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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

Codirector, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies
Defense, National security
Codirector, 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
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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Dragoons assigned to Bull Troop, 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment participated in a live-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area located near Rose Barracks, Germany, Mar. 5, 2015. US Army | Flickr

Global powers don’t pivot: America needs a military with the capacity and capabilities to simultaneously protect its interests in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East.

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Aaron Clamage

AEI’s new defense report, “To Rebuild America’s Military”, provides a plan for ensuring that the men and women of the armed forces are strong enough to defend their country and have what they need to accomplish their missions.

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Global powers don’t pivot: America needs a military with the capacity and capabilities to simultaneously protect its interests in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East.

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The US military needs a “three-theater” construct to address geopolitical realities and allow for flexible and effective force planning.

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves before the start of the Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism at the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton.

Syria today is not Afghanistan in 1979. Despite President Obama’s hopes, Russia is not wading into another “quagmire” but daring to actually win.

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Leadership by Chairmen McCain and Thornberry in this year’s NDAA resulted in significant progress on military retirement reform, acquisition reform, DoD civilian reductions, nuclear triad modernization, and U.S. South China Sea policy.

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U.S. Army Soldiers and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew, assigned to Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, conduct fast-rope training at Fort Bliss, Texas, May 22, 2015. United States Army | Flickr

In the John Hay Initiative’s new book Choosing to Lead Jim Talent and Lindsey Neas address the next Administration’s pressing requirement to restore American military power, or risk foreign policy failure due to a lack of persuasive capability.

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A US Army combat engineer, assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota National Guard, rushes to breach a wire obstacle during platoon lane training on Camp Ripley, Minn., May 21, 2015. US Army | Flickr

The responsible thing for Republicans to do is to cut a deal with Democrats to make sure the government meets its fundamental duty to ensure the nation’s security. The sooner the better.

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Private Josh Jordan of Savannah, Ga., administers and IV on Spc. Eddie Washington of Oceanside, Calif., during Combat Lifesaver Course in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 11, 2009.  United States Army | Flickr

By passing military retirement reform alone, Congress killed chances for reform of the military’s TRICARE health care management system.

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September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas.

It’s hard to imagine President Obama’s administration stooping any lower than its latest excuse for the failure of his Syrian strategy.

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