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Forward Defense (FD) shapes the debate around the greatest defense 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 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 military challenges.

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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.

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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.

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Dec 5, 2022

Taiwan: The key to containing China in the Indo-Pacific

By John B. Barranco

2021-2022 Senior Marine Corps Fellow John Barranco considers the role of the US-Taiwanese relationship in deterring Chinese aggression and ways in which the United States can strengthen this relationship.

China Conflict

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Lieber and Press in the Atlantic

By Atlantic Council

Kelsey Atherton cites Kier Lieber and Daryl Press in an Atlantic article.

Europe & Eurasia Nuclear Deterrence

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Kroenig on CNBC regarding Russian nuclear threats

By Atlantic Council

CNBC hosts Matthew Kroenig to discuss possible Russian nuclear use

Europe & Eurasia Nuclear Deterrence

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Polymeropoulos on MSNBC discussing missile strike in Poland

By Atlantic Council

MSNBC hosts Marco Polymeropoulos to discuss the significance of the missile strike that landed in Poland

Crisis Management Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Warrick in Newsweek on diplomatic options to deter Russian nuclear use

By Atlantic Council

Thomas Warrick outlines how the international community could deter Russian nuclear use by threatening its veto power on the UN Security Council

Nuclear Deterrence Russia

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Ullman in United Press International on the new National Defense Strategy

By Atlantic Council

Harlan Ullman writes on the new concepts in the Biden administration's National Defense Strategy

Defense Policy National Security

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Kroenig on the Ben Domench Podcast

By Atlantic Council

The Ben Domench Podcast hosts Matthew Kroenig to discuss possible Russian nuclear use

Europe & Eurasia Nuclear Deterrence

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Evanina testifies to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

By Atlantic Council

William Evanina testifies on the growing cyber threat posed to US business and academic institutions.

Cybersecurity Intelligence

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Kroenig in the Jerusalem Post on strike options against Iranian nuclear sites

By Atlantic Council

Jerusalem Post quotes Matthew Kroenig on Iranian nuclear proliferation

Iran Nuclear Deterrence

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Tantardini in Longitude on the impact of differing space agency organizational cultures.

By Atlantic Council

Longitude publishes an article by Marco Tantardini on the difference in organizational culture between NASA and ESA

Europe & Eurasia Security & Defense