Our mission

Forward Defense (FD) helps the United States and its allies and partners contend with great-power competitors and maintain favorable balances of power. This new practice area in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security produces Forward-looking analyses of the trends, technologies, and concepts that will define the future of warfare, and the alliances needed for the 21st century. Through the futures we forecast, the scenarios we wargame, and the analyses we produce, Forward Defense develops actionable strategies and policies for deterrence and defense, while shaping US and allied operational concepts and the role of defense industry in addressing the most significant military challenges at the heart of great-power competition.

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.

FD issues in focus

FD in-depth analysis

Read our extensive research and reports on cutting-edge issues in defense, including our leading analysis on key trends in military technology and innovation, our robust body of work on nuclear deterrence and the emerging strategic forces balance, and our foundational recommendations on the future of homeland security.

FD quick reads

Read our commentary, op-eds, and analysis on defense policy, military strategy, defense industry, and emerging trends.

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Content series

Event series

Forward Defense houses the Scowcroft Center's longstanding public event series on key issues related to the future of US and allied defense, including the Commanders Series, the Defense-Industrial Policy Series, and the Captains of Industry Series.

Our upcoming & latest events

Forward Defense is a forum for high-level speakers and experts to discuss new approaches to the most important challenges of our time. Stay tuned for FD's upcoming events on key issues related to defense strategy, emerging military technologies and operational concepts, the defense-industrial base, and the intersection between international security and the creative arts. Also, be sure to watch our past events for relevant insights on these key topics.

Core team

Experts

Content

In the News

Oct 25, 2021

Nurkin at ITSS Verona on the implications of artificial intelligence for drone technology

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Tate Nurkin on how artificial intelligence will affect the use of military drones.

Defense Technologies Drones

In the News

Oct 21, 2021

Sadat in Politico on the attempt to create a Space National Guard

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Mir Sadat comments on the proposal for a Space National Guard in Politico.

Defense Policy Space

In the News

Oct 15, 2021

Cooper in U.S. Naval Institute on expanding the concept of national security

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Scott Cooper on the need to expand the conception of national security.

China Disinformation

In the News

Oct 15, 2021

Grundman discusses defense budgets and strategic competition on the Defense and Aerospace Report

By Atlantic Council

FD senior fellow Steven Grundman was featured on The Daily Scoop Podcast to discuss how the defense industry can produce better solutions to the problems the Department of Defense is trying to solve.

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

Op-Ed

Oct 13, 2021

Massa on the Biden administration’s Nuclear Posture Review in the National Interest

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense assistant director Mark J. Massa published an article in the National Interest arguing that the Biden administration should remain committed to current plans to modernize the United States' nuclear forces.

Arms Control China

In the News

Oct 12, 2021

Grundman discusses the defense industry on the Daily Scoop

By Atlantic Council

FD senior fellow Steven Grundman was featured on the Daily Scoop podcast to discuss how the defense industry can produce better solutions to the problems the Department of Defense is trying to solve.

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

In the News

Oct 11, 2021

Atwell in War on the Rocks on US cooperation with Afghan forces

By Atlantic Council

Scowcroft Center nonresident senior fellow Kyle Atwell writes on US cooperation with Afghan forces in War on the Rocks.

Afghanistan Conflict

In the News

Oct 8, 2021

Eftimiades in Breaking Defense on CIA’s new China Mission Center

By Atlantic Council

Scowcroft Center nonresident senior fellow Nicholas Eftimiades quoted in Breaking Defense on US intelligence and China.

China Intelligence

In the News

Oct 8, 2021

Kroenig in the Guam Daily Post on missile defense in the Indo-Pacific region

By Atlantic Council

Scowcroft Center Deputy Director Matthew Kroenig quoted on missile defense in the Indo-Pacific region.

China Conflict

In the News

Oct 7, 2021

Stephen Rodriguez in the America’s future series on technological innovation

By Atlantic Council

Stephen Rodriguez discusses technological innovation and great-power competition at an event run by the America's Future Series

China Defense Technologies

Events