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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January 16, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Another rupture, another sense of betrayal. US-Pakistan relations have once again reached a low point with the Trump administration’s decision to withhold most funding for military assistance. READ MORE

December 21, 2017 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani and Liv Dowling   READ MORE

December 8, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “A ‘no first use’ policy would be the end of flexible response and thus of the very credibility of the Western strategy of deterrence.” READ MORE

November 2, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Less is more. Clarity and brevity rule. Except when it comes to explaining what I do for a living. Having a job description that fits neatly on a visa application? Not in this lifetime. I’ve always needed paragraphs to explain my work — until now. Perhaps you do, too. READ MORE

October 24, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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October 4, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “Neither a viable posture nor a viable doctrine exist … for the employment of tactical nuclear weapons.” —William R. Van Cleave and S.T. Cohen, Tactical Nuclear Weapons (1978) READ MORE

September 22, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Donald Trump keeps topping himself: His latest threat – to “totally destroy” a country of 25 million people – marks the first time (at least in my memory) that a genocidal threat was vocalized from the rostrum of the United Nations. READ MORE

September 18, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “What history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for, but the methods we used to accomplish them.” — Hans Bethe In “Lonesome Day,” Bruce Springsteen offered this hopeful lyric: READ MORE

September 10, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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August 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

We know that the possibility of another war on the Korean peninsula cannot be wished away. Conflict could occur if President Trump means what he says – that the United States cannot accept a mutual deterrence relationship with North Korea. War could also happen by miscalculation. As this extended crisis plays out, relations between other nuclear-armed states have serious friction points. U.S.- Russia, U.S.-China, China-India, and India-Pakistan relations could deteriorate rapidly. On top of this, Trump might nullify an agreement negotiated during the Obama administration that verifiably limits Iran’s nuclear capabilities – even if Tehran remains in compliance with its terms. READ MORE

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

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

July 14, 2017 | EXPERT: Alex Bollfrass , EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The United States must ensure that its military can adapt to an evolving threat environment to maintain its relative advantage vis-à-vis potential adversaries. Should the U.S. tackle this task unilaterally, however, the perception of relative U.S. READ MORE

June 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Shannon Dick

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or what are more commonly referred to as drones, have become a key component of U.S. counterterrorism policy. Under the Obama administration, armed drones were used to strike terrorist targets in a number of theaters, both within and outside of active combat zones. READ MORE

June 4, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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