This report examines congressional views on key foreign policy issues with recommendations for future areas of bipartisan collaboration on opportunities for strengthening Congress's institutional role in foreign policy.
The Department of Defense is, at best, managing through and, at worst, muddling through, its most challenging period in modern times as CSIS International Security Program Director Kathleen Hicks writes in a new commentary.
July 16, 2018
| John Schaus, Michael Matlaga, Kathleen H. Hicks, Heather A. ConleyU.S. leadership in an era of gray zone competition will require more than the largest economy or strongest military. National security begins at home and the United States must reinvigorate confidence in its institutions, its leaders, and its policy approaches.
Although the transatlantic security community actively debates the merits of the 2 percent measure, it has not identified an alternative measure or set of measures to adopt instead. This report seeks to catalyze that political and analytical discussion of alternatives by...
June 14, 2018
| Kathleen H. HicksPresident Trump’s agreement to suspend the upcoming U.S.-ROK combined exercise does not appear to meet the threshold for protecting U.S. lethality, and should not be advanced absent substantial North Korean concessions.
This year will likely continue to test the nation’s institutions and its unity. If the United States can emerge stronger in both, it will advance security further than any mere defense investment, innovation, or reform ever could.
So at the minimum, this is the first term of the Trump administration’s first NDS. They can update it by statute as needed, as felt appropriate by the secretary. But I would think that you could probably consider this the blueprint for their defense approach.
So in three days the Coast Guard will celebrate its 227th anniversary. What was significant was back in 1790 we did not have a United States Navy. I don’t use the term that we are the oldest continuous seagoing service, but sometimes I’m introduced that...
The Department of Defense (DoD) has begun its development of a new defense strategy, and outside observers are atwitter, or should I say, aTwitter. Having been involved in more security strategy efforts than is healthy for any human, I have empathy for those charged with...