Defense IndustrialistDec 6, 2016
Innovation before scale
By Steve Grundman, James Hasik
A better business model for transnational armaments cooperation The Royal United Services Institution has just published in RUSI Journal (vol. 161, no. 5, October–November 2016) the latest long essay of the Defense Industrialist project of the Atlantic Council. The abstract encapsulates our argument: The traditional business model of transnational cooperation in armaments development and production is not […]
Defense IndustrialistOct 7, 2016
More rapidly remaking the military
By James Hasik
Rapid capabilities offices, incremental investments, and a wave of public entrepreneurship may signal some needed cultural change. Egypt is getting more MRAPs. As Defense Industry Daily reported Wednesday, the US Defense Department is sending a second batch of surplus armored vehicles—to match the 762 already sent—“to equip Egyptian soldiers tackling Islamist militants in the Sinai […]
ReportJun 27, 2016
Frozen Conflicts: A Tool Kit for US Policymakers
By Agnia Grigas
“Since the 1990s, a number of separatist movements and conflicts have challenged the borders of the states of the former Soviet Union and created quasi-independent territories under Russian influence and control,” states Agnia Grigas, a senior nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, in the opening of her new report, Frozen Conflicts: A […]
Defense IndustrialistMar 31, 2015
Force Structure That’s Too Big to Fail?
By James Hasik
Against more challenging adversaries, temper enthusiasm for returns to scale. Ever since I was a midshipman—way back under a Navy Secretary named Lehman—pundits, analysts, and strategists have been wondering whether the US Navy’s supercarriers are too big. And so again in 2015. The new Ford-class ships are a few billion more expensive than their Nimitz predecessors, and Senate […]
New AtlanticistJun 12, 2013
Can the West Afford Not to Act in Syria?
By Ulrich Speck
The civil war in Syria reveals many uncomfortable truths about today’s geopolitics. One of them is that the EU has made little progress on a common foreign policy in the last two decades.
New AtlanticistJun 11, 2013
Will the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Be Effective?
By Alex Ward and Morgan Timme
Earlier this month, states that participated in the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty last March were allowed to sign the document. The ATT—designed to curb the sale of small arms and ammunition to terrorists, criminal gangs, and organizations committing human rights violations or genocide—passed a UN General Assembly vote with 154 in favor, […]
New AtlanticistJun 7, 2013
US Is Syria’s Only Hope
By R. Nicholas Burns
Syria’s savage civil war may have just entered a new and darker phase. During the past few weeks, momentum has shifted sharply away from the rebels in favor of the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. The real possibility that his government, long presumed to be on life support, may now survive is bad news for rebel […]