National Security Research Division

  • What Should Trump Do About Gitmo?

    The new administration has options to deal with the detention facility established 15 years ago at Guantánamo Bay. It could maintain the status quo, make improvements to speed the trials, close the facility and relocate the remaining inmates, or accept new detainees.

  • The Art of (Cyber)War

    Senior Scientist Cynthia Dion-Schwarz participated in NPR's January 9th "1A" show, the successor to the Diane Rehm show. Dion-Schwarz was one of four guests who discussed "The Art of (Cyber)War." Other guests included Sen. Mike Rounds, U.S. senator from South Dakota (R); Laura Galante, director of global intelligence, FireEye: a cyber security company; and David Rothkopf, CEO and editor, FP group, which publishes Foreign Policy Magazine.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Acquisition in Transition

    Feb 21, 2017

    The DoD acquisition system is complex and ever-changing. It requires a trained and active workforce that has the support of Congress. Allowing some of the reforms to take place in a measured fashion would be a wise choice for the new administration and Congress.

  • China's Opportunity—and Ours

    Feb 19, 2017

    If the U.S. administration is interested in a collaborative but still firm way to influence Chinese behavior, China's halting efforts to join the U.S. as a sponsor and guarantor of the international order may offer a better approach than an accelerating confrontation.

  • History and Current Developments Regarding Taiwan's Coast Guard

    Feb 15, 2017

    As Asia-Pacific countries develop policies to regulate maritime zones of jurisdiction, the importance of coast guards as instruments of state policy has been growing. Taiwan's Coast Guard is an increasingly effective force facilitating the protection and regulation of Taiwanese maritime rights and interests in the East and South China Sea.

  • The Mission to Counter WMD: Avoiding Missteps While Transitioning Responsibility

    Feb 10, 2017

    U.S. Special Operations Command will soon lead the Pentagon's anti-WMD efforts. SOCOM is well positioned to contain and reduce threats, but will need new expertise to prevent the acquisition of related material and respond to crises.

  • U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy Must Be About More Than ISIS

    Feb 9, 2017

    ISIS is a worthy candidate for eradication, but failing to also target its franchises, al-Qaida splinters, and other non-aligned groups in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia could allow other threats to metastasize.

  • Stabilizing Mosul After the Battle Against ISIS

    Feb 9, 2017

    U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have retaken the east bank of Mosul and are planning to take the west soon. The military operations that oust ISIS are crucial to the city's liberation but failing to get the civilian response right risks a widening civil war.

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