Seizing the Advantage

Mission

Forward Defense‘s “Seizing the Advantage: The Next US National Defense Strategy” explores the future of defense through frank review of current policy, cogent expert analysis of the present security environment, and actionable recommendations for strategy to meet future defense challenges. The project will begin with a series of op-eds and short analytical pieces designed to facilitate debate over the ideal strategic underpinnings, central pillars, and operationalization of future defense strategy, and will culminate in a published Strategy Paper that articulates the Atlantic Council’s key recommendations for the next National Defense Strategy (NDS).

A paradigm adjustment

Read FD Deputy Director Clementine Starling and LtCol Matthew Crouch‘s primary argument for why the next National Defense Strategy needs a paradigm adjustment to revise its central theory of competition. The Department of Defense must adjust its key lines of effort to embody a broader posture for multi-spectrum competition in order to prepare for not only high-end, high-tech, kinetic warfare, but also low-end, hybrid warfare. To seize the advantage, the next NDS must place a greater emphasis on understanding and addressing the escalation ladder between hybrid and kinetic warfare. Starling and Crouch lay out four key recommendations for the next National Defense Strategy.

Seizing the advantage by Clementine G. Starling, Matthew R. Crouch

Feb 3, 2021

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

Seizing the advantage 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.

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Op-eds and commentary

FD’s leading-edge op-eds and commentary advance the debate on key defense issues and offer practical policy recommendations for the next National Defense Strategy.