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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

 
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. 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

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 16
Bulletins - May 29, 2017
 

Bracing for fully automated cyberwarfare;
Manufacturing battlefield weapons;
Miniaturized weapons pose new threats;
China takes strikes toward microwave weapons;
Upgrading the human mind to combat AI

 
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

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 11
Bulletins - December 19, 2016
 

Trending toward terminators;
Army adopts 3D printing;
Combating suicide drones;
The future of UAV fueling;
How drones are reshaping American strategy

 
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 

 
Al-Qaeda Resurrects Under ISIL Shadow
Articles - May 13, 2016
 

Whatever happened to al-Qaeda? A decade-and-a-half ago, it perpetrated the single largest act of international terrorism to ever take place on American soil. Yet, these days, Osama bin Laden's terror network barely warrants a mention in the mainstream news media. Instead, it is al-Qaeda's onetime Iraqi franchise, now known as the Islamic State, or ISIL, which commands near total attention in both politics and the press. That has never been more true than on Iraq's bloodiest day of 2016 when bombs swept through Baghdad killing at least 93. 

 
Cyber Threats in the Space Domain
Policy Papers - March 31, 2016
 

The ability to access and exploit space has long been woven into the fabric of American national power. It is a critical component of global political leadership, the economy, and military power. Unfortunately, those pillars are increasingly at risk. The spread of space technology to new international actors and the increasing sophistication of those capabilities have made it possible to threaten American space systems directly. The national security community is accustomed to analyzing these threats and vulnerabilities and is pursuing a reasonable mix of policies and programs to address them. (Whether those actions are sufficient is subject to debate). However, over the last decade space and cyberspace have grown increasingly integrated. This opens up new vulnerabilities in American space systems, and gives a greater number of actors the potential to exploit those vulnerabilities...

 
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

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 336
Bulletins - April 15, 2015
 

Erdogan visits Iran;
Amid Yemen crisis, Egypt vows to protect Arab gulf;
Iraqi Kurds to cooperate with Baghdad on combating ISIS;
New domestic security law for Turkey 

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 333
Bulletins - February 19, 2015
 

Japan augments missile radars;
An Iranian Iron Dome?;
The S-300, back on the table...;
...as Moscow eyes the Arctic;
Fear and loathing in Beijing;
Missile defense of the future 

 
Space in the National Interest: Security in a Global Domain
Policy Papers - April 16, 2014
 

Space as a domain and the systems that use it are integrated with American power, whether the soft power of culture, reputation, diplomacy and economics or the hard power of armed force. For that reason, it is no longer possible to stovepipe strategic thinking about space and national security. Developments in one area directly affect others. From civil space programs that help shape foreign spending on space and trade arrangements that impact access to space and have diplomatic consequence to military systems that civilian users have come to rely upon, policymakers must approach developments in space as an integrated whole, a single phenomenon that requires expertise across the range of space activities. 

 
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?

 
A Space Race, But On Russia's Terms
Articles - October 8, 2013
 

In order to maintain its space superiority, the United States currently relies on Russian technology – so much so, in fact, that every once in a while American claims to space superiority seem rather hollow. This state of affairs has been brought into sharp focus in recent weeks.

 
Dim Prospects For Diplomacy With Iran
Articles - April 12, 2012
 

Tomorrow, the United States and its fellow members of the “P5+1” (Russia, China, France, England and Germany) will sit down once again with Iran for what has been billed as the Islamic Republic’s “last chance” to come to terms with the West regarding its nuclear ambitions. The likely outcome of those talks, however, is already within view—and it is far from encouraging.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1690
Bulletins - September 17, 2010
 

Flashpoint: Abkhazia;
A demotion for Kadyrov

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 825
Bulletins - May 19, 2010
 

China bolsters presence along Sino-Burmese border; Taiwan military games simulate Chinese invasion

 
South Asia Security Monitor - No. 252
Bulletins - April 2, 2010
 

Nato courting Moscow for Afghan assistance; Pakistan's constitution gets a makeover; More hardware to Sino-Indian border; New intel satellite for India; Iran and Pakistan reach deal on "Peace Pipeline"

