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2020 News Archive

  • September 10, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake says, "India has been signing these agreements with a handful of countries to aid access when Indian forces visit overseas bases and can receive logistics support."

    Forbes: "India and Japan Just Signed a Defense Logistics Pact – and China Won't Be Happy"

  • September 4, 2020

    Larry Lewis says, "One thing is clear: The U.S. has not learned from its past."

    Washington Post: "As U.S. Air War in Afghanistan Surged, Investigations Into Civilian Harm Plunged"

  • September 3, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "Any time you have mergers of these kinds of groups, it can lead to increased strength and operations. So, I'm sure Pakistan is watching these developments with concern."

    Voice of America: "Experts: Tehreek-E-Taliban Pakistan Merger With Splinter Groups 'Bad News' for Pakistan"

  • September 1, 2020

    Jeffrey Edmonds says, "What it does is obviously undermine confidence in the electoral system and plays into a narrative that casts doubt on the legitimacy of the election."

    Talking Points Memo: "Bogus Russian News Story Shows How Election Disinfo Can 'Hack Your Mind'"

  • August 31, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Given a limited number of Sukhoi and MiG aircraft in the Russian air force, along with Tupolev bombers, it may partner with any of them."

    Forbes: "Russia's Got Dogfighting Drones, Too—Just How Smart Are They?"

  • August 28, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "We are starting to see the debate shift a little bit into that gray area where AI-enabled decision-making systems in various weapons are going to be given a greater and greater role in combat to the point where the human role is diminished."

    Business Insider: "Russia Is Talking About Giving Its Stealthy 'Hunter' Drone an Air-To-Air Combat Mission as a Long-Range Interceptor"

  • August 27, 2020

    "During the hourlong meeting, CNA staff and consultants laid out their scope for an audit should the city hire the firm and answered questions from City Council members."

    The Post and Courier: "North Charleston Moves Closer to a Racial Bias Audit of Police Department. What's Next."

  • August 26, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "The government there still thinks that they are more important to us than we are to them, and I don't think they appreciate that that calculus shifted some time ago."

    Yahoo News: "When It Comes to Afghanistan, Trump's Policy Looks a Lot Like Biden's"

  • August 24, 2020

    "Chief City Auditor Dr. Dorcey Applyrs announced that CNA, based in Arlington, was chosen following an independent review of submitted proposals."

    ABC News 10: "Consulting Firm Chosen to Conduct Albany Police Racial Bias Audit"

  • August 24, 2020

    "We were looking for a firm that could balance the understanding of communities of color, but also a firm who understands law enforcement culture," the Albany Chief City Auditor said on why they chose CNA to conduct a racial bias audit of their police department.

    CBS 6 Albany: "'Racial Bias Audit' to Be Done at Albany Police Department"

  • August 23, 2020

    Michael Kofman says, "Assuming it would fight — which is a big if — it is not in a position to offer sustained resistance and would be quickly overmatched in an engagement."

    Forbes: "These Are the Warning Signs If Russia Were About to Invade Belarus"

  • August 20, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Everyone is working that angle," on militaries developing A.I. for air-to-air missions.

    The Daily Beast: "Inside the Wild Finale of DARPA's Simulated Drone Dogfights"

  • August 20, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "The Russian domestic market for such UAVs is expanding, as more enterprises — private and public — realize the value of a UAV as an observation and ISR tool."

    Forbes: "Russian Robot Helicopter Could Do More Than Search and Rescue"

  • August 20, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "The Russian MOD has already communicated its desire to have unmanned military systems operate autonomously in a fast-paced and fast-changing combat environment."

    U.S. Army: "The Future of Unmanned Ground Systems in the Operational Environment"

  • August 19, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Uran-6 operators have to carry a heavy command and control console on their chest . . . The exoskeleton was perfect stop-gap measure to field right away to meet the warfighter's demand."

    Forbes: "Why Russian Military Exoskeletons Are Not Science Fiction"

  • August 12, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "We will see Russia rapidly innovating in combat drone development as a significant mission multiplier."

    Forbes: "Russia to Field Long-Range Attack Drones in 2021"

  • August 7, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake says that, "as a 'developing country with an appetite for greater infrastructure and connectivity,' Sri Lanka will continue to turn to 'China as well as other countries and multilateral institutions' for loans and other support."

    The Diplomat: "Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again"

  • August 7, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "It's important to remember that the current Okhotnik version is a test-bed and a demonstrator, with the final version being different from the one currently in testing."

    Forbes: "Russia Seeks Lead Over U.S. With Accelerated Stealth Drone Program"

  • August 4, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "It's important for both sides to recognize they do have this mutual hatred of ISIS, to not allow this attack to derail the final slate of prisoner releases, and to move quickly into Intra-Afghan negotiations, which is something that ISIS does not want."

    Indus News: "In Focus South Asia" 

  • August 2, 2020

    Dan Leeds says, "For about two years prior to the expansion of maternity leave, the reenlistment rates of male sailors were higher than those for female sailors."

    Military.com: "Military Leaders Are Confronting a New Form of Discrimination: Pregnancy Bias"

  • August 2, 2020

    Mark Rosen says, "You can't run out the clock on this. Some sort of action needs to be taken now."

    Washington Times: "Base Politics: U.S. Struggles to Preserve Access to Diego Garcia"

  • July 27, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "This was obviously built to match Americas Global Hawk and Predator/Reaper drones that have long made Russians nervous with their ability to fly long distances far from the operating bases."

    Forensic News: "Enigmatic Russian Businessman in London Intrigues Investigators"

  • July 24, 2020

    "As far as the Pelindaba Treaty is concerned, Mr. Rosen offered a certain interpretation which would allow Mauritius to remain within the parameters of the Treaty without disrupting the strike and deterrence capabilities."

    Le Mauricien: "Disentangling the Chagossian Gordian Knot"

  • July 24, 2020

    "Ms. Samaranayake surmised that the 'tipping point' is within sight whereby the US would opt to strike a deal directly with Mauritius."

    Le Mauricien: "Disentangling the Chagossian Gordian Knot"

  • July 23, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "The MOD has been discussing the robotization of practically all major military vehicles — tanks, IFVs and self-propelled gun/artillery systems — due to their increasing digitization."

    Forbes: "Russia Prepares Robot Tank for Fighting Drones"

  • July 22, 2020

    Elizabeth Wishnick says, "Chinese experts recognize that Russia will never accept China as an equal partner in the Arctic, because if you had a partnership in the Arctic, the question would be who would be the number one partner."

    Business Insider: "China's First Homemade Icebreaker Heads to the Arctic as Trump Looks for 10 More of Them From 'a Certain Place'"

  • July 20, 2020

    Christopher Steinitz writes, "Saying that you are at the forefront of vaccine development in the COVID-19 pandemic  will undoubtedly help the Kim Jong-un regime's legitimacy internally."

    Radio Free Asia: "'North Korea's Claim to Develop Corona Vaccine Is for Internal Support'"

  • July 20, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake says, "Washington's attention to Sri Lanka appears to be increasingly fueled by geostrategic concerns about China."

