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Vital Mineral Markets ‘Not Functioning’ in Wake of Ukraine War, says DoD Industrial Policy Chief

June 20, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted the market for a broad range of critical materials essential to U.S. munitions and other defense industry products, spurring hundreds of millions in Pentagon…

International Relations Experts Discuss the NATO Alliance at Event Co-Hosted by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Business Executives for National Security

June 17, 2022

General Philip Breedlove, USAF (ret.) and Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison discussed the future and relevance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Wednesday night during a special event hosted at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML), in Chicago.

The Structure of the World’s Supply Chains is Changing

June 16, 2022

Supply chains are the fibers out of which the past decades’ globalization is woven. Time and again they have allowed intrepid outward-looking manufacturers to undercut their stay-at-home competitors and component-makers…

Who Is Deterring Whom? The Place of Nuclear Weapons in Modern War

June 16, 2022

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, old questions about nuclear deterrence have been revisited by a broad swath of academics, scholars, and pundits who have spent the past…

In Denial About Denial: Why Ukraine’s Air Success Should Worry the West

June 15, 2022

Ukraine’s success in contesting the skies turns the West’s airpower paradigm on its head — it offers an alternative vision for pursuing airspace denial over air superiority. Despite having one…

The Defense Production Act is helping rebuild the US industrial base. Let’s keep it that way.

June 15, 2022

Recently, the Biden administration has come under criticism for its use of a law which, until its application during the COVID-19 pandemic, was relatively unknown. The Defense Production Act has…

US Probing how American Electronics Wound up in Russian Military Gear

June 15, 2022

Federal agents have begun questioning U.S. technology companies on how their computer chips ended up in Russian military equipment recovered in Ukraine. Commerce Department agents who enforce export controls are…

The War in Ukraine Has Exposed a Critical American Vulnerability

June 14, 2022

In 1939, when America was emerging from the throes of the Great Depression, our Army ranked 19th-largest in the world, standing behind Portugal and only slightly ahead of Bulgaria. It…

Lawmakers Make Bipartisan Push for New Government Powers to Block US Investments in China

June 14, 2022

Congress is pressing ahead with legislation that could rewrite the rules for American companies investing abroad, proposing the screening of investments in countries like China seen as adversaries to protect…