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Evacuating is the Most Demanding Mission of 20 Years in Afghanistan

August 27, 2021

The images of the last two weeks have been riveting to many Americans, but especially to the nearly 800,000 U.S. veterans and service members who served in Afghanistan. No one…

View of an urban section of a city in Afghanistan

The Painful Lessons of Afghanistan

August 15, 2021

The Cipher Brief: Did you ever envision that the U.S. would pull out so quickly or completely leaving the Afghan military on its own without U.S. air support?   General Votel:…

The Future of US Cooperation with Pakistan

August 1, 2021

The United States and Pakistan have had a complex and often disappointing “love-hate” relationship since 1947 — one severely tested during the 20-year U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan. We believe the…

Developing Future Leaders in National Security

June 20, 2021

The next generation of national security professionals now have opportunities to gain firsthand perspectives of the business community, thanks in part to a new advisory program created through a partnership…

An Apolitical Military is Essential to Maintaining Balance Among US Institutions

June 8, 2021

Today, American institutions are front and center as we simultaneously confront the triple threat of an active pandemic, civil unrest spurred by racial injustice, and an economic crisis. Resolving these…

The Nature of Conflict is Changing

June 7, 2021

By Dr. Michael Capps, Dr. Anthony Vinci, and Lauren Bedula Private enterprise is now on the front lines of our nation’s security and winning in today’s era of Great Power…

President Biden signs legislation

The Covid Relief Bill is a Good Start, But What About the Next National Emergency?

March 15, 2021

With over 530,000 Americans dead from Covid-19, improvements in vaccine deployment, a massive relief bill and a presidential address are reasons for hope that we are now starting to turn…

3 Steps We Must Take Now to Prepare for the Next National Crisis

February 10, 2021

As we continue to confront the devastating toll of COVID-19, it’s hard to contemplate the next national crisis. But if we want any chance at beating it, we have to…

COVID 19 is a National Security Crisis:  We Need to Combat it that Way

February 1, 2021

What would one call a scenario that: crashed the economy; inflicted a multi-trillion dollar debt load on the national balance sheet; bankrupted businesses; caused record un-employment; hollowed out the heart…