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

  • The New 'Normal' in the East China Sea

    Feb 27, 2017

    China and Japan are engaged in a long-term test of wills over disputed waters and territory in the East China Sea. The Japanese government has acknowledged the challenge it faces and has begun to invest in infrastructure and personnel projects to address it.

  • Our NATO Partners Should Engage Trump in Brussels

    Feb 27, 2017

    At May's NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump will be looking for a symbolic victory rather than a confrontation with 27 other national leaders. Therefore, Europe needs to create a positive outcome for him in advance.

  • 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.

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