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2020 News Archive

  • 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 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?"

  • 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 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]

  • 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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