By Andrew A. Michta, The American Interest: "The West can have an unbeatable hand against Beijing, if it plays its cards right."
By Keith Johnson & Lara Seligman, Foreign Policy: "Beijing maintains powerful leverage over the warmaking capability of its main strategic rival through its control of critical materials."
And check out the first two volumes of our major ongoing analytic effort, The Changing Nuclear Balance: a Net Assessment: Understanding Strategic Interaction in the Second Nuclear Age and Assessing the Arsenals: Past, Present, and Future Capabilities.
By Paul McLeary
The Pentagon’s new Special Ops leader is looking to the defense industry for help in meeting peer adversaries, but he also has a bone to pick.
By Mandy Mayfield, National Defense Magazine: “United States Special Operations Command has five top priorities as the nation's elite warfighters adjust to a new strategic era."
By Jen Judson, Defense News: "Senate authorizers would transfer responsibility of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, or THAAD, from the Missile Defense Agency to the Army, according to an executive summary of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill."
DIA: China Doubling Nuclear Warhead Arsenal
By Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon: "China is rapidly expanding its nuclear forces with new missiles, submarines, and bombers and will double its warhead stockpile in the coming decade, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said this week."
quoting Elizabeth Economy via War on the Rocks
What threat does a revisionist China pose to the United States and democratically minded states around the world? Where should we look to find out the intentions of the Chinese Communist Party? If left unchecked, will China export its illiberal form of government? These and other questions are explored in this week’s episode of Jaw-Jaw.