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Fact Sheet: 2022 National Defense Strategy

March 31, 2022

The Department of Defense has transmitted to Congress the classified 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS). For the first time, the Department conducted its strategic reviews in a fully integrated way…

The Sanctions War Is Just Beginning

March 31, 2022

The international sanctions campaign that countries and companies have mounted against Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine is a remarkable achievement of multinational diplomacy and corporate responsibility.…

Biden to Use Defense Production Act for Critical Mineral Supply

March 30, 2022

The White House might invoke the Defense Production Act as soon as this week to spur greater domestic output of raw materials for clean energy technology products and reduce U.S.…

Post-Afghanistan, US Air Force Changes Jolly Green II Helicopter Purchase Plans

March 30, 2022

The U.S. Air Force wants to cut the total number of new combat rescue helicopters it plans to buy by one-third, a sign of how it is adjusting to a post-Afghanistan threat…

Ukraine Has Forever Changed Europe’s Balance of Power

March 30, 2022

Ukraine is paying the price for its defiance of Moscow. Encouraged by the West since the 2008 Orange Revolution, Kyiv pursued engagement with the European Union and NATO. For more than a decade,…

The Wisdom of Crowds: Insights from the Defense Futures Simulator

March 30, 2022

This week, the Biden administration released its proposed defense budget for fiscal year 2023. What should we make of it? We have a powerful resource to help us understand that…

Army Recruiting Tries to Keep Pace amid Job Market Crunch, Civilian Competition

March 29, 2022

“We’re in a war for talent.” That’s one of the most often-used catch phrases for Army senior leaders when discussing the service’s effort to attract, train and retain soldiers. But…

China’s Plan for Digital Dominance

March 28, 2022

Digital transformation is all the craze in China. Even the venerable Kweichow Moutai distillery now talks of the new digital processes necessary to brew a smarter liquor. But all of this…

Biden’s Budget Calls for Increase in Defense Spending, Including Funds for Ukraine

March 28, 2022

Spending proposal also emphasizes efforts to reduce deficit and fund law enforcement President Biden called for the largest-ever level of military spending and increased funding for law enforcement in a…