    Nikkei Asian Review: "China Poised for Diplomatic Windfall in Sri Lanka Elections"

  • July 19, 2020

    Ken Gause says, "The North Korean view is that if Trump is re-elected to a second term, when he is emboldened by the election, that he would be willing to do a deal with North Korea."

    The Japan Times: "Will North Korea's Kim Deliver an 'October Surprise' to Trump?"

  • July 17, 2020

    Dr. Walter Berbrick, associate professor at the Naval War College and director of its Arctic Studies Group, was speaking July 16 during a webinar, Arctic East vs West: US Strategy in the Atlantic and Pacific Arctic, sponsored by CNA, a think tank in Arlington.

    Seapower Magazine: "Navy Arctic Expert Suggests a Fleet to Encompass Arctic Domain"

  • July 16, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Given Armata's sophistication, and assuming that the sale takes place, the number of Middle Eastern customers capable of handling it is very small."

    Forbes: "Russia Is Eager to Sell Its Sophisticated T-14 Armata Tank. Will Anyone Buy It?"

  • July 5, 2020

    Alison Kaufman says, "We need to make sure that China doesn't underestimate us.  I think that the risk of miscalculation is high." 

    The Epoch Times: "Assessing the Competition Between the U.S., China"

  • July 5, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "If the U.S. pulled its [financing]" the way the Soviets cut off Najibullah's government in 1989, the government wouldn't last very long, unless some other external donor stepped in, which seems unlikely." 

    Lawfare Blog: "Afghanistan Between Negotiations: How the Doha Agreement Will Affect Intra-Afghan Peace"

  • July 3, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "The Moscow Process leads to a peace settlement between the Taliban and the Afghan government and then the U.S. leaves."

    Voice of America: "Afghan Lawmakers: Russian Support to Taliban No Secret"

  • June 30, 2020

    According to Nilanthi Samaranayake, "Smaller South Asian countries generally view China as a 'fallback option' to finance their infrastructure projects and not necessarily as a partner of first choice."

    Livemint: "Mapped: How China Has Raised Its Clout in India's Neighbourhood"

  • June 30, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says that a "UGV would be 'an assistant in all functions needed at the moment—combat, [surveillance], logistics, evac or other functions.'"

    Forbes: "Don't Panic, but Russia Is Training Its Robot Tanks to Understand Human Speech"

  • June 30, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Russians have had issues with building domestic drone engines, microelectronics and sensor components that are part of today's modern military drone. This resulted in program delays and re-prioritizations."

    Forbes: "Tupolev to Make First Drone in Decades"

  • June 29, 2020

    Michael Kofman says, "Parts of the Russian military are rotated through Ukraine in battalion tactical groups, in many ways intentionally to spread the experience, and that continues in much greater extent in Syria."

    Foreign Policy Research Institute: "We Can Defense If We Want To" [7:43]

  • June 28, 2020

    Carter Malkasian says, "They may want us out, and they may be happy to see a few Americans die but I don't think they want to see the Taliban take over."

    Washington Post: "Russian Bounties to Taliban-Linked Militants Resulted in Deaths of U.S. Troops, According to Intelligence Assessments"

  • June 24, 2020

    Mark Rosen says that, “Diego Garcia was ‘already developed’ and ‘very precious from a logistics standpoint’ and that its isolation from civilian populations gave it ‘more operational freedom.’” 

    Seapower Magazine: “Navy Base in Diego Garcia Welcome to Stay After Transfer of Sovereignty, Official Says”

  • June 24, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "At this point, the MOD would like its Navy to be operating a full range of maritime autonomous systems - with every vessel eventually becoming a "carrier" of multiple unmanned platforms." 

    Forbes: "New Russian Robot Will Shoot Naval Mines With a Gun"

  • June 24, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "If you look at the Russian government reports, they are still recording infections. They're not recording and publicizing deaths as much as they did before."

    Defense & Aerospace Report: "DEFAERO Report Daily Podcast [Jun 24, 2020]–Sam Bendett & Envistacom" [10:48]

  • June 22, 2020

    Michael Kofman says, "Russia simply doesn't have a diversity of countries with which to engage, and so it's essentially stuck supporting China."

    Wall Street Journal: "Weary Russia Tries to Avoid Entanglement in U.S.-China Spat"

  • June 22, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "UAVs [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – drones] are cheap mission multipliers, and small militaries like those in the Caucuses can amplify their footprint by acquiring unmanned systems."

    Forbes: "The Weird and Worrying Drone War in the Caucasus"

  • June 21, 2020

    According to the CNA report, A Brief History of Shipbuilding in Recent Times, in the early 1980s, "The shipbuilding industry in the United States collapsed and, in the five years that followed, employment fell by a third and the number of active shipyards was reduced by 40 percent."

    Forbes: "China Can Sink American Ships Faster Than America Can Replace Them"

  • June 21, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Presently and for the near future, Russia will be investing in its Arctic infrastructure, both to tap the natural resources and to secure the Northern Route for the impending rise of sea-based traffic."

    Forbes: "The Arctic Eats Helicopters, So Russia Is Sending Drones Instead"

  • June 18, 2020

    Joshua Tallis says, "If GPC [Great Power Competition] is a contest for friends, there isn't one theory of victory but two theories of victory that the Navy has to consider. One is positional, and the other is political. 

    USNI News: "Lack of Future Fleet Plans, Public Strategy Hurting Navy's Bottom Line in Upcoming Defense Bills"

  • June 17, 2020

    According to CNA report, The Sino-Soviet Border Conflict, "By initiating a limited attack, flexing some muscle, and killing a few Soviets, China sought to forcibly demonstrate that it could not be bullied."

    Hindustan Times: "Ladakh Clash Evokes Memories of China's Brutal Killing of Soviet Troops in 1969"

  • June 16, 2020

    Ken Gause says, "If we want to solve the issue of North Korea, you need to engage Pyongyang. That means the U.S. has to take the lead and make appropriate concessions to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table."

    Radio Free Asia: "Destruction of Border Office Unlikely to Be Last Provocation by North Korea"

  • June 10, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says that "the liberated Taliban constitute a 'caste of potential fighters and leaders' and a 'potential threat' to the Afghan authorities."

    AFP: "Taliban Released Ready to Return to Combat in Afghanistan"

  • June 6, 2020

    Larry Lewis says, "U.S. numbers tend to be too low, and outside estimates tend to be too high. The truth is in the middle."

    Rolling Stone: "America's Longest War Takes a Deadly New Turn"

  • June 6, 2020

    Michael Kofman says, "This is a Russian effort to shape the conversation in a critical year for arms control, counter what they see as malicious narratives about their nuclear doctrine, and position the country in terms of declaratory policy in the event New START expires."

    Defense One: "Russia Puts Defensive Face on Its Nuclear Doctrine Ahead of Arms-Control Negotiations"

  • June 5, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "At this point, it is going to be the heaviest and fastest UAV [in Russian service] if and when fielded."

    Forbes: "How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Russian-Made Stealth Drone?"

  • May 31, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "The internationally recognized and elected government doesn't have a monopoly on the use of force nor control over the majority of the country."

    Radio Free Europe/Free Liberty: "The Taliban, the Government, and Islamic State: Who Controls What in Afghanistan?"

  • May 31, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "With the active role that Russia's air force played in Syria, no doubt that experience was also included in the Su-34 modernization."

