Programs

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s
Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative (FSR) provides actionable foresight and innovative strategies to a global community of policymakers, business leaders, and citizens.

Forward Defense shapes the debate around the greatest military challenges facing the United States and its allies, and creates forward-looking assessments of the trends, technologies, and concepts that will define the future of warfare.

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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Experts

Content

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

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
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Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Breaking trust: Shades of crisis across an insecure software supply chain

Software supply chain security remains an under-appreciated domain of national security policymaking. Working to improve the security of software supporting private sector enterprise as well as sensitive Defense and Intelligence organizations requires more coherent policy response together industry and open source communities.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Dr. Trey Herr, William Loomis, Stewart Scott, June Lee

Cybersecurity Defense Technologies

Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Sherman interviewed on Cornell Law School’s “A Law in Common” podcast on the US-India tech relationship

In the News

Cybersecurity Defense Technologies

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

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Emerging technologies: new challenges to global stability

The world may be fast approaching the perfect storm, with the intersection of two major global trends. At a moment of historic transition, when the post-WWII and post-Cold War international order is eroding amid competing visions of world order and renewed geopolitical rivalries, the world is also in the early stages of an unprecedented technological transformation

In-Depth Research & Reports by Robert A. Manning

China Cybersecurity

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

War stories from the future: Launch of new Forward Defense practice

On Tuesday, June 2, at the inaugural event for the Atlantic Council’s newly-established Forward Defense practice, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security hosted a panel of distinguished speakers to discuss the importance of thinking creatively about national security and defense.

Event Recap by Andrew Farnsworth

Coronavirus Defense Industry

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

An affordable defense of Asia

US military advantages over China are steadily eroding. Therefore, in this inaugural report for Forward Defense, T.X. Hammes crafts a new strategy and corresponding operational concepts which leverage geography and emerging technology to improve the US and allied warfighting posture in Asia.

Report by T.X. Hammes

China Conflict

Thu, Jun 4, 2020

Jensen and Van Echo in War on the Rocks: How to factor strategic competition into wargaming and PME

Reviewing lessons from their Agile Competition wargame series, Forward Defense Senior Fellow Benjamin Jensen and Marine Corps officer Lt Col Matthew Van Echo advance a new approach to wargaming in the era of great-power competition.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Conflict

Events

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Emerging defense technologies in the Indo-Pacific and the future of US-Japan cooperation

ONLINE EVENT – A discussion of how emerging defense technologies are reshaping strategic dynamics in the Indo-Pacific in an era of US-China great power competition and implications for US-Japan cooperation, featuring keynote remarks from General James E. Cartwright, USMC (Ret.).

8:00am ONLINE EVENT