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Centers & Programs

National Security and Defense Program

The stakes are high. Both Russia and China are growing increasingly powerful and increasingly assertive in challenging the United States and its allies—Russia in Eastern Europe and Syria, China in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Iran is working on acquiring nuclear weapons; North Korea has them already. ISIS is on the defensive but Al Qaeda may well step into the vacuum. Nations from Yemen to Libya are in chaos. The Syrian civil war continues to rage out of control. The war on terror continues to push the limits of U.S. military and intelligence capabilities, while raising difficult questions for international and domestic law. The military faces the twin challenge of maintaining its combat advantage in the information age while accepting the budget constraints of the age of austerity. The National Security and Defense program aims to help policymakers and the public better understand these and other threats facing the United States and the options we have for responding to them.
$598 billion2015 Military Budget

Program Experts

Richard K. Betts

Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

Stephen D. Biddle

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy

Max Boot

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

Richard A. Falkenrath

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

Lori Esposito Murray

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Adjunct Senior Fellow

Carla Anne Robbins

Adjunct Senior Fellow