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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 [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
Research Fellow
National security legal issues, Impact of Congress on defense


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Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 11, 2014.

Backing down from ISIS would be very bad, and allowing the status quo in Mosul to continue would be worse. But a defeat in Mosul at the hands of ISIS would be truly catastrophic. President Obama has to get in it to win it, at least this once.

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An open letter to Congress, sent on Tuesday by a bipartisan cohort of 82 former senior-level government and military officials as well as a number security experts, calls upon Congressional leadership to end the destructive defense budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act and sequestration.

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Detroit Economic Club about his 'Reform Conservative Agenda' in Detroit, Michigan, February 4, 2015 REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

To be the next commander-in-chief, one must wrestle with the post-9/11 policies of Bush 43 and the dramatic reversal of those policies during the Obama years.

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Public opinion, particularly among Republicans, has shifted towards supporting more defense spending, but the GOP-led house seems unlikely to put forward a strong defense budget. Will House leadership really ignore the the growing concern of its base and concede the issue to President Obama?

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Since 2011, the government has — with full knowledge of the consequences — funded defense at a level that it knows is far less than needed to protect the vital interests of the United States.

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President Obama’s AUMF shows that he is more concerned about his legacy as a president who ended wars than about actually defeating the Islamic State.

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The war in Afghanistan focused too narrowly on the country alone and not the regional balance of power. If we are to stay or ever return to Afghanistan, we must consider the framework of India-Pakistan relations when defining the new strategy.

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Spc. Kevin Crosby, a fire team leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, prepares a Claymore mine during a live-fire ambush range June 17 at Drawsko-Pomorskie, Poland. Company C was in Poland at the request of the host nation to participate in combined training exercises with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and Poland’s 6th Airborne Brigade.

Thomas Donnelly testifies before the full House Armed Services Committee on the importance of Congressional action to address the diminishing size and readiness of the armed forces by reversing the extreme defense budget cuts imposed by the Budget Control Act.

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President Obama’s new National Security Strategy betrays the guiding principles of his feckless foreign policy and is yet another excuse for inaction rather than a guide for action.

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With the 2011 Budget Control Act, we, as a country, dismissed the needs of the military from our minds. In doing so, we betray the trust of our men and women in uniform by not giving them the resources they need. Doing so is a moral failure of our self-government.

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