    Forbes: "The Turks Shot Down a Russian Bomber in 2015. Now Russia's Buying New Planes That Can Defend Themselves"

  • May 28, 2020

    According to CNA report, Russia's Black Sea Fleet: Toward a Multiregional Force, "If such vessels are to be built, their construction will doubtless benefit from the short experience that the Russians acquired with the French in the framework of the Mistral contract before its cancellation."

    Forbes: "Russia's New Assault Might Look Familiar—Especially to the French"

  • May 28, 2020

    Satu Limaye says, "The last thing India will want is a view that it cannot handle China on its own and needs the U.S. or any other country."

    CBS News: "Trump Offers to Mediate 'Raging' Standoff Between China and India - What's It All About?"

  • May 28, 2020

    Zoë Thorkildsen says, "I don't know of any other agency in the country that is examining individual deputy traffic stop behavior using statistical approaches."

    AZCentral: "Sheriff: Deputies' Traffic Stops Will Be Analyzed for Racial Bias"

     

  • May 26, 2020

    Dmitry Gorenburg says that Russians "want to highlight to U.S. nuclear planners that 'Hey, just because you think you'll have the ability to take out all the ICBMs ... we have other things'."

    Asia Times: "Russia to Test 'Doomsday Drone' in High Arctic"

  • May 26, 2020

    Michael Kofman says, "Not only could Russian air power change the military balance in Libya itself, but this could be the first step in a gradual escalation to what eventually becomes a permanent Russian military deployment in the country."

    New York Times: "U.S. Accuses Russia of Sending Warplanes to Libya"

  • May 25, 2020

    Joshua Tallis writes that while, "the deployments are important symbols of mass mobilization, their role in increasing healthcare capacity is likely very limited."

    USNI News: "Beyond Mercy: Navy's COVID-19 Hospital Ship Missions and the Future of Medicine at Sea"

  • May 21, 2020

    Jeffrey Edmonds says "Even though I do think the Russians were not fully complying, you need to look at the broader picture encompassing allies, arms control, and strategic stability — I think its net benefits outweigh its costs."

    Breaking Defense: "U.S. to Withdraw From Open Skies, Leaving 34-Nation Arms Control Pact"

  • May 20, 2020

    "An independent third party review of the resulting training content produced by the EXTRACT system was conducted by the Naval Education Training Command and the Center for Naval Analysis with high regard."

    Military Simulation & Training Magazine: "Design Interactive Partners With USS Ford for AR Training Solution"

  • May 20, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "It is much harder to advise troops and to build the relationships and trust that's required to do this in a foreign country, if you're not standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the partner force."

    Stars and Stripes: "Coalition Sticks Mostly to Remote Advising in Afghanistan"

  • May 14, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "The Scorpion is evidence that the MOD is incorporating Syrian lessons learned into its technology development - Scorpion's technological characteristics were no doubt based on feedback by the sapper crews that worked all over Syria."

    Forbes: "New Russian Robot Can Climb Stairs and Blow up Bombs"

  • May 9, 2020

    Jeffrey Becker says, "The PLA's overseas Covid-19 operations are part of larger efforts to create an image of China as a responsible global actor, shifting the narrative away from its initial mishandling of the crisis."

    South China Morning Post: "Coronavirus Response: China's Military May Have Filled the Gap Left by the U.S. but It's Only Temporary, Experts Say

  • May 4, 2020

    Ken Gause says, "We also know the North Koreans know we're looking at that stuff, so we're seeing what the North Koreans want us to see."

    BuzzFeed News: "Kim Jong Un Came Back and Some People Are Sorry for Saying He Was Really Ill"

  • May 1, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, ""They are slowly encircling all of Afghanistan's major cities . . . so it's either a matter of time before they get a deal satisfactory to them or they put those major cities under siege."

    New York Times: "Taliban Step up Attacks on Afghan Forces Since Signing U.S. Deal: Data"

  • May 1, 2020

    Michael Kofman expects, "a significant drop off in production for at least two months in the Russia defense industry as a result of COVID-19 measures, but it will be highly uneven depending on the region and assembly plant/shipyard."

    Defense One: "Russian Arms Production Slowed by Coronavirus, Analysts Find"

  • April 30, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "There is a still-classified Russia's military robotics road-map that sketches out various stages of Russian unnamed military developments, which undoubtedly has been influenced by Russian military actions and experience in Syria."

    Forbes: "Robots Will Replace Soldiers in Combat, Says Russia"

  • April 29, 2020

    Ken Gause says, "Potentially he's trying to avoid the virus, or maybe he's reached a position within his consolidation of power that he no longer has to pay deference to his father and grandfather in order to maintain legitimacy."

    Yahoo News: "Dead or Alive? the Mystery Surrounding Kim Jong Un Demonstrates the Limits of U.S. Intelligence on North Korea"

  • April 24, 2020

    Larry Lewis says, "One of the hardest things as you move out on this is that OSD policy doesn't own a lot of things, so resources are going to be an issue."

    Foreign Policy: "Pentagon Asks for More Cash to Cut Down Civilian Deaths"

  • April 23, 2020

    David Kaufman says, "Notwithstanding how this government has talked about the DPA, it has used it regularly in a wide range of areas."

    Newsweek: "Here's How New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Could Use the Federal Defense Production Act to Get More Coronavirus Supplies"

  • April 21, 2020

    Michael Kofman says, "Because it is not a globally deployed force with constant operations abroad, besides cases like Syria, the impact is much reduced compared to that on US forces."

    Defense One: "Putin Is Projecting Strength in the Face of Coronavirus. but the Image Is Cracked"

  • April 21, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Even if some Russian human rights or tech watch groups are alarmed by the rapid expansion of state surveillance capabilities, the regulatory and legal frameworks today tilt this debate in favor of the state as the most capable entity combating a global pandemic,"

    Defense One: "Putin Is Projecting Strength in the Face of Coronavirus. but the Image Is Cracked"

  • April 21, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Turkish Bayraktar TB2 is a relative export success for Turkey - Ukraine received a batch of these UAVs last year. Kiev will acquire a total of 12 Bayraktars."

    Forbes: "Drone Maker Creates Ventilators for the War on Coronavirus"

  • April 18, 2020

    Ken Gause says, "By not testing anyone, it allows them to be able to actually tell the truth that probably, strictly speaking, they have no evidence of the virus in North Korea."

    DNYUZ: "Experts: Pyongyang's Anti-Virus Measures Put Stability Over Public Health"

  • April 16, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "In Libya, most of the fighting and combat progress is done on the ground, and drones still play a limited, if visible, role."

    Ahval: "Peace Storm: Turkey Tries to Turn the Tables in Libya"

  • April 15, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake writes, "As Covid-19 overwhelms healthcare systems and paralyzes economies across Western Europe and the United States, concern is growing about the potentially devastating impact of the virus in the developing world."

    The National Bureau of Asian Research: "Covid-19 and Competition for Influence in South Asia"

  • April 14, 2020

    Jason McNamara says, "FEMA can manage multiple disasters at once; they've done that. This ... is not something that there's a playbook for."

