U.S. Defense

U.S. Defense

U.S. defense strategy must continually evolve to address modern global threats. Stimson experts examine policies that the Department of Defense can adopt to confront modern security challenges.

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Current Research

December 7, 2018 | EXPERT: Melanie W. Sisson

Amazon’s recent announcement that it has chosen two locations for its second headquarters has been greeted with a general deflation of enthusiasm mixed with pique. READ MORE

November 13, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

In the past, arms controllers and deterrence boosters compromised on deals that ultimately reduced nuclear dangers. No more. One consequence of the demise of political compromise on Capitol Hill is that existing treaties reducing nuclear arms are threatened with extinction. READ MORE

October 9, 2018 | EXPERT: Jayita Sarkar

American nuclear nonproliferation policy is a combination of economic and security imperatives. READ MORE

September 11, 2018 | EXPERT: Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.

Watch to the clip here. READ MORE

June 21, 2018 | EXPERT: Hamza Shad , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani and Hamza Shad   A Brief History READ MORE

June 14, 2018 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani   While Sino-Indian friction will continue, relations have improved from last year’s low, and a border standoff seems unlikely for three reasons: learning, national self-interest, and drifting U.S.-India relations. READ MORE

June 7, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Drones have become a mainstay of U.S. counterterrorism operations and national security policy writ large. READ MORE

April 19, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Steve Coll’s new book picks up where he left off in Ghost Wars, published in 2004. Together, the two volumes are more than a 1,500-page thick opus on futility, confusion, misplaced hopes and serious errors. READ MORE

March 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

By Barry M. Blechman READ MORE

March 29, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Optimistic and pessimistic arguments about nuclear proliferation were conceptualized decades ago. The best place to find them is in Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz’s The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate. READ MORE

March 23, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quotes of the week: READ MORE

February 7, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The Trump administration’s nuclear posture statement comes at a particularly rough time, reminiscent of the transition from President Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. Back then, an outgoing president had watched his ambitious arms control agenda fall to tatters. READ MORE

January 23, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The arms-control diplomacy passages of the draft Nuclear Posture Review have drawn little attention, likely because little change was expected in this aspect of policy. READ MORE

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