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Jul 1, 2022

Benitez in Breaking Defense: Turkey lifts hold on Sweden, Finland joining NATO, following wide-ranging concessions

By Jorge Benitez

Jorge Benitez was quoted in a Breaking Defense article addressing the news of Turkey lifting its block on Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

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In the News

Jun 25, 2022

Eftimiades in Industry Update on the satellite industry

By Atlantic Council

Nicholas Eftmiades discusses how the US government can leverage small-satellite developments to ensure safe and secure access to space.

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In the News

Jun 23, 2022

Cole in Politico on defense acquisition and bureaucracy

By Atlantic Council

August Cole discusses defense procurement and the challenges and risks of bureaucracy.

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Automating the fight

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‘Killer robots’ are coming. Is the US ready for the consequences?

By Tyson Wetzel

The decision to employ killer robots should not be feared—but it must be well thought-out and meticulously debated.

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In the News

Jun 15, 2022

Grieco in War on the Rocks: Why Ukraine’s air success should worry the West

By Atlantic Council

On June 15, Kelly Grieco published an article in War on the Rocks with co-author Col. Max Bremer (USAF) on what Western air forces should learn from the Russia-Ukraine air war. They argue Ukraine’s success in contesting the skies turns the West’s airpower paradigm on its head — it offers an alternative vision for pursuing airspace denial over […]

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