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Mon, Apr 12, 2021

#83: Require Minimum of One Non-Chinese Supplier for Critical Infrastructure Materials

By: Franklin D. Kramer What is the kernel of the issue? During the COVID-19 pandemic, critical supply chains in the United States for personal protective equipment and other medical supplies were to a large degree reliant on Chinese suppliers. Similar reliance extends well beyond the medical sector to materials and components needed for critical infrastructures. Rare earth minerals, specialized […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

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 22, 2021

The China plan: A transatlantic blueprint for strategic competition

China presents the United States and its partners with the most serious set of challenges they have faced since the Cold War. To manage this challenge, transatlantic nations need a blueprint to build a common approach.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Hans Binnendijk, Sarah Kirchberger, James Danoy, Franklin D. Kramer, Connor McPartland, Christopher Skaluba, Clementine G. Starling, Didi Kirsten Tatlow

China Europe & Eurasia

Franklin D. Kramer is a distinguished fellow and board director of the Atlantic Council. Mr. Kramer has served as a senior political appointee in two administrations, including as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. At the Department of Defense, Mr. Kramer was in charge of the formulation and implementation of international defense and political-military policy, with worldwide responsibilities including NATO and Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

In the non-profit world, Mr. Kramer has been a senior fellow at CNA; chairman of the board of the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC; a distinguished research fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy of the National Defense University; and an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Mr. Kramer’s areas of focus include defense, both conventional and hybrid; NATO and Russia; cyber including resilience and international cyber issues; irregular conflict and counterinsurgency; innovation and national security; and China, including managing competition, military power, and China-Taiwan-US relations.

Mr. Kramer has written extensively; in addition to the current report on  “Effective Resilience and National Strategy: Lessons from the Pandemic and Requirements for Key Critical Infrastructures,” his publications include “Managed Competition: Meeting China’s Challenge in a Multi-vector World”;  on NATO, “NATO Priorities After the Brussels Summit” and “Meeting the Russian Hybrid Challenge”; on cyber “Cybersecurity: Changing the Model,” “Cyber and Deterrence: The Military-Civil Nexus in High-End Conflict,” and “Cyber, Extended Deterrence, and NATO”; on innovation, “Innovation, Leadership, and National Security”; and on counterinsurgency, he was the principal editor, and co-author of the policy chapter, of the book “Civil Power in Irregular Conflict” and “Irregular Conflict, The Department of Defense and International Security Reform.”