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 264
Bulletins - November 17, 2009
 

U.S. missile defense: deliberately minimalist?; Chinese missile capabilities changing Pentagon's Asian calculus; More Aegist ships on the horizon; The PRC plans for conflict in space; Rethinking missile defense in Japan

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 784
Bulletins - October 8, 2009
 

SECDEF: China focused on “narrowing strategic options” of U.S.; China in $16 billion oil deal with Venezuela

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1636
Bulletins - June 24, 2009
 

Reinforcing Russia's take on history;
Second thoughts in Abkhazia

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1634
Bulletins - June 8, 2009
 

Sweetening the pot for Pyongyang;
Are energy wars in Russia's future?

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 759
Bulletins - May 6, 2009
 

Chinese progress on Beidou satellite system; Moscow and Beijing closing the gap on Jiangsu pipeline

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1621
Bulletins - March 6, 2009
 

Moscow outmaneuvers the U.S. in Central Asia;
Race for the Arctic heats up

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 733
Bulletins - January 8, 2009
 

"Serious operational glitches" in Chinese satellite bound for Caracas;
Jobless factory workers return home, find corruption and abuse

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 730
Bulletins - December 30, 2008
 

U.S. report warns of China's "disturbing" military growth;
Liberal Chinese newsmagazine refuses to be censored

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 251
Bulletins - December 20, 2008
 

China's space program and U.S. security; GMD gathers steam; Moscow plans new missiles...; ...while plans for the "third site" waver; Japan soldiers on

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 727
Bulletins - December 16, 2008
 

India taking measures to "cope with China's rise";
China expands space ties with Moscow, nuclear ties with Astana

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 250
Bulletins - November 25, 2008
 

The case for space-based defense; A plea for continued attention; Hezbollah's growing arsenal

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1500
Bulletins - September 28, 2007
 

A crackdown on regional refugees;
Russian worries over space weaponization

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1494
Bulletins - September 6, 2007
 

A reshuffled parliamentary deck;
Moscow eyes the moon

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 213
Bulletins - December 6, 2006
 

A straggler in the PSI; Jitters over China's space ambitions; Romania takes itself off the table; Palestinian missile threat expands...; ...prompting a new focus on technology in Israel; U.S.-Japanese cooperation gathers momentum

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 211
Bulletins - October 27, 2006
 

Gaming North Korea's next move; Tokyo mulls its strategic options; Tentative U.S. steps toward space...; ...amid inertia in Europe; An ultimatum from Moscow; Missile defense momentum in

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 210
Bulletins - October 16, 2006
 

Ripples from North Korea's nuclear test; Another setback for space-based defense; A new calculus in Ottawa; Second thoughts in Prague

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 208
Bulletins - September 29, 2006
 

Chinese space warfare threat grows...; ...as India looks to the stars; Japanese radar comes online; Fear and loathing in Moscow; Russia's aging strategic arsenal

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 205
Bulletins - August 4, 2006
 

Missile defense progress in Prague...; ...and new inroads in Italy...; ...rattle Russia; In Beijing, an emerging space strategy; Taking stock in Seoul

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 203
Bulletins - June 12, 2006
 

China's space ambitions; A new generation of Arrow takes off; Missile jitters hit Capitol Hill; Russia ramps up work on radars; Russia versus American space strategy

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 200
Bulletins - April 17, 2006
 

New movement in "New Europe"; The Kremlin's strategic calculus; The space imperative; Asia's changing missile focus

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 199
Bulletins - March 29, 2006
 

Missile defense makes progress... in China; Iran's burgeoning missile arsenal; Baby steps toward space...; ...and new urgency for cruise missile defense; Breathing room for the ABL

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 197
Bulletins - February 22, 2006
 

Getting serious about space security; Turkey: back on the table; X marks the spot; Syria's missile strides; Re-engaging Canada?