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Defense Technology Monitor - No. 30
Bulletins - July 16, 2018
 

Dispelling the "Fog of Data";
Unleashing the Gremlins;
Navigating the virtual battlefield;
How to traffic hypersonic weapons

 
Russian Ground Battlefield Robots: A Candid Evaluation and Ways Forward
Articles - June 25, 2018
 

Russia, like many other nations, is investing in the development of various unmanned military systems. The Russian defense establishment sees such systems as mission multipliers, highlighting two major advantages: saving soldiers’ lives and making military missions more effective. In this context, Russian developments are similar to those taking place around the world. Various militaries are fielding unmanned systems for surveillance, intelligence, logistics, or attack missions to make their forces or campaigns more effective. In fact, the Russian military has been successfully using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in training and combat since 2013. It has used them with great effect in Syria, where these UAVs flew more mission hours than manned aircraft in various Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) roles.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 28
Bulletins - May 14, 2018
 

Slowing soldiers' biological clocks;
How 3D printers are increasing efficiency in weapons production;
Needed: Private sector help on AI;
China constructs hypersonic testing facility;
Loud, non-lethal lasers

 
North Korean Summit Calls For A Hard Line From Trump
Articles - April 25, 2018
 

With more freedom to maneuver on foreign than domestic affairs, and with their eyes focused squarely on their legacies, all modern U.S. presidents have sought to craft the elusive deal that will solve a protracted global conflict. So, with dismal prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, we shouldn't be surprised that President Trump is now pursuing a deal to end North Korea's nuclear program.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 27
Bulletins - April 12, 2018
 

China takes the lead in railgun development;
Seeking more missile defense in the Pacific;
Needed: A rulebook for cyberwarfare;
Iran's drones get an upgrade;
Up next: Robotic submarine hunters

 
Russia Wants to Build a Whole City for Developing Weapons
Articles - March 29, 2018
 

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union organized its vast academic and industrial resources to achieve scientific and industrial breakthroughs for the nation’s military forces. Locked in the global struggle against Washington’s massive military-industrial complex, Moscow needed its best and brightest citizens working on a vast array of technologies and principles to match and potentially “overtake” its rival.

 
What Moscow Thinks About When It Thinks About War Robots
Articles - March 17, 2018
 

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu made a significant announcement in mid-March 2018 at a domestic technology forum. "The serial production of combat robots for the Russian armed forces may start already this year," he stated.

Shoigu also implied, in response a question about whether remote-controlled unmanned systems would be utilized in the future, that the concept of a combat unmanned system remotely operated by a human has already been implemented in the Russian armed forces.

 
What Iran Can Teach Us About North Korea Summit
Articles - March 12, 2018
 

You could call it the Iranian negotiating model.

After months of escalating tensions with the United States, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has offered to meet directly with President Trump, engendering cautious optimism from many who see this as a necessary first step to de-escalation in Asia. The White House has tentatively agreed to the meeting. And yet, without deft handling, this dialogue could allow one of the world's worst rogue states to reap enormous dividends as a result of its irresponsible conduct - much as happened with Iran in the not-so-distant past.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 26
Bulletins - March 9, 2018
 

Stargazing makes a comeback;
What drones can learn from...bats?;
Drone swarms are coming;
China proposes dual use space laser;
Iron Man en route;

 
The Russian Military Wants Students to Design Its New Underwater Drone
Articles - March 7, 2018
 

In recent years, Russian Federation borrowed one great idea from the United States — creating a federally funded center for breakthrough and innovating technologies. The Foundation of Advanced Studies — basically the Russian DARPA — launched in 2013.

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1318
Bulletins - March 1, 2018
 

China's maritime build-up;
Autonomous shipping takes shape

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 25
Bulletins - February 27, 2018
 

Back to airborne laser basing;
Can EMP help confront North Korea?
America's electric grid: Still vulnerable;
Navy jets get drone wingman;
Enhancing Russia soldiers...soon


 
Iran Strategy Brief No. 10: Iran's Burgeoning Strategic Forces
Policy Papers - February 5, 2018
 
Among the Islamic Republic of Iran’s central strategic goals are the preservation of its political regime and its ascension to what it views as its rightful place as the regional hegemon of the Middle East. These objectives have put Iran on an adversarial footing with its immediate neighbors, and with much of the international community. 
 
Trump Believes In U.S. Power
Articles - January 31, 2018
 

In the national security section of Tuesday's State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump had a single, unifying message: The administration will confront America's international challenges with a realistic appreciation for the importance of U.S. power and leadership.

 
Russia Is Poised To Surprise The US In Battlefield Robotics
Articles - January 25, 2018
 

No one would call Russia's government and budgetary bureaucracy particularly nimble, nor its defense industry particularly advanced. Certainly, it trails Western economies in such key areas as communication equipment, microelectronics, high-tech control systems, and other key technologies. But in certain aspects of the field of unmanned military systems, Russia may be inching ahead of its competition in designing and testing a wide variety of systems and conceptualizing their future use.

