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Thu, Apr 15, 2021

#86: Establish a Non-Partisan Baseline Security and Defense Strategy

By: Arun Iyer What is the kernel of the issue? The turnover in political administrations every 4 to 8 years leads to a frequent disruption in US National Security and Defense strategies, resulting in a lack of continuity in long-term execution. Why is the issue important? Of the United States’ strategic competitors, 100% have various […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

#84: Recalculate the “2+3” Framework for Great-Power Competition

By: Arun Iyer What is the kernel of the issue? The Pentagon’s informally adopted “2+3” framework for Great-Power Competition (GPC)—which grades China and Russia as primary threats while framing North Korea, Iran, and terrorism as secondary threats—has the potential to over-simplify the most complex challenges faced by the United States. Why is the issue important? […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Fri, Apr 2, 2021

Recalculating the math of great-power competition

To better serve US interests, the Biden administration should recalculate the DoD’s GPC framework to address the threats that the country is most likely to confront, while improving the United States’ preparedness for the most dangerous threats. It should replace the single “2+3” concept with three multilayered and interactive frameworks nested upon one another.

Seizing the advantage by Arun Iyer

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Arun Iyer is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security in the Forward Defense program. Additionally, Iyer is currently the chief investment officer of a family office focused on management, oversight, and strategy of global investments in public and private equity, philanthropy, and other issues. Iyer holds several leadership and oversight positions in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, including as a board member of Outthinker, a growth strategy consulting firm.

From 2005 to 2020, Iyer served in a variety of operational and operational leadership assignments covering Europe, the Middle East, and the Indo-Pacific in the US Department of Defense including tours as an attaché, national agency representative, and twice in command positions in Iraq. Prior to his government service, Iyer worked in the financial services industry, in both buy- and sell-side roles focused on the United States and Central Europe from 1994 to 2005. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Iyer was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the US Navy and currently serves as a Commander in the Reserve component. Iyer has served in a broad range of assignments up to and including commanding officer with qualifications that include intelligence officer, information warfare officer, and joint qualified officer.

Iyer holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.