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Defense Technology Monitor - No. 31
Bulletins - September 11, 2018
 

Google's controversial AI principles;
Bridging the drone weapons gap;
Russia targets space debris...and satellites?;
Toward the automatic tank;
Military AI: Organizing for success

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1339
Bulletins - September 3, 2018
 

China's declining "soft power";
Beijing's burgeoning stake in Israel

 
Chinese and Russian Defense Innovation, with American Characteristics? Military Innovation, Commercial Technologies, and Great Power Competition
Articles - August 2, 2018
 

As great power rivalries intensify, China, Russia, and the United States are redoubling their pursuit of defense innovation in emerging technologies that could change the character, perhaps even the nature, of warfare. At present, U.S. primacy in innovation remains a critical, though contested, advantage. China is emerging as a scientific and technological powerhouse, while Russia is creatively pursuing asymmetric advantages. Since advances in these dual-use technologies, including robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), are emerging increasingly from the private sector, the capacity to integrate and leverage commercial technologies will be critical in this race for advantage.

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 30
Bulletins - July 16, 2018
 

Dispelling the "Fog of Data";
Unleashing the Gremlins;
Navigating the virtual battlefield;
How to traffic hypersonic weapons

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 29
Bulletins - May 25, 2018
 

Increasingly, robots on the front lines;
DPRK threat triggers new missile defense focus on planes...;
...and drones;
Turkey's new underwater drone; Understanding EMP threats;
Weaponizing ink

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 28
Bulletins - May 14, 2018
 

Slowing soldiers' biological clocks;
How 3D printers are increasing efficiency in weapons production;
Needed: Private sector help on AI;
China constructs hypersonic testing facility;
Loud, non-lethal lasers

 
Understanding North Korea's Cyber Strategy
Policy Papers - May 4, 2018
 
How does North Korea use cyber means to achieve its political and military objectives? Ever since the Korean War, North Korea’s stated foreign policy goal has been to reunify the Korean peninsula under its rule. However, by the 1980s, winning a conventional war on the peninsula had become unrealistic, and the military balance between the North and South had started to shift in favor of the latter. With the end of the Cold War, Russian and Chinese patronage diminished, while the U.S.-ROK alliance grew stronger. In this strategic context, how does North Korea ensure regime security, deter foreign aggression, and achieve this objective without explicitly taking it by force?...
 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 27
Bulletins - April 12, 2018
 

China takes the lead in railgun development;
Seeking more missile defense in the Pacific;
Needed: A rulebook for cyberwarfare;
Iran's drones get an upgrade;
Up next: Robotic submarine hunters

 
Strategic Primer - Electromagnetic Threats
Policy Papers - March 21, 2018
 
This work seeks to provide insights into the electromagnetic threats to U.S. security, particularly from a nuclear generated Electromagnetic Pulse attack, and public policy responses to them. The Primer provides a succinct and informative background of electromagnetic threats, U.S. protections and offensive capabilities of both the U.S. and our adversaries, it also discusses threats posed by EMP, and offers policy recommendations. 
 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 26
Bulletins - March 9, 2018
 

Stargazing makes a comeback;
What drones can learn from...bats?;
Drone swarms are coming;
China proposes dual use space laser;
Iron Man en route;

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 25
Bulletins - February 27, 2018
 

Back to airborne laser basing;
Can EMP help confront North Korea?
America's electric grid: Still vulnerable;
Navy jets get drone wingman;
Enhancing Russia soldiers...soon


 
Resource Security Watch - No. 11
Bulletins - February 16, 2018
 

The hidden cost of cryptocurrency;
Tehran's toxic air;
Reclassifying climate change;
China moves to manage carbon emissions;
Indonesia's sinking city

 
Trump's foreign policy pattern is all bark and no bite
Articles - January 8, 2018
 

Recent foreign policy moves by the Trump administration disclose a pattern of thought and action that merits being seen in its totality. Towards the end of 2017 the administration released a vigorous national security strategy that not only labeled China and Russia as adversaries but also “took no prisoners” in asserting that the U.S. would act vigorously against challenges.

