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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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With rising threats and declining military superiority, it’s about time Washington figured out that we can’t prevent wars or win them with an army of bureaucrats.

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All too often, the White House has contented itself to proclaim that wars are over when they’re not, or enemies are defeated when they are reconstituting before our eyes.

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We are in a war now with Islamic terrorism, and it’s sometimes hard to tell whether Americans are willing to acknowledge the sacrifices we’ll need to make.

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Why we like Ike

On foreign policy and defense, Eisenhower was a very active, precise, and hard-driving chief executive.

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The Charlie Hebdo attacks may represent a union of ISIS and al Qaeda, the consequences of which should be investigated and assessed intensely.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Linwood Harrison, a ceremonial guardsman with the honor guard, stands at parade rest before the 314th Airlift Wing change of command ceremony July 31, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Col. James Dryjanski assumed command of the wing during the event. Department of Defense | Flickr

As the 114th Congress kicks off, the new Republican majority has an important opportunity to prove it is serious about national security.

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Does Fareed Zakaria regret his and his Yale colleagues’ decision not to publish cartoon images of Mohammed in 2009? Or does he in fact still think that was the right decision and that protecting the principle of free speech is important as long as it’s free of consequences for us?

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scene after a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, January 7, 2015. Reuters

As the U.S. Congress turns this year to the issue of whether to renew, reform, or let die key sections of the Patriot Act on terrorism surveillance, it might want to keep in mind what has just happened in Paris.

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The Obama administration’s “rebalance” to Asia is, in fact, an Obama retreat, not simply from the Middle East or in the face of Vladimir Putin’s aggression, but also from the Pacific theater that was touted as its focus.

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The current decline in US defense capabilities is undermining its conventional deterrence in the Pacific and indeed, around the entire globe.

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