 
The National Security Strategy Will Work
Articles - December 28, 2017
 

President Donald Trump's new National Security Strategy codifies what has already been a noteworthy shift from his predecessor's worldview. It is the difference between "leading from behind" and actually leading.

 
Emerging Technology and Security - Tables
Articles - December 20, 2017
 

Please use this link to reference the Tables in the November 2017 Defense Dossier Future of War issue article Emerging Technology and Security - Looking to the Future.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 23
Bulletins - December 7, 2017
 

China's cyberforce set to surge;
The Marines embrace additive manufacturing;
How coal may fuel a defense tech boom;
A facelift for the U.S. EW technology;
Those other directed energy weapons

 
Beyond Super Soldiers and Battle Suits
Articles - December 5, 2017
 

Science fiction is always fascinating to follow, because at least some of the ideas presented in the genre do become reality over time. The concept of "super soldiers" is a case in point. Although the protagonists in Marvel's iconic Avengers comic books (and now movies) are still a long way from being realistic, we are unquestionably trending in that direction. Thus, the character of Captain America is a soldier enhanced by the government using a special serum to make him stronger, faster and more resilient, while Iron Man is an operator encased in full body armor that affords him super human strength, advanced weapons, and extrasensory systems. Even though such enhancements are still a stretch, performance drugs, exoskeletons, and other new technologies are increasingly augmenting - and expanding - the capabilities of today's warfighters.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 22
Bulletins - December 1, 2017
 

Wirelessly charging drone subs;
The Pentagon's new EW strategy;
Reconsidering "Rods from Gods";
The hazards of hacked robots;
New military applications for AI

 
US Would Be Wise To Prepare For EMP Attacks On Its Cities
Articles - November 29, 2017
 

Imagine that a hostile nation - say, North Korea - fires a nuclear-tipped missile at the United States. The missile detonates in the upper atmosphere above a major American city such as Los Angeles, releasing a cascade of charged electrons that damages and destroys all technology and electrical systems within line-of-sight of the explosion. Vital infrastructure on the country's Western seaboard is incapacitated. Large swathes of California and parts of Nevada lose power. Stores, social services and emergency functions that rely on electricity begin to break down, as disorder spreads and the death toll climbs.

 
Iran Strategy Brief No. 9: Targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Policy Papers - October 19, 2017
 

The passage this summer of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a wide-ranging legislative package that imposed new economic pressure on Russia, Iran and North Korea, reignited the debate over U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic. The relevant provisions of the Act require the White House, pursuant to Executive Order No. 13224, to formally designate the totality of Iran’s clerical army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as a terrorist organization by no later than October 31st of this year. In his October 13th speech on Iran policy, President Trump confirmed that he will do so...

 
Kim Would Regret War
Articles - September 27, 2017
 

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems bent on making it easier for the United States to go to war. If he draws first blood, it may be the last thing he ever does.

On Monday, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said that his country has "every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country." Pyongyang has reportedly moved interceptor aircraft closer to the flight path of U.S. bombers that have been patrolling North Korea's periphery. Ri said that attacking U.S. forces was legal since "it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country," apparently referring to statements from President Donald Trump.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 21
Bulletins - September 26, 2017
 

U.S. Navy 3D prints submersible;
Has China developed "hack proof" communications?;
A new way to hack computers;
Self-healing robots on horizon;
Tech leaders fight for UN ban on killer robots

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 19
Bulletins - August 31, 2017
 

Artificial intelligence: The NGA's new top analyst;
Hacking the human brain;
ABL reborn...on a drone;
How Russia can hack the U.S. electric grid

 
Our Climate Is Our Security
Articles - August 1, 2017
 

Climate change has historically been a controversial topic, and former President Barack Obama was sharply criticized for addressing it during his time in office. However, the issue may be losing some of its political toxicity of late. More and more professionals and politicians on both sides of the aisle have begun speaking openly about the linkage between the environment and America's national security.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 18
Bulletins - July 25, 2017
 

Bionic spy dragonfly;
With an eye on Russia, U.S. focuses on electronic warfare;
A military focus on electromagnetic weapons;
Navy rail gun almost ready to launch;
Prepping for space warfare

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 17
Bulletins - June 22, 2017
 

Military lasers and the law;
Making a better special operator:
Hiding tankers in plain sight;
ABL 2.0?;
The future of drone warfare: Autonomous engagement

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2127
Bulletins - April 18, 2017
 

Political repression on the rise in Crimea;
A new way to expand Russia's citizenry

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 15
Bulletins - March 29, 2017
 

