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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…

Climate Change has FEMA Working Year-Round, Straining its Workforce

June 14, 2022

While the head of Federal Emergency Management Agency believes her team is ready for what is expected to be a particularly trying hurricane season, she is calling on Congress to…

Air Force Using AI to Improve Weather Models for Military Planning

June 14, 2022

The Department of the Air Force is using artificial intelligence to augment weather predictions and better understand environmental conditions in places where the U.S. military may be headed. Deputy Chief…

China’s Crisis of Confidence

June 13, 2022

What if the new era of great-power competition was over before it had even begun? Many of today’s fears about a multigeneration conflict with Beijing rest on linear extrapolations of…

The Stakes are High for DoD’s Future Civilian Workforce

June 13, 2022

Last week, some of the Defense Department’s top officials harped on the same topic over and over: The Pentagon needs a talented civilian workforce to thrive. “We have the ability…

US Needs to Reset Its Relationships in the Middle East

June 11, 2022

The Middle East has long been an arena of conflicts and intrigues, driven by tribal feuds, religion, and culture. The region’s abundance of petroleum, and its strategic location at the…

Inside the Pentagon’s Long Debate: Do Gamers Make Good Soldiers?

June 10, 2022

In May, the U.S. military created a new rivalry. In a seven-hour Twitch stream, soldiers from the Air Force and Army fought on an unlikely battlefield: “Halo Infinite,” a popular…

For US, Climate Change is a Military Problem

June 8, 2022

The US military has its hands full at the moment with a vicious war in Ukraine and US-China tensions over issues from human rights to sovereignty over the South China…

A Chinese Naval Base in Cambodia Signals a New Era of Competition in the Asia-Pacific Region

June 7, 2022

In October 2020, satellite photos showed that the Cambodian government had demolished two American-built facilities at the Southeast Asian nation’s Ream Naval Base—despite Washington offering to renovate them. On June…