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An aerial shot of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., October 12, 2018.

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Analysis & Opinions - Proceedings - U.S. Naval Institute

Break Out or Fail

| Apr. 01, 2017

I believe we are experiencing a disruption in our national security landscape. If so, the U.S. military, including the Navy, must act with urgency to break out of its current conceptual-technical equilibrium, or we risk failure in a future conflict.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks at a congressional hearing about the U.S. defense budget, April 2, 2019.

Andrew Harnik (AP Images)

Analysis & Opinions - Breaking Defense

Smart Mines, a Smaller Army, & the Trump Buildup That Won't Happen

| Feb. 23, 2017

Trump’s promised defense budget boost probably won’t materialize, the former Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said today, so we can’t afford to grow a larger military. Instead of more ships and troops, retired Adm. James Winnefeld said in a rare public appearance, the military should prioritize investment in new ideas.

President Barack Obama takes part in a conference call in the Situation Room of the White House January 8, 2011

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons

Analysis & Opinions

U.S. Should Adopt Interest-based Approach to National Security

| August 4, 2016

Our next president, like Barack Obama, will face a multitude of national security challenges, ranging from violent extremists, ambitious China, belligerent Russia, impetuous North Korea, treacherous Iran and heartbreaking human catastrophes.

Following a discussion of the Iran nuclear deal at a Harvard Kennedy School JFK Jr. Forum in October, Ambassador Wendy Stewart speaks with a member of the audience.

(Photo by Martha Stewart)

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Center Welcomes Global Leaders

This fall, the Belfer Center welcomed a number of distinguished leaders as new senior fellows and visiting scholars. Eight new arrivals come from a range of high-profile public policy backgrounds, and each brings significant and varied expertise to Harvard Kennedy School and the Belfer Center.

USS Constitution


Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe IDEAS

Charting a new course for the US Navy

| November 8, 2015

The Obama administration made an important statement in recently authorizing the Pentagon to order a warship, the USS Lassen, to transit close to an island constructed by China on a submerged reef in the contested South China Sea. Key US interests served include protection of the global economic system, the security of our allies in the region, and preserving the rules-based international order that has maintained peace in the Asia-Pacific region for decades.