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The post-COVID-19 world: GeoTech and the pandemic

Learn what the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center has done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. View our video recaps. Read our analyses. Glean insights on how tech, data, and leadership can ensure the world gets through the pandemic and we build a better post-COVID-19 world together.

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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

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Trotti and Nurkin interviewed on hypersonic weapons in Defense & Aerospace Report podcast

Forward Defense Assistant Director Christian Trotti and Nonresident Senior Fellow Tate Nurkin discuss key insights from FD's recent Primer on Hypersonic Weapons in the Indo-Pacific Region, while further exploring essential issues related to the military utility of hypersonic weapons.

In the News by Atlantic Council

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

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Innovation in Nuclear Energy Technologies: Implications for US National Defense

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has the potential to play a significant role bringing advanced reactor technology to demonstration and, ultimately, commercialization. Possible US military applications of advanced reactors—especially micro nuclear reactors (MNRs)—include deployment to remote bases that are challenging to supply with fuel; power systems for directed-energy weapons; and nuclear energy systems for space flight and off-world bases. This issue brief explores the challenges and opportunities inherent in DOD’s procurement of MNRs.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr. and Dr. Jennifer T. Gordon

Defense Technologies Energy & Environment

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

Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Transcript: A Conversation with H.E. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

One week after the UAE-US-Israeli joint statement announcing that the UAE and Israel have normalized relations, H.E. Anwar Gargash discusses how the two countries reached this historic agreement and explore the deal’s regional implications.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Defense Technologies Israel

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

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Warrick quoted in cyberscoop on US cyber defense policy

In the News

Cybersecurity Defense Technologies

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

General Jones and Brzezinski in Defense One: NATO Must Move Out Smartly on 5G

James L. Jones and Ian Brzezinski make the case for why NATO should move quickly to take advantage of 5G network technology and its military applications.

In the News by James L. Jones, Jr., Ian Brzezinski

Americas Cybersecurity

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