Contesting the Indo-Pacific: Military Technology and the Shifting Offense-Defense Balance

China’s growing capability and influence across the Indo-Pacific provokes pressing questions for U.S. strategy in the region. With Asia undergoing major power transitions and advances in military technology potentially shifting the offense-defense balance, how should the United States, its allies, and its partners across the Indo-Pacific respond? Eugene Gholz (University of Notre Dame) will present research suggesting that the trajectory of military technology may reinforce the US and its partners’ ability to create buffers against hostile powers, deny aggression, and enhance deterrence with the robust application of anti-access, area-denial (A2/AD) systems.

This event is co-hosted by The Stimson Center’s East Asia and South Asia programs.

Featured Guest:

Eugene Gholz, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Eugene Gholz is an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. He works primarily at the intersection of national security and economic policy, on subjects including innovation, defense management, and U.S. grand strategy. He co-wrote a well-known International Security article that coined the term “restraint” as a proposed grand strategy for the United States. From 2010-2012, he served in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. He is the coauthor of two books: Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and the Defense Industry, and U.S. Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy. He is chair of the international security section of the International Studies Association (2019-2021) and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; he previously held faculty positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Williams College, the University of Kentucky, and George Mason University; and his Ph.D. is from MIT.


Yun Sun, East Asia Program Co-Director, Stimson Center

Evan Montgomery, Senior Fellow and Director of Research and Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments


Sameer Lalwani, South Asia Program Director, Stimson Center

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