 
Expect 2018 to be a year of living dangerously as global tensions rise
Articles - January 2, 2018
 

Anyone hoping to leave the turbulence of 2017 in the past will be in for a rude awakening. While we can’t know for certain what will unfold in the year to come, observable trends in several countries, including the U.S., give us a glimpse of what to expect in 2018.

 
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.

 
Directed Energy Weapons Table
Articles - December 20, 2017
 
Please use this link to reference the Tables in the November 2017 Defense Dossier Future of War issue article Directed Energy Weapons and Modern Warfare.
 

 

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 24
Bulletins - December 18, 2017
 

Hypersonic weapons enable global strike capability;
Dreaming of invisibility;
The brewing debate over BCI;
Naval iron dome reaches IOC;
Russia's push for an independent internet directory

 
Red Robots Rising: Behind The Rapid Development Of Russian Unmanned Military Systems
Articles - December 12, 2017
 

Over the last five years, the Russian Federation has made great strides in designing, testing, evaluating, and fielding a variety of unmanned military systems, including land, air, and sea-based models. Russian media is full of announcements and analyses of the use and specification of what I call red robots, while Russia's foray into Eastern Ukraine and Syria afforded Moscow a rare opportunity to field and operate such machines in combat

 
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.

 
The Advent Of The UAV Era
Articles - November 21, 2017
 

Though Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones) are now an essential part of the U.S. national security toolkit, military views of UAVs were less than enthusiastic when the technology first emerged. In the early days of drones, the most prominent roadblocks to widespread adoption by the armed forces were inconsistency in performance, spiking costs, and, perhaps more importantly, a significant lack of interest on the part of military leaders, who could not quite envision a tactical use for the technology and thus had little incentive to push for the investment that such systems required. Today, by contrast, UAVs are an accepted, even vital, part of military and intelligence operations.

 
The Advent Of The UAV Era
Articles - November 21, 2017
 

Though Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones) are now an essential part of the U.S. national security toolkit, military views of UAVs were less than enthusiastic when the technology first emerged. In the early days of drones, the most prominent roadblocks to widespread adoption by the armed forces were inconsistency in performance, spiking costs, and, perhaps more importantly, a significant lack of interest on the part of military leaders, who could not quite envision a tactical use for the technology and thus had little incentive to push for the investment that such systems required. Today, by contrast, UAVs are an accepted, even vital, part of military and intelligence operations.

 
Future Thinking: the Role Of Artificial Intelligence
Articles - November 18, 2017
 

The past several years have seen a remarkable transition of Artificial Intelligence (AI) from academia to practical use. This shift is beginning to transform every industry, is fundamentally changing many consumer services, and will have a profound impact on national security.

 
Gaming To Victory: Synthetic Training For Future Combat
Articles - November 15, 2017
 

It looked like a video game. From the comfort of a living room couch, with TV dinners in hand, families watched as precision-guided munitions rained down with seemingly perfect accuracy on Iraqi military and civilian targets. It was Jan. 17, 1991 - the start of Operation Desert Storm - and the combination of camera equipped high-tech weaponry and night vision equipment provided viewers an action-packed front-row view into the coalition's air war. What had seemed like science fiction was now a reality.

 
Directed Energy Weapons And Modern Warfare
Articles - November 14, 2017
 

In a 2009 article entitled "Technology and Warfare," Professor Alex Roland of Duke University wrote that "...technology, more than any other outside force, shapes warfare.”[1] In his article, Roland went on to explain how military technologies, while not being deterministic, open doors and provide opportunities - often referred to as 'opportunity space' in current military parlance - for the nations employing them.

