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
Report Jun 18, 2020
An affordable defense of Asia
By T.X. Hammes
US military advantages over China are steadily eroding. Therefore, in this inaugural report for Forward Defense, T.X. Hammes crafts a new strategy and corresponding operational concepts which leverage geography and emerging technology to improve the US and allied warfighting posture in Asia.
New Atlanticist Jul 29, 2020
Experts react: US announces plans for troop withdrawal from Germany
By David A. Wemer
“There may be a strategic case for the withdrawal of almost 12,000 US troops from Germany, but Secretary of Defense Esper’s announcement today does not make it,” Daniel Fried says.
In the News Apr 22, 2020
Starling writes article on European military mobility in Defense One
By Atlantic Council
Deputy Director of Forward Defense Clementine Starling reviews the successes of and challenges to European military mobility in the wake of COVID-19, and advances four solutions.
Related Scowcroft Center content
Report Apr 22, 2020
Moving out: A comprehensive assessment of European military mobility
By Task Force Co-Chairs: General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, USA (Ret.) and Ambassador Colleen B. Bell
Military mobility is the logical and critical next step to enhancing the twenty-first-century conventional deterrence posture throughout Europe, an essential part of the formula for keeping the peace.
Report Feb 7, 2019
Permanent deterrence: Enhancements to the US military presence in North Central Europe
By Ambassador Alexander R. Vershbow (Ret.) and General Philip M. Breedlove, USAF (Ret.)
To provide an independent perspective, the Atlantic Council established a task force to assess the broader political and military implications of an enhanced US posture in North Central Europe. The report’s recommendations, guided by several key principles, are a result of the task force members’ agreement that enhancements to the US presence in the region could, and should, be undertaken to bolster deterrence and reinforce Alliance cohesion.
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