In CNA report The Practice of Military Experimentation, Brian McCue writes, "Judgment-based military decision-making works best when it has a strong basis in experience. Almost by definition, there can be no strong basis in real-world experience if the question at hand regards major innovation."
War on the Rocks: "The Futures Problem: Why Big Organizations Have Problems Making Long-Term Forecasts and What to Do About It"
Michael Kofman says, "It had a nuclear mission, but realistically this is a heavy mortar for destroying fixed positions. Its main advantage is that it can bring a very high explosive mortar round to the fight from a distinctly advantageous angle of attack."
The National Interest: "Russia's Army Just Upgraded Some of Its 'Big Guns' That Once Fired Nuclear Weapons"
Samuel Bendett says, "Russians are also unsure how exactly AI-driven military robotics systems would function given that artificial intelligence in a battlefield capacity is still an evolving concept."
Defense One: "Russia to the United Nations: Don't Try to Stop Us From Building Killer Robots"
Jonathan Schroden says, "The momentum is pretty clearly with the Taliban. And the increase in Afghans who went AWOL last year tracks pretty closely with the rapid decline we're seeing in the security situation there."
San Antonino Express-News: "More Afghan Troops Go AWOL From JBSA Than From Any Other Base Nationwide"
Michael Kofman says, "You will see a lot of policy made on the basis of the fact that us and Russia have an adversarial relationship and we expect to have one for quite some time."
Sean's Russia Blog Podcast: "Assessing the Russian Military"
Michael Kofman says, "I'm quite skeptical on NK-32-02 engine refit for Tu-22M3."
The National Interest: "Russia's Supersonic Bombers: Now Locked and Loaded With New Supersonic Missiles"
On October 11, David Sanger moderated a discussion with experts Ken Gause and David Finkelstein on North Korea's 'strategic calculus' and what’s at stake with DPRK-China relations. Register.
CNA analysts Samuel Bendett, Olga Oliker and Michael Kofman spoke on a panel on "Russia's Military Robots: Key Trends and Developments in Russia's Unmanned Systems" at CSIS on Thursday, October 5. Click here to register.
CNA's James "CHIPS" Stewart spoke at the Heritage Foundation on "Policing in America: Lessons from the Past, Opportunities for the Future" on September 21. Watch the panel video.
CNA Sr. Fellow RADM Michael McDevitt spoke on a panel on “Developments in the South China Sea and Friction in U.S.-China Maritime Ties,” at the Institute for China-America Studies. Watch the panel here.