    National Journal: "Impending Hurricane Season Complicates COVID-19 Response"

  • April 7, 2020

    David Kaufman says, "You've got more need than you have supply and some areas have a more critical need than others – with a scarce commodity you would want to try to redirect that,"

    Talking Points Memo: "What Power Does the Federal Government Really Have to Seize Medical Supplies?"

  • April 6, 2020

    David Kaufman says, "What we are dealing with here is that there isn't sufficient supply and that's a situation where the priority rating system isn't a sufficient answer."

    WIRED: "The Defense Production Act Won't Fix America's Mask Shortage"

  • April 2, 2020

    According to the CNA survey, Soldier Perspectives on Small Arms in Combat, "A whopping 26% of the troops who took the poll claimed their M9s had malfunctioned in combat, with 15% claiming that their M9s could not fire an entire magazine without jamming at least half the time."

    Business Insider: "109 Years Ago, the U.S. Army Adopted the Iconic M1911 Pistol"

  • March 31, 2020

    David Kaufman says, "We've had some really big disasters that have really stressed the systems and the systems' capacity to procure what it needs in time. That is something for which DPA is designed."

    E&E News: "How the Defense Production Act Became a Disaster Law"

  • March 30, 2020

    "He attributes the program's success to PMA-265 and NAVAIR leadership empowering and providing resource support to the multifaceted HhART Team, led by the PE IPT and comprised of data scientists and technical experts from . . . the Center for Naval Analyses."

    The BayNet: "Unique F/A-18 Diagnostics Tool Proves Valuable for Fleet, Set to Expand"

  • March 28, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "Afghanistan's GDP is only about $20 billion per year, and much of that comes from international donations."

    Voice of America: "Experts: $1 Billion Cut in U.S. Aid to Afghanistan Will Have Serious Implications"

  • March 27, 2020

    David Kaufman says, "DPA authority is great to talk about, but if the commodities don't exist here in the scale and quantity needed for demand, claiming the first off the line for what does exist is not really solving the problem."

    FiveThirtyEight: "Trump Fully Invoking the Defense Production Act Would Help, but It Won't Fix Everything"

  • March 21, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "This is especially important now, as millions of individuals are moving to telework and are using more and more insecure devices for personal and professional goals."

    Defense One: "Russia Has New Tool for Massive Internet Shutdown Attack, Leaked Documents Claim"

  • March 17, 2020

    Ken Gause says North Korean Diplomat Choe Kang II's  task may be to mitigate the impact of sanctions on North Korea's economy through diplomacy with European nations once U.S.-North Korea negotiations resume.

    UPI: "North Korea U.S. Negotiator Could be Headed to Vienna, Analyst Says"

  • March 17, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Only sophisticated [electronic-warfare] capabilities that are matched with robust radar-warning and air-defenses can potentially tackle this threat."

    The National Interest: "Guess Who's a Drone Power Now. Turkey"

  • March 14, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "A lot of unmanned systems development was driven by the manufacturer, not by a military requirement handed down from the MOD."

    The National Interest: "Joint Russian-Chinese Weapons Could Soon Be Headed To Battlefields Near You"

  • March 10, 2020

    Michael Kofman says, "In a scenario where Russia has one airbase, a presence that is not scalable, a presence that requires access to the Bosporus for logistical support, the Russian forces are actually in a very vulnerable position."

    The National Interest: "Can Turkey Defeat Russia's Army in Syria?" 

  • March 4, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Rather than send a piloted aircraft that could be lost, with the pilot killed, Turkey sent unmanned systems, whose loss is less profound and does not ultimately impact Turkish military capability."

    C4ISRNET: "Turkey's Drones Are Battle Tested and Ready for Export"

  • March 3, 2020

    Ken Gause, "cautioned against assuming that all hacked funds go to North Korea's nuclear program saying the Kim family, a wider elite, and civilian economy all likely benefit."

    The Washington Post: "Two Chinese Nationals Indicted in Cryptocurrency Laundering Scheme Linked to North Korea"

  • March 2, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Only sophisticated [electronic-warfare] capabilities that are matched with robust radar-warning and air-defenses can potentially tackle this threat."

    The National Interest: "Turkey Has a Drone Air Force. and It Just Went to War in Syria."

  • February 26, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "If the elites in Kabul cannot form and present a unified front in talks with the Taliban it will undermine their negotiating position and give the Taliban more room for maneuver in the discussions."

    The Diplomat: "Afghans Celebrate Reduction in Hostilities but Fear Civil War"

  • February 21, 2020

    David Kaufman says, "Dense urban populations, modern economies, modern life depend on flow. Not just infrastructure, but what is flowing through that infrastructure."

    Supply Chain Quarterly: "Seven Steps to Counter Catastrophe"

  • February 21, 2020

    Delilah Barton says, "By focusing on these [node-and-link] relationships, we have a much better chance of anticipating shock, stress, resilience—and operational options—across the network."

    Supply Chain Quarterly: "Seven Steps to Counter Catastrophe"

  • February 6, 2020

    Ken Gause says, "I think they are seriously worried about the implications for the country if it were to get inside North Korea. I think it would take a heavy toll on the regime."

    Voice of America: "North Korea's Regime Is Extremely Concerned About the Arrival of New Corona... Also Used as an Opportunity to Control Residents"

  • February 4, 2020

    Michael Kofman says, "It sounds quite unrealistic... the project doesn't make sense given the cost of refitting an SSGN or a ship to a SSGN is often equal to the price of building an entirely new one."

    The National Interest: "Russia Wants to Pack Its Enormous Typhoon-Class Submarines With 200 Cruise Missiles"

  • February 4, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Both China and Russia are making public their plans to compete for the [world's] best and brightest high-tech workers, seeking to attract this newly emerging AI talent pool to their respective countries."

    Nikkei Asian Review: "Huawei Plays Star Role in New China-Russia AI Partnership"

  • February 4, 2020

    Zack Gold says, "Without Ashmawy, both IS and Al-Qaeda-linked groups have managed high-casualty attacks on both sides of Egypt. The Egyptian army, especially, has proved that when it takes the initiative it can keep the pressure on militants in Sinai."

    MENA FN: "Could the Death Sentence Be a Deterrent for Terrorists in Egypt?"

  • February 1, 2020

    Ken Gause says, "Russia and, to a certain extent, China do not want to completely follow the U.S. sanctions lead."

    Voice of America: "Experts: Russia Skirts Sanctions on N. Korean Workers to Defy U.S.-Led Pressure"

  • January 31, 2020

    According to CNA report, Population Representation in the Military Services – Fiscal year 2017, "The South's share of the U.S. young adult population was 33 percent, but it provided 41 percent of new military enlistees nationwide."

    Facing South: "Understanding the South's Unequal Contribution of Military Recruits"

  • January 29, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "This is a tactical, close support vehicle [Bereginya] that is supposed to aid troops with situational awareness, surveillance and reconnaissance."

    C4ISRNET: "New 'Savior' Drone Is Ready for the Trenches of the 2020s"

  • January 26, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Eventual numbers of aircraft built may vary from the initial announcements due to a range of factors such as the state of the domestic military industry, the state of the military budget and the overall health of the Russian economy."

