Issue Spotlight

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

The future of high-tech warfare


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Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Competitive strategy insights from wargames

Warfighting eclipses the moment of battle. This report assesses the results from a series of competitive strategy wargames in order to explore how US military-modernization investments can shape adversary decisions long before the battle ever begins.

Report by Benjamin Jensen, John T. Watts, Christian Trotti, and Mark J. Massa

China Conflict

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

US technological superiority will be wasted without a strengthened defense industrial base

The United States cannot let efforts to achieve technological superiority outpace the cultivation of an industrial base available to exploit this advantage.

New Atlanticist by John Wharton and Tate Nurkin

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Wed, Aug 26, 2020

US needs to change the way it invests in defense if it wants to compete with rising rivals

Successive years of stagnant defense spending levels and the prospect of lasting economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic could threaten to leave the United States handicapped in its growing military competition with rising powers China and Russia

Elections 2020 by David A. Wemer

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Primer on hypersonic weapons in the Indo-Pacific region

Hypersonic weapons are nearing maturation, but debates about their military relevance are often defined solely by technology. This primer situates hypersonic weapons within the regional context of the Indo-Pacific to provide a foundation for strategic analysis.

Report by John T. Watts, Christian Trotti, and Mark J. Massa

China Defense Industry

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Grundman quoted in DefenseNews on the growth of defense company revenues in FY19

Forward Defense Senior Fellow Steve Grundman discusses the remarkable growth in global defense spending.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Fri, Aug 14, 2020

McFate quoted in the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project on US use of private contractors in kill chains for East African terrorism operations

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Conflict

Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Grundman in Aviation Week: There is bipartisan consensus on robust defense spending

Forward Defense Senior Fellow Steven Grundman discusses bipartisan consensus on a large defense budget, as well as ongoing debates over the productivity of defense dollars.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Is the United States already losing the military tech race to China?

On June 30, Forward Defense hosted a panel of distinguished speakers to discuss the opportunities for, and challenges of, integrating autonomous technologies into the US military to better prepare it for great-power competition.

Event Recap by Andrew Farnsworth

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Thu, Jul 23, 2020

McFate joins CNBC to discuss the global rise of the private military industry

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Industry

Tue, Jun 23, 2020

McFate joins PRI’s Things That Go Boom to discuss how mercenaries are changing the nature of war

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Industry