The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security‘s Forward Defense practice is proud to host Military Fellows from participating branches of the US military and the armed forces of US allies and partners each year as part of a twelve-month fellowship program. The Scowcroft Center sees this as a unique and important opportunity for members of the military to gain experience in a civilian professional environment at an important time in their careers, work through a rigorous curriculum concentrated on strategic foresight and strategy development, and contribute to substantive debates on national security and foreign policy. Simultaneously, the Atlantic Council gains the opportunity to learn from Fellows’ expertise, exchange knowledge, and further shared understanding of military thought and operations in accordance with General Brent Scowcroft‘s commitment to mentorship.

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New Atlanticist

Jun 9, 2022

Russia Crisis Military Assessment: The impact of multiple rocket launcher transfers to Ukraine

By Atlantic Council military fellows

To help Ukraine expel Russian forces from its territory, the United States must begin its full transition to US-made equipment now, write our military fellows. Here’s what that means.

Conflict NATO

New Atlanticist

May 11, 2022

Russia Crisis Military Assessment: How Ukraine is taking the fight to Russian soil

By Atlantic Council military fellows

Ukraine is striking behind enemy lines to interrupt Russian supply lines and destabilize its military establishment, according to our military fellows.

Conflict NATO

New Atlanticist

Apr 27, 2022

Russia Crisis Military Assessment: The race to resupply Ukraine

By Atlantic Council military fellows

Victory in the Donbas will go to whichever side seizes the advantage in offensive fires and resupply efforts, according to our military fellows.

Conflict NATO

New Atlanticist

Apr 13, 2022

Russia Crisis Military Assessment: How Ukraine can take the fight to Russia

By Atlantic Council military fellows

As Ukraine prepares for a larger fight against Russian forces in the east, its military is in urgent need of weapons that will support an offensive, according to our military fellows.

Conflict NATO

New Atlanticist

Mar 30, 2022

Russia Crisis Military Assessment: Russia is forced to make a major shift in strategy

By Atlantic Council military fellows

The main Russian effort is now in the Donbas, where Russia will continue to send reinforcements and resupply in the hope of building on (and consolidating) small gains on the ground.

Conflict NATO

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Event Recap

Jun 12, 2021

Achieving security in space: A recap of The Atlantic Council space strategy launch

By Raphael Piliero

Sixty years since the first human launched into orbit, what is the future of security and prosperity in space? On April 12, the International Day of Human Spaceflight, the Scowcroft Center’s Forward Defense practice sought to answer this question with an engaging virtual public event featuring esteemed space experts and the launch of a new Atlantic Council Strategy Paper.

Economy & Business National Security

Report

Jun 8, 2021

Transformative priorities for national defense

By Franklin D. Kramer and Lt. Col. Matthew R. Crouch

Today, the United States faces multi-theater and multi-domain challenges different from any presented since World War II—and, in fact, ever. This report addresses these pivotal challenges by advancing key transformative priorities for an effective US national defense strategy, both in the “American theater” at home and in the forward theaters abroad.

China Defense Industry

In the News

Jun 2, 2021

Lt Col Mulder in the National Interest on foreign training programs

By Atlantic Council

Lt Col Mulder considers the value of training opportunities with allies in building a formidable military force.

Defense Policy National Security

In the News

May 24, 2021

Mulder speaks at Alabama World Affairs Council on space operations

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense Senior US Air Force Fellow Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder participates in an event with the Alabama World Affairs Council.

Europe & Eurasia NATO

In-Depth Research & Reports

May 18, 2021

Predictable strategy and unpredictable operations: The implications of agility in Northern Europe

By Conor Rodihan, Matthew R. Crouch, Ronald C. Fairbanks

As the US military becomes increasingly agile, its evolving strategy and activities pose implications for cooperation with allies, deterrence, and stability in Northern Europe.

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

In the News

May 11, 2021

Lt Col Mulder in Air and Space Power Journal on the Corsair

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense Senior US Air Force Fellow Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder published a book review in the Air & Space Power Journal on the novel “Widowmaker: Living and Dying with the Corsair.”

Conflict Defense Industry

In the News

May 3, 2021

Crouch in Defense News on Taiwan

By Atlantic Council

On May 3, Forward Defense Senior Military Fellow Lt Col Matthew Crouch wrote an op-ed for Defense News on ambiguity surrounding the US commitment to Taiwan. Crouch argued that China is testing boundaries with President Biden, aiming to see the extent to which he would defend Taiwan; this will necessitate a firm stance on the part of the new administration.

