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Emerging military technology
Report Nov 30, 2020
The Five Revolutions: Examining defense innovation in the Indo-Pacific region
By Tate Nurkin
The Indo-Pacific region has become a center of gravity for innovation in defense technologies and emerging military capabilities. This report explores major drivers of modernization and advances a new framework to capture defense technology and investment efforts in the region.
Report Nov 3, 2020
Embracing underseas robots: a US strategy to maintain underseas superiority in an age of unmanned systems
By Erich Frandrup
The future of warfare is progressing towards uncrewed systems and automation. This report takes a look at this trend in the undersea domain, proposing a strategy for the United States to leverage the emerging capacity of unmanned undersea vehicles.
Report Aug 17, 2020
Primer on hypersonic weapons in the Indo-Pacific region
By John T. Watts, Christian Trotti, and Mark J. Massa
Hypersonic weapons are nearing maturation, but debates about their military relevance are often defined solely by technology. This primer situates hypersonic weapons within the regional context of the Indo-Pacific to provide a foundation for strategic analysis.
Event Recap Jul 28, 2020
Is the United States already losing the military tech race to China?
By Andrew Farnsworth
On June 30, Forward Defense hosted a panel of distinguished speakers to discuss the opportunities for, and challenges of, integrating autonomous technologies into the US military to better prepare it for great-power competition.
Issue Brief Mar 6, 2020
Russia’s exotic nuclear weapons and implications for the United States and NATO
By Matthew Kroenig, Mark J. Massa, Christian Trotti
Great-power competition has returned, and with it, the importance of nuclear weapons in international politics.
Event Recap Feb 10, 2021
Looking beyond COVID-19: The need to focus US national strategy on the next major crisis
By Julia Siegel
Health security and technology experts joined the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center and its Forward Defense practice for a discussion on building resilience for the next major national security shock.
Event Recap Oct 9, 2020
Future of DHS Project identifies new threats to the homeland
By Julia Siegel
On Wednesday, September 9, the Scowcroft Center’s Forward Defense practice launched the Future of DHS Project Final Report, building on its Key Findings and Recommendations released in August. Following the report release, Forward Defense hosted three panels of distinguished speakers to discuss the future of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a changing threat landscape.
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New Atlanticist Apr 1, 2020
The battle for 5G leadership is global and the US is behind: The White House’s new strategy aims to correct that.
By John T. Watts
The West has fallen behind in the competition for leadership of the 5G transition, a reality that has huge economic implications and also risks the West facing the reality of a global telecommunications backbone that not only has serious security flaws, but is also shaped by political values incompatible with our own. A new White House strategy aims to close the 5G transition gap.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Dec 10, 2019
A candle in the dark: US national security strategy for artificial intelligence
By Tate Nurkin; Stephen Rodriguez
AI is expected to have a transformational impact on the future of geopolitics, defense, and security. In this fluctuating environment, where the US is engaged in a high-stakes competition with is near-peer adversaries, and AI is enabling paradigm-shifting changes in public and private sector operations, how should the US respond?
Strategic Insights Memo Sep 9, 2019
Recommendations on 5G and national security
By James L. Jones
China’s aggressive attempt to subsidize the development of global 5G networks as a tool of Beijing’s geopolitical and economic power requires an urgent and robust, public- and private-sector response from the United States government, its allies, and partners to bring secure 5G technology to our allies.
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