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To examine what has happened within the federal R&D contracting portfolio, CSIS utilized its decade plus of experience in analyzing trends in federal contracting. Using federal contract data from the publicly available Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), the full report explains what has happened to federal R&D contracting, and the industrial base that supports those efforts, during the current budget drawdown.

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Read the Report: President Obama has made it clear that he intends to veto the legislation the House passed on September 9, 2016 that would allow families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role its officials played in the terrorist attack. He should veto the bill and the Congress should pause and not override that veto.

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Read the Report: In Reducing the Risks from Rapid Demographic Change, Dr. Mathew Burrows explores how longer life expectancies, aging workforces, and high birthrates will affect the future economic growth and development of countries around the world. Using a forecasting model developed by the University of Denver’s Pardee Center for International Futures, this report looks at different future scenarios, and investigates how medical advancements, migration, and unanticipated drops in fertility rates might affect current demographic trends.

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CNAS Adjunct Senior Fellow Peter Harrell and Energy, Economics, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg have written a new report outlining a strategy for the next president on the use of coercive economic measures to achieve national security objectives. The report, “The Next Generation of Sanctions,” is part of CNAS’ Papers for the Next President series, which explores and offers recommendations on critical issues the next president will have to address early in his or her tenure.

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Read the Report – A report by the Center for a New American Security examines the potential cost differences between a notional human-inhabited future naval aircraft and an uninhabited FNA. The authors assess the minimum cost avoidance of more than $30 billion over 30 years, with a more likely cost avoidance in excess of $100 billion. The report is authored by Paul Scharre, director of the CNAS Future of Warfare Initiative, and Daniel Berg, CNAS adjunct senior fellow.

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Read the Report – A new report by the Center for a New American Security recommends the U.S. military focus greater attention, both within the acquisition process and during training and tactics development, on digital resiliency. The report is authored by Jacquelyn Schneider, an adjunct research associate with the CNAS Military, Veterans, and Society Program, and Ph.D. candidate in political science at The George Washington University.

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Read the Report – Center for a New American Security Technology and National Security Program recommends the Department of Defense invest more in open source software and embrace it as a critical element of its efforts to maintain military technical superiority. The report is authored by CNAS Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald, Adjunct Senior Fellow Dr. Peter Levin, and Researcher Jacqueline Parziale.

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Assessing Defense Reform Series — Improving the efficiency, oversight, and professionalism of the security cooperation enterprise will help prove to Americans that these investments are worth the price. Still, security cooperation reform pursued by the Senate Armed Services Committee should account for the administration’s concerns, echoed by Senate appropriators, that the balance between DoD and DoS authority over security assistance be righted, given Department of State’s role as the lead for U.S. foreign policy.

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Assessing Defense Reform Series — Because the number of Guard/reserve GO/FOs has been growing while the number of Guard/reserve troops has been constant, there would appear to be some opportunity for reductions. However, a 25 percent cut would be large and disruptive. Further, the loss of reserve three-star positions will likely be seen as a serious loss of influence in the reserve community.

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