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June 17, 2020

Cybersecurity
Persistent Vulnerabilities: Strengthening Cybersecurity Requirements for the Department of Defense

Cyber vulnerabilities in major weapons platforms pose a significant threat to U.S. national security. Developing a comprehensive evaluation process is essential to ensuring the security and resilienc…

Capitol Hill

April 9, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
New Cyber Brief: Accelerating the Defense Department’s AI Adoption

The Department of Defense is struggling to adopt artificial intelligence technologies. Lindsey Sheppard explains the challenges the department faces and recommends strategies for moving forward.

The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 8, 2020.

April 29, 2020

U.S. Department of Defense
The Department of Defense Should Not Wage Cyber War Against Criminal Hackers During the Coronavirus Crisis

Some have called for the Department of Defense to "defend forward" against cybercrime that exploits the coronavirus pandemic. However, doing so would strain the department's already limited resources…

Personnel work at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

April 29, 2020

Coronavirus
What Is the Defense Production Act?

President Trump has turned to the Defense Production Act to deal with a shortage of critical medical supplies created by the coronavirus pandemic. What does the law do?

June 5, 2020

Human Rights
How America’s Credibility Gap Hurts the Defense of Rights Abroad

The U.S. government’s response to anti-racism protests risks causing lasting damage to American credibility and influence in protecting minorities and oppressed groups worldwide.

A man holds a banner over the window ledge of a building during a Black Lives Matter protest in London following the death of George Floyd.

July 7, 2020

Labor and Employment
U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker Visa Programs

The United States has long accepted hundreds of thousands of foreign workers each year, but the Trump administration has blocked many of these visas as unemployment among the domestic labor force has…

Agricultural workers from Bud Farms harvest celery on March 26, 2020, in Oxnard, California.

April 22, 2020

Cybersecurity
U.S. Cyber Command’s Malware Inoculation: Linking Offense and Defense in Cyberspace

"Defend forward" is frequently misunderstood to be purely offensive in nature. However, U.S. Cyber Command's malware inoculation initiative illustrates how the strategy also serves defensive objectiv…

Cyber defense operations at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command.

July 2, 2020

United States
U.S. Natural Gas: Once Full of Promise, Now in Retreat

Mirroring events that rocked the international oil industry earlier this year — catalyzed by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic — a now sluggish global economy is hitting the liquefied natural ga…

U.S. President Donald Trump appears before workers at Cameron LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) Export Facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, U.S., May 14, 2019.

June 30, 2020

China
The China Challenge, With Nick Schifrin

Nick Schifrin, foreign affairs and defense correspondent for PBS NewsHour, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss China’s role in the world. Schifrin is the host of PBS NewsHour’s 2019 documentar…

Podcast The Great Wall of China (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1987) crowded with visitors, Chinese flag in the foreground, 3rd century BC-14th century.

June 30, 2020

Syria
U.S. Retrenchment Will Intensify Crisis in Idlib

In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria and avoid regional instability, the United States should make the outcome of the fight for Idlib a national security concern and exercise the lead…

Two adults and two children walk by a destroyed building on which images of the novel coronavirus have been spray painted in Idlib, Syria.