    The National Interest: "Russia Is Determined to Buy Stealth Fighters, Bombers, Drones and Even a New Aircraft Carrier"

  • January 24, 2020

    "In her nearly 11 years at CNA, [Denise] Rodriguez has gained extensive experience in police procedures and policies, police assessments and monitoring and program management.'

    Fort Worth: "Denise Rodriguez Added to Police Monitor Office"

  • January 22, 2020

    James Coldren says, "We always deal with this tension, between rapid movement into implementation, and gradual movement to learning the lessons and refining the system."

    Fox17 Nashville: "Body Camera Experts Conclude Trip to Music City, Advising City Leaders on Camera Roll-Out"

  • January 17, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake says India and Indonesia had a, "shared opinion on EEZ [Exclusive Economic Zone] activity, including on Chinese scientific vessels, freedom of navigation, and a shared interpretation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which would help to bolster cooperation."

    South China Morning Post: "Can India and Indonesia Team up to Counter China in the Indo-Pacific?"

  • January 17, 2020

    Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt (Ret.) says, "China is becoming as dependent as we are on space, cyber networks, and so without their ability to surveil the open ocean, they can't use their anti-ship ballistic missiles; they don't know where to vector their diesel submarine; they don't know where to launch their land-based aircraft."

    Military Times: "Congress Wrestles With Deterring China ? Beyond Nukes"

  • January 16, 2020

    "Members of the team from the Bureau of Justice Assistance team visiting include leaders in body-worn camera training and technical assistance, including: Dr. James "Chip" Coldren, project director and managing director for justice programs in the safety and security division at public research institution CNA; Charles Stephenson, senior advisor and public safety technologist at CNA; . . . Denise Rodriguez, alternate project manager and senior research scientist at CNA."

    Tennessean: "U.S. Department of Justice Task Force to Consult With Nashville Leaders on Body Camera Program Next Week"

  • January 13, 2020

    "This input, together with engagement with additional experts and a case study analysis performed by the CNA Institute for Public Research, informed the committee's deliberations."

    Homeland Security News Wire: "Ways to Strengthen the Resilience of Supply Chains After Hurricanes"

  • January 13, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake, "Presented her research, based on case studies, which analysed the foreign policy responses of smaller South Asian countries (i.e. Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives) towards India's rise in the region."

    Brookings: "Foreign Policy & Security Tiffin Talk | Understanding the Calculus of Smaller South Asian Countries as India Rises"

  • January 12, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "While the technical solution for this autonomy can evade Russian designers in this decade due to its complexity, developers will be pressured to obtain short-term results."

    El Espectador: "These Are the Weapons That Will Change the Conflicts in the New Decade"

  • January 11, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "The reason why the Ministry of Defense has announced that it will develop UGVs based on Soratnik and Shturm is that it is now taking over the development initiative from private enterprises as it begins to formulate actual [Concepts of Operation] and [Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures] requirements."

    C4ISRNET: "Russian Army Will Develop Storm Robot Tank and Ally"

  • January 9, 2020

    "This input, together with engagement with additional experts and a case study analysis performed by the CNA Institute for Public Research, informed the committee's work."

    Engineering 360: "Report Urges Focus on Supply Chain Recovery After a Disaster"

  • January 9, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "It is hard to say whether he was actually traveling under a false title in this case; it's possible that Iran could have named him as a DCM, if even temporarily, in whatever travel documents he had, etc., in order to provide him official cover for his travel."

    Voice of America: "Afghan Officials: Iran's New Quds Chief Likely Faked Identity in 2018"

  • January 4, 2020

    William Rosenau writes, "While they [M19] hated sexism, chauvinism, and misogyny, revolutionary politics came first. Sexual oppression, capitalism, racism, imperialism — all of that horror went together."

    NY Daily News: "Radical Action: 'Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol' Details 1970s Rise of Leftist, Mostly Lesbian Terror Group M19"

  • January 3, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Russia is actually working on the next-gen bomber — PAK-DA, which could be in service around 2027. The real question is now whether PAK-DA will be in an unmanned configuration."

    C4ISRNET: "Will Russia's Nuclear-Armed Bombers in 2040 Be Drones?"

  • September 14, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "A lot of these unmanned systems are actually self-initiated by Russian companies, organizations, universities, seeking to develop and sell their products to the Ministry of Defence."

    Defense One Radio: "Ep. 75: The Next Big Thing(s) in Unmanned Systems" [28:00]

  • September 3, 2020

    Christine Fox talks about her time working at CNA, how she inspired the character of Charlie in "Top Gun," and her career at the Pentagon.

    Military.com: "Meet the Real Charlie From 'Top Gun'"

  • September 2, 2020

    Michael Connell writes, "The IRGC Navy, true to its roots, operates more like a guerrilla force at sea."

    United States Institute of Peace: "Operation Sentinel Protects Gulf Shipping"

  • August 31, 2020

    Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Whether Erdoan will recognize that he has bitten off more than he can chew remains an open question. If he has any sense, he will modify his aggressive behavior before he finds that his country pays a price that it can ill afford."

    The Hill: "Erdogan's Overweening Ambition Spells Trouble in the Mediterranean"

  • August 31, 2020

    Jeffrey Edmonds writes, "The most stressing scenario for U.S. defense planners is a two-theater scenario in which one power acts opportunistically to achieve a military objective while the United States is engaged in conflict with the other."

    CNAS: "Addressing Deepening Russia-China Relations"

  • August 30, 2020

    Joshua Tallis says, ""Something that can often be missed unless you're doing a close read of the NDS summary is that DOD is still interested in the little things. They're interested in smaller power competitors, countries like Iran and North Korea, as well as smaller non-state issues like terrorism and piracy."

    CIMSEC: "Sea Control 197 – Naval Great Power Competition with Dr. Joshua Tallis and Hunter Stires" [8:38-9:07]

  • August 27, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "We don't quite have combat systems fielded, but Russians are publicly discussing artificial intelligence as an enabler in various military operations and concepts."

    Defense & Aerospace Report: "DEFAERO Report Daily Podcast [Aug 27, 2020]–Sam Bendett on Army-2020" [7:07-7:18]

  • August 24, 2020

    Timothy McDonnell writes, "With his detailed account of the relationship between intelligence inputs and U.S. nuclear policy choices at the dawn of the nuclear age, Houghton has surfaced an enduring issue of fundamental importance."

    Texas National Security Review: "This Could Be the Start of Something Big"

  • August 16, 2020

    Mark Rosen writes, "Washington would do well to elevate the importance of this issue in its policy planning and to work with the UK to chart a path to take advantage of Mauritius' goodwill gesture."

    The National Interest: "Diego Garcia Is America's Next Overseas Challenge"

  • August 14, 2020

    David Finkelstein writes, "The Army's Pacific orientation will need to be a long game—adjusting doctrinal concepts, enhancing operational capabilities, deepening partnerships, cultivating human talent, and preparing the force to operate in the region even as it operates globally."

    The U.S. Army War College Quarterly: "The U.S. Army and the Pacific: Legacies and Challenges"

  • August 14, 2020

    Jeffrey Edmonds writes, "American defense planners need to not overinflate the threat of Russian-Chinese cooperation, but still understand and plan for those areas where their combined efforts might lead to new capabilities."

