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Defense Technology Monitor - No. 1
Bulletins - February 19, 2016
 

Legal questions about laser weapons;
Russia's A2AD strategy;
New drone capabilities needed;
Hardening future fighters;
Hackers turned out the lights in Ukraine

 
Iran's Perilous Nuclear Lesson for North Korea
Articles - January 13, 2016
 

North Korea made international news last week when it declared that it had successfully carried out an underground test of a hydrogen bomb. The announcement touched off fevered speculation in Washington about the nature of the test itself (among other things, the yield is believed to have been to small to have been a thermonuclear device), as well as its larger geopolitical significance.

 
Understanding Cybersecurity - Part 5 | Military Cyber Operations
Policy Papers - November 10, 2015
 

 What is the role of cybersecurity in the conduct of war and ongoing security operations? Policymakers, academics, and journalists often think of cybersecurity as a single domain problem. That is to say, they view cyber operations as taking place solely within its own domain—one that is separate from land, sea, air or space. This perspective, however, overlooks the fact that computer systems and networks pervade society and the physical environment, and are present to some degree in all physical environs and across the three levels of war (strategic, operational, and tactical). Modern militaries employ forces in a “joint” manner, combining the specific platforms and technologies of different services to achieve a more effective force. National security policymakers should similarly see both kinetic and cyber capabilities as part of a broad set of tools available to achieve their objectives. Thinking of cybersecurity as a limited or separate space, wholly distinct from the other domains of conflict, limits the potential for understanding its strategic utility...

 
Time To Refocus On The EMP Threat
Articles - August 19, 2015
 

In late July, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs assembled a number of top experts to discuss a critical threat to the homeland: electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 337
Bulletins - June 23, 2015
 

Missile defense for the Gulf;
Ukraine seeks BMD as a hedge against Russia;
In the Army, a focus on integration;
Beijing, Moscow make missile moves

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1966
Bulletins - March 25, 2015
 

Russia's military posture a growing threat to the U.S.;
Crimean development slows amid economic downturn

 

 

 
Protecting the Warfighter in an Austere Budget Environment
Policy Papers - September 24, 2014
 

Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying, “Gentlemen, we have run out of money. Now we have to think.” A similar statement is attributed to Ernest Rutherford, a New Zealand physicist often cited as the “father” of nuclear physics. Regardless of who uttered this quote, many believe it appropriately summarizes the state of America’s defense establishment today. “Fiscal austerity” is the environment in which national security decisions are made...

 
Security and Defense Dimensions of the Asia Pivot
Policy Papers - May 14, 2014
 

There is no question that the United States faces significant and increasing security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, including the growing threat posed by ballistic missiles and their payloads. It is fair to argue that China is increasingly confident and assertive in addressing its perceived national interests, supported by its expanding military might and power projection capabilities. From appearances, it is also reasonable to assert that North Korea is not on a path to openness, reform, and reconciliation with its neighbors. As such, it is critical that the United States provide for its national defense in the Pacific...

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 322
Bulletins - February 20, 2014
 

North Korean missile threat prompts long-term Guam defense;
Amid diplomacy, growing concern over Iranian capabilities;
China strengthens space weapons with an eye toward the U.S...;
...While sending message with nuclear missile drill;
American assistance for Poland's defense;
Back to the drawing board for U.S. interceptors?

 
The Not-So-Definitive Syrian Red Line
Articles - May 21, 2013
 

In January 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson gave a speech on U.S. East Asia policy at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Acheson spoke about the American "defensive perimeter" on the far Pacific Rim, from the Aleutians to the Philippines. Unfortunately, he left South Korea outside of his red line.