About the program
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.
Meet the current Military Fellows
Strategy Paper Series
During their twelve-month fellowship, each Military Fellow writes a strategy paper unpacking a critical twenty-first century security challenge.
Report Dec 5, 2022
Taiwan: The key to containing China in the Indo-Pacific
By John B. Barranco
2021-2022 Senior Marine Corps Fellow John Barranco considers the role of the US-Taiwanese relationship in deterring Chinese aggression and ways in which the United States can strengthen this relationship.
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 Nov 22, 2020
Unexpected competition: A US strategy to keep its Central and Eastern European allies as allies in an era of great-power competition
By John Blocher
As China and Russia make inroads with traditional US allies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the United States is faced with unexpected competition. To keep these US allies as allies for years to come, policymakers should heed the roadmap offered in this strategy paper, which focuses on the case study of Hungary to recommend ways to deepen alliances with CEE nations.
Russia Crisis Military Assessment
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the Scowcroft Center Military Fellows provided regular assessments of the force developments surrounding Ukraine.
Scowcroft Center Military Fellowship alumni
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.