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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

August 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

In an influential article, “Atoms, Strategy and Policy,” published in the January 1956 issue of Foreign Affairs, Paul Nitze made the case for thinking “rationally” – as the Kremlin and Soviet military planners presumably did – about the goal of fighting a nuclear war with the Soviet Union: READ MORE

August 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

As we mark the centenary of the United States’ entry into World War I, I recall the words of a participant in the Versailles Treaty, which ended that conflict. “This isn’t a treaty of peace,” the American diplomat William Bullitt declared. READ MORE

August 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

It would take a consummate diplomat to be the face of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy. Rex Tillerson isn’t a consummate diplomat; he’s a titan of the oil business, learning a new trade.  READ MORE

August 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

John Donnelly of CQ Roll Call was the first to write about a Defense Science Board report issued last December, “Seven Defense Priorities for the New Administration.” This report reached  the “worrisome conclusion,” widely shared within the “Nuclear Enterprise,” that, “the nuclear threshold may be decreasing owing to the stated doctrines and weapons developments of some states, and with the introduction of new technology.” READ MORE

August 21, 2017 | EXPERT: Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.

By Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. and Tom Harvey READ MORE

August 16, 2017

By Emily Kabeshita READ MORE

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