    War on the Rocks: "Russia and China Playing Musical Chairs in Zero Gravity"

  • August 12, 2020

    Joshua Tallis writes, "Great power competition is not only about preparing for conflict, but also includes sustained, day-to-day competition regarding who most shapes the structure of the international order."

    CIMSEC: "How Good Order at Sea Is Central to Winning Strategic Competition"

  • August 12, 2020

    Samuel Bendett writes, "Ultimately, Sino-Russian high-tech cooperation may prove resilient, but reasons remain for skepticism that both countries will manage to deliver on their extensive agendas."

    War on the Rocks: "The Resilience of Sino-Russian High-Tech Cooperation"

  • August 10, 2020

    Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Although spending on the new missile defense programs represents a relatively small portion of the budget, there will be countervailing pressure to continue funding key elements of the 'program of record,' especially costly shipbuilding and strategic nuclear programs."

    The Hill: "While Our Foes Deploy Hypersonic Weapons, Washington Debates About Funding"

  • August 7, 2020

    Samuel Bendett writes, "These conflicts are not hitting a 'pause' button due to medical reasons, which in turn assures the constant need for new and improved weapons that can augment existing human capabilities."

    Valdai Club: "Robots in Action: How a Pandemic Affects the Future Face of the Armed Forces"

  • July 30, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake writes, "The Quad Plus Framework in the Indo-Pacific may be imperfect, but it offers a potential pathway to extend this multilateralist approach to U.S. foreign policy in Africa."

    Lawfare: "A Strategic Framework to Improve Coronavirus Response in Africa"

  • July 28, 2020

    Joshua Tallis writes, "The alliance's prominence in a specific part of the Arctic long associated with NATO operations should not provoke serious escalation with Russia and is already a point of familiarity for Sweden and Finland."

    Defense News: "NATO Is the Right Forum for Security Dialogue in the High North"

  • July 22, 2020

    Cornell Overfield writes, "The challenges of overlapping shelf and water column rights is not an issue of rule of law versus governance, but rather one of rule of law versus rule of habit."

    CIMSEC: "Reflecting the Law of the Sea: In Defense of the Bay of Bengal's Grey Area"

  • July 22, 2020

    Dov S. Zakheim writes, "China's strategic nuclear force no longer can be ignored and, unlike those of France and Britain, it is projected to grow dramatically through the 2020s and beyond."

    The Hill: "China Needs to Play Straight on New START Nuclear Treaty"

  • July 14, 2020

    Michael Kofman says, "The way I tend to think of AI first and foremost is it is fundamentally more of an industrial revolution-type technology."

    Holding the Line: "Adversarial AI"

  • July 14, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "Russian pundits, policymakers, and government officials talk about AI as a three-way race. Obviously in the lead is the United States and China, but Russia is in third place."

    Holding the Line: "Adversarial AI"

  • July 13, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake says, “India and Pakistan, for their part, really acted early in terms of imposing restrictions, lockdowns, and suspending air travel and bus travel, but one of the criticisms was that it was implemented quite harshly."

    Lawfare: “The Lawfare Podcast: COVID-19 and Its National Security Implications in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa"

  • July 10, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake writes, "U.S. policymakers should consider whether there is a tipping point at which Washington would withdraw support for its closest ally's colonial-era sovereignty claim and choose instead to work with Mauritius."

    Defense One: "How a Tiny Indian Ocean Island Could Force a U.S.-U.K. Rift"

  • July 7, 2020

    Chris Steinitz writes, "With so many variables in play, it is difficult to be optimistic about ending the Korean War to an end by 2025, but it is not impossible."

    The National Interest: "Why It Is Hard to Get Both Koreas and America to Align in Favor of Peace"

  • June 25, 2020

    Timothy McDonnell writes, "The US approach to France illustrates that the United States has neither rigidly opposed nor selectively allowed proliferation to allies."

    The Nonproliferation Review: "Figuring It Out the Hard Way: America, France, and the Challenges of Allied Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons, 1958–63"

  • June 24, 2020

    In a testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, David Finkelstein says, "The military competition between China and the US in the Indo-Pacific is fundamentally a contest between two operational visions."

  • June 23, 2020

    Michael Kofman and Anya Fink write, "The Russian defense establishment has developed a mature system of deterrence and a coherent escalation management strategy, integrating conventional, strategic, and nonstrategic nuclear weapons."

    War on the Rocks: "Escalation Management and Nuclear Employment in Russian Military Strategy"

  • June 15, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden writes, "It is clear that for the United States to meet the third part of the agreement, some form of residual uniformed presence will be required in Kabul—at least an embassy security detail and uniformed oversight of security assistance funding."

    Lawfare: "Will the United States Really Go to Zero Troops in Afghanistan?"

  • June 13, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake writes, "As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on public health and the global economy, the US should maintain its commitment to South Asia as part of its broader Indo-Pacific strategy."

    Observer Research Foundation: "Smaller South Asia: Competition for Influence Amid COVID-19 Response"

  • June 4, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "There's a lot of unmanned underwater vehicle development taking place because Russia sees its inability to hear or see what is happening in the global ocean as a threat."

    CNAS: "Virtual Panel Discussion: Russian Advances in Military Automation and AI"

  • June 3, 2020

    Rear Adm. (Ret.) Michael McDevitt writes, "In 1962 it was China's military action that initiated the process that has led to today's base at Diego Garcia and today it is China's Indian Ocean military footprint that increases the value of Diego Garcia beyond its continuing role in supporting US military operations in the Persian Gulf region."

    War on the Rocks: "America's Interest in Diego Garcia"

  • June 1, 2020

    David Broyles writes, "Each local government employee sits on the front line of this cyber battle, and their training and preparation will ultimately determine the outcome."

    ICMA: "Practicing Good Cyber Hygiene"

  • June 1, 2020

    Dawn Thomas writes, "As IT departments around the country continue to make systems and data as secure as possible, it is up to emergency managers to stretch their imaginations and plan for cyberattacks that seriously impact critical systems and data."

    ICMA: "Cyber Continuity Planning: Go Big or Go Home"

  • June 1, 2020

    Joshua Tallis writes, "Some of the world's most complex security challenges—including many with Navy equities—are marked less by specific geographies than by their nature as global commons."

    Proceedings: "Lessons for Space From the Oceans and Poles"

  • May 31, 2020

    Dov S. Zakheim writes, "With the economies of its member states in disarray, and with one of its key members, Italy, well-disposed to Beijing under almost all circumstances, the temptation to prioritize commerce over democracy and human rights may be simply too hard for Europe to resist."

    The Hill: "Britain and Europe Need to Step up Their Support for Hong Kong"

  • May 22, 2020

    Dov S. Zakheim writes, "To signal American support for the island state, the Navy has increased the frequency of its freedom of navigation transits through the Taiwan Strait."

    The Hill: "Funding the WHO Supports Taiwan's Membership"

  • May 21, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake says, "Maldives has consistently relied on external assistance to compensate for its insufficient domestic capacity to respond to the pandemic."

    Carnegie India: "Maldives: A New Threat to an At-Risk Archipelago"

  • May 19, 2020

    Steven Wills says, "You can do a lot to hold down disease."

