As the United States prepares for the July 4 holiday, Senate Majority Whip John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, proposed a curious amendment for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the omnibus spending bill that...

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