Fast Thinking

May 25, 2023

Biden’s pick for joint chiefs chairman sends a message to China

By Atlantic Council

US President Joe Biden is nominating Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown as the next chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Atlantic Council experts share their insights on the pick.

Indo-Pacific Maritime Security


May 24, 2023

Scowcroft Strategy Scorecard: Does the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review make the grade?

By Atlantic Council

Experts at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security went through the Department of Homeland Security’s capstone strategy document and handed out their grades.

Extremism Migration


May 23, 2023

Belgorod raid sparks border alarm for Russia ahead of Ukrainian offensive

By Peter Dickinson

This week's unprecedented cross-border raid into Russia's Belgorod Oblast could be part of Ukrainian shaping operations designed to stretch the Russian military ahead of a coming counteroffensive, writes Peter Dickinson.

Conflict Defense Policy

Issue Brief

May 22, 2023

Roles of the chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

By Arnold Punaro

Major General Arnold Punaro, USMC (ret.) gives an inside look on evolution of the GNA, what factors make for a successful chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the “unfinished business” of the reforms that led to the creation of the CJCS office.

Defense Policy National Security

New Atlanticist

May 16, 2023

Money talks: Here’s what the president’s budget says about the US military edge

By Clementine G. Starling, Marek Jestrab, Julia Siegel

Biden's $886-billion request for defense-related activities may be insufficient to meet the moment.

China Crisis Management


May 15, 2023

Wagner chief’s rants highlight Russian infighting ahead of Ukraine offensive

By Olivia Yanchik

Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin's public rants against Russia’s military leadership point to mounting infighting within Putin’s invading army as it prepares to face a potentially decisive Ukrainian offensive, writes Olivia Yanchik.

Conflict Disinformation


May 11, 2023

Deciphering Vladimir Putin’s unspoken Victory Day message

By Alexander Motyl

Putin's unspoken Victory Day message: The seating arrangements at this week’s parade indicate that despite the military setbacks of the past 15 months, the Russian dictator is doubling down on his goal of subjugating Ukraine.

Conflict Freedom and Prosperity


May 9, 2023

Putin’s embarrassing one-tank parade hints at catastrophic losses in Ukraine

By Peter Dickinson

Putin has transformed Victory Day into a celebration of Russia's resurgence as a military superpower, but this year's embarrassing one-tank parade underlined the catastrophic scale of Russian losses in Ukraine, writes Peter Dickinson.

Conflict Defense Industry

In the News

May 8, 2023

Sec. Mark Esper and Sec. Deborah Lee James promote DoD budget flexibility and program management reform in Defense One

By Atlantic Council

Sec. Mark Esper and Sec. Deborah Lee James co-wrote an article in Defense One discussing two key recommendations from the Atlantic Council's Commission on Defense Innovation Adoption interim report.

Defense Industry Defense Policy

The 5x5

May 3, 2023

The 5×5—Cryptocurrency hacking’s geopolitical and cyber implications

By Simon Handler

Experts explore the cybersecurity implications of cryptocurrencies, and how the United States and its allies should approach this challenge.

Cybersecurity Digital Currencies