 
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. 20
Bulletins - September 11, 2017
 

NASA defends against space threats;
The latest target of Russian hackers: U.S. nuclear plants;
The future of lethal robots;
Chinese subs get stealthier;

 
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

 
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

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 16
Bulletins - May 29, 2017
 

Bracing for fully automated cyberwarfare;
Manufacturing battlefield weapons;
Miniaturized weapons pose new threats;
China takes strikes toward microwave weapons;
Upgrading the human mind to combat AI

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1278
Bulletins - April 18, 2017
 

Xi eyes his legacy;
Taiwan increasingly threatened by Chinese missiles

 
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

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 13
Bulletins - February 17, 2017
 

DOD outlines electronic warfare strategy;
British government eyes gamers for drone missions;
Defenseless against hypersonic missiles;
The limits of drone warfare;
DPRK finds new delivery system for dirty bombs 

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 12
Bulletins - January 17, 2017
 

Army considers tech upgrades for combat vehicles;
A new way to defeat drones;
New EMP defense discovered;
Chinese phones spy on U.S. consumers;
Non-nuclear EMP versus North Korean drones

 
High Energy Lasers: Applications for Ballistic Missile Defense
Policy Papers - December 20, 2016
 

For decades, ballistic missile defense (BMD) has been among the most controversial dimensions of national defense. Since the termination of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002, the extensive proliferation of ballistic missiles on the world stage has prompted the gradual emergence of an international consensus supporting the acquisition of ballistic missile defense capabilities. The proliferation of ballistic missiles is abetted by the present, low cost of creating a formidable offensive ballistic missile capability—a feature which has provided aspiring weapons states with new opportunities to acquire strategic capabilities...

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 11
Bulletins - December 19, 2016
 

Trending toward terminators;
Army adopts 3D printing;
Combating suicide drones;
The future of UAV fueling;
How drones are reshaping American strategy

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 9
Bulletins - October 24, 2016
 

Japan contemplates how to counter China at sea:
Hypersonics: A widening capabilities gap;
DARPA targets anti-drone tech;
China's cruise control;
Meeting the challenge of artificial intelligence

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 8
Bulletins - October 11, 2016
 

Drones, coming soon to a lab near you;
Russia's robotic revolution;
A new military mission: Countering robotic sensor systems;
Mind control and drone fleets
How Russia plans to take the high ground

 
Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Next Information Age
Books - October 2016
 
 
A Better Plan for Internet Governance
Articles - September 29, 2016
 

The problem with high technology is that it can be difficult to understand, leading to what are often confused policy prescriptions. A perfect example is the proposed upcoming transition of the internet-naming function from U.S. to private control - an event that's scheduled to take place just a few days from now, on Sept. 30. While the transition itself isn't necessarily a bad idea, the Obama administration's current plan has definite flaws. 

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 7
Bulletins - July 27, 2016
 

Cyber command to enhance training Ops;
How to cripple the U.S. electrical grid;
Israel develops land battle drone;
NATO and the importance of cyber;
Is A.I. the future of aerial combat? 

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 6
Bulletins - July 6, 2016
 

China's answer to U.S. lasers;
European missile defense moves ahead;
Space assets and the fight against ISIS;
Another step forward for Iron Dome;
Railguns becoming a reality;
China takes aim with new missile 

 
Strategic Primer - Drones
Policy Papers - June 20, 2016
 

Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs, or drones) are playing an increasingly important role in modern warfare, and performing a growing nunmber of surveillance and reconnaissance missions at home and abroad. This Primer describe how the United States, as well as our allies and our enemies, are using drones, discusses challenges posed by RPAs, and offers recommendations for future defense planning. 

 
 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 5
Bulletins - June 17, 2016
 

Rise of the bio bot drones;
The Pentagon's micro UAVs
A new kind of submarine hunter;
Missile defense looks left of launch;
Blimp funding deflated

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 4
Bulletins - June 3, 2016
 

Penetrating the Pentagon's network;
Protecting power grids through fingerprinting;
Part man, part machine?;
How to down drones;
The Pentagon focuses on cyber-hardening

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 3
Bulletins - April 8, 2016
 

Pentagon eyes next generation weapons;
Combating terrorists on social media;
A different kind of computer learning;
After DPRK test, new missile defense momentum in Seoul and Tokyo