Washington, Tokyo plot future of missile defense;
DARPA's new drone catcher;
IBM's Watson works to bolster cybersecurity;
Atmospheric laser shield in the works;
Drone operators to get AI "wingmen";
ISIS drone innovations complicate battle in Iraq

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 14
Bulletins - March 14, 2017
 

The Pentagon's new project: Longer-lasting drones;
3D printing with super materials;
The evolution of drone warfare;
The ethics of future war;
From parlor games to cyberspace

 
China's Aircraft Carriers: Full Steam Ahead?
Articles - February 7, 2017
 

I first visited Hainan Island six years ago, part of an annual exchange of delegations my think tank, the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), has been conducting with China since 1994. Led by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers, the January 2011 delegation chose Hainan Island for the customary "second province" visit following the obligatory deluge of meetings in Beijing. 

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 12
Bulletins - January 17, 2017
 

Army considers tech upgrades for combat vehicles;
A new way to defeat drones;
New EMP defense discovered;
Chinese phones spy on U.S. consumers;
Non-nuclear EMP versus North Korean drones

 
High Energy Lasers: Applications for Ballistic Missile Defense
Policy Papers - December 20, 2016
 

For decades, ballistic missile defense (BMD) has been among the most controversial dimensions of national defense. Since the termination of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002, the extensive proliferation of ballistic missiles on the world stage has prompted the gradual emergence of an international consensus supporting the acquisition of ballistic missile defense capabilities. The proliferation of ballistic missiles is abetted by the present, low cost of creating a formidable offensive ballistic missile capability—a feature which has provided aspiring weapons states with new opportunities to acquire strategic capabilities...

 
China's Drone Grab and the Dangers of 'Strategic Ambiguity'
Articles - December 20, 2016
 

Last week the USNS Bowditch, an unarmed U.S. Pathfinder-class survey ship manned by a civilian crew, was shadowed by a PLA Navy (PLAN) Dalang-III-class salvage and rescue vessel as it operated 50 nautical miles (nm) northwest of the Philippines’ Subic Bay. As the Bowditch maneuvered to recover an unclassified “ocean glider” Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) gathering hydrographic data, a smaller ship was launched by the PLAN vessel to capture the UUV. Just 500 meters away, the Bowditch established radio contact but the Chinese vessel left the area with a simple reply: “We are returning to normal operations.”

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 10
Bulletins - November 28, 2016
 

Bridging the capabilities cap;
Laser countermeasures begin to emerge;
Drone tracking, a new Pentagon priority;
Russia's new invisibility cloak;
Falling behind in the space arms race;
DARPA develops unhackable code

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 8
Bulletins - October 11, 2016
 

Drones, coming soon to a lab near you;
Russia's robotic revolution;
A new military mission: Countering robotic sensor systems;
Mind control and drone fleets
How Russia plans to take the high ground

 
Assessing US-India Defense Relations: The Technological Handshake
Articles - October 6, 2016
 

In the words of U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, two “handshakes” now define the increasingly intimate Indo-U.S. defense partnership. The “strategic handshake” was examined in detail in my last article for The Diplomat. We will now turn our attention to the “technological handshake,” shorthand for the growth in arms sales, technical cooperation, and defense co-production and co-development.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 7
Bulletins - July 27, 2016
 

Cyber command to enhance training Ops;
How to cripple the U.S. electrical grid;
Israel develops land battle drone;
NATO and the importance of cyber;
Is A.I. the future of aerial combat? 

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 6
Bulletins - July 6, 2016
 

China's answer to U.S. lasers;
European missile defense moves ahead;
Space assets and the fight against ISIS;
Another step forward for Iron Dome;
Railguns becoming a reality;
China takes aim with new missile 

 
Strategic Primer - Drones
Policy Papers - June 20, 2016
 

Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs, or drones) are playing an increasingly important role in modern warfare, and performing a growing nunmber of surveillance and reconnaissance missions at home and abroad. This Primer describe how the United States, as well as our allies and our enemies, are using drones, discusses challenges posed by RPAs, and offers recommendations for future defense planning. 

 
 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 5
Bulletins - June 17, 2016
 

Rise of the bio bot drones;
The Pentagon's micro UAVs
A new kind of submarine hunter;
Missile defense looks left of launch;
Blimp funding deflated

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 4
Bulletins - June 3, 2016
 

Penetrating the Pentagon's network;
Protecting power grids through fingerprinting;
Part man, part machine?;
How to down drones;
The Pentagon focuses on cyber-hardening

 
South Asia Security Monitor - 391
Bulletins - May 3, 2016
 

Indo-Russian defense deal in trouble;
India IS recruiter killed in drone strike;
PAK defense minister to visit Russia;
Ghani threatens UNSC action over Pak-Taliban links;
Air Force drone strikes now outnumber manned strikes

 
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