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Mon, Oct 7, 2019

The implications of fifth-generation aircraft for transatlantic airpower: A primer

A new operational architecture is being created, one in which fifth-generation platforms are nodes on a network that spans multiple domains.

Report by Secretary Deborah Lee James and Dr. Daniel Gouré

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

Tue, Oct 1, 2019

Reenergizing transatlantic space cooperation: Opportunities in security and beyond

The transatlantic alliance needs to recognize and address challenges to space assurance, and take full advantage of the many changes sweeping the space industry.

Report by Stephen Ganote, Janie Yurechko, Diana Jack, and Connor O’Shea

Defense Industry Security & Defense

Thu, Feb 7, 2019

Permanent deterrence

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.

Report by Ambassador Alexander R. Vershbow (Ret.) and General Philip M. Breedlove, USAF (Ret.)

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Feb 28, 2018

Maritime defense for the Baltic states

The maritime domain is increasingly a priority for NATO as the alliance seeks to bolster its defense and deterrence posture in Europe’s north and east. Much work remains to be done in terms of NATO’s maritime posture and the maritime capabilities and capacities of its members. The maritime domain presents a unique challenge for NATO’s […]

Issue Brief by Magnus Nordenman

Maritime Security NATO

Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Left of launch: Countering theater ballistic missiles

NATO currently finds itself in an increasingly competitive international environment, with potential adversaries who field, among other things, progressively capable ballistic and cruise missile capabilities. This is particularly the case with Russia, which has proven itself capable of fielding conventional long- range strike capabilities that can reach far into NATO territory.

Issue Brief by Herbert C. Kemp

Missile Defense NATO

Fri, Jul 21, 2017

The US-UK “special relationship” at a critical crossroads

Ever since World War II, the United States and the United Kingdom have enjoyed a truly special relationship grounded in a shared commitment to a world order based on democracy, the rule of law, and free trade, among other commonalities. However, significant changes on both sides of the Atlantic–with Britain’s decision to exit the European […]

Issue Brief by Schuyler Foerster and Ray Raymond

Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

Tue, May 23, 2017

NATO and Trump

The case for a new transatlantic bargain.

Issue Brief by Fabrice Pothier and Alexander Vershbow

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Wed, Apr 5, 2017

Back to the North

The European security environment is at its most volatile since the Cold War, and much of the friction between NATO and a newly assertive Russia can be found in the maritime domain, particularly in the Baltic Sea region. This means that NATO must once again address the role of the maritime domain in collective defense […]

Issue Brief by Magnus Nordenman

Maritime Security NATO

Wed, Feb 15, 2017

The return of the military draft

This spring, the Swedish government is expected to bring back its military draft after seven years. In this, Sweden will join its neighbor Norway, which never abolished its military draft but did make it gender-neutral last year. A third European country, Lithuania, has also reinstated the draft after abolishing it a decade ago. “The Return […]

Issue Brief by Elisabeth Braw

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Toward a more flexible NATO nuclear posture

Over the past decade and a half, Russia has placed an increased emphasis on nuclear weapons in its military strategy and doctrine. Moscow’s assertive “escalate-to-de-escalate” nuclear strategy poses a distinguishable threat to NATO nations, and requires greater strategic thinking about NATO’s nuclear posture. After a quarter century of reducing its reliance on nuclear weapons, NATO […]

Issue Brief by Matthew Kroenig

Europe & Eurasia NATO