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Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Soldier, scholar, statesman: Remembering General Brent Scowcroft

Many have walked the halls of power, but few are deserving of the title of statesman. General Brent Scowcroft embodied statesmanship and leaves a legacy that will survive his passing to shape US foreign and national security strategy and policy for generations to come. Indeed, the country and the world have lost an historic force for stability and security, a legendary strategist who ended the decades-long Cold War without a shot.

New Atlanticist by Barry Pavel and Matthew Kroenig

Defense Policy National Security

Thu, Aug 6, 2020

Can new legislation revive Ukraine’s defense reforms?

Ukraine's defense industry has become a major source of state spending since the onset of hostilities with Russia in 2014, but corruption allegations have been a problem. Can new legislation revive reform efforts?

UkraineAlert by Serhiy Piontkovsky

Defense Policy Defense Technologies

Mon, Aug 3, 2020

For Ukraine, endless Putin means endless hybrid war

Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent constitutional amendments will allow him to extend his reign until 2036. This undermines faint hopes for an end to the six-year Russo-Ukrainian War.

UkraineAlert by Mark Temnycky

Conflict Defense Policy

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Experts react: US announces plans for troop withdrawal from Germany

“There may be a strategic case for the withdrawal of almost 12,000 US troops from Germany, but Secretary of Defense Esper’s announcement today does not make it," Daniel Fried says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Defense Policy Germany

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

What hurts NATO the most is not the troop reductions. It’s the divisive approach to Europe.

At the end of the day, the strength of the Alliance lies less in the number of troops deployed than in the trust among allies. Rebuilding that trust should be the main task of those who care about transatlantic relations—and the first step might be restoring the predictability of American foreign policy.

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy Germany

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

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

As Arctic warms up, US Air Force launches Department’s first strategy for confronting threats

Driven by rising temperatures and melting ice, the vast Arctic region is changing—and so are the military priorities of the United States and its two biggest adversaries: Russia and China.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

China Defense Policy

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

“North Star” Arctic Strategy event referenced by Breaking Defense

The Department of the Air Force launches its first Arctic Strategy at the Atlantic Council's Commanders Series event.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy National Security

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Rodriquez quoted in Wall Street Journal: Pentagon’s acting tech chief is a “trusted agent” of the administration

Scowcroft Center Senior Advisor Stephen Rodriguez discusses the implications of Michael Kratsios' transition to Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Defense Policy

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Tying loose ends and asking hard questions: What Germany’s EU presidency can achieve on defense

Germany's challenge will be to tie the loose ends on defense and, building on the groundwork of the previous years, prepare for the future by asking hard questions about where Europe is going on this issue.

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy European Union