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2020 News Archive

  • 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?"

  • 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 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]

  • 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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