National Security

When and Whether National Security Plays a Role in Trade

Arguing the need to preserve national security in justifying taking protectionist action is hardly new. In fact, it can be an effective tool to keep critical industries robust and make sure that otherwise vulnerable sectors remain resilient to hostile bids. What’s more, economic war can be wagered against serious threats that jeopardize national security not through imposing punitive tariffs, but rather by being banned from doing business. The challenge though is to know what tools to use and when, against real threats, rather than imaginary ones. 

National Guard Interests in the Arctic: Arctic and Extreme Cold Weather Capability

Senior leaders representing the National Guard Arctic Interest Council will discuss how the National Guard is contributing to the advancement of Arctic and cold weather capabilities within U.S. defense institutions. The National Guard Arctic Interest Council is a forum of subject matter experts from eighteen States with interests in cold weather and Arctic operations.

Book Launch: The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

The Wilson Center presents an exclusive look at The Perfect Weapon, the sobering new book by acclaimed New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger, who researched and wrote while in residence as a distinguished fellow:

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country.

Live Webcast: Women's History Month: Women in National Defense

Sharon Dunbar, retired Air Force Major General and General Dynamics Mission Systems Vice President and General Manager of Federal Systems, joins the Wilson Center's Global Women's Leadership Initiative to discuss her rise from the third class of women to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, to Commander, Air Force District of Washington, her transition to the defense industry, and why women matter in national defense. 

Ukraine Quarterly Digest: October – December 2017

The end of 2017 saw some important and long-awaited changes in Ukraine, including the passage of legislation to reform the judiciary, the pension system, and the health care system—all steps greeted positively by the IMF and World Bank. Agreements with the United States to assist with Ukraine’s cybersecurity efforts and defensive needs were also welcome. At the same time, the country was shaken by new tensions with neighboring countries, especially Belarus, over charges of spying, and Poland, as a result of how memory policies in the two countries are structured.

CIA's Pompeo: Sunni Partners Key to Fight Against Extremism

On January 23, CIA director Mike Pompeo reflected on his first year at the agency, including the success against ISIS in Syria, at an American Enterprise Institute event. In his discussion, Pompeo emphasized the importance of Sunnis in the fight against extremism. "We absolutely need Sunni partners," Pompeo said. "It is an absolute imperative that we achieve that if we're going to be successful for the long run." The following are excerpts from the director's opening remarks and his conversation with the moderator, Marc Thiessen. 

 

A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen

The Wilson Center and the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group hosted U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen for a discussion on her Department's strategy for confronting the terror landscape facing the United States — including aviation security, radicalization, enhanced screening and vetting measures, and protecting against soft-target attacks.

The Secretary's remarks were followed by a question-and-answer session with the Wilson Center Director Jane Harman.

Trump National Security Strategy

On December 18, President Trump unveiled his long-awaited National Security Strategy. “For generations the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has been understood as the prime irritant preventing peace and prosperity in the region. Today, the threats from jihadist terrorist organizations and the threat from Iran are creating the realization that Israel is not the cause of the region’s problems. States have increasingly found common interests with Israel in confronting common threats,” the National Security Strategy said.

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