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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Barack Obama (R) and French President Francois Hollande hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria.

The attacks in Paris showed that we need a national discussion about proper NSA surveillance policies, but it’s clear this administration will not be the one to start it.

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ISIS wants to shake the foundations of the West. Responding with passivity will only hasten their efforts.

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President Barack Obama (L) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and U.S. security advisor Susan Rice (2nd L) prior to the opening session of the Group of 20 (G20) Leaders summit summit in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey November 15, 2015. Reuters

Stabilizing Syria will require help from friends and allies. Moscow is neither.

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A man waves a French flag as several hundred people gather to observe a minute of silence in Lyon, France, November 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks in Paris on Friday.  Reuters

The administration’s prescription for “nimble power” to defeat ISIS is code for further disengagement. It won’t help us defeat ISIS.

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People observe a minute of silence in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to pay tribute to victims of Friday's Paris attacks, France, November 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau.

The brutal fact is that there is only so much domestic security services and police can do when it comes to protecting societies that are open, free, and engaged with the rest of the world.

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Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, October 31, 2015. Reuters

Senator Rand Paul is entitled to take any position he wants on whether and how to fund America’s armed forces. He is not entitled to redefine conservatism to make it fit the impulse, which he has embraced, to further weaken the defenses of the United States in an increasingly hostile and dangerous world.

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Security Force Marines conduct a live-fire table five range in Southwest Asia, September, 29, 2015.  Marine Corps Flickr

Thomas Donnelly testifies before the full Senate Armed Services Committee on the need for a new approach to planning the military: a three-theater construct grounded in our country’s traditional security interests and principles.

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America needs a new bomber to ensure it can project power and keep adversaries deterred.

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America’s new bomber might have the ability to defeat Chinese, Russian, and Iranian air defenses, but it remains to be seen whether it can defeat the American defense bureaucracy.

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Army Sgt. Larry J. Isbell of Oklahoma City, Ok., representing the National Guard, watches his firing lane for targets during the M-4 Range Qualification event during the Department of the Army's 10th annual Best Warrior Competition held on Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 21. US Army | Flickr

The two year budget deal crafted by the president and Congressional leaders delays the rebuilding of America’s military for two more years.

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