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  • October 15, 2017

    Ken Gause writes “At the core of the matter lies the question: Can North Korea and the United States find an off-ramp from the escalatory ladder that both are currently climbing?”

    The National Interest: “How Trump Could Win the North Korea Nuclear Game”

  • October 13, 2017

    Joshua Pollack says "Unfortunately, some of these [U.S. military] facilities are located in the Tokyo metro area. It is also possible that North Korea could threaten to attack Japanese cities in order to coerce Japan into curtailing wartime cooperation with the U.S."

    Forbes: "Thanks to North Korea, Nuclear Bunkers Are Making a Comeback -- but How Effective Are They?"

  • October 12, 2017

    Lt. Gen. Richard Zilmer says "I spent 2006-2007 in Iraq and clearly many of our casualties were caused by moving these convoys many miles over distributed battlefields."

    ABC (KoloTV): "Military Experts Meet With Reno Leaders in Advance of Clean Energy Summit"

  • October 12, 2017

    Joshua Pollack writes “As long as there is still political capital to be made in brandishing anti-Iranian credentials in the U.S., as well as anti-American credentials in Iran, little will change.”

    Arms Control Wonk: “Halloween Comes Early for the Iran Deal"

  • October 12, 2017

    Two of the nation’s leading experts on North Korea and China sat down with David Sanger of the New York Times to discuss the North Korea problem and provide expert perspective on the options available to the United States. Read more.

  • October 11, 2017

    On October 11, David Sanger will moderate 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.

  • October 10, 2017

    "Having staff sergeants serve as rifle squad leaders would require fewer changes to the Corps' manpower system than ensuring that sergeants had enough experience to fill rifle squad leader billets, according to the CNA paper."

    Marine Corps Times: "Staff Sergeant Squad Leaders?"

  • October 10, 2017

    Ken Gause says that if you want to understand North Korea "You have to get down to a very personal level. It's all about the politics of the individual."

    Association of the United States Army: "Kim Jong Un Provides Stability in North Korea"

  • October 10, 2017

    Michael Kofman says "Belarus is led by one of the savviest politicians in the former Soviet space."

    Business Insider: "Russia Is Training to Take Control of Belarus' Military in Case War Breaks out With the West"

  • October 10, 2017

    Samuel Bendett says "What's interesting about the Ukrainian conflict is that it's the Ukrainian side that is developing unmanned systems it thinks will help it fight. Phantom is one such machine."

    Defense One: "Armed Ground Robots Could Join the Ukrainian Conflict Next Year"

  • October 10, 2017

    Vera Zakem says "Where there are frictions in society, where there are internal divisions in society, Russia has tried to play up these divisions."

    Defense News: "Russia Remains the Greatest Near-Term Threat to the US, Intel Official Says"

  • October 10, 2017

    On October 10, Eric Thompson will speak at the Galle Dialogue in Sri Lanka on “From the Outside Looking In: Creating Greater Maritime Visibility to Enhance Maritime Security.”

  • October 9, 2017

    Ken Gause says Kim Yo Jong "keeps his [Kim Jong Un's] schedule, she works with his security detail, making sure that he is protected when goes out on his guidance inspections."

    CNN: "N.Korea: Kim's Sister Promoted"

  • October 9, 2017

    Samuel Bendett says "Russia does have a wide range of electronic warfare capabilities to disrupt adversary's communications on land and air, in a localized and long-range capacity."

    Space News: "Army Rolls out New Plan to Modernize Communications Networks and Weapons"

  • October 9, 2017

    Samuel Bendett says Russia is "looking to streamline that effort at the initial stage from zero to 100" in getting unmanned systems operational.

    USNI: "Experts: Syrian War Prompting Russians to Expand Unmanned Systems"

  • October 6, 2017

    Michael Kofman says “The Northern Fleet ‘deployed several battalions from its motor rifle brigades for live fire exercises, defending against land and air attacks.’”

    Real Clear Defense: “Zapad-2017: A Major Russian War Against NATO, Again”

  • October 5, 2017

    “According to the Center for Naval Analyses…the U.S. military diverted units from ‘routine’ operations to conduct humanitarian assistance operations 366 times from 1970 to 2000, compared with 22 times for combat missions.”

    San Francisco Chronicle: “Should Uncle Sam 'Send in the Marines' After Hurricanes?”

  • October 5, 2017

    Sam Bendett says that “Russia saw a distinct advantage in very quickly acquiring [an unmanned] system and learning from its operations.”

    Foreign Policy: “Russian Drone Tech May Include Help From Iran”

  • October 5, 2017

    Sam Bendett says that “Russia’s notoriously bureaucratic military-industrial complex is finally getting its act together on robotics, with massive new investment and significant innovation.”

    Breaking Defense: “Russian Robots: Fear Jammers, Not Terminators”

  • October 5, 2017

    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.

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