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Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies

The Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies seeks to define the ends, ways, and means necessary to restore U.S. military preeminence and preserve a balance of power in favor of freedom. Co-directed by Tom Donnelly and Gary Schmitt, the center’s team of scholars includes an array of former policymakers, Pentagon officials, and senior congressional staff dedicated to detailing a program to reform and enhance America’s military and provide policy options to address the country’s security requirements.

AEI Defense scholars

Co-Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies
Defense, National security
Co-Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies
Intelligence, Europe, National security, American citizenship
Resident Fellow
Military readiness, Defense budget, Military personnel, Defense industrial base
Visiting Fellow
Building partner capacity, Business of defense, National security policy
Research Fellow
US and foreign intelligence and special operations capabilities, Middle Eastern and South Asian insurgencies
Research Fellow
Long-term implications of an inadequate defense budget, Military readiness, Defense modernization, Tactical aviation programs
Senior Fellow, Director, National Security 2020 Project
Congress, US-China security relations
Visiting Fellow
National security legal issues, Impact of Congress on defense


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An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) follows behind during a show of force transit. 08/11/15 US Navy | Flickr

Fact checkers provide a useful service to the public, and they are right to look below the surface of issues. But in this case they are wrong; the Navy is too small, and historical comparisons are a legitimate way to show it.

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What China needs is a big dose of economic freedom, but it’s not going to get it.

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An M1A1 tank, with Soldiers from the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, was part of the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif. www.Army.mil

In front of outgoing Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno at Fort Irwin, the US Army conducted a Joint Forcible Entry exercise, in effect announcing its return as a deterrent force against American adversaries.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, August 5, 2015. Reuters

Only a forward-leaning US policy designed to revitalize the transatlantic relationship will slow Putin’s ambitions in Europe.

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The global nuclear balance is growing more complex, forcing the United States to reevaluate its approach to nuclear deterrence.

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The time has come to reaffirm the importance of American leadership in international affairs, and we should ask all presidential candidates if and how they plan to do it.

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We may be seeing peak China right now, and if so, that’s not no reason to cheer. Countries that fail to fulfill their own expectations of greatness tend to blame the rest of world, often with disastrous consequences.

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The widening gap in civil-military relations is almost entirely due to changes on the civilian side of the equation. The more the plague of political correctness divides the rest of us into ever-smaller tribes, the more the military tribe will see itself as unique and—dangerously—uniquely virtuous.

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Marines with Amphibious Assault Platoon, Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, load the unit's amphibious assault vehicles aboard the USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) during the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Composite Training Exercise, July 19, 2015. Department of Defense | Flickr

The Senate’s plan to pair moderate TRICARE co-pay increases with flexible military retirement should move forward.

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The next president will make choices about the US military that will define American hard power for much of the 21st century.

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