China Defense Policy

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Apr 18, 2021

#89: Commit To A Combined Joint “1st Fleet” Concept

By: Matthew R. Crouch What is the kernel of the issue? Expansion of the People’s Liberation Army Navy is generating increased tension across the Indo-Pacific region. Chinese naval forces, fishing, and research vessels, along with maritime militia, routinely violate the sovereignty of their neighbors as part of a deliberate expansionist policy that is designed to […]

In the News

Mar 29, 2021

Mulder and Siegel in National Interest on Space Strategy

By Atlantic Council

On March 29, FD Senior Military Fellow Christopher P. Mulder and Young Global Professional Julia Siegel wrote a piece in National Interest on the role that space operations should play in a future National Defense Strategy. They argued that the centrality of space as a military domain will require a recognition of the need for new capabilities and strategies.

Space Security United States and Canada

In the News

Mar 17, 2021

Crouch in DODReads on General Scowcroft’s bio “The Strategist”

By Atlantic Council

On March 17, FD Senior Military Fellow Matthew R. Crouch wrote a book review in DODReads on The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security by Bartholomew Sparrow. Crouch argues that the book presents a balanced and robust explanation of the life of General Scowcroft, whose life was an inspiration for many.

Defense Policy United States and Canada

In the News

Mar 6, 2021

Crouch writes on energy competition in The Washington Times

By Atlantic Council

On March 6, Forward Defense Senior US Marine Corps Fellow Matthew Crouch co-authored an article on energy competition with China.

Infrastructure Protection United States and Canada

In the News

Mar 4, 2021

Crouch in Defense One on China strategy

By Atlantic Council

On March 4, Forward Defense senior military fellow US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Crouch and Lieutenant General Mike Dana, USMC (Ret.) published an article in Defense One titled “Building a China strategy starts by answering these questions.”

China Security & Defense

In the News

Mar 3, 2021

Crouch and Mulder in Defense News on Biden’s China czar

By Atlantic Council

On March 3, Forward Defense senior military fellows US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Crouch and US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Mulder published an article in Defense News titled “Why Biden’s new China czar requires comprehensive policy authorities.”

China Defense Policy

Seizing the advantage

Mar 1, 2021

How should the next National Defense Strategy balance terrorism, rogue regimes, and great-power competition?

By Matthew R. Crouch, Ronald C. Fairbanks

Our experts explore how the United States can tackle terrorism, address the advances of rogue regimes, and establish a balance between competition and cooperation with other global powers.

China Conflict

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Feb 25, 2021

#37: Boycott the Beijing Olympics in 2022

By: Matthew R. Crouch What is the kernel of the issue? The participation of any democratic nation in the 2022 Winter Olympics, while hosted in Beijing, is a tacit endorsement of the ongoing genocide in Xinjiang.   Why is the issue important? US leadership on issues of human rights is critical to enforcing the standards of […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Feb 24, 2021

#36: Develop a National Service Program

By: Matthew R. Crouch and Christopher P. Mulder What is the kernel of the issue? The United States lacks broad opportunities that build Americans’ commitment to our national interests and values. Current programs for young people to serve at the national level are narrow and limited; that should change.    Why is the issue important? […]

In the News

Feb 17, 2021

Lt Col Mulder in DODReads on leadership

By Atlantic Council

On February 17, DODReads published an article titled “Supporting high performers — One commander’s story” by Forward Defense Senior US Air Force Fellow Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder.

Security & Defense United States and Canada

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Feb 16, 2021

#28: Court Every-Day National Security Influencers

By: Christopher P. Mulder What is the kernel of the issue? National security and foreign policy are developed and influenced by a relatively small group of experts. Why is the issue important? Almost 25% of Americans believe in conspiracy theories and upwards of 60% distrust the media, and more disinformation is being promulgated across social […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Feb 15, 2021

#27: Advance a Multilateral Security Architecture in the Indo-Pacific

By: Matthew Crouch and Clementine Starling What is the kernel of the issue? A rising and bellicose China is expanding economically and militarily as the United States and its allies face difficult resource allocation questions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Why is the issue important? As great-power competition heats up to become “extreme […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Feb 10, 2021

