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 the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility

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

Elements of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

This primer provides a concise background of three major elements of the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: the Quad, a non-traditional multilateral grouping of India, Japan, Australia, and the U.S.; the AUKUS security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.; and the Partners in the Blue Pacific, a multilateral initiative aimed at promoting greater alignment with the Pacific Island nations. 

President Truman signs National Security Act Amendments


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

Imagining a New U.S. National Security Act for the 21st Century: Winning Essays

| July 19, 2022

The Intelligence and Applied History Projects hosted a National Security Act Essay Contest in 2022 entitled: “Imagining a New National Security Act for the 21st Century.” The contest sought to generate new ideas for improving the intelligence and national security community in the US based on the dynamic security environment we face in the 21st century. The essay prompt offered a variety of hypothetical scenarios where intelligence failure contributed to catastrophic failure and posed the question: what you would change now to improve the intelligence and national security posture of the US?

The winning essays, from a field of approximately 75 applicants, were authored by (1) Russell Travers, (2) Sophie Faaborg-Andersen, and (3) Marie Couture and Laurie LaPorte. The authors' winning essays appear in this report.

Photo of the inside of a computer is seen on Feb 23, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J.

(AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

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

The Geopolitics of Digital Standards

| July 2022

This brief outlines what digital standards are and how the United States, European Union, and China approach standards development. It examines the implications of China’s efforts to advance a new model of cyber sovereignty through its “New IP” proposal to illustrate that overhauls of existing infrastructure-level standards are unlikely, but foreshadow the changing nature of standards from a historically apolitical domain to one of geopolitical importance. Finally, it offers considerations for the development of a long-term strategy that focuses on technology areas of strategic interest to the U.S. at the application layer through targeted regulations that promote a free, open, and democratic internet while maintaining a clear and technically informed understanding of what is likely to change (and what is not) at the infrastructure level.