National Security Research Division

  • Integrating Women into the Marine Corps Infantry

    The gender integration experiences of foreign militaries — as well as U.S. civilian police and fire departments — can provide valuable lessons for the U.S. Marine Corps as it considers making more opportunities available to women.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Should We Fear an AI Arms Race?

    Feb 8, 2016

    Prof. William Welser notes that Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and others have signed a letter calling for a ban on the application of artificial intelligence to advanced weapons systems. AI weapons are not without risks, Welser writes, but the benefits are substantial and the risks can be mitigated with more moderate regulation than a ban.

  • Transforming 'Distributed Lethality' Strategy into Action

    Feb 8, 2016

    Distributed lethality offers a more offensive approach to using naval surface forces as potential adversaries acquire naval capabilities designed to control the sea. Translating the concept into action has implications for Navy operations, logistics, finances, and overall strategy.

  • As Congress Drafts the NDAA, What Are Options for TRICARE Reform?

    Feb 8, 2016

    A stronger TRICARE program that provides greater value-based care in a more efficient manner could result from adopting innovations made in the private sector, while also recognizing the unique role of military treatment facilities.

  • North Korea Rocket Launch: Why Did Kim Fire a Missile Now?

    Feb 8, 2016

    Kim Jong-un is probably seeking clear successes before his important Seventh Party Congress in May, when he wants to appear to be the all-powerful leader of North Korea, writes Prof. (and alum) Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Brain Trauma Isn't Just an NFL Problem

    Feb 5, 2016

    The link between professional football and traumatic brain injury is well documented. But greater attention to brain trauma will be of little use if it's considered only an NFL problem. Others are affected, too, including young athletes and U.S. veterans.

  • Tunisia's Paradoxical Political Union: Ennahda and Nidaa Tounes

    Feb 5, 2016

    In Tunisia, healthy disagreement between political parties has fostered some real change since the 2011 uprisings and throughout the course of the transition, but the persistent power-sharing dynamics in play aren't advancing democracy.

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