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Russian Roulette

Interview with Hal Brands. Russian Roulette takes a look at the politics, economics, and culture of Russia and Eurasia through both interviews and lively discussion with experts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and around the world. Hosted by CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program experts Olga Oliker and Jeffrey Mankoff.

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Analysts Predict Rise in MDA Budget With Next Administration

But the MDA's future budgets are likely to go up "fairly substantially" with the next administration, Katherine Blakeley, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said during a Dec. 6 interview, noting that Trump's attitude toward missile defense closely aligns with that of current lawmakers. Pointing out that the MDA's budget was "right around" $9 billion "not that long ago" during the Bush administration, Blakeley said it would be "a large but achievable increase."

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Navy Plans Stealthier Attack Submarines, Citing Breakthrough Acoustic Technology

Senior Navy officials have explained that the innovations contained in the USS South Dakota do, at least in part, help address an issue raised by a report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.  The report, titled “The Emerging Era in Undersea Warfare,” says the technological margin of difference separating the U.S from potential rivals is expected to get much smaller. This is requiring the U.S. to re-think the role of manned submarines and prioritize innovation in the realm of undersea warfare, the study says.

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Best of 2016: The Next War

“Like the European powers at the start of World War I, we could find ourselves tremendously unprepared,” said Tom Mahnken, president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “We’re likely to find ourselves surprised, and unpleasantly surprised.”

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Delays Push Gerald R. Ford Commission to 2017

"Just getting into the fleet does not mean you've fixed your carrier problem because it's not going to deploy for another few years," said Bryan Clark, a retired submarine officer and analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. "The impact will still be more and longer deployments for sailors for as long as there are only 10 carriers in the fleet."