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Cover credit: Helen Lundeberg, “The Veil,” 1947, The Macfarlane Collection

Sun, Apr 11, 2021

The future of security in space: A thirty-year US strategy

Outer space is rapidly transforming as new actors test new limits. This Atlantic Council Strategy Paper calls for the United States and its allies and partners to secure space over the next three decades or risk wasting the promise of this emerging domain.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Clementine G. Starling, Mark J. Massa, Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder, and Julia T. Siegel

China Cybersecurity

Mon, Mar 29, 2021

The downsides of downsizing: Why the United States needs four hundred ICBMs

The United States is at a nuclear modernization crossroads. Critics of the land leg of the nuclear triad believe that an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force of 300 missiles will be cheaper and more stable than a force of 400. This issue brief shows that 400 ICBMs support the goals of US nuclear deterrence and are affordable.

Issue Brief by Matthew Kroenig, Mark J. Massa, Christian Trotti

China Defense Policy

Wed, Feb 10, 2021

#22: Get Modernization Right and Prioritize Acquisition Reform

By: Ronald C. Fairbanks, Clementine Starling, and Christian Trotti What is the kernel of the issue? Over the last three decades, the Department of Defense has modernized its forces under the idea that the US was the only great power in the world—unchallenged militarily by near-peer competitors. As a result, the defense acquisition process is […]

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Christian Trotti is the assistant director of Forward Defense at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Having served as one of the Atlantic Council’s lead action officers in building the new Forward Defense practice area, Trotti is responsible for executing multiple facets of program administration, including strategy, business development, and event and logistical planning. He has also authored and contributed to analyses on defense strategy, military technology, and nuclear deterrence, while assisting in the design and implementation of the Scowcroft Center’s wargames.

Trotti is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service with a major in International Politics/Security and a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. For his academic work, he was awarded the Joseph S. Lepgold Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of international security.