Forward Defense explores the nexus of public-private partnerships critical to the success of US defense. FD brings together the institutional bodies that create strategies and policies, with the defense companies that provide advanced capabilities that are vital for defense and deterrence.
Arsenals of Democracy event series
The National Technology Industrial Base (NTIB)
Sign up for updates from Forward Defense to hear the latest on the trends, technologies, and military challenges shaping tomorrow.
Commentary on organizational reform
New Atlanticist Sep 16, 2020
US technological superiority will be wasted without a strengthened defense industrial base
By John Wharton and Tate Nurkin
The United States cannot let efforts to achieve technological superiority outpace the cultivation of an industrial base available to exploit this advantage.
New Atlanticist May 28, 2020
Coronavirus should spur DoD to build back resilience and agility
By John F. Wharton and Tate Nurkin
A layered and targeted response is required to meet the proximate challenges to the defense and dual-use supply chain, which is critical to national security. This crisis, as terrible as it is, may be the catalyst for taking steps today that are necessary to build the supply chain resilience and industry agility required to meet future national crises.
New Atlanticist Feb 26, 2020
The fox in the henhouse: How bureaucratic processes handicap US military supremacy and what to do about it
By Stephen Rodriguez
Washington’s once unrivaled military strength is now increasingly challenged by that of its adversaries. To stay ahead, the United States must restructure its relationship with commercial companies by reducing regulation that hinders innovation, speed, and the ability for private industry to access government contracts.
New Atlanticist Feb 7, 2020
In an era of great-power competition, procurement reform not more regulation for the defense industrial base
By Tate Nurkin
What strategic gains can DoD realize from being a better customer? Given the reluctance of the US commercial sector to engage in defense work and the speedy innovation of our rivals, reform is needed.
More on defense industry
The Defense-Industrialist Blog
Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, shapes the debate around the greatest military 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.