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Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Hasik quoted in the Mandarin on Australian government

On February 18, FD NRSF James Hasik was quoted in a piece titled “Opinion: The triumph of the lobbies – Australia’s revolving door and democracy.” Hasik commented on the push by some Democratic leaders in the US Congress to limit connections between the defense industry and government, claiming it would stifle innovation in the Pentagon and lend itself to “miscommunication” between defence contractors and the government. “And whatever these two legislators’ indignation about occasional abuses, building barriers between suppliers and customers is frankly no way to do business”.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Australia Defense Policy

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

LTG Hooper participates in Harvard Kennedy School event

On February 22, FD NRSF LTG Charles Hooper was featured on a panel at a Harvard Kennedy School event titled “Diversity in the Services.” His remarks will focus on his path in the military and how the armed services can improve diversity and combat racism.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Extremism

Fri, Feb 19, 2021

How the next National Defense Strategy can get serious about emerging technologies

US adversaries including China, Iran, and Russia are investing in additional technological capabilities to counterbalance the United States’ advantages in great-power competition—specifically its dominance in kinetic operations and weapons. The next NDS must differentiate among different technologies to create more nuanced strategies.

Seizing the advantage by Justin Sherman, Evanna Hu

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Warrick quoted in Lawfare on Iranian information operations

On February 19, FD NRSF Thomas Warrick was quoted in a piece titled “How to Understand Iranian Information Operations.” In this piece, Warrick claims that Iran is using disinformation tactics as a retaliation tactic, asserting national power without direct escalation.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Disinformation

Thu, Feb 18, 2021

Kroenig speaks at Baylor University on great-power competition

On February 18, SCSS Deputy Director Matthew Kroenig was featured in a discussion with the Alexander Hamilton Society at Baylor University on “The return of great power rivalry: Sino-American relations.”

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Defense Policy

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Disband the NATO Response Force: NATO 20/2020 podcast

Replacing the NRF with a plug-and-play interoperability model increases the chance that NATO will employ its high-readiness forces.

NATO 20/2020 by Transatlantic Security Initiative

Crisis Management Defense Policy

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Keeping pace with the competition: How the Pentagon can incentivize innovation at the speed of relevance

Anduril CEO Brian Schimpf, Maxar CEO Dan Jablonsky, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Dr. Melissa Flagg, and NDIA Chairman MajGen Arnold Punaro joined Forward Defense for a Captains of Industry discussion on how the Department of Defense can adapt acquisition practices to improve its access to the US innovation base.

Event Recap by Julia Siegel

China Defense Industry

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Nurkin discusses wargaming on Janes World of Intelligence podcast

On February 12, Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Tate Nurkin appeared on the Janes World of Intelligence podcast to discuss wargames: how to run them, the requirements for them, and how they benefit us. Nurkin argued that wargames have been frequently misunderstood, yet offer a chance to craft sounder policies for handling foreign policy crises.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Education

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Toward a future EU-UK relationship in foreign policy and defense

The UK and the EU will continue to share the same geography, the same strategic environment, and the same values, a reality recognized on both sides of the Channel. As the UK moves on from the Brexit process, it should find in the EU a partner sharing the same values and aspirations.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Gen. Stéphane Abrial, Sir Peter Westmacott, Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Starling interviewed by Government Matters on the next National Defense Strategy

Forward Defense Deputy Director Clementine Starling discusses her latest op-ed on how the United States should regain its competitive advantage vis-a-vis great-power rivals in its next National Defense Strategy.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy