Forward Defense (FD) shapes the debate around the greatest security challenges facing the United States and its allies, and creates forward-looking assessments of the trends, technologies, and concepts that will define the future of defense and warfare. Through the futures we forecast, the scenarios we wargame, and the analyses we produce, FD develops actionable strategies to help the United States navigate major power conflict and defend forward, alongside allies and partners. As the character of war rapidly changes, FD assesses the operational concepts and defense industrial tools necessary to effectively deter and defend against emerging defense challenges.

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Check out the Council’s Young Global Professionals program, a paid internship and professional development program, for timelines and current intern openings with Forward Defense.

Scowcroft Center Military Fellows

Forward Defense hosts Military Fellows from participating branches of the US military and the armed forces of US allies and partners each year. Meet the 2022-2023 class of fellows:

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.