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AUSA’s Changing Character of War Panel

Dr. Tom Mahnken, President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments joined Lieutenant General Joe Anderson, Major General William C. Hix, The Honorable Katharina G. McFarland, and Dr. Bradford Tousley, for a discussion of the changing character of war at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2016 Annual Meeting.


Preserving Primacy: A Defense Strategy for the New Administration

The next U.S. president will inherit a security environment in which the United States con­fronts mounting threats with increasingly constrained resources, diminished stature, and growing uncertainty both at home and abroad over its willingness to protect its friends and its interests. Revisionist powers in Europe, the western Pacific, and the Persian Gulf—three regions long considered by both Democratic and Republican administrations to be vital to U.S. national security—are seeking to overturn the rules-based international order. 


How To Secure NATO’s Frontline States

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, it may be time for NATO to adopt a new AirLand Battle-like concept to help guide its plans and capability priorities to counter the growing threat of Russia.


Securing The Third Offset Strategy: Priorities For Next US Secretary Of Defense

Following a process of examining strategy, scenarios, and assessments, this article identifies for the next Secretary of Defense eight capability statements that merit attention as the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) top new investment priorities as part of the Third Offset Strategy in the fiscal year 2018 budget and beyond. 


Iran Needs To Take America Seriously Again

Provocative missile tests. The 'Death to America' slogan. The US needs to respond. The year since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program was announced has been a strategic windfall for Iran and a disaster for the United States. Many of the deal’s shortcomings were glaring from the beginning, yet they have been magnified by serial and gratuitous U.S. concessions to unilateral Iranian demands.