    USNI News: "Small Crews, Technical Complexity Makes Operating Modern Warships in Pandemic Tough"

  • May 12, 2020

    Joshua Tallis writes, "With an adequate supply of smaller ships, the Navy could disperse the force to ensure that competition is as global as U.S. strategy claims it should be"

    Defense One: "To Compete With Russia and China at Sea, Think Small"

  • May 11, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "The biggest success that Russia has had over the past decade was the increasing use, and successful use, of unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs] for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance."

    Russian Roulette: "Of Improvisation and Adaptability in the Russian Military, Part I" [8:21]

  • May 1, 2020

    Samuel Bendett says, "If you look at how the [Russian] military operates . . . you get the impression that nothing really changed."

    Defense & Aerospace Report: "DEFAERO Report Daily Podcast" [8:06]

  • April 30, 2020

    Madison Estes writes, "There are existing diplomatic mechanisms like the New START Treaty and the Strategic Stability Dialogue that may offer a logical, accessible, and low difficulty starting point for addressing many of the reviewed arguments surrounding hypersonics and bringing each side closer to achieving strategic stability."

    Project on Nuclear Issues: "New Futures for Nuclear Arms Control: Examining a Framework and Possibilities With Hypersonic Weapons"

  • April 29, 2020

    Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "Despite the positive outlook of Russia's national leadership on the benefits of a growing Sino-Russian alignment, the military establishment will always see the Chinese military as a potential adversary and plan accordingly."

    Russian Military Reform: "An Emerging Strategic Partnership: Trends in Russia-China Military Cooperation"

  • April 28, 2020

    Ken Gause, Chris Steinitz, and Elizabeth Yang write, "There have been significant shifts over the last year that reveal some of Kim Jong-un's intentions in changing historical North Korean decision-making framework for future governance."

    The Peninsula: Four Possible Post-Kim Jong-Un Regimes

  • April 27, 2020

    Jeffrey Becker writes, "As the "hub" in the Indo-Pacific, the United States is uniquely positioned to facilitate aid, including information sharing between those who have best practices to offer and regional neighbors in need."

    Defense One: "Covid-19 Offers a Golden Opportunity to Reengage With the Indo-Pacific"

  • April 27, 2020

    Ken Gause says, "We would expect to see certain command and control nodes, military, internal security throughout the country being raised to a higher alert."

    Newsy: "Experts Look to Changes in TV, Chinese Military for Kim Jong Un Clues"

  • April 27, 2020

    William Rosenau writes, "Between 1979 and 1985, May 19th robbed banks and armored trucks, participated in audacious prison breaks, and bombed targets in New York City and Washington, DC."

    Spectator: "The Bloody Decade: Think America's Divided Now? Try the 1970s"

  • April 22, 2020

    Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "The small number of people represented in the elite suggests a high level of elite continuity, which has allowed the regime to remain remarkably stable over a twenty-year period."

    Russian Military Reform: "The Political Elite Under Putin"

  • April 19, 2020

    Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Historically, when DOD has been forced to undertake what it terms "cut drills," these have been done with the greatest reluctance, and at times have been completed with little analysis of the implications of potential trade-offs."

    The Hill: "Defense Budget Cuts Following the Pandemic Will Be Hard to Swallow"

  • April 14, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake writes, "While policymakers are understandably focused on mitigating the domestic crisis, the United States will soon need to demonstrate its ability as the leading global power to deliver relief when requested overseas."

    The National Interest: "The Coronavirus Crisis Calls for an International Response"

  • April 8, 2020

    Samuel Bendett writes, "The authorities moved to Roskomnadzor will allow it to issue orders to the internet companies that manage Russia's internet exchange points to further consolidate their control of data flows, with the goal that the Kremlin will ultimately be able to order internet isolation if desired."

    Defense One: "Putin Takes Another Step in Bid to Control Russia's Internet"

  • April 7, 2020

    David Wallsh and Eleanore Douglas write, "Combined planning, training, and deployment over extended periods of time provide all parties involved with unparalleled opportunity to test and advance the limits of integration."

    CIMSEC: "Cooperative Deployments: An Indispensable Tool for Preparing for the High-End Fight"

  • April 6, 2020

    Jeremy Sepinsky writes, "My  bigger fear is the opportunity it opens for patent trolls to enter the marketplace, driving up the potential legal costs for any new game coming to the market."

    PAXsims: "Myth: You Cannot Patent Wargames"

  • April 3, 2020

    Dov S. Zakheim writes, "As the coronavirus rages on, it offers NATO a chance to demonstrate its credibility to operate as a unit for the benefit of all members."

    The Hill: "Coronavirus Gives NATO a Chance to Demonstrate Its Worth"

  • April 3, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "It looks like we're on the verge now, of a limited prisoner exchange, in which the Afghan government is going to release about 100 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 20 Afghan security force prisoners, so that's a positive step forward."

    Indus Special with Ejaz Haider: "Afghan Peace Amid COVID-19"

  • April 2, 2020

    Michael Kofman writes, "Despite the advancements in the Russian armed forces, doctrinal deterrence by defense is still seen as cost prohibitive, unattractive compared to approaches that actively limit damage to the homeland or the armed forces."

    Russia Military Analysis: "Russia's Armed Forces Under Gerasimov, the Man Without a Doctrine"

  • March 29, 2020

    Kasey Stricklin writes, "Russia has a number of strategic goals that it hopes to advance through its use of disinformation, including restoring Russia to great power status, preserving its sphere of influence, protecting the Putin regime and enhancing its military effectiveness."

    Lawfare: "Why Does Russia Use Disinformation?"

  • March 27, 2020

    Satu Limaye says, "We are at an inflection point about the path we are going to take, and I don't think that it's settled."

    The Strait Times: "Asian Insider Podcast: Has China Won? the U.S.-China Rivalry Revs Up" [4:22-4:31]

  • March 14, 2020

    Erin Mohres writes, "Even with no connection to malicious use, missing or stolen radiation sources may still pose a threat, even if just through accidental exposure."

    Homeland Security Today: "Ogden City Police Department Starts Low-Cost, High-Impact Radiological Safety Program"

  • March 12, 2020

    Elizabeth Clelan says, "Education is important to them, skill training is important to them, and they just don't know that the military can provide them these opportunities."

    Arroe Collins: "Elizabeth Clelan New Military CNA Report" [4:22-4:29]

  • March 12, 2020

    Elizabeth Clelan says, "There has been a significant decline in the veteran population, which has typically been a very important influencer of youth to want to serve in the military."

    WSVA: "Dr Elizabeth Clelan-Military Recruiting in Danger" [3:13-3:22]

  • March 12, 2020

    Elizabeth Clelan says, "What was appealing to 17-24 year old populations 10 or 20 years ago might not be the same things that are appealing to the population today."

    KMBZ: "Recruitment Trouble for Military" [2:26-2:34]

  • March 12, 2020

    Michael Kofman writes, "The Russian Navy, like the Soviet Navy before it, is much more capable beneath the waves, arguably the only near-peer to the United States in the undersea domain."

    Russia Military Analysis: "The Role of Nuclear Forces in Russian Maritime Strategy"

  • March 7, 2020

    Michael Kofman writes, "The past year demonstrated that constraints on the Russian Navy remain tethered to industrial capacity, technical, and operational limitations, rather than financial resources."