#22: Get Modernization Right and Prioritize Acquisition Reform

By: Ronald C. Fairbanks, Clementine Starling, and Christian Trotti What is the kernel of the issue? Over the last three decades, the Department of Defense has modernized its forces under the idea that the US was the only great power in the world—unchallenged militarily by near-peer competitors. As a result, the defense acquisition process is […]

Seizing the advantage

Feb 3, 2021

How the US can regain the advantage in its next National Defense Strategy

By Clementine G. Starling, Matthew R. Crouch

To seize the advantage, the next US National Defense Strategy needs a paradigm adjustment, not a shift. In the next NDS, the Biden defense team must take a broader definition of competition if the United States is to succeed in deterring, defending, and shaping the strategic environment in its favor.

Conflict Defense Industry

Op-Ed

Feb 2, 2021

Crouch, Fairbanks, and Mulder in The National Interest: Above politics: the US military will always defend the constitution

The American people can have confidence that their servicemen and women will continue to serve regardless of who is president, as has been the case since Washington relinquished the presidency to Adams, with a total and unflagging commitment to the Constitution of the United States.

United States and Canada

In the News

Jan 20, 2021

FD senior military fellows in National Interest on the Constitutional commitment of the US military

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense senior military fellows US Navy Commander Ronald Fairbanks, US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Crouch, and US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Mulder published an article in the National Interest titled “Above politics: The US military will always defend the constitution.”

Crisis Management Democratic Transitions

In the News

Jan 5, 2021

Mulder featured in Air University on “Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond”

By Atlantic Council

On January 5, Forward Defense senior military fellow Lt Col Christopher Mulder’s book review on Christopher Wanjek’s “Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond” was published in Air University’s Strategic Studies Quarterly.

Space Space Security

In the News

Dec 21, 2020

Crouch in DOD Reads on compassionate leadership

By Atlantic Council

On December 21, Forward Defense senior military fellow LtCol Matthew Crouch wrote an article in DOD Reads titled “Compassion: The primes inter pares Virtue for Modern Leaders.”

Security & Defense United States and Canada

In the News

Dec 21, 2020

Mulder featured in DOD Reads on “Battlegrounds”

By Atlantic Council

On December 21, Forward Defense senior military fellow Lt Col Christopher Mulder’s book review on H.R. McMaster’s “Battlegrounds” was featured in DOD Reads.

China Cybersecurity

In the News

Dec 15, 2020

Crouch in DOD Reads on “Anchors: Ethical and Practical Maxims”

By Atlantic Council

On December 15, Forward Defense senior military fellow LtCol Matthew Crouch wrote a book review in DOD Reads on “Anchors: Ethical and Practical Maxims” by Rafeel Benitez.

Security & Defense United States and Canada

In the News

Dec 15, 2020

Crouch in DOD Reads on “The White Donkey”

By Atlantic Council

On December 15, Forward Defense senior military fellow LtCol Matthew Crouch wrote a book review in DOD Reads on “The White Donkey” by Maximilian Uriarte.

Security & Defense United States and Canada

New Atlanticist

Dec 2, 2020

America’s fleeting second-mover advantage is here

By Matthew R. Crouch

Though Chinese initiative has upset the status quo, their first move clarifies their vulnerabilities and exposes potential effective counterweights. By acting promptly to exploit these opportunities, the United States can take the second-mover advantage.

China Coronavirus

In the News

Jun 1, 2020

Couch in RealClearDefense: The imperative of talent platforms, part II

By Atlantic Council

We are moving from centralized, information technology-enabled mass production to decentralized, information technology-enabled mass personalization, and the national security implications are profound.

Defense Policy Digital Policy

In the News

May 29, 2020

Couch in RealClearDefense: The imperative of talent platforms, part I

By Atlantic Council

We must cultivate our current talent while ensuring investment in a comprehensive AI training package that ensures our future force is as agile, responsive, and as skilled as today.

Defense Policy Digital Policy

In the News

Feb 24, 2020

Frandrup quoted in the National on naval operations in the Gulf area

By Atlantic Council

Maritime Security Security & Defense

In the News

Nov 26, 2019

Frandrup in Defense One: Time for undersea offensive drones

By Atlantic Council

Though autonomous systems promise to bring to the undersea domain the kind of new capabilities and offensive punch that the aerial drone has brought to land warfare, the Navy has yet to fully tap their potential.

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