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    A Review of the Air Force Fitness Assessment

    To determine whether service members have the requisite physical fitness to serve, the U.S. Air Force and its sister services have established various medical and physical standards. What assessments are appropriate for measuring each fitness component?

Recent Work

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    Regional Responses to U.S.-China Competition in the Indo-Pacific: India

    May 24, 2021

    One of the United States' key partners in long-term strategic competition with China is India, which has the world's second-largest active-duty armed forces and is already a peer or near-peer competitor of China across a range of military capabilities. However, U.S. planners must be keenly aware of the constraints on both India's willingness and capacity to forge a partnership based on strategic competition with China.

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    Managing Risk in Globalized Supply Chains

    Feb 21, 2021

    Policymakers have increased emphasis on national security risks deriving from globalization of weapon system supply chains. This report addresses the challenges the U.S. Air Force faces in mitigating the effects of these risks and suggests ways to improve how it addresses such risks in source selection and other decisions.

  • A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilot flies alongside two Indonesian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots over the Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, Indonesia

    Regional Responses to U.S.-China Competition in the Indo-Pacific: Indonesia

    Jan 21, 2021

    The U.S. Department of Defense's 2018 National Defense Strategy highlights the importance of working with regional allies and partners in order to manage China's rise as a strategic competitor to the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. In this country-level report in a series, the author examines the potential for, and potential impediments to, partnering more closely with Indonesia.

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    Regional Responses to U.S.-China Competition in the Indo-Pacific: Australia and New Zealand

    Dec 17, 2020

    In this report series, the authors assess the perspectives of Australia and New Zealand as they implement their responses to China's more assertive foreign and security policy behavior in the Indo-Pacific and to a more competitive U.S.-China relationship. The project also examines how the United States can improve its ability to work with allies and partners to maintain its advantage in long-term competition with China.

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    Regional Responses to U.S.-China Competition in the Indo-Pacific: Study Overview

    Nov 12, 2020

    In long-term strategic competition with China, how effectively the United States works with allies and partners will be critical to determining U.S. success. The authors of this report define U.S.-China competition for influence and assess relative U.S.-Chinese influence in nine countries across the Indo-Pacific to gain insight into how the United States could work more effectively with allies and partners in Southeast Asia and beyond.

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    Regional Responses to U.S.-China Competition in the Indo-Pacific: Vietnam

    Nov 12, 2020

    This report explores Vietnam's perspective on rising U.S.-China competition. The report evaluates how Vietnam is responding to U.S. and Chinese influence in diplomatic and political, economic, and security and military domains, especially as U.S.-China competition grows across the Indo-Pacific and globally. The report also addresses the prospects of enhancing U.S.-Vietnam relations to counter rising Chinese coercion.

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    Regional Responses to U.S.-China Competition in the Indo-Pacific: Singapore

    Nov 12, 2020

    In this report, the authors assess the impact of the changes in China's strategic behavior and U.S.-China relations over the past decade on Singapore in terms of its security policies and relationships in the Indo-Pacific region. The project also examines how the United States can improve its ability to work with allies and partners to maintain its advantage in long-term competition with China.