    Russia Military Analysis: "The Russian Navy in 2019 (Year in Review)"

  • February 23, 2020

    Dmitry Gorenburg says, "It's an authoritarian regime [Russia] with a reasonably high amount of legitimacy within the population, which is what allows them to keep repression relatively targeted and relatively low."

    Midrats: "Episode 529: Russia's 2020, With Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg" [38:46]

  • February 23, 2020

    Dov Zakheim writes, "The leverage that this small force provides to the War on Terror far exceeds their potential marginal contribution to a deterrent posture in either Europe or East Asia."

    The Hill: "Withdrawal From Africa Could Undermine Partnership With France"

  • February 12, 2020

    David Wallsh writes, “In order to stay focused on our long-term priorities, the US government must align its Iran policy with its national security strategy.”

    Atlantic Council: “The ‘Maximum Pressure’ Campaign Undermines Trump’s National Security Strategy”

  • February 5, 2020

    Paul Saunders writes, "While governments have shared interests in many things like promoting global prosperity or preventing terrorism, differing national interests drive solutions based on tensions among competing goals like economic growth and emissions reductions."

    RealClear Energy: "A Better Solution to Make Climate Negotiations Work"

  • February 4, 2020

    Michael Kofman writes, "The prospective decline of Russia's population is not only overstated but is also unlikely to substantially constrain Russian power or make the country less of a problem for the United States."

    War on the Rocks: "Russian Demographics and Power: Does the Kremlin Have a Long Game?"

  • February 3, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake writes, "Increased coordination in the Indo-Pacific is critical given the Eurasian scope of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), including interests in European ports."

    The Diplomat: "Future U.S.-France Cooperation: Think Indo-Pacific"

  • February 1, 2020

    Daniel Whiteneck writes, "Dynamic maneuver and geographic agility are designed to increase adversaries' uncertainty about where and when U.S. naval forces will be able to establish presence."

    Proceedings: "Dynamic Maneuver Requires Agile Logistics"

  • January 29, 2020

    Michael Kofman writes, "The strategy was and remains damage limitation, which in part is based on layered defense, but also preemptive destruction of long range strike platforms."

    Russia Military Analysis: "Russian Maritime 'A2AD': Strengths and Weaknesses"

  • January 25, 2020

    Michael Kofman writes, "The problem is that Russia's military has always seen defense to be cost prohibitive, and therefor focused on an offensive damage limitation strategy plus functional defeat of the adversary."

    Russia Military Analysis: "Russian A2/AD: It Is Not Overrated, Just Poorly Understood"

  • January 23, 2020

    Samuel Bendett writes, "Russia will be keen to capitalize on the growing security trend in unmanned systems acquisitions, as more and more militaries around the world are realizing the benefits of fielding unmanned systems in place of more expensive manned technologies."

    Mad Scientist Laboratory: "Major Trends in Russian Military Unmanned Systems Development for the Next Decade"

  • January 22, 2020

    Joshua Tallis writes, "Current governance structures like the Arctic Council, which generally include only geographically Arctic nations, may prove insufficient to deal with rising external pressures."

    Defense One: "As 'Arctic Exceptionalism' Melts Away, the U.S. Isn't Sure What It Wants Next"

  • January 18, 2020

    Samuel Bendett writes, "Recent years have seen a proliferation of government-sponsored projects intended to lead and facilitate the country's technological development."

    Defense One: "Putin Seeks to Plug Gaps in Russia's State-Driven Tech Efforts"

  • January 17, 2020

    Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Any funds that Putin will commit to military modernization subsequent to his assuming a new position in 2024, will have the effect of extending Moscow's military power and reach for at least another two decades."

    The Hill: "Russia's Shakeup Has Implications for Putin, Medvedev and the U.S."

  • January 16, 2020

    William Rosenau, author of “The Night We Bombed the U.S. Capitol” and CNA domestic terrorism expert was on WAMU's 1A program, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and C-SPAN to talk about his research of May 19th, a women-led domestic terrorist group.

  • January 13, 2020

    Nilanthi Samaranayake writes, "How observers interpret what is taking place in the Indian Ocean depends on their strategic orientation because so much continues to unfold dynamically here in the realms of security, economics, and governance."

    Observer Research Foundation: "The Indian Ocean Rorschach Test"

  • January 13, 2020

    Samuel Bendett writes, " Russia . . . worries that information flowing into the country may bring malign foreign influence, while data flowing out may provide leverage to its enemies."

    Defense One: "Russia's 'Data Localization' Efforts May Guide Other Governments"

  • January 12, 2020

    Umida Hashimova provided expert analysis on Uzbekistan and the Eurasian Economic Union.

    Radio Free Europe: "Majlis Podcast: The Eurasian Economic Union Is Calling. Is Uzbekistan Listening?"

  • January 8, 2020

    Dov Zakheim writes, "Even Iraqi leaders who are reasonably well-disposed to the West in general, and to America in particular, must reckon with the reality that Iran not only is Iraq's next-door neighbor but is firmly entrenched in their country."

    The Hill: "Withdrawal From Iraq Would Dangerously Undermine American National Security"

  • January 7, 2020

    Vice Admiral Lee Gunn (Ret.) says, "Simply shortening the transit and making the places that generate energy far more numerous and closer to the consumer gives you the opportunity to diversify, and at the same time defend against a large scale outage."

    KJZZ: "Vice Admiral Lee Gunn: We Should Be 'Fairly Nervous' About Vulnerabilities of the Energy Grid" [1:58]

  • January 7, 2020

    William Rosenau says, "It took a long time for historians to really come to appreciate how deeply ingrained terrorism was in our own fabric"

    The Spycast Podcast: "How Haven't I Heard of This??: A Conversation With William Rosenau" [4:38]

  • January 2, 2020

    Jonathan Schroden says, "The Taliban have not in any way ramped down their attacks against Afghan security forces, and they continue to see those as a line of pressure against the Afghan government."

    Indus News: "Afghanistan Unrest" [5:55]

  • September 16, 2020

    CNA has published a new report, "Prevailing Under the Nuclear Shadow: A New Framework for U.S. Escalation Management," in which analyst Madison Estes argues that the nuclear policy community has focused on escalation characterizations and risks at the expense of escalation management. Read more

  • July 31, 2020

    CNA announced this week that it has formally endorsed the Derby House Principles on diversity and inclusion in professional wargaming. Read more

  • July 23, 2020

    CNA has released a new report that examines the legal methods China uses to obtain foreign technology in order to advance its own national security agenda — while undermining U.S. commercial and security interests. Read more

  • July 15, 2020

    CNA is pleased to share that Principal Research Scientist Peter Swartz is a 2020 recipient of the Commodore Dudley W. Knox Medal awarded by the Naval Historical Foundation for lifetime achievement in naval history. Read more

  • July 9, 2020

    CNA President and CEO Katherine McGrady today announced that Prof. Odest Chadwicke Jenkins is joining the CNA Board of Trustees. Read more.

  • January 16, 2020

    CNA President and CEO Katherine McGrady today announced that Vice Admiral David Johnson, USN (Ret.), and Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, USCG (Ret.), are joining the CNA Board of Trustees. Read more.


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