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Iran Strategy Brief No. 10: Iran's Burgeoning Strategic Forces
Policy Papers - February 5, 2018
 
Among the Islamic Republic of Iran’s central strategic goals are the preservation of its political regime and its ascension to what it views as its rightful place as the regional hegemon of the Middle East. These objectives have put Iran on an adversarial footing with its immediate neighbors, and with much of the international community. 
 
Trump Believes In U.S. Power
Articles - January 31, 2018
 

In the national security section of Tuesday's State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump had a single, unifying message: The administration will confront America's international challenges with a realistic appreciation for the importance of U.S. power and leadership.

 
Russia Is Poised To Surprise The US In Battlefield Robotics
Articles - January 25, 2018
 

No one would call Russia's government and budgetary bureaucracy particularly nimble, nor its defense industry particularly advanced. Certainly, it trails Western economies in such key areas as communication equipment, microelectronics, high-tech control systems, and other key technologies. But in certain aspects of the field of unmanned military systems, Russia may be inching ahead of its competition in designing and testing a wide variety of systems and conceptualizing their future use.

 
The National Security Strategy Will Work
Articles - December 28, 2017
 

President Donald Trump's new National Security Strategy codifies what has already been a noteworthy shift from his predecessor's worldview. It is the difference between "leading from behind" and actually leading.

 
Emerging Technology and Security - Tables
Articles - December 20, 2017
 

Please use this link to reference the Tables in the November 2017 Defense Dossier Future of War issue article Emerging Technology and Security - Looking to the Future.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 23
Bulletins - December 7, 2017
 

China's cyberforce set to surge;
The Marines embrace additive manufacturing;
How coal may fuel a defense tech boom;
A facelift for the U.S. EW technology;
Those other directed energy weapons

 
Beyond Super Soldiers and Battle Suits
Articles - December 5, 2017
 

Science fiction is always fascinating to follow, because at least some of the ideas presented in the genre do become reality over time. The concept of "super soldiers" is a case in point. Although the protagonists in Marvel's iconic Avengers comic books (and now movies) are still a long way from being realistic, we are unquestionably trending in that direction. Thus, the character of Captain America is a soldier enhanced by the government using a special serum to make him stronger, faster and more resilient, while Iron Man is an operator encased in full body armor that affords him super human strength, advanced weapons, and extrasensory systems. Even though such enhancements are still a stretch, performance drugs, exoskeletons, and other new technologies are increasingly augmenting - and expanding - the capabilities of today's warfighters.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 22
Bulletins - December 1, 2017
 

Wirelessly charging drone subs;
The Pentagon's new EW strategy;
Reconsidering "Rods from Gods";
The hazards of hacked robots;
New military applications for AI

 
US Would Be Wise To Prepare For EMP Attacks On Its Cities
Articles - November 29, 2017
 

Imagine that a hostile nation - say, North Korea - fires a nuclear-tipped missile at the United States. The missile detonates in the upper atmosphere above a major American city such as Los Angeles, releasing a cascade of charged electrons that damages and destroys all technology and electrical systems within line-of-sight of the explosion. Vital infrastructure on the country's Western seaboard is incapacitated. Large swathes of California and parts of Nevada lose power. Stores, social services and emergency functions that rely on electricity begin to break down, as disorder spreads and the death toll climbs.

 
Iran Strategy Brief No. 9: Targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Policy Papers - October 19, 2017
 

The passage this summer of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a wide-ranging legislative package that imposed new economic pressure on Russia, Iran and North Korea, reignited the debate over U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic. The relevant provisions of the Act require the White House, pursuant to Executive Order No. 13224, to formally designate the totality of Iran’s clerical army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as a terrorist organization by no later than October 31st of this year. In his October 13th speech on Iran policy, President Trump confirmed that he will do so...

 
Kim Would Regret War
Articles - September 27, 2017
 

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems bent on making it easier for the United States to go to war. If he draws first blood, it may be the last thing he ever does.

On Monday, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said that his country has "every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country." Pyongyang has reportedly moved interceptor aircraft closer to the flight path of U.S. bombers that have been patrolling North Korea's periphery. Ri said that attacking U.S. forces was legal since "it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country," apparently referring to statements from President Donald Trump.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 21
Bulletins - September 26, 2017
 

U.S. Navy 3D prints submersible;
Has China developed "hack proof" communications?;
A new way to hack computers;
Self-healing robots on horizon;
Tech leaders fight for UN ban on killer robots

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 19
Bulletins - August 31, 2017
 

Artificial intelligence: The NGA's new top analyst;
Hacking the human brain;
ABL reborn...on a drone;
How Russia can hack the U.S. electric grid

 
Our Climate Is Our Security
Articles - August 1, 2017
 

Climate change has historically been a controversial topic, and former President Barack Obama was sharply criticized for addressing it during his time in office. However, the issue may be losing some of its political toxicity of late. More and more professionals and politicians on both sides of the aisle have begun speaking openly about the linkage between the environment and America's national security.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 18
Bulletins - July 25, 2017
 

Bionic spy dragonfly;
With an eye on Russia, U.S. focuses on electronic warfare;
A military focus on electromagnetic weapons;
Navy rail gun almost ready to launch;
Prepping for space warfare

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 17
Bulletins - June 22, 2017
 

Military lasers and the law;
Making a better special operator:
Hiding tankers in plain sight;
ABL 2.0?;
The future of drone warfare: Autonomous engagement

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2127
Bulletins - April 18, 2017
 

Political repression on the rise in Crimea;
A new way to expand Russia's citizenry

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 15
Bulletins - March 29, 2017
 

Washington, Tokyo plot future of missile defense;
DARPA's new drone catcher;
IBM's Watson works to bolster cybersecurity;
Atmospheric laser shield in the works;
Drone operators to get AI "wingmen";
ISIS drone innovations complicate battle in Iraq

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 14
Bulletins - March 14, 2017
 

The Pentagon's new project: Longer-lasting drones;
3D printing with super materials;
The evolution of drone warfare;
The ethics of future war;
From parlor games to cyberspace

 
China's Aircraft Carriers: Full Steam Ahead?
Articles - February 7, 2017
 

I first visited Hainan Island six years ago, part of an annual exchange of delegations my think tank, the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), has been conducting with China since 1994. Led by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers, the January 2011 delegation chose Hainan Island for the customary "second province" visit following the obligatory deluge of meetings in Beijing.