Publications

  • October 11, 2016 | Janis Berzins

    The New Generation of Russian Warfare

    Russia’s actions in Ukraine surprised the West. Although they were based on known strategies, the scale and the simultaneous operationalization of asymmetric methods was something new.  Russians call it “New Generation Warfare.” It is based on Sun Tzu’s idea that “supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

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  • June 22, 2016 | TPF Staff

    NATO: Rethink–Realign–React. Tackling Security Challenges Together

    The forthcoming NATO summit in Warsaw will face historic challenges. The context of the summit is no less historic. No nation would seem better-placed to understand the complexity of the turbulences of history than the Poles and city would seem placed to talk about the breakthrough in NATO strategies for future than Warsaw.

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  • October 23, 2015 | Jacek Bartosiak

    Poland: The Key to European Security in the 21st Century?

    Russian actions against Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltic States over the last several years highlight the urgent need to revise the existing European security architecture and reinstate a credible NATO military posture. Important political leadership as well as material contributions from the United States and Germany would be crucial to such an effort. However, a third country— Poland— is emerging as the critical element of a revitalized European defense framework.

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  • February 5, 2014 | Phillip Karber

    Net Assessment for Secretary of Defense: Future Implications from Early Formulations

    NASECDEF THMBNNet Assessment is a process and method of thinking  that has evolved to represent the kind of foundational material necessary for the implementation of a successful national military strategy in a long-range competition.

    In this paper, Dr. Phillip A. Karber offers a retrospective on the Net Assessment process in the U.S., the evolution of its raison d’être and audiences through the decades,  and its contributions to the formulation of the U.S. National Security Strategy.

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  • September 23, 2010 | Bruce Weinrod

    The High North and Transatlantic Security

    In recent years, the High North has become the focus of growing attention from states bordering the Arctic and other interested nations both nearby and at some distance. This development is primarily due to recent melting in the Arctic ice caps. Nations bordering the Arctic include the United States, Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Russia. While not technically within this area Sweden, Finland, and Iceland are sufficiently close to the High North to have a direct interest in the area.

    The Arctic Ocean has two principal sea passages: the Northern Sea Passage near Russia and the Northwest Passage near Canada. A continuation of melting of the Arctic ice caps could allow maritime travel through these two passages for much if not all of the year. In addition it is theoretically possible that new passages through other parts of the Arctic region could be developed as well. Thus, it may prove feasible and practical at some point, assuming also appropriate technological capabilities are developed, for nations to utilize this area in ways that until recently had not been thought possible.

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  • November 7, 2006 | Bruce Weinrod

    Transatlantic Perspectives on China

    TPTWIn the first decade of the twenty-first century, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has emerged as a rising economic, political and military power. As a result, China inevitably will present a variety of policy challenges to the United States (U.S.) and Europe. How those challenges are met, and whether mutually reinforcing approaches can be crafted by the U.S. and Europe, will have a significant impact upon very important U.S. and European security interests, regional and global stability, and the future of China itself.

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  • January 1, 2000 | TPF Staff

    U.S. International Leadership in the 21st Century

    In 1993, the Potomac Foundation formed the Project on America’s Security in order to provide a forum for discussion of U.S. international policies in the post-Cold War era. Its  fundamental objective was to identify the overarching principles that can guide United States policy as we enter the new century.

    The Project’s activities have included numerous meetings, seminars and conferences. As an outgrowth of these various meetings, the Project’s Steering Committee decided to publish a volume of essays.

    The papers included in this volume are not position papers and do not contain specific programmatic recommendations. Rather, these papers are policy essays which are intended to provide broad guidelines for American foreign, defense and international economic policy.

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  • June 5, 1993 | TPF Staff

    Paying the Premium: A Military Insurance Policy for Peace and Freedom

    PTPCThe Potomac Foundation and the Center for Defense Journalism at Boston University jointly conceived the project that resulted in this book, published in 1993.

    This undertaking was born out of the need to design a new military strategy for the emerging post-Cold War era.

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