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

Issue Brief

May 1, 2023

US strategy and force posture for an era of nuclear tripolarity

By Keir Lieber, Daryl G. Press

Keir Lieber and Daryl Press lay out a vision for the future of US nuclear doctrine and strategy under the condition of nuclear tripolarity.

China Defense Policy


Apr 27, 2023

Iranian and Syrian factors shape Israeli response to Russia’s Ukraine invasion

By Joseph Roche

Israel has sought to minimize its involvement in the international response to Vladimir Putin's Ukraine invasion, but deepening military cooperation between Russia and Iran may force a change in the Israeli position.

Conflict Defense Technologies


Apr 27, 2023

What Russian mercenaries tell us about Russia

By Alia Brahimi

Host and nonresident senior fellow Alia Brahimi speaks with Russian defence analyst Pavel Luzin about what the proliferation of Russian mercenaries abroad tells us about Russia at home.

Conflict Crisis Management

Issue Brief

Apr 27, 2023

Beyond launch: Harnessing allied space capabilities for exploration purposes

By Tiffany Vora

Tiffany Vora assesses current US space exploration goals and highlights areas where US allies are positioned for integration as part of Forward Defense's series on "Harnessing Allied Space Capabilities."

China Defense Policy

Issue Brief

Apr 27, 2023

Integrating US and allied capabilities to ensure security in space

By Nicholas Eftimiades

Nicholas Eftimiades analyzes the potential benefits to US national security offered by allied integration as part of Forward Defense's series on "Harnessing Allied Space Capabilities."

China Defense Policy