Forward Defense (FD) generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.
• Strategy & policy: FD analyzes the current and future threat environment, identifies strategic choices, and develops and assesses US strategy and policy in pursuit of national objectives.
• Capabilities & concepts: FD assesses the defense capabilities and emerging technologies that are shaping the battlespace and proposes novel concepts for employing these systems to support US defense strategy.
• Resourcing & acquisition: FD facilitates government and private sector collaboration to strengthen the defense industrial base, overcome barriers to innovation adoption, and navigate resource tradeoffs to field capabilities in relevant timeframes.
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Report Apr 12, 2023
Atlantic Council Commission on Defense Innovation Adoption interim report
By Eric Lofgren*, Whitney M. McNamara, and Peter Modigliani
The DoD must accelerate defense innovation adoption from the leading edge of the private sector. This report has ten recommendations to do so.
Issue Brief Apr 27, 2023
Harnessing allied space capabilities
By Robert Murray, Tiffany Vora, and Nicholas Eftimiades
Forward Defense experts examine how US space strategy can recognize the comparative advantage of allies and partners in space and best harness allied capabilities.
Report Dec 22, 2021
Seizing the advantage: A vision for the next US national defense strategy
By Clementine G. Starling, Tyson Wetzel, Christian Trotti
In this latest installment of the Atlantic Council Strategy Papers series, Forward Defense’s Clementine Starling, Lt Col Tyson Wetzel, and Christian Trotti articulate their vision and recommendations for the next US National Defense Strategy, including clearer prioritization, investments and divestments, reposturing of US forces, a new warfighting concept, and a focus on transnational threats like hybrid warfare and climate change.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Apr 11, 2021
The future of security in space: A thirty-year US strategy
By Clementine G. Starling, Mark J. Massa, Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder, and Julia T. Siegel
Outer space is rapidly transforming as new actors test new limits. This Atlantic Council Strategy Paper calls for the United States and its allies and partners to secure space over the next three decades or risk wasting the promise of this emerging domain.
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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 2023-2024 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.