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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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Assessing Defense Reform Series — The House and the Senate National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bills have several provisions seeking to strengthen the role of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This paper examines the proposals to give the chairman some operational authorities. The concern is that global threats like ISIS or peer competitors like Russia and China cross regions and functions and, therefore, involve several COCOMs.

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Read the report — In Arming for Deterrence, Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff and Maciej Olex-Szczytowski examine the threat posed by a resurgent Russia before considering NATO’s strategy and posture, focusing particularly on its northeast region: Poland and the Baltic states. The report then considers the implications for Poland and recommends how Poland’s defense apparatus and posture should be reformed to take account of the new reality: That NATO now faces a greater threat of war in its eastern regions than at any time since the end of the Cold War.

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In this report, the CSIS International Security Program analyzes Russian intentions and capabilities in the near to mid-term and the ability of NATO and partner nations to respond effectively to Russian activities in the undersea domain.

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