Operationally Forward

As new technologies emerge rapidly, we are likely embarking upon a ‘golden era’ for operational concepts, which will revolutionize future warfighting. Forward Defense explores how the United States and its allies can leverage emerging defense technologies, as well as traditional capabilities, in new ways to fight the wars of the future.

Novel operational concepts

Force posture


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Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, 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.