Executive Summary

Mar 16, 2023

In brief: C4ISR – A five-step guide to maintaining NATO’s comparative military edge over the coming decade

By Transatlantic Security Initiative

The Atlantic Council presents a five step guide to maintaining NATO's comparative military edge over the coming decade.

Defense Policy Defense Technologies


Mar 16, 2023

The future of NATO C4ISR: Assessment and recommendations after Madrid

By Gordon B. “Skip” Davis Jr.

Current C4ISR capabilities, concepts, policies, and processes do not meet all of the Alliance’s needs. While much has been done to improve NATO C4ISR over the past decade, much work remains.

China Conflict


Mar 14, 2023

Improving Gulf security: A framework to enhance air, missile, and maritime defenses

By The Gulf Security Task Force

This report is the final product of the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative‘s Gulf Security Task Force, a team of experts whose US government experience includes senior roles at the Department of Defense, Department of State, White House, and Intelligence Community. The Task Force joined together to shape this new strategy, with an eye on […]

Conflict Crisis Management


Mar 9, 2023

Will morale prove the decisive factor in the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

By Peter Dickinson

Putin is preparing for a long war in Ukraine and still believes he can outlast the West, but mounting signs of demoralization among mobilized Russian soldiers may pose a serious threat to the success of his invasion, writes Peter Dickinson.

Civil Society Conflict


Feb 28, 2023

The fourth inflection point: Testimony of Frederick Kempe to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

By Frederick Kempe

This moment is as crucial as the periods after World War I, World War II, and the Cold War, when US leadership alongside allies and partners—or the failure of US leadership—will have global and generational consequences.

China Intelligence

In the News

Feb 27, 2023

Kroenig interviewed by Bloomberg discussing the unidentified flying objects shot down

On February 16, Scowcroft director Matthew Kroenig was interviewed by Bloomberg’s David Westin on the four unidentified flying objects most recently shot down by the US and Canada. Kroenig provides insight into what the objects may have been, as well as their functions, and discusses the advantages of using a balloon or drone, rather than […]

China Intelligence

New Atlanticist

Feb 15, 2023

What US adversaries are learning from the balloon and UFO saga

By Jennifer A. Counter

The reactions to these objects among politicians and the public say more about "us" than "them."

China Drones

New Atlanticist

Feb 14, 2023

China’s balloon blunder shows the shortcomings of its national security apparatus

By Mark Parker Young

The composition of China's security structures indicates that the military did not want to disrupt a major diplomatic moment and thought the balloon would be undetected.

China Crisis Management

In the News

Feb 14, 2023

Kroenig in the National Desk on the Chinese spy balloon

On February 3, Scowcroft Center director Matthew Kroenig spoke with The National Desk on the implications of the Chinese spy balloon.

China Intelligence

The 5x5

Jan 30, 2023

The 5×5—China’s cyber operations

By Simon Handler

Experts provide insights into China’s cyber behavior, its structure, and how its operations differ from those of other states.

China Cybersecurity